Class of 2014 forward Yante Maten commits to Georgia

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Class of 2014 Bloomfield Hills forward Yante Maten, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan, committed to Georgia on Saturday night.

Maten announced the news on his Twitter account and his high school coach, Duane Graves, confirmed the commitment to Inside the Hall.

“In Georgia, he found a school that best fits his wants and needs,” Graves said. “Educationally and athletically. I think it’s a great school. He couldn’t go wrong with any decision he made with all of the great schools that liked him.”

Indiana had Maten on campus recently for an official visit after offering him a scholarship on an in-home visit in late March. Maten received a scholarship offer from Michigan State last week, but ultimately chose the Bulldogs.

He also had offers from Colorado, TCU and Utah, among others.

Graves said the offers from Indiana and Michigan State were certainly appealing to Maten and made it tougher for him to make a decision as the process moved on.

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Josh Cunningham to visit South Carolina, pushes back announcement date

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Class of 2014 Morgan Park (Ill.) forward Josh Cunningham will not announce his college decision as originally scheduled on Wednesday, Apr. 9 according to reports by Evan Moore and The Chicago Tribune.

Instead, Cunningham will now announce his decision on Friday, Apr. 18 after he gets the opportunity to visit South Carolina next weekend. The NCAA is currently in a recruiting dead period that ends at noon on Thursday, April 10.

Rated the No. 107 nationally according to the 247Composite, Cunningham visited Bloomington for IU’s win over Ohio State back on March 2.

According to the Tribune, Cunningham is still considering offers from Bradley, Creighton, DePaul, Indiana, Iowa State, Minnesota and South Carolina.

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Draft watch: Vonleh a lottery pick in every projection

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With his decision to enter the NBA Draft now in the rearview mirror, the question of whether Noah Vonleh will be back in Bloomington next season has been answered. What hasn’t been answered, and won’t be officially until Thursday, June 26, is which franchise will select Vonleh in the 2014 NBA Draft.

In our latest edition of draft watch, we take a detailed look at where Vonleh’s stock stands following his lone season in Bloomington:

Projections
ESPN: (7) Draft Express: (7) NBADraft.net: (6) Sports Illustrated: (8)

· Analysis: Since our last update before the Big Ten tournament, Vonleh moved up a spot in ESPN’s rankings, down a spot in NBADraft.net rankings and down two spots in the SI rankings.

We won’t have a good idea on which teams could potentially target Vonleh until after the NBA Draft lottery, which takes place on May 20. Right now, however, he’s a consensus top eight pick if you go by the four major mock drafts we’ve been tracking for most of the season. Those projections are consistent with the feedback Vonleh says he got from NBA.

“I heard I’ll be somewhere in the lottery, but that’s unknown,” Vonleh said on Thursday. “I’ve got to go into workouts and showcase my skills and hopefully end up where I want to be.”

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That’s A Wrap: Peter Jurkin

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Peter Jurkin.

Jurkin (3 games):  0.2 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.2 blocks, 0.0% eFG, 40.0% FT in 1.4 minutes per game.

Tom Crean received a verbal commitment from Peter Jurkin in August of 2010 and the Sudan native became the first recruit of the 2012 class. Jurkin’s pledge came at a time when the program was searching for bodies. The likes of McDonald’s All-Americans like Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. had yet to surface and usher in a more competitive era of basketball under Crean.

At the time, we noted that Jurkin showed promise as a rim protector, ran the floor well and needed to add some muscle to his frame. As we’ve come to find, a floor-running big can fit well in Crean’s offense. But Jurkin remains just a deep reserve for the Hoosiers with his second season in Bloomington now in the books. The numbers are small: Only three appearances (including just one minute of play in the Big Ten during the blowout at Purdue) two total points, zero made field goals.

Jurkin missed much of his junior high school season and all of the following AAU season with a stress fracture in his right leg. Injuries have continued to hinder his progress at IU. A suspension and a foot malady slowed him during his freshman year, one in which he also saw extremely limited minutes (just seven).

This year, it appeared as if Jurkin continued to work through pain, as he was often spotted in an aircast. Basketball movements — cuts, jumps, slides and screens on hardwood — often do little favors to players who don’t have the ideal body to handle it — especially 7-footers. Jurkin’s pencil thin legs — like Maurice Creek’s before him — have left him in a frustrating spot.

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Video: Noah Vonleh talks decision to enter NBA Draft

Noah Vonleh and coach Tom Crean met with the media on Thursday afternoon to discuss the IU freshman’s decision to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Watch the press conference in the media player below:

A complete transcript is available after the jump.

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That’s A Wrap: Yogi Ferrell

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Yogi Ferrell.

Ferrell (32 games): 17.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3 rebounds, 52.1% eFG, 82.4% FT in 33.8 minutes per game.

Few players in all of college basketball had more asked of them than Yogi Ferrell, who saw his role shift from a facilitator as a freshman to a lead scorer who was also tasked with running the team as a sophomore.

And as the numbers show, Ferrell handled the major shift in his role brilliantly.

In the preseason, one of the major story lines surrounding IU was Ferrell’s perimeter shot, which was a weakness during his first season. It didn’t take long to see the fruits of his offseason work as it took just nine games for Ferrell to make 23 shots from distance, matching his total of 3-pointers made as a freshman.

Despite taking difficult and contested 3-pointers all season as the focus of the opposition’s scouting report, Ferrell managed to shoot 40 percent from behind the arc as a sophomore (on 220 attempts). That was a major factor in his improved effective field goal percentage of 52.1, up from 45.4 percent as a freshman. His percentage from 3-point range was up nearly 10 percent from his debut season.

The Park Tudor product finished third in conference games in scoring at 17.8 points per game, just behind Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Iowa’s Devyn Marble.

Ferrell also improved as a ball handler and decision maker as a sophomore as his turnover percentage dropped by six percentage points despite having the ball in his hands even more. His turnover rate was still far too high (18 percent), but it was easily the lowest of IU’s rotation regulars. He finished seventh in assists in Big Ten play with 3.8 per game.

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Video: James Blackmon Jr. McDonald’s All-American Game highlights

James Blackmon Jr. scored 13 points — 10 of which came in the second half — for the East squad in their 105-102 loss to the West at the United Center on Wednesday evening in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Watch his highlights below:

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