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Fan Report: Moore, Hammons, Marrero, Thomas

The Fan Report is Inside the Hall’s version of Letters to the Editor. Submit a Fan Report at this link. Today’s entry was submitted by Kelin Blab.

Notes and observations from Spiece Indy Heat’s 87-85 win over Queen City Prophets at the Hoosier Shootout:

+ Nic Moore, Spiece Indy Heat (pictured): The Warsaw guard took and made every big shot. He is very crafty inside and drew several fouls. He can flat out shoot it. He plays with guts and is willing to guard anyone. To begin the game he was guarding Aaron Thomas and did a good job on him despite the size difference. He was impressive to say the least.

+ AJ Hammons, Spiece Indy Heat: I hope prep school helps him next season with his physical play and toughness. He has a ton of upside, but drifts a lot in games. For a 7-footer, he really doesn’t make his presence felt on the court. Physically he looks great and he displays soft touch inside. Also a smart defender.

+ DeJuan Marrero, Spiece Indy Heat: Tough. That is his game. Tough defensively, tough rebounder, just tough. I, nor he, has any idea what position he will play in college. He played on the wing and struggled with his jumper and ball handling. If he gets a decent mid-range game and improves his ball handling, he will be a stud. What gets him over is he plays harder than anyone on the court at all times.

+ Aaron Thomas, Queen City Prophets: I finally saw a motivated Aaron Thomas. Prior to the game, you could tell he was ready for this one. After a shoving match with Purdue recruit Raphael Davis, Thomas went on a run on both ends of the court. He gets to the basket and finishes strong. In one instance he got to the basket and finished with a left-handed dunk. His ability to shoot is definitely there and he possesses tremendous upside. If a coach can get him motivated consistently, he will be a big-time player.  He finished with 26 points.

adidas Invitational Video: Austin Etherington

Austin Etherington is Indiana’s first commit for the 2011 recruiting class and we’ve compiled 22 clips of the 6-6 Hamilton Heights (IN) and Indiana Elite guard from three games (Dream Vision, Dallas Mustangs and Riverside Hawks) at the adidas Invitational in the embedded media player below. Enjoy.

Related adidas Invitational coverage:

+ adidas Invitational Video: Cody Zeller
+ adidas Invitational Video: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell
+ adidas Invitational Video: Jeremiah Davis

adidas Invitational Video: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

Park Tudor (IN) point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell picked up an IU offer in March and is ranked among the top 40 players nationally in the 2012 class. We’ve compiled 14 clips of the 5-10 IU target from three games (Dream Vision, Dallas Mustangs and Riverside Hawks) at the adidas Invitational in the embedded media player below. Enjoy.

Related adidas Invitational coverage:

+ adidas Invitational Video: Austin Etherington
+ adidas Invitational Video: Cody Zeller
+ adidas Invitational Video: Jeremiah Davis

adidas Invitational: Chane Behanan talks recruiting

Chane Behanan, the MVP of the NBA Top 100 Camp, picked up a scholarship offer from IU on June 20. Watch and listen to what the 6-6, class of 2011 forward from Bowling Green (KY) had to say about his recruitment at the adidas Invitational in the embedded media player below:

adidas Invitational Video: Cody Zeller

2011 Washington (IN) forward Cody Zeller was arguably the most impressive prospect on the opening day of the July evaluation period at North Central High School in Indianapolis. We’ve compiled 28 clips of the versatile 6-10 IU target from three games (Dream Vision, Dallas Mustangs and Riverside Hawks) at the adidas Invitational in the embedded media player below. Enjoy.

Related adidas Invitational coverage:

+ Yogi Ferrell, Jeremiah Davis and Zeller talk recruiting at the adidas Invitational
Austin Etherington 100 percent healthy, helping IU recruit Zeller

adidas Invitational: Austin Etherington

2011 Hamilton Heights wing and IU commit Austin Etherington met with reporters following a 73-60 Indiana Elite win over Riverside Hawks on Wednesday morning at North Central High School. The 6-6 Etherington talked about his recent back injury, his relationship with Cody Zeller and Yogi Ferrell, his number one goal for the summer and several other topics. Watch and listen to his comments in the embedded media players below:

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Indiana hires Je’Ney Jackson as strength and conditioning coach

Per IU Media Relations:

Je’Ney Jackson has joined the strength and conditioning staff at Indiana University and will be working with the nationally prominent Hoosier men’s basketball program.  He brings eight years of experience as a strength coach (including a stint as the men’s basketball strength coach for IU assistant Steve McClain at Wyoming) on the Division I level and five years as a position coach, most notably at Kansas.

We are excited to add someone with Je’Ney’s talent toughness and personality, said IU Coach Tom Crean.  “He comes highly recommended not only from Steve McClain who he worked with for five years, but from other prominent coaches that I respect.”

Jackson has been at Southern Mississippi since February after spending five years with the Kansas football program, including the last three years as cornerbacks coach. Prior to that,  Jackson was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at KU for two seasons and six years as strength and conditioning coach at Wyoming.

“I am thrilled to be able to work with Tom Crean and to have this opportunity at Indiana,” said Jackson.  “This is a program with great tradition and the new facilities makes this one of the elite jobs in all of college athletics.  I am looking forward to getting to know the players and helping them reach their maximum potential.”

At Kansas, Jackson mentored Aqib Talib, who earned consensus All-America honors and was a first-round NFL draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Chris Harris, who was tabbed a Freshman All-America Honorable Mention pick by The Sporting News.

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