Former Indiana teammates Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls are moving on to the “Super 17″ in The Basketball Tournament (TBT).
Watford and Hulls are teammates for Armored Athlete in TBT, a 5-on-5, single elimination, winner-take-all event for $1 million.
When Lyonel Anderson was introduced to the media as Indiana’s new strength and conditioning, he mentioned thinking “outside the box” would be a focus of the program he planned to run in Bloomington.
Indiana’s offseason continues to move along quickly. On Thursday, two Hoosiers returnees spoke about some of the similarities and also the differences between Anderson and Je’Ney Jackson.
Four former IU players – Christian Watford, D.J. White, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey – are participating in the various NBA summer leagues with varying roles and different degrees of success.
The standout of the group is Vonleh, a 2014 lottery pick who was traded from Charlotte to Portland last month. Here’s a look at how each of the former Hoosiers has fared this summer:
Class of 2016 guard Rawle Alkins, formerly of Christ the King in New York, continues to climb the national rankings with his strong play this summer.
The most recent example of his dominance this summer was his performance at last week’s adidas Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta when he led the NY Rens past the Atlanta Celtics, 80-66, to win the event’s gold bracket title.
Last summer at this time, Emmitt Holt was playing with the Albany City Rocks on the AAU circuit. In Bloomington, Indiana prepared for its five-game tour of Montreal that was still a few weeks away.
Holt committed to doing a postgraduate season at Vermont Academy, but that changed after the Hoosier staff learned he was open to enrolling as a class of 2015 recruit. He ultimately visited campus in late August and joined the program for the 2014-2015 season.
Indiana added two players from the Boo Williams AAU program over the past couple years — Troy Williams in 2013 and Robert Johnson in 2014. Thomas Bryant of Huntington Prep, a potentially transformative piece, committed this year.
In 2016, the program is looking to add a player with ties to both of those programs.
Class of 2016 Huntington Prep (W.V.) forward Miles Bridges released his final five schools at the conclusion of last week’s Peach Jam and the five-star prospect will have a hard time going wrong with any of his remaining choices.
Bridges, the No. 18 prospect in the 247Composite, is still considering Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina.