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Video: Tom Crean previews IU’s Montreal tour

Indiana coach Tom Crean discussed his team’s upcoming five-game exhibition tour that begins on Friday in Montreal earlier this afternoon. Watch his comments below, courtesy of IU Athletics:

Video: Thon Maker, Eron Gordon adidas Nations highlights

In the championship finals of adidas Nations, Indiana targets Thon Maker and Eron Gordon of Team Lillard helped best Team Wall, 106-78.

Maker put up an efficient line, going 6-of-6 from both the floor and the line. He finished the game with 18 points and eight boards. Maker ran the floor and was rewarded with dunk opportunities while continuing to flash range from the outside.

In a game with the defense asleep at the wheel, Gordon got a healthy amount of breakaway looks at the rim en route to 16 points (8-of-15) with his brother and former IU star Eric watching courtside.

Watch their highlights in the embedded media players below:

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Indiana making a late push for 2015 wing Terance Mann

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Indiana hasn’t been recruiting class of 2015 wing Terance Mann for very long, but the Hoosiers have already made up a lot of ground with the four-star prospect.

The 6-foot-5, 180 pound standout from the Tilton School (N.H.) announced a list of six finalists on Sunday night and many were surprised to see Indiana among the list.

“I started hearing from them right after the Peach Jam,” Mann told Inside the Hall on Wednesday. “I like how hard coach (Tom) Crean makes his guys work and the fanbase.”

Playing with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) finals at the Peach Jam, Mann averaged 9.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per game.

The Hoosiers join Arizona State, Boston College, Florida State, Marquette and Rhode Island as Mann’s finalists. Mann said Wednesday he doesn’t plan to trim his list any further and intends to pick from the six remaining schools.

His mom, Daynia La-Force, is the women’s basketball coach at Rhode Island.

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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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