Indiana ranked preseason No. 12 by Athlon Sports

The Athlon Sports college basketball preview magazine hits newsstands on September 6 and as we mentioned earlier in the week, Indiana’s Thomas Bryant is featured on one of the regional covers.

We’ll have a more detailed post with some IU and Big Ten centric notes once the magazine is officially released, but Indiana is ranked No. 12 in the magazine’s preseason top 25.

Here’s what Athlon says about the Hoosiers:

Thomas Bryant’s return was a huge boon for the Hoosiers’ hopes to repeat as Big Ten champs. Veteran Yogi Ferrell is gone, but OG Anunoby is ready to become a star.

Other Big Ten teams in the preseason top 25 include Wisconsin (10), Michigan State (11) and Purdue (14).

A closer look at Indiana’s 2016-2017 Big Ten schedule

The Big Ten announced the 2016-2017 men’s basketball schedule on Thursday afternoon, which you can find in its entirety at this link.

The announcement means Indiana’s complete 2016-2017 schedule is now out with the exception of one exhibition game. We broke down the non-conference schedule last week, but here are some thoughts on IU’s 18-game league schedule:

· The early portion could allow for a strong start: Indiana’s Big Ten schedule isn’t as easy as it was out of the gate last season, but with five of its first seven league games at Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers could again start strong in league play.

Indiana’s first three Big Ten games are in Bloomington: Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois. The timing of the Louisville non-conference game means that the Hoosiers will open with the Huskers before two off days and then the meeting with the Cardinals in Indianapolis.

After the three straight home games, Indiana will alternate between the road and home with games at Maryland, at home against Rutgers, at Penn State and then at home against Michigan State. If the Hoosiers are going to repeat as Big Ten champion, protecting home court against Wisconsin and Michigan State will be important, particularly with no return trip to East Lansing.

· The final portion of the schedule looks … tricky: According to an Indiana spokesperson, the Hoosiers will be the first Big Ten team since Northwestern in 2009 to finish league play with four of their five league games on the road.

The final five games: at Minnesota, at Iowa, home against Northwestern, at Purdue and at Ohio State. Indiana went 6-3 in Big Ten road games last season and a repeat of that record will be hard to duplicate. If Indiana can emerge from that final stretch with a 3-2 mark, it would have to be viewed as a success.

· Weekend home games: It’s hard to beat the atmosphere of a weekend Big Ten game at Assembly Hall and fans will have five of those this season. (The Hoosiers also played five weekend Big Ten home games last season.)

In January, Indiana will host Illinois on a Saturday, Rutgers on a Saturday and Michigan State on a Saturday. And in February, there’s a Sunday home game with Michigan and a game with Northwestern that will fall on Saturday or Sunday.

The games with Michigan State and Michigan could be strong possibilities for national broadcasts on CBS.

· Most favorable three-game stretch: Go ahead and pencil in the start of the league schedule here with three straight home games against Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois.

· Toughest three-game stretch: Nothing really stands out, but the stretch of at Wisconsin and then home games against Purdue and Michigan will provide three straight difficult tests for the Hoosiers.

Big Ten announces 2016-2017 men’s basketball schedule

The Big Ten just announced the 2016-2017 conference schedule and you can view Indiana’s 18-game league schedule below, along with a release from IU regarding the matchups, below:

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – The Big Ten Conference announced the dates and matchups for all conference games during the 2016-17 season today, and Indiana, the defending Big Ten champions, will begin defense of their title on Dec. 28 at home against Nebraska.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held in Washington D.C. for the first time. All 14 teams will advance to the tournament, with two first-round games slated for Wednesday, March 8. The No. 12 seed will face the No. 13 seed, while the No. 11 seed will take on the No. 14 seed. The top four teams will receive first and second round byes and advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 10.

Television designations for the Big Ten men’s basketball conference schedule and Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be announced at a later date.

Indiana won the 2016 Big Ten title with at 15-3 record, the 22nd conference crown in school history and the 13th outright, both are tied for the most in Big Ten history. IU has won the Big Ten regular season title in two of the last four seasons.

(Note: Our schedule page has also been updated.)

2016-2017 Big Ten schedule

December 28
Nebraska at Indiana

January 3
Wisconsin at Indiana

January 7
Illinois at Indiana

January 10
Indiana at Maryland

January 15
Rutgers at Indiana

January 18
Indiana at Penn State

January 21
Michigan State at Indiana

January 26
Indiana at Michigan

January 29
Indiana at Northwestern

February 1
Penn State at Indiana

February 5
Indiana at Wisconsin

February 9
Purdue at Indiana

February 12
Michigan at Indiana

February 15
Indiana at Minnesota

February 21
Indiana at Iowa

February 25 or 26
Northwestern at Indiana

February 28
Indiana at Purdue

March 4
Indiana at Ohio State

Tip times and television designations will be announced at a later date.

Five-star Kris Wilkes sets date for official visit to Indiana

Class of 2017 North Central forward Kris Wilkes, one of Indiana’s top recruiting targets, has set a date for his official visit to Bloomington.

As reported by Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star and also shared on Twitter by Mike Peterson, coach of the Indy Hoosiers, Wilkes will be in Bloomington for a visit from September 30 through October 2.

Wilkes will also take official visits to Illinois on the weekend of September 9-11 and to UCLA on the weekend of September 23-25. Additionally, Wilkes will host Xavier for an in-home visit on September 13.

UConn is the other school that Wilkes is considering, but no visit date there has been announced.

There will be football games on campus during each of the three official visits that Wilkes has planned. Illinois hosts North Carolina on September 10, UCLA hosts Stanford on September 24 and Indiana hosts Michigan State on October 1.

Indiana has recruited Wilkes for more than three years and was the first school to offer him a scholarship.

He’s ranked the No. 17 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite. As a junior at North Central, Wilkes averaged 22.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Over the summer, the 6-foot-8 forward played with the Indy Hoosiers, an Under Armour sponsored grassroots program, in the UA Association finals in Atlanta. He also tried out for the USA Basketball U18 team, was a core Indiana Junior All-Star, attended Steph Curry’s camp in California and participated in the Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte.

Video: IU provides update on Assembly Hall renovations

On Wednesday, Inside IU Bloomington posted a video detailing the progress of the Assembly Hall renovations, which will be completed by the start of the 2016-17 season.

You can read more about the progress at this link, but we’ve shared a video update below:

Around the Hall: BTN TV schedule, Blackmon Jr., Anunoby’s dunk, more

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

The Big Ten Network announced its “most compelling” non-conference TV schedule and has the details:

BTN today announced the most-compelling Big Ten men’s basketball non-conference television schedule in network history. The slate features six matchups of teams that appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats at Purdue on Nov. 14 as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games and the 2014 national champion Connecticut Huskies at Ohio State on Dec. 10. The network’s schedule includes two Final Four teams from each of the last three seasons.

Premier matchups also include Oklahoma, fresh off a Final Four appearance, traveling to Madison to take on the Badgers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys visiting College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Dec. 3. In-state rivalry games will feature Creighton and Nebraska on Dec. 7 and Butler and Indiana in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on Dec. 17. The State Farm Chicago Legends at the United Center will feature Dayton vs Northwestern and BYU vs. Illinois also on Dec. 17.

Chad Ford of ESPN Insider published Mock Draft 1.0 for 2017 on Tuesday with two IU players in the first round ($):

Anunoby was a breakout star in the NCAA Tournament, and with his size, athleticism and ability to shoot 3s, he fits the type of 3-and-D player that scouts covet these days.

If he breaks out again this year, I’m not sure he’ll still be around at No. 17.

Vigilant Sports caught up with Yogi Ferrell recently for a podcast interview:

Yogi Ferrell is ready to begin the next phase of his life, as a professional. After four seasons in Bloomington, the Park Tudor and Indiana University graduate will head to Brooklyn to prepare for training camp near the end of August, one month before camp opens.

Ferrell went through 16 pre-draft workouts but did not get drafted, although teams were interested in drafting and stashing him overseas. Instead, the 6-foot point guard elected to go the route of free agency.

The official IU Twitter account shared this video of OG Anunoby from a workout this week in Bloomington:

The college basketball staff looked at interesting alumni from each preseason top 25 team, including Indiana:

11. Indiana Hoosiers: Jamie Hyneman

The co-host of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel has a degree in Russian language and linguistics from Indiana University. For 13 years, “Mythbusters” dazzled audiences by exploring myths from films and folklore, and it aired its final episode in May. A favorite topic? Perhaps the episode that focused on whether it was better to use an ax or firearm to protect yourself during a zombie apocalypse.

Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. is one of the nation’s best “microwave scorers,” according to

With Yogi Ferrell’s departure, all eyes will be on Blackmon this season in Bloomington.

That’s likely fine with him. Despite other questions about his game, one thing is undeniable: Blackmon can put up a lot of points in a hurry. He missed 22 games due to injury last season, but when he did play, he scored at will – Blackmon averaged 15.8 points per game.

Blackmon is a fantastic shooter (46.3 percent from deep last season) and is capable of breaking defenders down off the dribble. He scored 33 points on just 15 shots last year against Alcorn State, and if the Hoosiers’ offense is ailing, Blackmon is the guy who can stop the bleeding.

Indiana updates 2016-17 roster with uniform numbers, heights, weights

Indiana released a new version of its roster this afternoon with updated heights and weights for new and returning players.

The most significant changes came for what appears to be a bulked up frontcourt. Thomas Bryant, who was listed at 245 pounds as a freshman, is now 255 pounds.

Sophomore Juwan Morgan is up 25 pounds from a season ago and is now listed at 230 pounds. He’s also now listed at 6-foot-8 after being listed at 6-foot-7 as a freshman. Sophomore OG Anunoby is now listed at 235 pounds after being listed at 215 as a freshman.

Junior Josh Newkirk is also up 10 pounds to 195 and James Blackmon Jr. is up five pounds to 200. Senior Collin Hartman also moved from 215 pounds to 220.

The updated roster also has uniform numbers, heights and weights for seven new players.

Freshman De’Ron Davis, who will wear No. 20, is listed at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds. Freshman Curtis Jones, who will wear No. 0, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds. Freshman Devonte Green, who will wear No. 11, is listed at 6-foot-3 and 186 pounds. And freshman Grant Gelon, who will wear No. 24, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds.

Junior Freddie McSwain will wear No. 21 and is listed at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds.

Walk-ons Johnny Jager (No. 10) and Zach McRoberts (No. 15) are also on the updated roster.

You can view all of the roster updates over on our roster page.

Tuesday roundup: Crean addresses Ravens, top newcomers, more

Indiana coach Tom Crean was in Indianapolis over the weekend for the Baltimore Ravens-Indianapolis Colts preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Ravens are coached by Crean’s brother-in-law, John Harbaugh, who has attended several Indiana games over Crean’s tenure in Bloomington. Harbaugh has also addressed the Indiana locker room on multiple occasions.

On Saturday, Harbaugh asked Crean to address the Ravens following a 19-18 win over the Colts:

Bryant on regional covers for Sporting News, Athlon Sports yearbooks

Indiana sophomore forward Thomas Bryant was recently named a preseason first team All-American by Blue Ribbon, which included a spot on the Blue Ribbon yearbook.

The preseason accolades continue to roll in for Bryant as The Sporting News and Athlon Sports have both selected Bryant to appear on regional covers that will go on sale early next month.

ESPN names Davis one of Big Ten’s top newcomers continues its various preseason preview content and recently, senior writer Dana O’Neil revealed her list of the league’s top five newcomers for the 2016-2017 season.

De’Ron Davis, who arrived on campus on Sunday morning, was among the five:

Coach Tom Crean promised Davis a scholarship before the power forward even got into high school, offering a spot on the Hoosiers roster back when Davis was an eighth-grader. Of course at the time, Davis was the top-rated eighth grader in the country, so it wasn’t a terrible idea. Like most early rankings and early offers, theirs was tested. Davis’ ranking didn’t remain static as he matured. Plus the Hoosiers didn’t necessarily remain a safe choice, as Crean’s job security came under heavy scrutiny. Davis scored more than 1,500 points, pulled down more than 1,000 rebounds and set a Colorado state record in blocked shots in high school. The two sides remained loyal, and the result is an upgrade from a formidable Hoosiers frontcourt into a downright terrifying one. With Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby electing to stay in school, defending Big Ten champion Indiana is loaded.

The other newcomers on the list: Josh Langford and Miles Bridges of Michigan State, Minnesota’s Amir Coffey and Penn State’s Tony Carr.

Four-star point guard will take official visit to Indiana

One of Indiana’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2017, point guard Tremont Waters, has scheduled three official visits.

Waters, who transferred from South Kent Prep (Conn.) to Notre Dame-West Haven for his senior season, will take official visits to Georgetown, Indiana and Kansas this fall.

The 5-foot-10 guard is ranked the No. 40 player in the 247Composite.

Crean to speak at Boys and Girls Club on Thursday

Tom Crean will speak at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington on Thursday, Aug. 25 as a part of the “Man Up To Make A Difference” event.

More details are available here.

2016-2017 Big Ten preview: Top non-conference games

With the start of college basketball practice season five weeks from Friday, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next couple of months. Today, we begin our look at the Big Ten with ten non-conference games, listed in chronological order, that you’ll want to mark on your calendars as must see. Note: Rankings are from Eamonn Brennan’s preseason top 25 on

No. 11 Indiana vs. No. 4 Kansas, Nov. 11
Event: Armed Forces Classic
TV coverage: ESPN

We won’t be waiting long to get a premier matchup in college basketball this season. Two of the most storied programs in the country will square off on the first day of the season, which is on Veterans Day. The venue will be unique as the Hoosiers and Jayhawks will meet at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. The individual battles in this game could be fascinating. Kansas has a veteran backcourt that could give Indiana plenty of problems plus Josh Jackson, who could be the nation’s best freshman. But the Jayhawks will have to contend with IU’s depth up front, which includes a Blue Ribbon preseason first team All-American in Thomas Bryant.

No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Arizona, Nov. 11
Event: Armed Forces Classic
TV coverage: ESPN

If it wasn’t enough to watch Indiana play Kansas on the opening night of the season, the Armed Forces Classic will also feature the Spartans and Wildcats doing battle. Both of these teams have plenty of young talent. Michigan State will be relying heavily on Miles Bridges and Josh Langford, a pair of freshmen McDonald’s All-Americans. Arizona, meanwhile, loaded up again in recruiting with Rawle Alkins and Lauri Markkanen, a native of Finland to go along with some strong returnees, including Allonzo Trier.

No. 2 Villanova at No. 14 Purdue, Nov. 14
Event: Gavitt Tipoff Games
TV coverage: TBA

The Boilermakers will have a chance to make a statement early in the season as the defending champs make a trip to West Lafayette. Villanova’s preseason ranking isn’t window dressing as Jay Wright has the roster to again contend for a national title. Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins, Phil Booth and Jalen Brunson are all back in the fold and five-star freshman big man Omari Spellman arrives. Purdue, meanwhile, could have one of the nation’s best frontcourts but still has questions in the backcourt. Mackey Arena will provide an amazing atmosphere, but Villanova can win anywhere.

No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 3 Kentucky, Nov. 15
Event: Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden
TV coverage: ESPN

How’s this for a start to the season for Michigan State? The Spartans play Arizona in Hawaii and then Kentucky on three days rest in New York City. After a second round NCAA tournament exit to Indiana last season, John Calipari has again loaded up his roster with stud recruits. Tyler Ulis is gone, but the Wildcats welcome in five recruits ranked in the top 21 in the final RSCI top 100 rankings. The last time these two teams met in the Champions Classic, Michigan State prevailed 78-74.

No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 20 Creighton, Nov. 15
Event: Gavitt Tipoff Games
TV coverage: TBA

There was an adjustment period for the Badgers last season as they shifted from Bo Ryan to Greg Gard, but there will be no rebuilding project this season in Madison. Gard returns every notable piece from last season’s team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Creighton put together a solid 20-15 season in 2015-16, but missed on the NCAA tournament. The Bluejays return most of their core and also welcome Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster. The Century Link Center provides one of the better home court advantages in the country, which could make an upset possible in Omaha.

No. 25 Syracuse at No. 8 Wisconsin, Nov. 29
Event: Big Ten-ACC Challenge
TV coverage: ESPN

This is a rematch of last season’s thriller at the Carrier Dome, which Wisconsin won, 66-58 in overtime. The Orange lost a ton from last year’s surprising Final Four team, but return Tyler Lydon and welcome top 35 freshman Tyus Battle. The Kohl Center is one of the nation’s toughest venues, but the Badgers surprisingly lost three non-conference games there last season. Don’t expect that to happen again in 2016-17.

No. 10 Michigan State at No. 1 Duke, Nov. 29
Event: Big Ten-ACC Challenge
TV coverage: ESPN

Michigan State could enter this matchup with plenty of confidence after games with Arizona and Kentucky. Or the Spartans could emerge from those two games with a long list of items to work on. Either way, going to Duke won’t be easy. In a normal year, Kentucky would have easily had the nation’s best recruiting class. But this wasn’t a normal year. Coach K went out and nabbed two of the nation’s top four players in Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum. The Blue Devils also return Grayson Allen, a Blue Ribbon preseason first team All-American. Cameron Indoor Stadium will be rocking for this game.

No. 14 Purdue at No. 13 Louisville, Nov. 30
Event: Big Ten-ACC Challenge
TV coverage: ESPN

It might not get the same billing as the other marquee Big Ten-ACC Challenge games, but this should be a fascinating matchup. Both programs typically win with defense and given the size Purdue can put on the floor, Louisville is going to be challenged in the paint. But will Purdue’s guards be able to handle the defensive pressure? The Boilermakers have three potential point guards in Spike Albrecht, P.J. Thompson and Carsen Edwards and one of them better be ready to meet full court pressure head on.

No. 6 North Carolina at No. 11 Indiana, Nov. 30
Event: Big Ten-ACC Challenge
TV coverage: ESPN

For the second time in five seasons, the Tar Heels and Hoosiers will meet in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge in Bloomington. This is also a rematch from last year’s NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen game in Philadelphia, which North Carolina win comfortably. Indiana was undefeated last season in Assembly Hall and this will be the first and only marquee non-conference home game next season. After a heart breaking loss in the national title game, the Tar Heels return the talent to beat anyone with Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry all back in Chapel Hill.

No. 11 Indiana vs. No. 13 Louisville, Dec. 31
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV coverage: TBA

After locking horns in the 2014 Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, Indiana and Louisville agreed to a three-year series in the summer of 2015. This is the first of the three games and it’ll tip off in Indianapolis before shifting to Louisville in 2017 and Bloomington in 2018. Fans of both programs hope it will become an annual series. The Cardinals like to win with defensive pressure and Indiana can be turnover prone at times, which will present a challenge for a backcourt that graduated Yogi Ferrell. The Hoosiers could enjoy a frontcourt advantage with Bryant, Anunoby, Juwan Morgan and De’Ron Davis. Given how both fanbases travel to support their teams, Bankers Life Fieldhouse should be full and rocking for this one.

De’Ron Davis now on campus, high school coach says

The wait is over for De’Ron Davis to arrive at Indiana.

Overland coach Danny Fisher told Inside the Hall this morning that Davis, a class of 2016 four-star forward, arrived in Indiana this morning.

“He’s there,” Fisher said via text message. “Arrived early this morning.”

The freshman big man is also now listed in IU’s online student directory, as pointed out by Zach Osterman and Stu Jackson.

Davis spent the summer in Colorado working out with Fisher and finishing up academic requirements.

Davis chose the Hoosiers last November over Mississippi State. He is ranked the No. 40 prospect nationally in the final RSCI rankings for the class of 2016.

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The 6-foot-9 forward was named Mr. Basketball in Colorado for 2016 by The Denver Post in the spring. He led Overland to two consecutive 5A state titles and finished his high school career with 442 blocked shots.

In four seasons, Davis and Overland compiled an 83-25 record.

The fall semester begins on Monday in Bloomington and practice for the 2016-17 season officially begins on September 30.

Indiana opens the regular season on Friday, November 11 against Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii.