Live video: Juwan Morgan announcement

Beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET, the WaynesvilleR6 YouTube account is expected to broadcast a live stream of Juwan Morgan’s college announcement.

We’ve embedded the stream below, which should be available on both desktop and mobile/tablet devices:

Announcement primer: 2015 forward Juwan Morgan

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On Wednesday evening, class of 2015 Waynesville (Mo.) forward Juwan Morgan will announce his college decision in his high school’s gymnasium. The decision is expected to come at approximately 7:23 p.m. EST.

Here’s our primer for the announcement with everything you need to know:

The essentials

Forward, 6-9, 220-pounds, Waynesville (Mo.), MoKan Elite
247Composite: 4-star (87); ESPN: 4-star (NR); Rivals: 4-star (105); Scout: 4-star (97)
Offers: Arkansas, California, Creighton, Harvard, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Missouri State, Northwestern, Penn State, Princeton, Stanford, Tulsa, UTEP, Wake Forest, Washington, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt
Official visits: Indiana, Vanderbilt

The primary contenders

While Morgan initially set up visits to Creighton, Indiana, Stanford, Washington and Vanderbilt, the only official visits he made were to Nashville and Bloomington. He spoke very highly of both visits in multiple interviews.

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Big Ten’s top 25 players: 20-16

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With the official start of practice less than four weeks away, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season.

Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our second installment of players 20-16 is available below: (Previously: 25-21)

20. Zak Irvin, Michigan (6-foot-6, wing, sophomore)
15.4 mpg, 6.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.2 spg, 59.1 eFG percentage

Last year we had Zak Irvin a bit overrated at No. 22 entering the season, but we also had his teammate Nik Stauskas dramatically underrated at No. 18. Irvin had a good freshman season – averaging 6.7 points off the bench while knocking down 43 percent on his three-point attempts – but he’ll have much bigger expectations as a sophomore. If Michigan’s trip to Italy was any bellwether, he’s ready to make the jump. Irvin averaged a team-high 20.8 points per game, shooting 70 percent on 2s and 67 percent on 3s in four games overseas. As a freshman, Irvin fell in love with the three-point shot. Three out of every four shot attempts last season was from long-range and he managed 146 three-point attempts despite only playing 38 percent of available minutes. Irvin will score a lot this season, simply because he’ll have so many more opportunities as he steps into the starting lineup, but don’t expect him to make a Stauskas-like leap into a complete playmaker just yet.

19. Deandre Mathieu, Minnesota (5-foot-9, guard, senior)
30.1 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 54.4 eFG percentage

The smallest player on our top 25 list, Mathieu had an impressive debut season for the Gophers last year. His assist rate of 31.1 percent is the best among returning Big Ten players and he also has the uncanny ability to score in and around the paint despite his stature. Mathieu shot 50 percent from three-point range last season, but only 14 percent of his field goal attempts were from long distance. Just over 70 percent of his shot attempts came within 12 feet, where he converted at a 54 percent clip. While we admire his courage to finish around the basket, improving his confidence and effectiveness from long distance should help diversify his game.

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Big Ten’s top 25 players: 25-21

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With the official start of practice less than four weeks away, Inside the Hall and UMHoops have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season.

Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our first installment of players 25-21 is available below:

25. Romelo Trimble, Maryland (6-foot-2, guard, freshman)
McDonald’s All-American

Dez Wells is the top returning player for Mark Turgeon and the Terps as the program enters the Big Ten, but an argument can be made that Trimble, a McDonald’s All-American who chose to stay close to home, is the team’s most important player. On a roster that was rocked by transfers in the offseason, Turgeon is planning to slot Trimble in as the team’s point guard after the departure of Seth Allen, who transferred to Virginia Tech. The Upper Marlboro native was a big-time scorer (23.1 ppg) in high school at Bishop O’Connell, but will need to be more of a distributor capable of running the offense as Maryland looks to bounce back from a disappointing 17-15 season.

24. Sam Thompson, Ohio State (6-foot-7, forward, senior)
24.7 mpg, 7.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .9 bpg, .8 apg, .7 spg, 50.9 eFG percentage

After spending his first three seasons in Columbus as a role player, Thompson should take over at the three for LaQuinton Ross, who made a questionable decision to enter the NBA draft. Thompson is the leading returning scorer for Ohio State and will need to prove he’s capable of more than just scoring off of dunks as the Buckeyes lost a ton of production with the departures of Ross, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith. With increased minutes and slight improvement in areas like free throws and 3-point shooting, Thompson should be able to expand into a double-digit scorer to go along with his impact on the defensive end, the calling card for Ohio State under Thad Matta.

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Indiana to picked to finish 8th in Big Ten by Athlon Sports

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We’ve already shared some preseason predictions from the Sporting News college basketball yearbook and Lindy’s Sports, but a third publication, the Athlon Sports 2014-2015 preview magazine, is still to hit newsstands.

While the magazine won’t hit newsstands until later in the month, Indiana is picked to finish eighth in the conference.

Athlon picked the top seven Big Ten teams to make the NCAA tournament and has the Hoosiers headed to the NIT.

Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell is featured on a regional cover for the magazine along with Butler’s Kellen Dunham and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the magazine after the jump.

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Video: Offseason update with Nick Zeisloft

Via the official IU Athletics YouTube channel, Indiana today released another video in its “Taking a timeout with #iubb” series with Nick Zeisloft:

Related:

· Montreal rewind: Nick Zeisloft
· A closer look at the Nick Zeisloft addition
· Q & A: Nick Zeisloft talks decision to transfer to IU

2015 forward Juwan Morgan completes Indiana official visit, sets decision date

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Only a day after finishing his official visit to Indiana, class of 2015 forward Juwan Morgan has confirmed to Inside the Hall he will be announcing his college decision this Wednesday.

The No. 87 prospect in the 2015 class (according to the 247Sports Composite) will be choosing between the Hoosiers and Vanderbilt, a school he took an official visit to in late August. He said the announcement will come at 6:30 p.m. CT at his high school in Waynesville, Missouri.

“I had that feeling about each school that you get when you know it’s the place,” he told Inside the Hall. “I’ll sit with my parents and talk more about it.”

Morgan made the decision to announce this week just hours after returning to Missouri from his official visit to Indiana, which the 6-foot-9 forward called “great.”

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