2015 forward Juwan Morgan completes Indiana official visit, sets decision date


Only a day after finishing his official visit to Indiana, class of 2015 forward Juwan Morgan has confirmed to Inside the Hall he will be announcing his college decision this Wednesday.

The No. 87 prospect in the 2015 class (according to the 247Sports Composite) will be choosing between the Hoosiers and Vanderbilt, a school he took an official visit to in late August. He said the announcement will come at 6:30 p.m. CT at his high school in Waynesville, Missouri.

“I had that feeling about each school that you get when you know it’s the place,” he told Inside the Hall. “I’ll sit with my parents and talk more about it.”

Morgan made the decision to announce this week just hours after returning to Missouri from his official visit to Indiana, which the 6-foot-9 forward called “great.”


Indiana ranked preseason No. 28 by Lindy’s Sports


Earlier in the week, we shared some preseason prognostications from The Sporting News college basketball yearbook and now a second college basketball annual has arrived.

The Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview for the 2014-2015 season is predicting a bounce back season in Bloomington as it has the Hoosiers ranked No. 28 in its preseason top 40 and also has IU as a NCAA tournament team.

Lindy’s has Indiana as the eighth place team in its Big Ten preview, but has nine of the league’s 14 teams in its preseason top 40.

Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell is featured on a regional cover for the magazine along with Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the yearbook after the jump.


2014-2015 Big Ten preview: Five impact freshmen


With the start of the fall semester underway and less than five weeks until the official start of practice, it’s time to begin looking ahead to the 2014-2015 season.

Today, we begin our Big Ten preview with a look at five freshmen, listed in no particular order, who could make the biggest impact next season.

D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State, guard — It’s not easy for freshmen to crack the starting lineup in Columbus, but the 6-foot-5 Russell, a Louisville native and McDonald’s All-American, looks poised to do just that. The Buckeyes lost Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to graduation and have Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson returning on the perimeter. While Scott may be the best perimeter defender in the Big Ten and Thompson is an elite athlete and finisher, neither is known for scoring. That’s where Russell, the highest ranked incoming Big Ten recruit, should make an impact from day one. With his size, athleticism and versatility, Russell is dangerous off the dribble and in transition and is also a capable shooter from distance.

Romelo Trimble, Maryland, guard — Mark Turgeon lost a large chunk of his roster in the offseason via transfers, but welcomes a strong recruiting class led by Trimble, a McDonald’s All-American guard from nearby Upper Marlboro. The departure of point guard Seth Allen, who transferred to Virginia Tech, means that the 6-foot-2 Trimble is likely to take over in the backcourt immediately and play alongside Dez Wells, the team’s leading returning scorer. A prolific scorer in the prep ranks at Bishop O’Connell, Turgeon will need Trimble to play more facilitator than go-to scorer in his rookie season. The Terps are one of the tougher teams to forecast this season in the Big Ten as they had so much offseason turnover, but much of their success will rest squarely on the shoulders of Trimble.


Jordan Hulls signs deal with Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo


Former Indiana guard Jordan Hulls has a new professional home.

After spending last season with Energa Czarni in Poland, Hulls said Wednesday on his Twitter account that he’ll play this coming season with Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo.

Sigal Prishtina plays in the Kosovo Super League.


Sporting News picks Indiana to finish 10th in Big Ten


Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, which means that college basketball preview magazines have started to hit newsstands.

The first one out this season is The Sporting News college basketball yearbook, which is not bullish on Indiana for the 2014-2015 season.

While Yogi Ferrell is featured on the regional cover being sold in Indiana and Ohio, the yearbook picks the Hoosiers to finish just 10th in the Big Ten.

Ferrell is on the 10-man Big Ten all-conference team and James Blackmon Jr. is on the five-man all-newcomer team. Assembly Hall is recognized as the second-best venue in the conference behind the Breslin Center.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the yearbook after the jump.


Vonleh to miss 6-8 weeks after surgery to repair hernia


Former Indiana forward and Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh will be playing catch-up to start his NBA career.

Last season’s Big Ten freshman of the year will miss 6 to 8 weeks after surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia suffered in a recent workout.

The procedure was performed in Charlotte by Dr. B. Todd Henneford according to a press release issued by the team.

The Hornets open training camp on Sept. 30 and play their first preseason game on Oct. 8 in Philadelphia. The season opener for Charlotte is on Oct. 29 at Time Warner Arena against Milwaukee.


Juwan Morgan moves up official visit to Indiana


Class of 2015 Waynesville (Mo.) forward Juwan Morgan, who had been scheduled to take an official visit to Bloomington later this month, has moved his visit up to this weekend.

MoKan Elite coach Rodney Perry confirmed that change in plans for visit dates in a text message to Inside the Hall. Morgan will also move up his official visit to Washington to the weekend of Sept. 12-14.

The 6-foot-9 Morgan, who is rated the No. 87 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, had planned to make his visit with AAU teammate and friend Shake Milton on the weekend of Sept. 26-28.


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