Five questions with Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle

Inside the Hall had a chance to catch up with 2014 Evansville Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle earlier this afternoon. Lyle finished his first varsity season with averages of 15.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.

(You can watch HD video of Lyle against Washington from Saturday at this link.)

Here’s a transcript of what the dynamic freshman had to say about Bosse’s season, his recruitment and more:

On his accomplishments as an individual and a team his freshman season:

“The goal was to win the sectional championship and we did that. Then we made bigger goals. But I’m very happy with the way we ended.”

On what he can take from Saturday’s loss to Washington in the regional:

“I’ve got to start moving more without the ball. I didn’t move as much without the ball. But mostly, my shot wasn’t going in. My pull up jumper off the dribble, too.”

On stepping into a big role at Bosse as a freshman and whether he felt pressure:

“I kept my composure most of the year. For me, playing basketball against anybody is hard, but I just come into the game thinking I’m better than everybody. That’s just the way I am. I’m competitive like that so I just think that nobody can guard me.”

On how he’s handling the recruiting process thus far:

“My family and coaches, we talk about it all the time. I’m probably going to make my decision late sophomore or early junior year.”

On Indiana:

“It’s a good school and a good coach.”

Tom Crean to work as a studio analyst for NCAA Tournament

Via Hutch and also MediaBistro.com, Indiana coach Tom Crean will serve as a studio analyst for the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. A few details, via MediaBistro:

Indiana University head coach Tom Crean will join CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ coverage of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship as a guest analyst.

Crean will work in the Atlanta studio alongside host Matt Winer and analysts Seth Davis and Steve Smith during the First and Second Round games on Wednesday-Friday, which will air across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.

One would assume Crean will be back to Indiana in time for Saturday’s semi-state games at Seymour that will feature Park Tudor’s Yogi Ferrell and Washington’s Cody Zeller.

That’s A Wrap: Jordan Hulls

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our attempt to make some sense of the 2010-11 season. Sit back. Relax. Grab some popcorn. Get your read on. Today: Jordan Hulls.

Final Stats (32 games): 11.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 48.2% FG, 91.2% FT in 31.2 minutes per game.

Improvement. The one word that best describes the sophomore season of Jordan Hulls.

His numbers were up across the board and for a while, Hulls was leading the country in effective field goal percentage, which speaks to how well the Bloomington native was shooting for a good majority of the season. It got to the point where if Hulls was open and got his feet set, the shot was going in.

Hulls also showed a better knack for creating his own shot off the dribble. Injuries to Maurice Creek and Verdell Jones, coupled with a torrid shooting pace, forced him to become more assertive offensively. It was a role that Hulls admitted was tough to embrace initially due to his unselfishness, but ultimately, he became a more well-rounded offensive player for it. By season’s end, he’d developed the ability to knock down some crafty shots in the lane, something he rarely exhibited during his freshman season.

But the decision to move Hulls off the ball was not met without consequences. While it did give Hulls a chance to score more, the move put Jones at the point guard and the junior guard coughed up the ball close to three times per contest. It certainly seemed like the offense was more efficient with Hulls directing the plays. And it will be a storyline heading into next season if Indiana doesn’t add point guard help this spring.

The sophomore guard also set a school record for consecutive free throws made, finishing the season with 41 straight from the charity stripe. (Pat Graham, who made 38 straight in the 1990-1991 season, previously held the record.)

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Open Thread: NCAA Tournament

Quite a bit of chatter tonight on the just revealed 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket. Seven Big Ten teams — Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin — made the field.

And with the Hoosiers already home for the season, we’re opening up this space for your bracket discussion.

Questions to ponder: Best draw for a Big Ten team? Worst draw for a Big Ten team? Biggest at-large snub? Team that didn’t belong in the field? Sleeper team? Highest seed ripe for an upset? All of this, and anything else you’d like to discuss, is on the table.

And of course, you can join our NCAA Tournament Pick ‘Em group.

(Photo via Big Ten.)

Coaching carousel could put recruits back in play

As of Sunday afternoon, the list of Division I schools that have made a coaching change has reached, by our count, 12.

The list: Arkansas, Bradley, Eastern Washington, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Manhattan, Oklahoma, Providence, Texas Tech, Texas A & M-CC, Towson and Utah.

More, like Sidney Lowe at N.C. State, are likely to follow in the coming days and weeks.

And in an effort to keep you up to date on which recruits could potentially re-open the process, here’s a list of the notable names that have signed with the above schools. (All ratings are from ESPN.)

- Arkansas: B.J. Young (No. 4 PG), Ky Madden (No. 10 SG), Hunter Mickelson (No. 8 PF), Aaron Ross (No. 23 SF), Devonte Abron (No. 28 PF)

- Bradley: Remy Abell (No. 67 PG)

- Georgia Tech: Julian Royal (No. 10 PF), Bobby Parks, Jr. (No. 31 SG)

- Manhattan: Davontay Grace (No. 50 PG)

- Oklahoma: Robert Goff (No. 3 Junior College PF on JucoJunction.com)

- Providence: Markus Crider (No. 42 SF), Kyan Anderson (No. 39 PG)

- Texas Tech: Terran Petteway (No. 35 SF), Jordan Tolbert (No. 41 PF)

- Utah: George Matthews (SF, 3-star, 5th year player)

An update on 2013 Cleveland Benedictine forward Mark Williams

Inside the Hall had a chance to catch up recently with 2013 Cleveland Benedictine forward Mark Williams, who attended Hoosier Hysteria last fall and picked up an early offer from Indiana.

Here are a few quotes from the 6-7, 235-pound sophomore as well as some video from CLHTV.com:

On his high school season:

“It’s going pretty well. It’s been a learning experience. I feel like me and my team are learning to play through adversity and with each other which is something we haven’t had to do in the past years. We’re a sophomore and junior dominated team. We have one senior.”

On how his game has progressed during the season:

“I am playing okay, but to my standards, I’m not playing how I should. I feel I can bring more to my team with every aspect of the game. Whether it’s leading, scoring, rebounding, so I’m constantly trying to get better in those areas.”

On his interest in Indiana and his thoughts on the program:

“I still have very high thoughts on the team. Not only because of their athletic ability, but because I’ve talked to those guys. I know what Coach Crean is about. I know what Coach Buckley is about. And when you watch their games, whether they’re winning or losing, the atmosphere is just, you would die for it. Anybody would die to play there. I still have high thoughts about the team.”

On other schools showing interest:

“Wisconsin has shown interest. West Virginia has shown interest. Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Michigan State has shown slight interest. Penn State has been in the gym. Mainly the Big Ten.”

Video after the jump …

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HD Video: Washington’s Cody Zeller, Evansville Bosse’s Jaquan Lyle

Inside the Hall made the trip on Saturday to the Hatchet House in Washington for a regional semifinal between Washington and Evansville Bosse. Washington won 71-49 and later defeated Corydon, 68-41, to advance to the Class 3A semi-state.

IU signee Cody Zeller finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots and Evansville Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle finished with four points and three rebounds.

Watch high-definition quality video clips of both Zeller (No. 40 in white) and Lyle (No. 15 in red) in the embedded media players below:

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