A closer look at the Max Bielfeldt addition

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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.

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Indiana hires Lyonel Anderson as strength and conditioning coach

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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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POTB 075: Phase two of offseason begins for Indiana

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Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show will now be available each week on Wednesdays during the offseason.

In this edition of the show, Morris is joined by Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich for 30 minutes to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· A recap of last week’s “on the road” tour stop at Huber Winery and Tom Crean’s comments at the event
· The beginning of phase two of IU’s offseason workouts
· The rules changes for college basketball that were approved this week and the effect those changes could have on IU

And plenty more, so tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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Video: Spring highlights of Kris Wilkes, Paul Scruggs

North Central forward Kris Wilkes and Southport guard Paul Scruggs are two of Indiana’s top priorities in the class of 2017.

Both players put together strong springs for the Indy Hoosiers on the Under Armour Association circuit as Wilkes averaged 13 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and Scruggs averaged 9.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Courtesy of Courtside Films, here are highlight reels for both players from their play this spring:

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NCAA approves 30-second shot clock, other rules changes

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The NCAA announced via the March Madness Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the proposed rules changes for men’s basketball have been approved.

Chief among the changes are a 30-second shot clock, a reduction of timeouts and the restricted area arc moving from three feet to four feet.

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Indiana ready to begin phase two of offseason workouts

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After a strong spring following a loss to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament in Omaha, Indiana is ready to begin phase two of the offseason.

Many of IU’s returnees have been working out off campus in recent weeks – Troy Williams and Robert Johnson spent time in Texas working out with John Lucas, for example – but that will change soon.

And as everyone returns to campus and the three freshmen and graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt arrive, it will be back to work for a program that enters the 2015-2016 campaign with significant expectations.

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Cuban donates $5 million to Indiana for “first-of-its-kind” technology center

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Indiana announced a $5 million donation on Friday afternoon from alumnus and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to build a “first-of-its-kind” sports media and technology center in the west wing of Assembly Hall.

Here’s the full release from the athletic department on the project, which will be named the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie today announced that IU Athletics has received a $5 million gift from IU alumnus Mark Cuban to create a first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge, student-focused, video, broadcasting, and technology center. Among other things, this very generous gift will make IU Athletics the national leader in 3D broadcast and replay, virtual reality, and 3D virtual studio technologies. In honor of Cuban’s transformative gift and creative input, the center will be named the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology when it becomes fully operational following the completed renovations at Assembly Hall in the spring of 2017.

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