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Peter Jurkin transferring to East Tennessee State

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Former Indiana center Peter Jurkin will finish his collegiate career at East Tennessee State.

Jurkin announced his decision to transfer in late June and announced his destination today on his Twitter account:

Jurkin played just 11 minutes last season for the Hoosiers and averaged 0.3 points and 0.5 rebounds.

The South Sudan native originally came to Indiana in the 2012 class with Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Jeremy Hollowell and Yogi Ferrell.

A former three-star recruit, Jurkin was never healthy at Indiana as he struggled to overcome leg injuries.

2016 guard Rawle Alkins enjoying busy summer

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif.  — It has been a long summer for class of 2016 shooting guard Rawle Alkins, and it was made clear on Saturday morning at adidas Nations.

As his team was partaking in a game against Latin America, the No. 34 prospect in the 2016 class was shuffling in and out of the action, dealing with back issues.

Despite the health concerns, though, Alkins scored a team-high 22 points in that game and ranked third overall during the course of adidas Nations with 18.2 points per game for Team Wall.

And the roller-coaster summer will continue for him this upcoming Saturday, too, when he plays in the Big Strick Classic in his hometown of New York City.

“Every day, something is new,” Alkins said. “Every day, I’m getting calls, invitations to everything. Just getting to travel everywhere, it’s amazing.

“It’s like every weekend I’m going somewhere. I’m never in town, but I’m always repping New York.”

Alkins has raised the eyebrows of the many scouts and college coaches who have watched him breeze past competition on the court, earning scholarship offers from Louisville, NC State, Miami and most recently, Kansas, among others.

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2016 guard Kyle Guy sees explosion in recruitment

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Just two and a half weeks ago, 2016 guard Kyle Guy and his Indiana Elite 2015 squad was in Redondo Beach, Calif., participating in the Battle at the Beach tournament.

There, he spoke of a few schools showing interest, but nothing had significantly changed in his recruitment.

Two weeks later, he was back in southern California. This time, on two days notice, he was participating in one of the most prestigious youth basketball camps in the country: adidas Nations. And plenty has changed in those two weeks.

“This is always a dream for me,” Guy told Inside the Hall on Saturday morning. “But I didn’t think it would be like this.”

When Indiana Elite arrived in Las Vegas from Redondo Beach for the adidas Super64, the final tournament of the adidas Gauntlet held from July 23-27, Guy and his teammates felt confident.

After all, they recorded a 12-4 record in their first three tournaments in the Gauntlet and felt they were being overlooked heading into the the tournament. As Guy, the No. 118 prospect in the 2016 class, said, “we had a chip on our shoulder.”

“Everyone talks about Dream Vision for one and Game Elite and all that, and they just overlooked us,” he said. “We knew we were going to go in and take care of business.”

And they did.

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2016 four-star forward Braxton Blackwell ends his ‘crazy’ summer

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Even though it was his last tournament of the summer, class of 2016 forward Braxton Blackwell was particularly excited to participate in adidas Nations this past weekend.

Playing alongside the likes of fellow Indiana targets Thon Maker, De’Ron Davis and Eron Gordon for Team Lillard, Blackwell said he had a good feeling just two games in that he would have a good weekend at the premier event for adidas.

“I think I’ve played pretty well, but defensively I think I could do a lot better,” Blackwell said on Saturday morning following a 98-84 win over team Canada. “There’s some great players obviously, but I think we play good as a team. We started off slow, but we’ve picked it up.”

Blackwell’s premonition proved to be accurate.

Team Lillard went on to win adidas Nations on Monday evening in a 106-78 victory over Team Wall, in which Blackwell recorded six points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 22 minutes in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. He finished the five-game tournament with an average of 7.8 points per game.

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Five-star Thon Maker talks Indiana, continued improvement

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — One of the more highly-touted prospects in the 2016 class, 7-footer Thon Maker has had an impressive summer — picking up offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Louisville, among others, and comparisons to Kevin Garnett.

This past weekend, Maker was in southern California for adidas Nations, playing for Team Lillard, the eventual champions in a 106-78 victory in which Maker scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the effort.

On Sunday morning, Inside the Hall spoke with Maker, the No. 3 prospect in the class according to the 247Sports Composite, following Team Lillard’s 118-72 win over IU target Derrick Jones and Team Howard, in which Maker recorded a double-double — 14 points and 14 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

Maker discussed his ongoing improvement, what he still needs to work on and his interest in Indiana:

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Indiana offers 2015 forward O.G. Anunoby on visit

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Another new name has surfaced on the Indiana recruiting radar for the class of 2015.

Jefferson City (Mo.) forward Ogugua “O.G.” Anunoby took a visit to Bloomington on Monday and according to multiple reports, left with a scholarship offer.

Anunoby is an AAU teammate of Indiana recruiting target Nick Marshall with Team Thad, an Under Armour affiliated program based in Tennessee.

The 6-foot-7, 200 pound wing is unranked in the latest 247Composite rankings, but has scholarship offers from Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Missouri State, Murray State and Wichita State.

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The Inside the Hall Mailbag: August 4

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The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.

moanders on the premium forum writes: We’ve read about the kind of things fans and the coaching staff will be looking for in Montreal as a sign of progress, but what would be the most troubling thing you might see (or not see) as far as the development of the team or of an individual player?

I believe it’s dangerous to draw too many conclusions one way or the other from a trip like this, especially with Indiana mixing in a ton of new players. However, one thing  to watch for is how IU takes care of the ball.

There are going to be some turnovers, of course, but will we see progress from returning guys like Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson, Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis in that area? It’s never too early to start setting the turnover tone, so it’s a stat that I believe bears watching over this five-game trip. — Alex Bozich

motorcityhoosier on the premium forum writes: I’m sure we’ll have a better idea after the Montreal/Ottawa trip, but who do you foresee will be the first man off the bench to sub in at the two spot? You have mentioned that you believe Robert Johnson will play the point behind Yogi, JBJ will likely start, and I assume Stan will play some time at the three. My impression is that Nick Zeisloft will get significant playing time at the two. Do you agree?

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