POTB 126: McSwain’s impact and Blackmon Jr.’s decision to test NBA waters

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 in the first segment by Neosho County Community College coach Jeremy Coombs to discuss Freddie McSwain. In the second segment, Inside the Hall editor Ryan Corazza joins Morris and Bozich to discuss James Blackmon Jr.’s decision to declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent.

Among the topics discussed:

· McSwain’s skill set and how it can help Indiana
· The path McSwain took to get to junior college
· When McSwain’s recruitment took off
· Why Indiana was able to separate from other schools and earn his commitment
· What McSwain is like off the court
· Where he needs to improve to reach his ultimate goal of playing professionally
· The decision of Blackmon Jr. to enter the draft and whether it’s a good one
· How Blackmon Jr. will impact next year’s team if he returns to school
· Whether Blackmon Jr. is underrated now because of all the criticism his defense took last season

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

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James Blackmon Jr. declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent

In a Monday evening release, the Indiana men’s basketball program announced James Blackmon Jr. will declare for the NBA Draft, but won’t hire an agent.

From the release:

“James is going to test the waters and see where he stands in the eyes of the NBA at this time,” Tom Crean said. “He is going to go through the process with both eyes open with the goal of receiving the most complete and current evaluation possible.”

Blackmon Jr.’s decision to not hire an agent allows him the option to attend next month’s draft combine (if invited) in Chicago (May 11-15) and interview and work out for NBA teams while still being able to return to the Hoosiers next season.

The sophomore will get 10 days after the draft combine to make a decision on whether to stay in the draft or return for his junior season.

The Marion product played in just 13 games a sophomore before suffering a season-ending right knee ACL injury on the Monday before Indiana’s Big Ten opener at Rutgers.

Blackmon Jr. tore his left ACL while during his sophomore season at Fort Wayne Luers and also suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee this past offseason in Bloomington.

He averaged 15.8 points per game and shot 46.3 percent on 3-pointers in his second season.

Indiana junior forward Troy Williams has also declared for the NBA draft without hiring an agent while Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby both announced they will return to school next season.

POTB 124: IU signee and Colorado Mr. Basketball De’Ron Davis

Podcast on the Brink is back for a bonus 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, Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich is joined by class of 2016 Indiana signee and Colorado Mr. Basketball De’Ron Davis, who is in Louisville this week for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

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POTB 121: Mike DeCourcy on Bryant’s return, IU outlook

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new 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 week’s edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News to talk about Villanova’s national championship win over North Carolina, the decision of Thomas Bryant to return for his sophomore season and much more. (Note: Alex and Jerod also stick around after interviewing Mike to react to the Bryant news.)

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