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Video: Cody Zeller recaps rookie season

Charlotte Bobcats rookie and former Indiana All-American Cody Zeller sits down with IUHoosiers.com to recap his rookie season and also talk about his time at Indiana. Video via IUAthletics on YouTube:

adidas Gauntlet Q & A: 2016 center Thon Maker

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FISHERS, Ind. — It’s not hard to notice class of 2016 Carlisle (Va.) big man Thon Maker.

The Sudan native has a unique skill set for a 7-footer that allows him to shut down the paint defensively while also playing both inside and outside offensively. Maker, who moved to Australia at the age of six, has lived in the United States since he was 13 with his guardian, Edward Smith.

Rated the No. 3 player nationally by the 247Composite, Maker will have his pick of schools when it comes time to make his decision. As the headliner of the new adidas Gauntlet circuit, Maker made the move from Boo Williams on the Nike EYBL circuit to Team Loaded Virginia this spring.

Maker talked to the media about a variety of topics on Friday night at the Best Choice Fieldhouse and a complete transcript of his comments, including his thoughts on Indiana, is available below:

On the move from Boo Williams to Team Loaded:

“It allows me to move around a little bit more and just establish my game a little bit more.”

On his progress as a player:

“I’ve gotten a lot stronger. I’ve worked on my shot a lot, trying to perfect it. I work on my ball handling and just being a complete basketball player.”

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adidas Gauntlet Q & A: 2016 guard Payton Pritchard

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FISHERS, Ind. — Class of 2016 West Linn (Ore.) point guard Payton Pritchard will get his first look at Indiana’s campus today when he makes an unofficial visit to Bloomington.

Pritchard, ranked the No. 69 prospect nationally in his class according to the 247Composite, has helped lead West Linn to two straight Class 6A titles in Oregon.

Inside the Hall caught up with Pritchard, who is playing for Team Fast on the adidas Gauntlet circuit this spring and summer, at the Best Choice Fieldhouse for a Q & A:

On the visits he has planned this spring:

“On Monday, I’m going to take visits to Indiana and Butler. That’s mostly it besides just playing basketball.”

On why he decided to visit those two schools:

“I know Indiana and Butler have both been talking to me. Indiana is more recent, but Butler has been talking to me for a while. They’ve been wanting to get me on campus and I’m out in Indiana, so I’ll take a visit out there.”

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IU “as strong as anybody else” for T.J. Leaf

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FISHERS, Ind. — T.J. Leaf is no stranger to basketball in Indiana.

His father, Brad, who is also his high school coach at Foothills Christian near San Diego, California, grew up in Indianapolis and was a standout collegiately at Evansville. And now T.J., one of the top 25 recruits nationally in the class of 2016, is a primary recruiting target for Indiana.

Leaf made three unofficial visits to Bloomington last year, including two stops for games and it’s clear that the program is squarely in the mix to become his landing spot in the fall of 2016.

Tom Crean and associate head coach Tim Buckley are leading the recruitment of Leaf with Crean making a trip to Las Vegas in December to watch Leaf and another stop at his high school last month to watch an open gym before the April evaluation period.

“They’re as strong as anybody else,” Brad Leaf said on Saturday at the adidas Gauntlet at Best Choice Fieldhouse. “He understands more and more (how important basketball is here). We watch basketball on TV a lot. There’s nothing like, in my opinion, Big Ten basketball. How many years in a row have they led the nation in attendance? He just wants to go somewhere that they’re passionate about basketball.”

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A look at combine measurements, NBA draft stock across the Big Ten

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Thursday marked an important day in the NBA draft process as nearly all of the top prospects gathered in Chicago for the combine. While most of the elite prospects declined to participate in drills, every prospect got official measurements and also met with the media and teams in attendance.

Here’s a look at the combine measurements for each Big Ten player at the NBA draft combine:

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The Big Ten is currently projected to have four first round picks (Vonleh, Harris, Stauskas, Payne) with guys like Robinson, Ross and Mitch McGary, who is not in Chicago, possessing the potential to land late in the first round.

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Vonleh reflects on time at IU, looks ahead to future at NBA draft combine

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Noah Vonleh isn’t participating in drills at this week’s NBA draft combine in Chicago, but the Big Ten freshman of the year did make some waves this morning with his hand and wingspan measurements.

According to Draft Express, Vonleh had the second longest hand length ever measured at the combine at 11.75″. Here are Vonleh’s other measurements:

Height (without shoes): 6’8″
Weight: 247 pounds
Wingspan: 7’4.75″
Standing reach: 9’0″

The former IU big man also sat down with NBA TV to answer some questions, which we’ve transcribed below:

On why he decided to leave Indiana after one season:

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. The opportunity was there, so I said, ‘why not take it?’ I sat down with some of my family and my mentor and discussed it out and we decided at the end of the day that it was the best decision.”

On whether he was surprised to have the option of leaving after one season:

“I knew it was going to be sometime quick after one or two years. I’m glad it came after one year. I just went in the gym every day and worked hard and now I’ve got this opportunity in front of me.”

On the one skill set that he knows will translate from college to the NBA:

“The skill that will allow me to play right away I think is rebounding. I’m a very great rebounder. I’m real versatile. Some people know that and some people don’t know that I can handle the ball and create for others and do different things like that.”

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Video: Class of 2016 wing Braxton Blackwell

Christ Presbyterian Academy (Tenn.) wing Braxton Blackwell is one of Indiana’s top targets in the class of 2016 and was one of the standouts at the adidas Gauntlet last month in Dallas. Blackwell averaged 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game as the Atlanta Celtics finished 5-0.

As a sophomore at C.P.A., Blackwell won Tennessee’s Class AA Mr. Basketball award while averaging 19.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 2.7 steals per game.

Here’s a look at highlights of Blackwell from adidas Gauntlet Dallas via Atlanta Hoops TV:

(Note: Here’s a link to our recent feature on Blackwell with extensive comments from his high school coach.)

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