Video: Bryant talks decision to attend Indiana

Class of 2015 McDonald’s All-American Thomas Bryant committed to Indiana on Saturday afternoon and he talked to The Basketball Diary in the video below to explain why he’ll play for the Hoosiers:

Video: Thomas Bryant DICK’s National Tournament highlights

Recent IU commit Thomas Bryant put up a huge line (27 points, 19 boards) in Huntington Prep’s 73-70 win over Wheeler in the opening round of the DICK’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament on Thursday.

Bryant’s Huntington Prep team fell in the next round to Oak Hill Academy, 61-51. Bryant has 12 points and six boards in the loss.

Over six minutes of highlights from Bryant’s two-game stint in the tournament are available for viewing in the embedded media player below:

Thomas Bryant commits to Indiana

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Class of 2015 Huntington Prep (W.V.) big man Thomas Bryant committed to Indiana during a live broadcast of the Dick’s National Tournament on ESPN from Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.

Bryant, a 6-foot-10 McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand All-Star, is rated the No. 27 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite.

“I just wanted to come here and be on TV and say that I’m committing to Indiana to play college basketball next year,” Bryant said. “I’m very excited. I’ve been thinking about this long and hard, I’ve been talking it over with my mom and coaches. We just felt like being at Indiana was the best decision for me.”

This is the fifth straight year that Tom Crean has recruited a McDonald’s All-American to Bloomington as Cody Zeller (2011), Yogi Ferrell (2012), Noah Vonleh (2013) and James Blackmon Jr. (2014) preceded Bryant.

A native of Rochester, New York, Bryant also considered Kentucky, Missouri and Syracuse.

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That’s A Wrap: Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Mosquera-Perea (26 games): 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 8.7 OR%, 59.4 2PFG% in 19.4 minutes per game.

The spotlight was thrust onto Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Heading into the 2014-2015 season, Mosquera-Perea, who had never started a game in his Indiana career, was slated to start from the five position. At 6-foot-9, he was the Hoosiers’ best option at the position — after playing off the bench in his first two seasons behind the likes of Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.

Ready or not, it was Mosquera-Perea’s time to make a contribution.

And throughout much of the 2014-2015 season, he did just that.

After developing his game through his first two years in Bloomington, Mosquera-Perea showed that the Hoosiers could not only play to him on offense, but through him, as well. He ran the court. He played through the paint. He got to the free throw line. And as his footwork improved significantly, as well, so too did his jump shot.

But in a season that he could have utilized a full 34 games of development, during a practice on Jan. 12, Mosquera-Perea dislocated his right knee. Right in the thick of Big Ten season, he was forced to be sidelined for seven games.

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IU announces donation of $2 million for new Assembly Hall entry plaza

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Indiana on Thursday evening announced a $2 million donation from Ken Nunn for a new entry plaza to the south entrance of Assembly Hall.

The addition will be named the Ken Nunn Champions Plaza and will be completed by the fall of 2016, in time for when renovations to the 40-plus-year-old arena will be finished, as well.

“We are thrilled and so very grateful to Ken for his generous gift to help renovate the future Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall,” IU vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass said. “The Ken Nunn Champions Plaza will be a centerpiece to the new Assembly Hall and we are honored that it will bear his name. His gift helps ensure that we are preserving one of the greatest home court advantages in college basketball.”

Renovations to Assembly Hall — which will be renamed the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall following the completion of the renovations thanks to a $40 million donation from Cindy Simon Skjodt in 2013 — have already begun. There also will be a public groundbreaking ceremony at the Cook Hall Entry Plaza on Monday, April 7, at 3:30 p.m.

“IU is a great university and the IU basketball program and its fan deserve the very best,” Nunn said. “It is my honor to support the renovation of Assembly Hall.”

The full press release from Indiana is available after the jump.

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Draft Watch: A look at the stock of Ferrell, Williams

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With a pair of lottery picks in 2013 and one in 2014, draft watch was a regular feature on the site the past two seasons. With no clear prospect headed for the 2015 NBA draft, we ditched the feature this season, but have resurrected it for a postseason edition as Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams appear to be on the radar, but aren’t sure things to be picked if they were to declare.

The key date this year for Indiana fans to know is Sunday, April 26, as the NBA’s early entry deadline for the draft is that day at 11:59 p.m. ET. The NCAA does have a deadline of its own on Tuesday, April 14, but it has no relevance as it is technically only a withdrawal deadline for players who have already declared to remove their name and retain NCAA eligibility moving forward. Even if a player doesn’t declare by April 14, he can still declare up until April 26, but will not have the option of pulling out of the draft if he declares after April 14.

This year’s NBA draft combine is scheduled for May 12-17 and team-specific workouts will occur in the weeks leading up to the draft on June 25.

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