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Oladipo on Bryant: “He’s gonna be a huge help”

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Former Indiana All-American and current Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was courtside for Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center.

Oladipo, who averaged over 17 points in his second NBA season, is a Jordan Brand athlete, along with Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.

In an interview with ESPN2 during the broadcast for the Jordan Brand Classic, Oladipo was asked for his thoughts on class of 2015 big man Thomas Bryant, who committed to the Hoosiers earlier this month.

“I thought they did a great job (this past season), but we do need an inside presence,” Oladipo said. “They need an inside presence, especially defensively, someone to protect the paint and rebound. So he’s going to be big for us. He’s gonna be a huge help.”

Bryant finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for the East team, which fell 118-116 to the West, in the Jordan Brand Classic.

He was 5-of-10 from the field, 0-of-3 on 3-pointers and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.

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Reports: Indiana offers JUCO guard Mychal Mulder

MulderIndiana already has two players signed for its 2015 class and expects to receive a National Letter of Intent soon from McDonald’s All-American Thomas Bryant, but the Hoosiers may not be done recruiting for the incoming class.

According to reports from The Lexington Herald-Leader and Peegs.com, Vincennes Junior College (Ind.) guard Mychal Mulder has a scholarship offer from Indiana.

The 6-foot-4 Mulder, who is originally from Windsor, Ontario, averaged 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds last season and will have two years of eligibility at his next school.

Earlier this month, Vincennes assistant coach Brian Davis told Inside the Hall’s Jordan Littman that Creighton, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Missouri, Wichita State were the schools with offers out to Mulder.

Kentucky is also now involved with the JUCO All-American, per multiple reports. The Wildcats lost seven players early to the NBA draft.

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Tony Carr on IU offer: “It means everything”

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Throughout the 2014-2015 season, 2016 guard Tony Carr watched Indiana basketball on TV.

The Hoosiers had just started recruiting the 6-foot-4 guard, ranked No. 91 in the junior class by the 247Composite, and the Hoosiers had already extended a scholarship offer to his close friend, 6-foot-6 junior Lamar Stevens.

So on Saturday, when the Hoosiers finally extended an offer to Carr, the rising senior got exactly what he wanted.

“It means everything, man,” Carr told Inside the Hall on Monday. “I’ve been watching Indiana all season on TV, and I just know it’s a great school and they have great history, great tradition there. And once I heard I got the offer, I was just super excited.”

But for Carr, Indiana’s offer has extra significance.

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Derby Festival Basketball Classic recap: Thomas Bryant

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Class of 2015 Huntington Prep (W.V.) big man and IU commit Thomas Bryant was one of three future Hoosiers who participated in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall.

Inside the Hall was there for both practices, the Night of the Future Stars event and the game. Today, we conclude our recap of the weekend for all three recruits with our look at Bryant.

Game stats

19 points (8-of-13 FG, 3-of-6 3PFG), six rebounds (two offensive), two blocks, two turnovers and a steal in 20 minutes; Purple Team MVP

Player observations

For those who had a chance to watch Bryant in Louisville, it is hard to draw anything but positives about his weekend. Off the court in interviews, he is an engaging and polite kid who likes to smile and laugh. His personality is one that Indiana fans should quickly embrace. And on the court, there’s plenty to like about the player he is now and the player he can become once he arrives in Bloomington. He’s only 17 and won’t turn 18 until late July, which means there’s still a chance he will continue to grow. He’s certainly strong enough to hold his own right now in the paint, but should look like a totally different person, particularly in the upper body, once he goes through several months of weight training at the college level.

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Derby Festival Basketball Classic recap: O.G. Anunoby

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Class of 2015 Jefferson City (Mo.) forward and IU signee O.G. Anunoby was one of three future Hoosiers who participated in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall.

Inside the Hall was there for both practices, the Night of the Future Stars event and the game and will be recapping the weekend for all three recruits.

Game stats

12 points (4-of-7 FG, 0-of-1 3PFG, 4-4 FT), four rebounds (one offensive), one assist, one steal in 18 minutes

Player observations

Along with Louisville recruit Ryan McMahon, Anunoby was one of just two recruits selected for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic without much of a national profile, but used the weekend to showcase that he belonged. A long, athletic wing, Anunoby is a legit 6-foot-7 and showed off his ability to rise and finish at the rim in Friday morning’s practice. In fact, one of the event organizers told me that many of his peers believed he would win the dunk contest on Friday night, a prediction that didn’t come to fruition after he got off to a rocky start on his first dunk and never recovered.

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Derby Festival Basketball Classic recap: Juwan Morgan

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Class of 2015 Waynesville (Mo.) forward and IU signee Juwan Morgan was one of three future Hoosiers who participated in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall.

Inside the Hall was there for both practices, the Night of the Future Stars event and the game and will be recapping the weekend for all three recruits.

Game stats

12 points (6-of-7 FG), six rebounds (three offensive), two steals in 20 minutes

Player observations

For a player who told us Thursday he envisions himself doing the “garbage type of deal” on the floor when he arrives in Bloomington, the platform of an all-star game to showcase his talents wasn’t necessarily the best to get a feel for Morgan. He’s been listed at 6-foot-8 by most of the recruiting services, but his length is going to allow him to play taller. The addition of Thomas Bryant will allow him to play his natural position, which is the four, and he isn’t going to need the ball in his hands to be effective.

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IU recruits prevail in 2015 Derby Festival Basketball Classic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Future Indiana teammates Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby and Thomas Bryant were teammates in Saturday’s 2015 Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall, prevailing 127-119 over a team featuring four University of Louisville signees and McDonald’s All-American Diamond Stone.

Bryant, who finished with 19 points and six rebounds, won the MVP for the Purple team. He hit eight of his 13 field field goal attempts, including 3-of-6 on 3-pointers.

Morgan had 12 points and six rebounds while Anunoby, who was voted the game’s “fan-favorite” by the 5,150 in attendance, had 12 points and four rebounds.

Afterward, both Bryant and Morgan talked about the experience and their futures in Bloomington with reporters and both media sessions are available after the jump:

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