Freshman Focus: Juwan Morgan

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“Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s three incoming freshmen. Over the next couple of weeks, we will take an in-depth look at all three newcomers. Today: Juwan Morgan. (Previously: Thomas Bryant)

It didn’t take long for Waynesville, Missouri coach Chris Pilz to realize he might have a high level Division I player in his program back in the 2011-2012 season.

It was the first year at Waynesville for Pilz and he got to know Juwan Morgan quickly after he wrapped up his football season as a freshman. Once Morgan’s football responsibilities were finished, he started working out with the basketball team. Pilz wanted Morgan to play for the junior varsity. But Morgan told Pilz he would prefer to start out playing freshman ball.

“I told him I was new, he was new, so that would be fine,” Pilz recalls with a laugh. “About a week later he started playing JV. I’d had the opportunity to coach some other Division I players that had played at a major level and shortly after working with him, I told him he had the opportunity to be a major Division I player if that’s what he wanted to do.”

Morgan confirmed to Pilz that’s exactly what he wanted to do and his ascent in the Waynesville program began.

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Video: Thon Maker wins MVP at NBPA Top 100 camp

Class of 2016 Indiana recruiting target Thon Maker took home MVP honors at last week’s NBPA Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Courtside Films was there for all of the action and put together highlights of Maker’s MVP performance:

The Inside the Hall Mailbag: June 22

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The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), via email, submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.

@ItSjEnKiNs on Twitter writes: Any word on other strong non-conference match ups this year? Anymore info on Louisville or Kentucky talk?

I think the highlights of next season’s non-conference schedule are out there: at Duke, Creighton, Notre Dame and Maui. As for Louisville, Fred Glass was pretty clear recently that it’s not going to happen next season and he also shot down the possibility of a game with Kentucky next season. You can watch what Glass had to say about those topics after the jump:

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Thon Maker will remain in the class of 2016

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Orangeville Prep (Canada) big man Thon Maker, one of the top prospects nationally, will not join a program for the second semester of the 2015-2016 college basketball season.

Speaking to reporters at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia, Maker said that he will be a class of 2016 recruit and graduate next June.

“I’ll make it official here that I’m definitely going to stay (in high school) and just play it out, take my visits in November, and play another year with my brother (Matur),” Maker said. “So I’m definitely going to stay in 2016. I’m staying with my class.”

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Indiana’s freshman class is now on campus

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Phase two of Indiana’s offseason is about to receive an infusion of talent.

Recent videos posted to the program’s Snapchat account have showed returning players working with the coaching staff and new strength and conditioning coach Lyonel Anderson, but have yet to include the four incoming freshman.

But that will soon change as the four freshman – Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby and Harrison Niego – are now on campus.

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POTB 076: Bryant’s freshman focus, the history of ITH

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Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is now available each Wednesday during the offseason.

In this edition of the show, Morris is joined by Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich for 45 minutes to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· The recent Freshman Focus feature on Thomas Bryant and how strength and conditioning may further aid the incoming freshman’s development
· Avi Zaleon’s recent piece of the history of Inside the Hall, titled “Independence Hall”
· Morris asks Bozich about some of the most memorable moments he’s had during his time as Inside the Hall editor

And plenty more, so tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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