Indiana’s pursuit of a big man for its 2010 class continues to roll on full steam ahead.
The latest target is 6-9, 230-pound Sioux Falls (SD) forward Cody Larson, who was released from his Letter of Intent with Iowa on April 9.
Larson, who committed to the Hawkeyes and former coach Todd Lickliter in September of 2008, met with new Iowa coach Fran McCaffery last Thursday and requested his release.
“Anytime you have a new coach, you have a whole new program,” Larson told Stu Whiney of The Argus Leader of his decision to re-open the process. “When I committed, I did it because of Coach Lickliter, and it was hard to see him leave. I just want to make sure I find what the best option is for me.”
On Sunday, the final day of the April 8-11 contact period, Tom Crean, Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer visited Larson in South Dakota, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Larson, who has four official visits remaining, is not speaking publicly about his recruitment at this time, but is expected to take some time to work through the recruiting process before making a decision. The spring signing period begins this Wednesday and concludes on May 19.
As a senior at Roosevelt High School, Larson averaged 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists, but was suspended near the conclusion of the season. Details of the suspension were not made public.
Larson’s game, which is described as a mix between a three, four and a five, reportedly has similarities to Mike Miller, who came through the same AAU program, the Dakota Schoolers. Scout.com lists Larson as a four-star prospect and the No. 23 power forward in the country while Rivals.com lists Larson as a three-star.
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Bleary-eyed reporters covering seemingly-endless hours of basketball with the Final Four 51 weeks away can only mean one thing: AAU season is officially on rock-and-roll.
Our good friends at the H-T, being both intrepid and equipped with constitutions of steel, were all over the IndyBall.com Shootout this weekend at North Central High School, where they got a look at plenty of prospects, including Bloomington South’s T.J. Bell, Muncie Central’s Jeremiah Davis and Hamilton Heights wing Austin Etherington.
Now IU’s lone commitment in the class of 2011, Etherington made an impression with 12 points against a Spiece team that Indiana Elite defeated 73-72. (By the way, I’m getting these stats from the venerable Hugh Kellenberger, via the above-linked post. I was covering Notre Dame baseball all Sunday.)
A busy summer lies ahead of Etherington, who said he’s pretty much willing to go wherever his Indiana Elite program wants him to, and he’ll do so in good company. Sunday at IndyBall, he plied his trade with many of the usual premiere Elite players, including Matt Carlino, Davis and Cody Zeller.
Despite the long layoff since his high school season ended on March 5 , Etherington said everyone felt good playing together pretty quickly.
“It didn’t take long for us to start playing together and get used to each other,” he said, noting that his Elite squad won the Shootout championship in overtime of the title game.
Medina (OH) forward Kenny Kaminski shot onto the IU recruiting radar last spring and summer as a sharpshooter that can fill it up. The 6-7, 180-pound forward helped lead Medina to a 20-3 record as a sophomore and averaged close to 17 points and seven rebounds per game.
Kaminski has scholarship offers from Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State and Inside the Hall caught up with the 2012 forward on Tuesday for a Q & A:
On his high school season:
“We ended up 20-3, so it was really good. It was one of the best records Medina’s ever had. We ended up losing in the district championship to Avon Lake. Probably should have won the game, but they just played really well. They shot something like 67 percent and that’s hard to beat.”
On the upcoming AAU season:
“I’ll be with Indiana Elite with D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin. I played with them last year for one tournament in the Bob Gibbons and they’re a bunch of great guys and they have a great team. So Coach Adams invited me to come out for a practice, actually this last weekend and I did, and I’ve decided now that I’m going to stay with them all year.”
If the state of Indiana didn’t know the name Nic Moore prior to this season, they do now. The 5-9, 170-pound guard led Warsaw to a 23-3 record and the 4A state championship game, where the Tigers fell to North Central, 95-74. Moore scored 28 points in that game and will play AAU this spring and summer with Spiece. Inside the Hall caught up with Moore on Monday for a Q & A:
On Warsaw’s run to the state championship game and what he took from the season:
“When things got tough, I learned not to get mad and handle myself. It was a great season with me and all of the guys becoming like a family. After we lost the Noblesville game, we realized that rebounding was going to help us win, so that’s one thing we worked on in practice. North Central, they’re a good team, but it was a fun run.”
On the difference in the game against North Central:
“Their depth. They play like 13 guys, so if one of them got tired, someone just as good as them was coming in. So I think that’s what kind of hurt us.”
On the recruiting interest Indiana has shown:
“They were recruiting me and then everybody was getting ready for the tournament so it was kind of slow with everything. But now, Coach Crean came to our practice at Conseco and he was there at the game, so I think they’ll give me a call here later in the week after stuff settles down and talk to me.”
On schools that have offered a scholarship and the other schools showing interest:
“The schools that have offered are IPFW, Valparaiso, Evansville, Ohio University and St. Bonaventure. Ball State looks at me, Butler, Purdue, Michigan.”
On what the Indiana staff likes about his game and what he needs to work on:
“They like that I play hard and that I’m a leader. They want me to work on getting into the lane and dishing off.”
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Some video highlights of Moore from Warsaw’s Semistate win over Carroll after the jump.
I got ahold of Joe Boncore, Moses Abraham’s adviser, this evening and we chatted for a good 15 minutes on Moses’ recruitment and eventual decision to commit to Georgetown. Essentially, what it boils down to, according to Boncore, is this:
Abraham loved Indiana. He loved everything about it — facilities, players, coaches, tradition, the works. And when Abraham talked to Boncore about it, Boncore said he essentially asked Abraham, “So you want to commit to Indiana, then?”
But Abraham chose Georgetown because, Boncore said, the player simply felt more comfortable staying in D.C., the only place in America he’s ever lived and closer to the few friends he’s made while he’s lived here.
“It’s a smaller school,” Boncore said, “and he doesn’t know a lot of people.”
Boncore also admitted that Abraham’s uncle, who essentially raised the player after his father died, “had the biggest influence” in the four-star forward’s decision.
“He’s more upset than anybody,” Boncore said of Abraham, who, his adviser said, felt terrible having to tell Tom Crean no. “But the kid can’t play two places.”
Update: Hugh Kellenberger of The Herald-Times talked to Carlino about his decision to open up his recruitment. When Kellenberger asked if re-commiting to IU was an option, Carlino had this to say.
“For right now, it’s not (an option). I like IU a lot. But right now, coach Crean said — he told me that he doesn’t need any players there that aren’t 100 percent committed to the program and everything, and obviously he knew I was thinking that way. He told me that it was good for me to tell him now, instead of being there and having those kind of thoughts. He respected my decision.”
It’s been an eventful evening, to say the least, in the world of Indiana basketball.
First, The Washington Post reported Moses Abraham gave a verbal pledge to Georgetown on the day he returned from his official visit to Bloomington.
And now, in a confirmation of a story reported earlier by Mike Pegram, Matt Carlino has confirmed to Inside the Hall that he has decided to open up his recruitment.
“Coach Crean and his staff have been great to me,” Carlino wrote in a text message to Inside the Hall. “However, I feel that I committed too early and although I like Indiana, I felt it would be good to explore other options.”
Carlino, a 6-3 guard, played this past season at Bloomington South after transferring from Highland High, near Phoenix (AZ). He committed to Indiana shortly after attending an Elite Camp in August of 2008.
Indiana now has one player committed, Hamilton Heights wing Austin Etherington, in its 2011 recruiting class.
Related: J.R. Holmes expects Carlino to return to Bloomington South, according to Hugh Kellenberger of The Herald-Times.
According to a report published by Steve Yanda of The Washington Post, Moses Abraham, the 6-9 forward from Progressive Christian Academy, has committed to play for Georgetown.
Abraham, a 6-foot-9 forward in the Class of 2010, orally committed Thursday to play for Georgetown. Abraham arrived in the United States last November and had been recruited by Indiana, Maryland, Tennessee and UCLA, among others.
Abraham made a two-day official visit to Indiana earlier this week, after which Joe Boncore, Abraham’s adviser, had what he called “a long talk” with Georgetown Coach John Thompson III and former Georgetown Coach John Thompson II. Following that discussion, Abraham chose to commit to the Hoyas.
If this report is indeed accurate, and all signs indicate that it is, the focus now shifts to Will Yeguete and John Wilkins as potential front court additions for Indiana this spring. We’ll hopefully have more on this development later, but thus far we’ve been unsuccessful in contacting Boncore.
Related: Boncore tells ZagsBlog that Abraham’s uncle wants him to go to Georgetown, so he’s going to Georgetown.