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:

Around the Hall: Freshmen to watch, Williams works out in Boston, more

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:

ESPN.com lists a freshman you should know from each team in its preseason top 25 and goes with Curtis Jones as the pick for Indiana:

Jones, a versatile guard who comes in at No. 40 in the ESPN 100, will be a welcome addition to the Hoosier backcourt after the departure of Yogi Ferrell. Jones excels in transition and can make scoring plays for himself. Not only can he play on or off the ball, but he can defend both guard positions as well.

Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley is one of five assistant coaches that deserve another chance to be a head coach, according to Dick Vitale:

The current Associate Head Coach at Indiana under Tom Crean, Buckley was the head coach at Ball State from 2000-06. Over the past five years, Buckley has helped Indiana to a 120-53 record and helped the Hoosiers win outright Big Ten titles in 2013 and 2016. He has been a major factor in recruiting. If he wanted to run his own program, I am sure he would do a great job.

Former IU forward Troy Williams was among 12 players who worked out for the Boston Celtics on Thursday:

The Celtics on Thursday also worked out Alex Caruso (Texas A&M),Damian Jones (Vanderbilt), Georgios Papagiannis (Greece),Rasheed Sulaimon (Maryland), Robert Carter (Maryland), Stefan Jankovic (Hawaii), Shawn Long (Louisiana-Lafayette), Nik Slavica(Croatia), and Troy Williams (Indiana).

The Indiana Junior All-Stars avenged their Tuesday loss to the Indiana All-Stars in a big way on Thursday night in Lebanon:

Just 48 hours after absorbing a 22-point loss in Bloomington, the Junior All-Stars evened the score with a 103-90 win over the All-Stars. The result wasn’t all that surprising, considering the Juniors have four players ranked in the top-50 in the country.

“They were pissed off and we were lackadaisical,” said Mr. Basketball Kyle Guy, who arrived a few minutes after tipoff after graduating from Lawrence Central High School earlier Thursday. “We made a push, we just came a little short.”

New Albany’s Romeo Langford is the No. 2 player in the class of 2018 according to the latest ESPN 60 rankings:

Romeo Langford is the other big name to know. He has been on a tear in the spring circuit and has made the biggest surge in the 2018 player rankings. Langford’s dynamic scoring ability separates him from his peers. He is very dangerous from all three levels on the floor and almost unstoppable in the conversion game. His sheer athletic ability overwhelms opponents and his step-back jumper is his go-to move.

Indiana ranks as third-most profitable Big Ten men’s basketball program

Indiana was the third-most profitable men’s basketball in the Big Ten, according to numbers published this week by David Jones of PennLive.com.

The figures are, according to the PennLive.com report, “all about revenues independently generated by each B1G school’s hoops program. We subtracted expenses to arrive at net profit to see which programs were tidiest with a buck.”

Indiana was third at $12.7 million, trailing just Wisconsin ($13.8 million) and Ohio State ($15.1 million).

According to the report, the numbers were “acquired from mandated U.S. Department of Education reports filed by each school, don’t include the conference’s annual payout derived from media rights, bowls and the NCAA tournament, equally shared among all but the newer members.”

The report also states that Indiana had the highest expenses of any Big Ten men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 fiscal year at $11.3 million.

Here are the complete rankings, with profits in parenthesis:

14. Rutgers ($700,000)
13. Iowa ($2.1 million)
12. Nebraska ($2.3 million)
11. Purdue ($3 million)
10. Minnesota ($3.8 million)
9. Penn State ($6 million)
8. Michigan ($6.7 million)
7. Michigan State ($7.1 million)
6. Northwestern ($8.8 million)
5. Illinois ($9.4 million)
4. Maryland ($9.4 million)
3. Indiana ($12.7 million)
2. Wisconsin ($13.8 million)
1. Ohio State ($15.1 million)

POTB 132: A player-by-player checklist for offseason improvements

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 discuss the most important skill each Indiana player needs to improve in the offseason.

Among the topics discussed:

· Collin Hartman’s leadership and 3-point shooting
· James Blackmon Jr.’s ability to draw fouls and his assist-to-turnover rate
· Robert Johnson’s decision making and turnovers
· What Tim Priller needs to show as a junior
· Josh Newkirk’s 3-point shooting and his health
· Skill development and where Freddie McSwain needs the most work
· Juwan Morgan’s offensive game, how it can grow and his turnover rate
· OG Anunoby’s ability to create offense
· Thomas Bryant’s minutes and ability to defend without fouling
· Quick thoughts on the incoming freshmen

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

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Video: 2017 forward Kris Wilkes at Indiana Junior All Stars exhibition

Class of 2017 North Central forward Kris Wilkes was in action on Tuesday night as the Indiana Junior All-Stars fell to the Indiana All-Stars, 118-96, at Bloomington South.

Wilkes finished with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting in 21 minutes. He also added four rebounds.

We’ve compiled video from his performance on Tuesday, which is available below:

Video: 2017 guard Paul Scruggs at Indiana Junior All Stars exhibition

Class of 2017 Southport guard Paul Scruggs was in action on Tuesday night as the Indiana Junior All-Stars fell to the Indiana All-Stars, 118-96, at Bloomington South.

Scruggs finished with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 22 minutes. He also added nine assists, eight rebounds, a steal and committed four turnovers.

We’ve compiled video from his performance on Tuesday, which is available below:

Indiana ranks 7th nationally in attendance for 2015-2016 season

Indiana men’s basketball finished seventh nationally in attendance during the 2015-2016 season according to numbers released Wednesday by the NCAA.

The Hoosiers drew an average of 17,106 fans per game over 17 games at Assembly Hall for a total of 290,809. That number was third in the Big Ten behind Maryland, which averaged 17,863 fans over 17 home games and Wisconsin, which averaged 17,287 fans over 18 home dates.

Indiana averaged 16,288 fans per game during the 2014-2015 season, which ranked eighth nationally.

Assembly Hall’s capacity is 17,472.

Indiana finished fifth nationally in attendance for the 2012-2013 season with an average of 17,412 fans per game and sixth in 2013-2014 with an average attendance of 17,359.

The Big Ten led the country in attendance for the 40th consecutive season with an average gate of 12,555 fans.

Charts with the top 25 schools for attendance for the 2015-2016 season as well as conference attendance are available below:

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Video: IU signee Grant Gelon at Indiana All Stars exhibition

Class of 2016 Crown Point wing and Indiana signee Grant Gelon was in action on Tuesday night as the Indiana All-Stars beat the Junior All-Stars, 118-96, at Bloomington South.

Gelon finished with five points on 2-of-6 shooting in 14 minutes. He also added six rebounds, an assist, a steal, two blocks and committed one turnover.

We’ve compiled video from his performance on Tuesday, which is available below:

Indiana All-Stars crush Juniors in first of two exhibitions

The Indiana Junior All-Stars may have more talent on paper than this year’s Indiana All-Stars, but you wouldn’t have known it on Tuesday night at Bloomington South.

In a exhibition that was never close, the Indiana All-Stars crushed the Juniors, 118-96, in the first of two games this week between the teams. They will meet again on Thursday night in Lebanon.

Eugene German, a point guard from 21st Century Academy in Gary who will attend Northern Illinois, led the Seniors with 19 points. Five others scored in double figures, including Mr. Basketball and Virginia signee Kyle Guy, who finished with 16 points.

Indiana signee Grant Gelon had five points on 2-of-6 shooting in 14 minutes. He also had six rebounds, an assist, a steal, two blocks and a turnover.

The Juniors, who trailed by 19 points less than nine minutes into the game, played better in the second half, but the contest had already been long decided.

The Indiana All-Stars had 22 offensive rebounds for 20 second chance points and also outscored the Juniors by 15 from the foul line.

North Central’s Kris Wilkes paced the Juniors with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Southport guard Paul Scruggs had 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, but also committed four turnovers in 22 minutes.

The Indiana All-Stars will play Kentucky this weekend on Saturday in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Sunday in Louisville at Bellarmine University in their annual series.

The full boxscore from the game is available below: