An updated look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten


It’s been more than a month since our last look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten and as with our last update, there’s been plenty of developments over that timespan.

Here’s our latest look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season.

Illinois (19-14, 7th place tie, NIT first round)

· Arriving: Aaron Jordan, Darius Paul, D.J. Williams (247Composite top 100), Jalen Coleman (247Composite top 100), Mike Thorne (Graduate transfer from Charlotte)

· Departing: Aaron Cosby (transfer), Ahmad Starks (graduation), Austin Colbert (transfer), Nnanna Egwu (graduation), Rayvonte Rice (graduation)

Notes: Illinois announced on June 15 that guard Mike LaTulip will redshirt this season and then transfer to another institution for the 2016-2017 season to complete his eligibility.


Freshman Focus: Thomas Bryant


“Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s three incoming freshmen. Over the next couple of weeks, we will take an in-depth look at all three newcomers. Today: Thomas Bryant.

When Thomas Bryant takes the floor at Assembly Hall next winter for Indiana, he’ll be the third McDonald’s All-American big man in four seasons to do so for the Hoosiers, joining Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.

One of the most crucial recruits for Tom Crean in his seven year tenure in Bloomington, Indiana beat out the likes of Syracuse, Kentucky and Missouri to land Bryant, a native of Rochester, New York. The 6-foot-10 big man was a well known commodity nationally by the end of his decorated prep career that started at Bishop Kearney in Rochester and wrapped up over the final seasons at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

The accolades Bryant finished his high school career with were plentiful. In addition to his selection to the McDonald’s All-American game, he was also a Jordan Brand All-Star. As a sophomore at Bishop Kearney, he helped lead his school to a Class AA state championship.


Jeremiah April signs with Trinity Valley Community College


Former Indiana center Jeremiah April will continue his career in the junior college ranks.

April, a 7-footer who signed with the Hoosiers in the spring of 2014 and played less than 10 minutes as a freshman, signed with Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

Trinity Valley Community College coach Kris Baumann announced the signing on Twitter. Indiana announced April was transferring on May 1.


New strength coach Anderson enjoys thinking “outside the box”


There’s a new face in charge of Indiana’s strength and conditioning program. And with the change, IU’s returning players and newcomers are likely to experience some training methods for the first time.

Lyonel Anderson, a former tight end for Kansas who has spent time with the Denver Broncos, Youngstown State football, IU football and University of Houston football, is excited to put his own mark on the program.

Among those methods, some of which have already been started as IU’s returning players began working with Anderson this week, are hot yoga, elevation training masks and training in a sand pit.


Video: New strength and conditioning coach Lyonel Anderson discusses his role

New Indiana strength and conditioning coach Lyonel Anderson met with the media on Thursday in the Cook Hall weight room to discuss his role and goals for the program, his background and much more.

Watch the full interview below:

A closer look at the Max Bielfeldt addition


Indiana added a 12th scholarship player to its roster earlier this month in Max Bielfeldt, a graduate transfer from Michigan who will be eligible immediately. The 6-foot-8 Bielfeldt, a native of Peoria, Illinois, has one year of eligibility remaining.

So what will Bielfeldt bring to Indiana?

There’s an obvious leadership and maturity ingredient that Bielfeldt should bring to Bloomington given his experience playing for a winning program in the Big Ten. Over four seasons in Ann Arbor, he played on three NCAA tournament teams, including a national runner-up team in 2013 and an outright Big Ten championship group in 2014 that advanced to the Elite Eight.


Indiana hires Lyonel Anderson as strength and conditioning coach


Indiana announced on Wednesday morning that Lyonel Anderson has been hired as the strength and conditioning coach for men’s basketball.

Anderson was formerly the associate director of sports performance for the University of Houston football program. He played tight end at Kansas and earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the university in 2008, according to a press release from IU.

“We look for the best person to lead young men and get the most out of them on a daily basis,” Tom Crean said in a release.  “You have to be at the forefront of your profession, display passion for what you do and energize everyone you touch.


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