Site News: User blocking now available in the comments

One of the biggest challenges for those who moderate comments on Inside the Hall is the inevitable dustup that occurs between members of the community.

Inside the Hall continues to grow as we approach the nine-year anniversary of our launch date as nearly 300,000 comments have been posted today.

Today, we’re happy to announce that our commenting platform, Disqus, has launched user blocking. We realize that spam, trolling and personal attacks only hurt the user experience on Inside the Hall, so we wanted to take a few minutes to introduce this new capability.

As pointed out in this blog post over at Disqus, here’s a quick run down of how it works:

How do I block and unblock users?

There are two methods:

No. 1: Via the comments:

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No. 2: Via the profile:

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But, wait, what if I no longer want to block someone?

Head on over to the blocking section of your user settings and remove them from your blocked list:

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This feature doesn’t replace flagging comments, but it does allow for users to take immediate action if they no longer wish to interact with someone in the community.

As Disqus points out, “This is not a feature intended to end all harassment, trolling, and spam across Disqus, but it is an important step forward. Ultimately, this feature empowers you to improve your own experience and provides an alternative to flagging as the only means to removing disruptive content.”

Happy Friday.

Video: 2018 wing Romeo Langford at NBPA Top 100 camp

Class of 2018 New Albany wing Romeo Langford is one of the top players in the country and on Wednesday, he was a standout on the opening day of the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Here are highlights of Langford’s play on Wednesday via Rivals on YouTube:

Video: Al Durham Jr. Nike EYBL highlights

Class of 2017 Berkmar (Ga.) and Southern Stampede guard Al Durham Jr. was one of the best at getting to the line this spring on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball (EYBL) circuit. Over 16 EYBL games this spring, Durham averaged 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

With the help of Krossover, we recently broke down some film of Durham to provide Indiana fans with a feel for his game and style of play. While Durham did struggle with his shot in EYBL play (31.1 percent), he did hit 75 free throws in 16 games.

You can find more Nike EYBL highlights at Krossover.

POTB 133: Remy Abell

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by former Indiana guard Remy Abell to discuss his time in Bloomington as well as at Xavier and what’s next in his career.

Among the topics discussed:

· What’s next for him in terms of his basketball career
· His NFL tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals
· The relationships he still has with former IU teammates and coaches
· What it was like playing at Indiana and why he decided to transfer
· The games and moments he remembers most from his Indiana career
· His time at Xavier and getting over the tough loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16
· The similarities and differences between Tom Crean and Chris Mack
· The toughest Big Ten and Big East road environment to play in
· What Muhammad Ali meant to him as a kid from Louisville

And much, much more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

Listen in the audio player below, download the episode, subscribe via iTunes or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Crean weighs in on graduate transfer discussion

It’s been called an “epidemic” by Tom Izzo and it’s also been called “free agency” by Chris Collins and was a hot topic of discussion at last month’s Big Ten coaches meetings in Chicago.

Transfers in college basketball continue to be prevalent, but as Tom Crean sees it, there’s no clear cut answer to how each situation should be handled.

Some coaches, like Nebraska’s Tim Miles, have ludicrously called for all transfers to sit out a season, regardless of circumstances. Crean, however, speaking at Huber’s Winery earlier this month, said the issue is complicated for a variety of reasons.

Indiana has taken three graduate transfers under Crean: Evan Gordon, Nick Zeisloft and Max Bielfeldt and each situation was different. Here’s Crean, verbatim, on graduate transfers in college basketball:

“Well, it’s complicated. I think some that are speaking out about it are not looking at the entire picture on it. I think that, to me personally, the hardest thing is what it does to the low and mid-major schools because when you look around, it’s like, how is a low or mid-major school going to redshirt somebody? How are they going to try to get somebody graduated in three years? I think that’s going to be really, really hard, in the sense that, that’s who it is really hurting.

“I think there’s two different cases. I don’t know how you penalize Max Bielfeldt because he wasn’t given a scholarship back to the program he was at (Michigan). My belief is simple: If you don’t want to lose somebody and you want them to stay but yet they want to leave, I’m not sure that being automatically eligible somewhere is the best way to do it.

“But if you don’t offer somebody back a scholarship, much like a case like Max, I don’t know you hold them back from being eligible somewhere, including the league. If I didn’t want to lose you, and you wanted to transfer within the league, I don’t think you should be eligible to go inside of the league.

“But if I don’t want you back, OK, then I think all bets are off. How can I have any justification of holding you back? So that to me, it’s not as easy as some are making it seem. And it’s not as easy as saying, ‘OK, let’s just make them sit out a year, then they can have the next year to play.’

“That’s easy for the one you don’t want to lose, it’s really hard for the one you’re not willing to keep. That’s getting lost in the translation a little bit. But again as a nutshell, if we came down with it and said, ‘OK, they have to sit out and that would help the low and mid-major programs,’ I’d be all for that. Because I’ve got friends all across the country and so does every other coach that are losing players that are going to affect their job.

“You don’t have to look very far. Damion Lee was a heck of a get for Louisville, but that did nothing for Bruiser Flint’s job status. So in the sense of, the rules are the rules. Damion Lee did a great job, but Bruiser Flint at the end of the day didn’t have his best player back.

“And that’s the way the rules are right now. Personally, I’d love to see that change, but not to the point where it hurts somebody that’s not welcome back at their school. That’s a double penalty. Why would we do that?”

Three members of 2016 recruiting class arriving in Bloomington this week

Three members of Indiana’s five-man class of 2016 recruiting class – Curtis Jones, Devonte Green and Grant Gelon – are arriving in Bloomington this week.

The two other members of the class – De’Ron Davis and Freddie McSwain – will arrive later in the summer. Overland (Colo.) coach Danny Fisher told Inside the Hall on Tuesday that Davis will arrive on campus in early July.

McSwain told Inside the Hall on Tuesday morning that he has a math class to finish up at Neosho County Community College in Kansas and is scheduled to arrive in Bloomington on August 18.

Offseason workouts are now in their second week in Bloomington as all of Indiana’s returning players had to return to campus by the first weekend in June.

Indiana’s 2016 class is ranked 21st nationally and third in the Big Ten, according to the 247Composite.

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Draft watch: Ferrell, Williams continue busy workout schedule

With just nine days to go until the 2016 NBA draft at the Barclays Center, Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams are in their final stretch of workouts for teams.

Here’s an updated look at the big board rankings for Ferrell and Williams plus information on their workout schedules as the draft draws closer:

Draft Rankings – Williams

DraftExpress Top 100: No. 76 (up four spots since last update)
ESPN Top 100 (Ford): No. 70 (up 15 spots since last update)
NBADraft.net: No. 50 (up 10 spots since last update)
CBS Sports (Vecenie): No. 80 (down 13 spots since last update)

After missing time in May with a hamstring injury, things are heating up for Williams. Here’s his workout schedule leading up to the draft via David Teel of The Daily Press:

Williams didn’t have a great NBA draft combine, but has moved up in every big board ranking since our last update. As Teel points out in an update today, the former IU wing appears unlikely to begin next season on an NBA roster even if he is drafted.

Draft Rankings – Ferrell

DraftExpress Top 100: No. 63 (up three spots since last update)
ESPN Top 100 (Ford): No. 79 (up four spots since last update)
NBADraft.net: No. 73 (up 23 spots since last update)
CBS Sports (Vecenie): No. 57 (unchanged since last update)

Ferrell was originally scheduled to workout for the Indiana Pacers on June 15, but that has been moved to June 17 according to Jeff Rabjohns.

As noted yesterday, Ferrell also appears to have some draft momentum according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

Tom Crean also spoke recently on the feedback he’s receiving from NBA teams on Ferrell:

“Between myself and the staff, I think we’ve talked to every team with at least a couple of guys. It’s important to talk to a couple people in there. And Yogi is his own toughest critic in the workouts. It’s been very good. As a whole, it’s been very, very good.

“He’s in great shape. He was a non-stop worker. Whether it was once a day or twice a day, being in the gym. He did a great job of making sure not only was he in great condition, but he was in great condition for what their testing (each NBA team) was going to be. Whether it’s a three-minute run length of the court, how many times can you run that in three minutes?

“We do that as part of our training during the season, so it’s not foreign for them when they get into the workouts, but at the same time, you’ve got to train that. I think he’s doing an excellent job with that. I think people have been very impressed with him when they meet with him, whether it’s dinner before the interview process, because his body of work speaks for itself but I think once they see him in a one-on-one setting, personally and get to see him in a small group setting basketball wise, I think that just helps solidify what we already know.

“I think before it’s all said and done, there will be people moving up to get him rather than, ‘will he be drafted?’ I think there will be people moving up to get him or people trying to get in the draft. That’s how I see it. Now, do I have a pick? No. But that’s how I see it and I’d be shocked if it didn’t happen that way.”

Yogi Ferrell, Lilly King named IU athletes of the year

Indiana athletics announced on Monday morning that Yogi Ferrell and swimmer Lilly King have been named the department’s athletes of the year.

Here’s the full release from IU athletics:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Department of Athletics announced today that men’s basketball senior guard Kevin Yogi Ferrell and true freshman women’s swimmer Lilly King have been named IU’s Athletes of the Year.

“Yogi Ferrell and Lilly King are champions and record setters whose performances this past year make them more than worthy of joining the ranks of our legendary athletes who have earned our Athlete of the Year award,” IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass said. “Reaching our highest athletic potential and winning championships is a top priority, and these great athletes who performed spectacularly for two of our most honored programs are tremendous representatives of our championship heritage. Congratulations to both Yogi and Lilly on being named IU Athletes of the Year.”

Ferrell left Indiana as the all-time leader in games played and started with 137 and was the first player in the 21st century to win multiple Big Ten titles wearing the Cream and Crimson.

He finished sixth in career scoring with 1,986 points and was the all-time IU leader in assists with 633. He was second all-time in Hoosier lore with 272 three-point field goals made, but first in Big Ten play with 159, none bigger than a trey in the final minute at Iowa to help IU clinch its second outright Big Ten title in four years.

As a freshman, the Indianapolis native was instrumental on offense and on defense in the final 50 seconds at Michigan to help lead IU to a Big Ten title and a 72-71 comeback win over the Wolverines.

A Wooden All-American choice as a senior, he also earned All-American honors from The Sporting News, the NABC, USA Today, CBS Sports and the Associated Press.

For his career, he averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists and shot 39.9% from three-point range. He is the only IU player to ever lead his team in assists during all four seasons that he played.

“Yogi is leaving here as one of the great winners,” head coach Tom Crean said, “and there’s really no way anybody is going to be able to take that away from him. He won two outright championships in four years. And he leaves obviously with the accolades, was a part of our two Sweet 16s in the last four years. I think he’s one of the best — he’s definitely one of the best — defensive players I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching. He always set a tone with his work ethic here. He set a tone with how hard he practices. He set a tone with his competitiveness. He set a tone with his seriousness. And I think this year he absolutely set a tone with sharing his knowledge with his teammates and holding them more accountable along the way.”

King heads in to this month’s Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., coming off one of the greatest single seasons in Indiana swimming history.

Amongst her accomplishments – NCAA Champion in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year, four-time All-America honoree, unanimous Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, Big Ten Champion in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Big Ten Rookie of the Year and first team All-Big Ten.

Along with becoming the first Hoosier to be named CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year, the Evansville, Ind., native became the first woman to win both the 100 breast and 200 breast at one NCAA Championships since Rebecca Soni in 2009. King is the 10th woman to win both events in NCAA history.

In her two NCAA-winning swims, King broke the American, NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open, Indiana school, Big Ten and Georgia Tech Pool records in both the 100 and 200 breast.

With her two NCAA titles, King became the first woman – and fourth in the Big Ten – to win multiple national championships in one year. King is the first Hoosier – man or woman – to win multiple NCAA crowns in one year since Jim Montgomery in 1976.

At the Big Ten Championships, King was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first team All-Big Ten after winning four gold and one bronze medals at her first conference championship.

King won gold in both the 100 and 200 breast, setting Indiana, Big Ten and Big Ten meet records in both victories. The rookie also helped lead the Hoosiers to gold medals in the 200 and 400 medley relays. Rounding out her championship performance, King took bronze in the 200 IM.

“Lilly King had one of the most impressive freshman seasons in NCAA history,” head coach Ray Looze said. “The best part about Lilly is how good of a person she is on a daily basis: team oriented, competitive, and she always puts the team goals ahead of individual ones. She has a very bright future and significant room to improve. It will be exciting to see where she can take her swimming career at Indiana.”

Notebook: Ferrell on the rise, new jersey numbers, more

Former Indiana All-American Yogi Ferrell, who has been mostly absent in recent mock drafts, may be improving his chances to be selected with strong workouts according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

Here’s what Begley wrote on Sunday about Ferrell, who is ranked No. 80 in Chad Ford’s latest top 100 rankings:

Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell continues to impress in workouts around the league. He shot the ball well in sessions last week with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, per several people familiar with the workouts. Ferrell, a 6-foot PG, worked out for the Knicks on Friday alongside Kansas’ Perry Ellis and for Brooklyn earlier in the week. The Knicks don’t have a draft pick but are expected to acquire one. The club has worked out several prospects in recent days at the practice facility, with an emphasis on the triangle offense. For what it’s worth, both Ferrell and Ellis are projected as second-round picks; Ferrell may be helping his draft stock with his strong shooting performances.

Both Ferrell and Troy Williams are scheduled to workout for the New Orleans Pelicans today.

Newcomer jersey numbers revealed

Indiana announced jersey numbers for its five new players this season over the weekend: Curtis Jones – 0, Devonte Green – 11, De’Ron Davis – 20, Freddie McSwain – 21 and Grant Gelon – 24.

Another non-conference game revealed

A sixth non-conference game was revealed on Indiana’s 2016-2017 schedule over the weekend as Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com reported that the Hoosiers will host Liberty on Nov. 19.

The Flames finished last season 13-19 and No. 289 in the KenPom.com ratings.

Indiana’s schedule for next season is being tracked on our future schedules page.

Indiana All-Stars complete eighth straight sweep

For the eighth consecutive year, the Indiana All-Stars beat the Kentucky All-Stars in both games of their annual series.

On Sunday, the Indiana team had to grind one out shorthanded as they were without Mr. Basketball Kyle Guy as well as C.J. Walker, a Florida State signee.

But Indiana had just enough for its 16th straight win as it beat Kentucky, 99-96, at Bellarmine University.

Northern Illinois signee Eugene German finished with a game-high 34 points and finished the two-game series with 54 points.

Indiana signee Grant Gelon went scoreless on Sunday in just seven minutes. Gelon was 0-of-3 from the field.

Video: Grant Gelon talks Indiana All-Stars experience, future at IU

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Class of 2016 Crown Point wing Grant Gelon was a member of this year’s Indiana All-Stars team that completed a sweep of the Kentucky All-Stars with a 99-96 win on Sunday at Bellarmine University.

After the win, Inside the Hall spoke with Gelon about the experience playing on the Indiana All-Stars and what is coming next as he reports to Bloomington on Monday: