The latest comments from Dwight Williams, the father of David Williams, seem to indicate a level uncertainty on when or if he will sign a Letter of Intent with Indiana. Herald-Times Sports Editor Chris Korman posted this update last night on The Hoosier Scoop:
“He’s just thinking about having a good final year on the court and in the classroom,” Dwight Williams said. “He knows he’s going to college somewhere. Where? We know this is a process.”
Williams remains committed to Indiana, his father said.
Here’s what we know: Williams was not at Hoosier Hysteria and does not have an official visit to Bloomington scheduled. Neither Williams or his father has confirmed that he will sign with Indiana in November. Williams is not speaking to the media. And Indiana continues to recruit the 2010 class as evidenced by the recent offer to Will Sheehey and on-going courtship of Jelan Kendrick and Josh Selby.
The latest 2010 recruit to nab an Indiana offer is Will Sheehey, a 6-6 wing from the Sagemont School in Broward County, Florida. Inside the Hall caught up with Sheehey, rated No. 131 in his class by Rivals.com, on Monday evening for a Q & A.
On Indiana’s recent interest and scholarship offer:
“About a month ago, my head coach (Adam Ross) and I were sitting down thinking about what schools would be best for me and we thought that Indiana’s program would be one of the top five, so we gave them a call. They came back a week ago and saw me workout. And after the workout, Coach Crean thought Indiana would be a good fit for me.”
On the Indiana program:
“I know there’s a great amount of tradition and the fans are very excited. But besides that, I have a lot to learn about Indiana. I’m actually taking an official visit on the weekend of the 6th through the 8th, so I plan to get my studying in that weekend.”
On his style of play and strengths of his game:
“I would definitely say the strength for me is I think I’m pretty athletic. I have close to a 40-inch vertical, I like to slash to the basket and finish above the rim so that’s what stands out the most. Besides that, I like to shoot a lot of pull-up jumpers around the 15-foot area. That’s definitely a strength of mine. Really everything towards the basket: pull-ups, lay-ups, dunks. Something I’m working on a lot is extending the floor back to three-point range.”
The latest “State of the Hall,” which we’d like you to read, is after the jump.
Close to 800 Indiana fans packed Nolan Fieldhouse in Sellersburg, Indiana on Saturday afternoon to watch the 2009-2010 Hoosiers practice and scrimmage.
The team took the floor just before 4PM and the event began with some opening words from Tom Crean, who thanked everybody for coming. One-by-one, the Indiana players and coaches introduced themselves to the crowd. A couple of players didn’t speak loudly enough, including freshman Christian Watford, who Crean told, “start over, freshman.” The introductions ended and Crean urged fans to cheer, boo and sit back and enjoy.
+ The practice kicked off with the players navigating their way towards the basket off the dribble and attempting to finish against two assistant coaches, Bennie Seltzer and Roshown McLeod, who were both waiting with football pads.
+ After taking a beating from the pads, the focus shifted to defense with Crean and Tim Buckley stopping a couple of different times for teaching opportunities: “Be active, be active, be active,” “Hands up on every catch,” and a question for Bawa Muniru and Tijan Jobe after both were beaten by manager Michael Santa, “How does this guy get past two seven-footers?”
+ Teams were split up as follows: Red: Kory Barnett, Jeremiah Rivers, Daniel Moore, Steven Gambles, Jobe, Tom Pritchard, Watford, Maurice Creek. White: Matt Roth, Muniru, Brett Finkelmeier, Jordan Hulls, Bobby Capobianco, Derek Elston, Devan Dumes, Verdell Jones.
Yesterday, the Herald-Times reported that anonymous donors hooked Indiana up with $75,000, which will be used to reach a lawsuit settlement with Bob Knight, the last of such unresolved disputes between the former coach and the university.
The agreement was spelled out in a memorandum drawn up by the Indianapolis law firm of Ice Miller LLP and signed last week by representatives for IU and Knight.
It is believed the move is in reference to a lawsuit the former IU basketball coach filed against the university, arguing that IU failed to represent him in a lawsuit filed against him, while he was an employee of the university, by former assistant coach Ron Felling.
The timing of this sure seems coincidental, eh? The Hall of Fame induction ceremony Knight will be honored at is next month, and this money suddenly appears out of the blue? Smells of someone really wanting Knight to come back to Assembly Hall, trying to pull a few last strings so the old coach breaks down and enter the house he built one more time. But here’s what’s interesting, there was actually some wording in the memorandum that said: “Specifically, the resolution of this matter creates no obligation for Coach Knight to participate in the upcoming induction into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame. The choice whether to attend or not to attend the induction ceremony is completely up to Coach Knight and has nothing to do whatsoever with the resolution of the litigation.”
Even if that’s the case, this is still an olive branch extended to the former coach. And if this is the last of the disputes between the former coach and the school — at least legally — it’s clear IU has done much to gain favor with him. There’s a whole new administration on board that wants to honor Knight. There are no more ill feelings from the university’s end. They simply want to publicly recognize his legendary run at the helm of the Hoosiers.
But for as much as IU has done, it really doesn’t matter. This is Bob Knight. He dances to the beats of his own DJ. If he doesn’t show up, it wasn’t for a lack of effort by IU. It’s because, as always, he does it his way. Even if that way is stubborn and petulant.