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Video: Victor Oladipo sits down with Jim Rome

Orlando Magic rookie and former IU All-American Victor Oladipo sat down with Jim Rome on Monday and here’s an excerpt of that appearance from CBS Sports on YouTube where Oladipo discusses the grade he’d give himself in his first NBA season:

Welcome to ITH 3.1

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When we did a major overhaul of the site this past fall, we noted an improved tablet experience would be on the way in 2014.

This is now live, along with a host of other improvements that have been a focus since the 2013-2014 season wrapped up.

Instead of seeing a tight desktop version of the site on an iPad (or smaller tablet), there’s a lot more breathing room, as the tablet experience is a close mirror of what we have on mobile — a single column of content with white space on the side. (For readers who like a smaller browsing/reading window on desktop, simply minimize your window to an iPad size and you’ll be able to experience the site as such.)

This change makes ITH more adaptive than responsive, as we’re not fully fluid and instead have distinct breakpoints for tablet and mobile.

Other enhancements/improvements are as follows:

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Class of 2016 guard Rawle Alkins talks Indiana offer

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Sunday was a busy day in college basketball recruiting across the country as it marked the first full day that schools could begin unlimited contact with class of 2016 prospects.

One of the new names that has emerged on the radar for the Hoosiers is class of 2016 Christ the King (N.Y.) guard Rawle Alkins, a 6-foot-4, 185 pound guard. Alkins plays with the NY Rens, an adidas based AAU program.

New Indiana assistant coach Chuck Martin reached out to Alkins yesterday and the four-star guard recapped that conversation in an interview with Inside the Hall.

“Actually yesterday was the first time I’d heard from them,” Alkins said. “It was coach (Chuck) Martin. He just let me know that he’s a NYC guy that used to work with the Oklahoma City Thunder this past year.”

According to Alkins, the Indiana coaching staff watched his film from the recent Mary Kline Classic, where he scored a game-high 36 points, and his play caught their eye.

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Freshman Focus: Tim Priller

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Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s five incoming freshmen. Over the next couple of weeks, we will examine what kind of an impact each player can have for the Hoosiers next season. Today: Tim Priller. (Previously: Max HoetzelRobert JohnsonJeremiah April.)

Just as the 2013-2014 men’s college basketball season was winding down in the early days of April, Indiana’s pursuit of a little-known prospect in this year’s graduating high school class was just beginning. Associate coach Tim Buckley was in Texas at the time and happened to watch senior Tim Priller and Richland High School play.

The 6-foot-9, 211-pound forward that shot 52 percent from beyond the arc this season impressed Buckley, to the point where head coach Tom Crean and assistant Steve McClain returned just a couple weeks later. After watching Priller, they extended a scholarship offer. It was his first major offer after being severely under-recruited, compared to other offers from the likes of Lamar, Drexel, Albany and Illinois-Chicago.

But to Priller, the one from Indiana meant more than just the name of the school. He was born in Dyer, Indiana. He knew about its basketball and academic reputations. And though he never spent much time in the Hoosier state and had never visited campus, Priller knew where he wanted to be.

“It was hard for me to get Tim to think about anybody else,” his high school coach, Richard Bacon, told Inside the Hall. “When Indiana started showing interest, he flat out told me, ‘Coach, if Indiana offers me, I’m going to take that right now.

“I was like, OK.”

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Blackmon Jr. named co-MVP as Indiana All-Stars complete sweep of Kentucky

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Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. scored 23 points as the Indiana All-Stars completed a sweep of Kentucky with a 111-99 win on Saturday night in front of 6,520 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Blackmon Jr., who was named a co-MVP of the game with Trevon Bluiett (Xavier) finished the two-game series with 64 points, tying him for the third highest all-time mark in the event.

George McGinnis (76, 1969) and Oscar Robertson (75, 1956) are the only players in series history with a higher two-game total than Blackmon Jr. and Quentin Snider, who scored 64 points this year for Kentucky.

The future Indiana guard was 9-of-19 from the field, 5-of-8 on 3-pointers and also had eight assists, four rebounds and three turnovers. In the all-star two games, Blackmon Jr. was 22-of-45 from the field and 9-of-17 from behind the 3-point line.

The win was the 13th straight in the series for Indiana.

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Blackmon Jr. scores 41 as Indiana All-Stars beat Kentucky

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Marion guard and Indiana basketball signee James Blackmon Jr. scored 41 points as Indiana beat Kentucky, 104-94, in the first of two annual all-star games between the two states on Friday night.

Blackmon Jr. scored 23 of his 41 points in the first half as Indiana built a 54-50 lead over Kentucky at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

The 41-point effort by Blackmon Jr. tied Oscar Robertson (1956) for the third highest ever in the series. Only George McGinnis (53, Indiana, 1969) and Jim McDaniels (42, Kentucky, 1967) have scored more.

It was the 12th straight win in the series for Indiana.

The future Indiana guard was 13-of-26 from the field, 4-of-9 on 3-pointers and 11-of-13 from the free throw line in 39 minutes. He also had four rebounds, three steals, two turnovers and an assist.

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Video: Will Sheehey discusses future after Indiana Pacers workout

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana forward Will Sheehey is looking to catch the eye of an NBA franchise in the weeks leading up this month’s draft and on Friday, he was at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to work out for the Indiana Pacers.

Sheehey, along with Russ Smith (Louisville), Davion Berry (Weber State), DeAndre Daniels (Connecticut), Xavier Thames (San Diego State) and Kendall Williams (New Mexico), worked out in front of members of the Pacers front office, including team president Larry Bird.

The Pacers have the No. 57 pick in this year’s draft.

Since finishing up in Bloomington, Sheehey has been working out in New York, where his agent, Marc Cornstein of Pinnacle Sports, is based. According to HoopsHype.com, Cornstein represents Metta World Peace, Samuel Dalembert and Beno Udrih.

Sheehey’s father, Mike, also lives in New York.

Following his workout with the Pacers, Sheehey addressed the media and was asked about a variety of topics, including the feedback he’s received so far from NBA teams, his career at Indiana and what he feels he can bring at the next level. You can watch and listen to all of his comments in the media player after the jump.

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