Former Indiana guard Neil Reed dies at age 36

According to multiple reports, former Indiana guard Neil Reed died on Thursday at the age of 36.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Reed suffered a massive heart attack on Wednesday and passed away earlier today in Nipomo, California.

Reed played three seasons at Indiana and played in a total of 94 games, starting 72. A native of Metairie, Louisiana, Reed arrived at Indiana for the 1994-1995 season.

He was a McDonald’s All-American at East Jefferson High School.

Reed averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds before leaving the team following his junior season. He played his entire freshman season with a separated shoulder, averaging 5.9 points in 30 games.

The Louisiana native finished his collegiate career at Southern Mississippi, where he averaged 18.1 points as a senior.

His 938 career points rank 49th all-time on IU’s scoring list.

Three years after leaving Indiana, Reed accused former coach Bob Knight of choking him during a practice, which Knight denied until video later surfaced.

More recently, according to The Times-Picayune, Reed was a teacher and coach at Pioneer Valley High in Santa Maria, California.

Reed is survived by his wife, Kelly, and daughters Marley and Presley.

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Indiana to open Legends Classic against Georgia

Indiana will meet Georgia in the semifinals of the 2012 Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, November 19, according to ESPN.com.

The Hoosiers, picked by some as the preseason No. 1 team nationally, will open the two day event against the Bulldogs on ESPNU. 

Georgia finished last season 15-17 overall and 5-11 in the SEC.

Georgetown and UCLA will follow on ESPN2.

The winners will meet on Tuesday, November 20 at approximately 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. The consolation game will tip at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Indiana is also expected to play a series of games at Assembly Hall as a part of the Legends Classic.

According to CBSSports.com, potential opponents include Duquesne, North Dakota State, James Madison, Liberty, UC Irvine and Sam Houston.

For a complete listing of the non-conference games that have been revealed thus far, check out our future schedules page.

Open Thread: How will the 2013 class shake out?

Recruiting in college athletics is, by nature, highly competitive and very fluid. At the highest level of college basketball, landing the right collection of players can be the difference between a run to the Sweet 16 and a national championship. Prospects add and remove schools from their lists, make and cancel visit plans and change their minds daily while going through the process.

That’s exactly why it is difficult to find a flaw with Indiana’s current approach of never slowing down on the recruiting trail. Will there be misses and situations that don’t work out along the way? Yes. It happens everywhere. But by continuing their relentless approach, the Indiana staff is putting the program in the best position to compete at a high level for years to come.

That brings us to the class of 2013. The Hoosiers have secured four verbal commitments, but our latest recruiting board (updated today) shows several prospects still in play. On paper, scholarships are full for the 2013-2014 season, but early NBA Draft departures or potential attrition by transfer are a possibility in any program.

With that in mind, how would you like to see Indiana proceed with the remainder of the 2013 class? Is a big man like BeeJay Anya, Marcus Lee or Kennedy Meeks the missing piece? Or should a wing like Semi Ojeleye or Troy Williams be the top priority?

Sound off with your thoughts in the comments.

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Video: Tyus Jones dominates the Nike Peach Jam

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Video: Trevon Bluiett in the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam

It was a tough week in North Augusta, South Carolina for Spiece Indy Heat as the Ft. Wayne-based program finished just 1-4 in the Elite Youth Basketball Finals at the Nike Peach Jam.

Trevon Bluiett, one of the top uncommitted players in the state, averaged 10.4 points (40.9% shooting), 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists in 23.6 minutes per game.

Our friends at UMHoops.com have compiled close to two minutes of video of Bluiett from the Peach Jam in the embedded media player below:

Photo Gallery: Best of the Midwest

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Check out 23 photos by Jamie Owens from last week’s Best of the Midwest at Fishers Fieldhouse in the embedded photo gallery after the jump.

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Recruiting Roundup: EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam

The final Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) event of the year took place last week at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, South Carolina as 24 of Nike’s top travel teams competed in the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.

Here’s a look at how Stanford Robinson, Trey Lyles and several of IU’s recruiting targets performed statistically at Nike’s premier event of the summer:

· Trey Lyles, Spiece Indy Heat: 12.2 points (42.6% shooting), 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game.

Notes: It wasn’t a particularly great showing statistically for Lyles as he shot an uncharacteristically low percentage from the field. Perhaps it was just an off weekend or perhaps his rigorous travel schedule this spring and summer finally caught up with him. His most efficient game of the event was a 20-point, eight rebound effort in Spiece Indy Heat’s 70-59 win over Boo Williams.

· Trevon Bluiett, Spiece Indy Heat: 10.4 points (40.9% shooting), 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists in 23.6 minutes per game.

Notes: Bluiett also struggled shooting the ball in North Augusta, but he did finish the event on a high note individually as he scored a team-high 19 points (7-of-12 from the field) in a 89-77 loss to Team Final.

· Jaquan Lyle, Spiece Indy Heat: 8.6 points (60.9% shooting), 3.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals in 23.4 minutes per game.

Notes: It was a tough weekend for Spiece Indy Heat as they finished 1-4 and failed to advance out of pool play, but overall Lyle shot the ball very well and did a solid job of limiting his turnovers (a total of 10 in five games).

· Marcus Lee, California Supreme: 9.4 points (69.0% shooting), 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game.

Notes: Lee’s offensive game seems to be very much a work in progress as he attempted just 5.8 shots per game, but he was among the event leaders in both field goal percentage and blocked shots.

· BeeJay Anya, Team Takevover: 8.2 points (57.7% shooting), 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks in 16.8 minutes per game.

Notes: Anya’s minutes were limited by foul trouble in a loss to E1T1 and a win over Baltimore Elite and his overall numbers suffered as a result.

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