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Trevor Thompson’s father breaks down process

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As one of the top available transfers still on the board this spring, Indianapolis native Trevor Thompson is a priority for three Big Ten schools, including Indiana.

The Virginia Tech transfer averaged five points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a freshman and at close to 7-feet and 220 pounds, he’s viewed as a player who can make an impact beginning in the 2015-2016 season.

His father, Ryan, a former MLB outfielder who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and spent time with the Mets, Indians, Astros, Yankees, Marlins and Brewers, told Inside the Hall recently that a variety of factors went into his son’s decision to leave Blacksburg and pursue a new opportunity.

Among the factors mentioned were inconsistent playing time and being too far from home. Virginia Tech finished 9-22 and fired James Johnson at the end of the season, which made the decision to leave an even easier one.

“I want his college experience to be fun and enjoyable and I just didn’t sense that was happening for him,” he said. “And that’s an issue. It became really, really frustrating for the kid. I really wanted him to have fun and he didn’t.”

After receiving interest from numerous high major schools, Thompson is now focused on Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State.

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Class of 2014 forward Yante Maten commits to Georgia

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Class of 2014 Bloomfield Hills forward Yante Maten, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan, committed to Georgia on Saturday night.

Maten announced the news on his Twitter account and his high school coach, Duane Graves, confirmed the commitment to Inside the Hall.

“In Georgia, he found a school that best fits his wants and needs,” Graves said. “Educationally and athletically. I think it’s a great school. He couldn’t go wrong with any decision he made with all of the great schools that liked him.”

Indiana had Maten on campus recently for an official visit after offering him a scholarship on an in-home visit in late March. Maten received a scholarship offer from Michigan State last week, but ultimately chose the Bulldogs.

He also had offers from Colorado, TCU and Utah, among others.

Graves said the offers from Indiana and Michigan State were certainly appealing to Maten and made it tougher for him to make a decision as the process moved on.

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Josh Cunningham to visit South Carolina, pushes back announcement date

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Class of 2014 Morgan Park (Ill.) forward Josh Cunningham will not announce his college decision as originally scheduled on Wednesday, Apr. 9 according to reports by Evan Moore and The Chicago Tribune.

Instead, Cunningham will now announce his decision on Friday, Apr. 18 after he gets the opportunity to visit South Carolina next weekend. The NCAA is currently in a recruiting dead period that ends at noon on Thursday, April 10.

Rated the No. 107 nationally according to the 247Composite, Cunningham visited Bloomington for IU’s win over Ohio State back on March 2.

According to the Tribune, Cunningham is still considering offers from Bradley, Creighton, DePaul, Indiana, Iowa State, Minnesota and South Carolina.

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Temple transfer Anthony Lee commits to Ohio State

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Temple transfer Anthony Lee will play in the Big Ten next season as the former Owl picked Ohio State over a list of suitors that included Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville and Notre Dame.

“Anthony Lee is an Ohio State Buckeye!,” Lee’s father, Anthony Sr., told Inside the Hall in a text message.

The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Indiana and Notre Dame both visited Lee on Wednesday at Temple before he departed on Thursday for an official visit to Ohio State.

Lee joins an Ohio State frontcourt that will also include seniors Amir Williams and Trey McDonald.

As recently as Thursday, Lee’s father told Inside the Hall that he “planned to take other visits.”

In his redshirt junior year at Temple, Lee led the American Athletic Conference with 8.6 rebounds per game while adding 13.6 points per game.

Update: Lee just posted the following on his Twitter account:

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Temple transfer Anthony Lee begins taking official visits

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Temple transfer Anthony Lee has started the visit process of his recruitment following the announcement of his five finalists earlier this week.

Having narrowed his list of schools he is considering to Ohio State, Louisville, Indiana, Iowa State and Notre Dame, Lee and his parents will be in Columbus, Ohio, from Thursday to Saturday on an official visit to Ohio State.

Just one night earlier, on Wednesday night, Indiana head coach Tom Crean and assistant coach Kenny Johnson were in Philadelphia visiting Lee at Temple. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey also stopped in.

The meeting “went well,” Lee told Inside the Hall on Thursday, but no trip to Bloomington has been scheduled. In fact, no other visit has been planned outside Ohio State.

“Everybody wants to be last,” Lee’s father, Anthony Lee Sr. told Inside the Hall. “But we are definitely planning on taking other visits.”

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Robert Johnson ready to embrace challenge that awaits in Bloomington

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In his first season as the head coach at Benedictine College Preparatory  in Richmond, Virginia, Ryan Marable had a significant challenge to undertake.

It wasn’t an unfamiliar situation for Marable or something he didn’t know was coming as he’d spent the previous two seasons as an assistant on the Benedictine staff.

But as four starters departed the program for Division I destinations, the Cadets had plenty of production to replace and had only one constant remaining: Robert Johnson.

“We’re kind of similar to Indiana in terms of our basketball culture,” Marable told Inside the Hall. “If we don’t win the state championship, a lot of people say it’s a down year.”

Benedictine didn’t win the state championship.

But no one can consider their season, which ended up at 25-7 against a schedule that included opponents like Paul VI Catholic (Va.), St. Benedict’s (N.J.), and Huntington Prep (W.V.), anything but a success. A primary reason the program was able to sustain its winning ways was Johnson, who signed with Indiana last fall after a highly contested recruitment between the Hoosiers, Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia.

“His ability to not only score points when needed, but make other guys better was really the basis (for winning games),” Marable said. “I feel like he really grew into almost a college freshman playing high school basketball this year.”

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2014 forward Yante Maten excited by Indiana offer

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Indiana’s recruiting efforts for the class of 2014, which already includes James Blackmon Jr., Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson, are still ongoing.

With three scholarships now available for next season, IU extended an offer to the Gatorade player of the year in Michigan, Yante Maten. The offer came during an in-home visit.

“They’re interested in him as basically a stretch four,” Bloomfield Hills coach Duane Graves told Inside the Hall. “A little bit inside, a little bit outside. Yante is a phenomenal young man. They like his character, he’s actually a really good student as well.”

Maten, who led Bloomfield Hills to the Class A championship game, averaged 19.8 points, 15.2 rebounds, 6.6 blocks, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals through his team’s first 26 games.

Bloomfield Hills fell to Muskegon 91-67 on Saturday at the Breslin Center as Maten scored 13 points despite battling foul trouble.

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