Around the Hall: Zeller firmly in POY race

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:

· Jason King of reveals his ballot for the Wooden Award to-date and updates its top ten candidates thus far for player of the year.

· The Hoosiers are the No. 1 team in the Big Ten power rankings written by Eamonn Brennan of

· A home in Ft. Wayne has a Christmas lights display prominently featuring Indiana basketball.

· 2013 IU signee Troy Williams returned home to the peninsula and scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Oak Hill cruised to an 82-45 win on Thursday evening.

· 2013 IU signee Stanford Robinson has found a home at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.

· Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star looks at some of the top high school games in the state this weekend.

· Former IU standout A.J. Moye has overcome the stroke he suffered two years ago and is making a difference as a high school coach in California.

· Louisville coach Rick Pitino wants to play Indiana on a neutral court in Indianapolis next season and follow it up with a home-and-home.

· Yogi Ferrell checks in as the 18th best freshman in the country so far, according to John Gasaway of ESPN Insider ($).

· Malachi Richardson talks about receiving a scholarship offer from Indiana.

· The latest rankings from Draft Express have Cody Zeller at No. 3 and Victor Oladipo at No. 42.

HD Video: Devin Davis reacts to overtime win at Fishers

2013 Warren Central forward and IU signee Devin Davis Jr. scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds in a 57-54 overtime win at Fishers on Thursday night. (Video of his performance is available in the premium forum.)

The win moved the Warriors, coached by former IU standout Greg Graham, to 3-0 on the season.

Aftward, Davis talked to Inside the Hall about his developing midrange game, his thoughts on the Mr. Basketball race and more:

Podcast on the Brink: December discussion

Indiana’s schedule might suggest otherwise, but there’s still plenty to talk about regarding the No. 1 Hoosiers.

IU Athletics’ Jeremy Gray and Inside The Hall’s Alex Bozich join hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein this week to discuss the latest with the Hoosiers.

Gray gives his insight into IU’s success and the turnaround in Bloomington while Bozich delivers the latest news and rumblings from the recruiting trail.

Among the topics discussed on this week’s show:

· How this team compares to elite squads of years past
· The vibe in Bloomington and students’ reaction to success
· Bob Knight’s recent telecasts and significance of his remarks
· Is Butler the biggest in-state rival to IU? Or still Purdue?
· The NBA potential of Jordan Hulls, Cody Zeller and others
· Recruits Indiana is pursuing and the team’s overall strategy

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop us a note at

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The Inside the Hall Mailbag: December 6

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

@Tbrown1820 writes: from last week. Jordy Hulls got a shot at NBA if he continues playing at this level?

I would like to think he has a shot. Hulls is a leader and, in my opinion, the best shooter in college basketball this season. And as we’ve seen with certain players in the past, if you can shoot it, there’s always a spot for you. Now, Hulls has his drawbacks which everyone is aware of. He’s not great defensively, he’s not as quick as NBA guards, and he’s only 6-foot. I don’t see him getting drafted, but I think he’s a guy that will get picked up on someone’s Summer League team and have a chance to make an NBA roster.

I think he’s a better player than Travis Diener, who Tom Crean got to the NBA during his time at Marquette. He’s also a better player than Ben Hansbrough, who is currently on the Pacers roster. Just imagine him as a member of the Miami Heat. He would get open shots all the time without having to do much to get open. I’d like to see him get a chance. — Justin Albers

@NMalone23 writes: Will Derek Elston serve much of a purpose when he returns? Team could be in a groove by then.

I don’t think there’s any doubt that Elston is going to have a role on this team. It may not mean playing as many minutes or scoring as much as in the past, but as a senior, he’s emerged as one of the leaders on this team. Crean has talked about Elston being vocal in practice and Elston’s personality is such that he is well liked and respected by his teammates.

I think his role may transition a bit from potential scorer off the bench to being expected to do more rebounding and defensive work down on the block. While he’s certainly capable of coming in and knocking down shots from the perimeter, Indiana’s personnel has evolved to a point where Elston is probably a third or fourth option at best, even if he’s in the game with other bench players. — Alex Bozich

@Perpetualcoffee writes: should hulls shoot more?

If you asked me this question before the season, I’d say “yes” without question. Hulls was always kind of hesitant to shoot at times last season when maybe he should have let it go. But early on this season, Hulls has been shooting more than he has in the past, and that’s good to see. When he sees any sort of an opening, he has been letting it go. Plus, on this team, with plenty of people able and willing to take the shots, I don’t think there are many more shots available for him. As long as he’s taking 6-8 shots a game, the Hoosiers should be in good shape. — Justin Albers

@ryanmkost writes: do you agree in the process of oversigning IU has done and in general for all programs across the country?

I don’t have an issue with it and as much as some don’t like this explanation, the numbers have always worked out. My opinion is that it’s better to be well prepared for potential departures (like the NBA or transfers) and be able to fill the roster to the scholarship limit of 13 each year.


NBA scout weighs-in on Zeller, Oladipo and Watford

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I spoke to an NBA scout this morning about his thoughts on Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and Christian Watford, and their stocks for the next level.

First, on Zeller. Even though some early mock drafts put UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel ahead of him, the NBA scout doesn’t see it going that way. Assuming, of course, that Zeller exits school after his sophomore year.

“I don’t see how Zeller isn’t the No. 1 pick,” the scout said. “He’s the best all-around player for a big guy, and the NBA is desperate for big guys. He’s a good kid, the NBA is totally desperate for good kids. I just can’t see that guy not being the No. 1 pick.

“I saw Nerlens, and he is going to be an NBA player. He’s extremely long, he has a good jumper, but no he’s not as skilled as Zeller.”

The scout said he doesn’t know whether Zeller can be a franchise-changing player when he comes out, but he believes he’ll be a productive NBA player.

“He runs the floor, he can play center and power forward,” he said. “He’s not gonna have a major impact as far as scoring, but he’s going to have a major impact as far as being a team player because he’s got it all. He can block shots, he runs the floor, he’s got pretty decent moves, he can shoot a little bit. I think he’s going to be a really, really good player immediately for an NBA team.”

There has been some speculation — mostly because of Indiana’s complicated scholarship situation for next year — that Oladipo may put his name in the hat for the NBA Draft after this season. Oladipo has certainly improved a lot early this season, but he’s still not a consistent shooter from the outside.

The NBA scout I spoke to sees Oladipo as an NBA talent, but he doesn’t see him leaving early.


Recruiting Notebook: Staff hits the east coast hard

With a week between games, the Indiana staff has used the off-time to hit the east coast for several recruiting stops.

Here’s a look at where travels have taken the staff on Monday and Tuesday and also a look at where they’re expected to be on Wednesday evening:

· Monday: An early season WCAC showdown between Gonzaga Prep and Paul VI Catholic in Fairfax, Virginia drew a strong contingent of college coaches, including Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson.

The presumptive targets in this game were Bryant Crawford (pictured), a 2015 point guard at Gonzaga Prep and Marcus Derrickson, a 2015 forward at Paul VI Catholic.

Gonzaga Prep produced somewhat of a statement win on the road and did so without Villanova signee Kris Jenkins. Crawford, who has an IU offer and has already visited Bloomington twice, was a major factor.

The sophomore point finished with 17 points and four rebounds. Crawford hit four 3-pointers and made all three of his free throw attempts.

Derrickson, regarded as one of the top sophomores nationally, finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Paul VI Catholic is the former home of IU signee Stanford Robinson, who transferred to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas for his senior season.

· Tuesday: Crean and Johnson were once again on the east coast, but this time the stop was Wesleyan Christian in High Point, North Carolina to see 2014 wing Theo Pinson, the No. 7 prospect in his class according to

The Hoosiers have already hosted Pinson for an unofficial visit and he’s got offers from Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State, among many others.

Wesleyan Christian beat New Hope Christian 75-60 as Pinson scored 14 points.


Film Session: Victor Oladipo’s defensive stand

Early in the second half of Indiana’s 87-51 win over Coppin State, the Hoosiers went to a 1-2-2 trap on defense. But it’s when Tom Crean subbed out Yogi Ferrell — who had been playing the “1” at the top of the trap — at the 15:58 mark that it started to really pay off. Victor Oladipo shifted into Ferrell’s spot and he was just about everywhere until he was relieved at the 12:16 mark.

Oladipo recorded six deflections (unofficially). The Hoosiers went on a 14-2 run in this timeframe and he scored (six points — a dunk and four free throws) or assisted  (three in total — a lay-up and 3-pointer for Remy Abell, a 3-pointer for Jeremy Hollowell) on all 14 points.

Below: A look at one play from this run, as well as a supercut of a number of his deflections throughout the game in the latest edition of Film Session.

Oladipo and Abell pin Patrick Cole near halfcourt:

He has two options immediately across the timeline, but with Christian Watford lurking, he opts to make the safer pass in the backcourt:

Vic simply shuffles over and looks to trap on the opposite side of the court with Watford:


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