Notes from Peter Jurkin’s appearance on ESPNU

2012 IU commit Peter Jurkin and United Faith Christian Academy (NC) just fell to Oak Hill Academy (VA) 86-52 in the quarterfinals of the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Maryland.

Here are a few observations from the game, which was broadcast on ESPNU:

Jurkin, who finished with seven points and two rebounds, appears to have added some weight to his frame. Continuing to improve upon his upper body strength will be a key in determining how soon the 7-0 junior will be able to contribute upon his arrival in Bloomington. His ability to affect and block shots makes him an intriguing prospect, but the added bulk will be pivotal in a physical Big Ten.

The IU commit still looked to be favoring his leg, which caused him to miss nearly two months of the season due to a stress fracture. It certainly wasn’t a good representation of just how well Jurkin can run the floor when he’s 100 percent. He split time with Henry Uwadiae, who got the start at the five.

Jurkin made the most of his limited touches in the post. United Faith Christian Academy’s Braxton Ogbueze (Florida commit) dominated the ball and there wasn’t much focus on getting the ball inside. That said, Jurkin quickly established himself with a one-handed dunk on the first possession after entering the game with just under five minutes to go in the opening quarter. He also showed nice touch in knocking down a bank shot over Oak Hill’s A.J. Hammons on the right block and got to the foul line and hit 1-of-2 free throws.

The Sudan native did a nice job of holding his position and staying on his feet rather than trying to block every shot attempt. But when he did go into the air against a driving Quinn Cook (Duke signee and McDonald’s All-American), Jurkin came up with an impressive block.

That’s A Wrap: Team Defense

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: Indiana’s Team Defense.

Final Stats: 68.2 ppg, 43.3 FG %, 36.4 3PT %, 49.6 eFG %, 19.9% turnover percentage

Two bigs problems for Indiana’s defense this season.

You may know them already.

Its opponents’ free-throw rate of 50.2 percent ranked 333rd in the nation. Not one major conference program fared worse. This team fouled and fouled and fouled, and then fouled some more. Tom Pritchard (6.5 fouls per 40 minutes) Derek Elston (5.7) and Bobby Capobianco (10.7) were Indiana’s biggest culprits. But freshmen Will Sheehey (5.5)  and Victor Oladipo (4.8) contributed to the problem, as did Daniel Moore (5.0) in a limited role.

Most games the opponent held the advantage at the line. Twenty-plus attempts from the opposition was common. When your margin for error against quality Big Ten opponents is already small, giving away so many freebies can sink your ship fast. To put this in perspective, Indiana finished dead last during the conference season by allowing 473 free-throw attempts. Northwestern, which finished a spot ahead in 10th, allowed over 100 less at 358.

Indiana’s other defensive issue — one not in the box score or measured by advanced statistics — was a communication and assignment breakdown. Often, Indiana failed to execute in its half-court defense, leaving opposing players wide open for 3-pointers, something Film Session covered early and late. And a lack of strong communication between the five players on the court sometimes left Indiana scrambling to pick up the pieces as the opponent got a clean look at the basket.

Between the open looks and free throws, Indiana finished the season allowing 1.14 points per possession, which tied them for last in the Big Ten with Northwestern. And their adjusted defensive efficiency in-conference regressed year-over-year, too (111.8 in 2009-10 to 113.7 in 2010-11).


Around the Hall: Zeller at McDonald’s All-American game

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on. (Photo credit: Brian Spurlock – McDonald’s.)

Hugh Kellenberger of The Herald-Times writes that Cody Zeller was content with his experience at Wednesday’s McDonald’s All American game.

— Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star has reaction from all three Indiana kids that played in the McDonald’s game.

— Zeller wrote about his experience in Chicago in a diary for SLAM ONLINE. Zeller also recorded a video diary after his first day in Chicago. compares the McDonald’s All-American’s to current NBA players. Zeller’s comparison? Jeff Foster of The Indiana Pacers.

Zeller tells The Chicago Tribune that he used to receive 10 to 15 recruiting letters per day and the most interesting letters he received included comics, some of which included his likeness.

Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal talks to Zeller about his whirlwind week.

IndyHSHoops recaps the Indiana high school season

Joe Eberhardt, founder of IndyHSHoops and a recruiting analyst here at Inside the Hall, put together a nice season wrap-up highlight video featuring some of the state’s top talent.

Among the IU commits featured: Collin Hartman, Devin Davis Jr., Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Trey Lyles and Ron Patterson.

That’s A Wrap: Team Offense

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: Indiana’s Team Offense.

Final Stats: 69.9 ppg, 46.1 FG %, 34.6 3PT %, 72.6 FT %, 51.6 eFG %, 12.9 turnovers per game

For as much as Indiana’s offense was criticized for a lack of cohesion at times throughout this season, there was movement in a positive direction in three important categories year-over-year in Bloomington.

Consider these numbers:

– Effective field goal percentage – defined as (FG + 0.5 * 3P) / FGA): 51.6 percent overall in 2010-2011 (48.5 percent in Big Ten games) compared to 46.4 percent overall in 2009-2010 (43.9 percent in Big Ten games).

– Adjusted offensive efficiency rating – defined here: 109.0 overall in 2010-2011 (102.3 in Big Ten games) compared to 99.9 overall in 2009-2010 (92.9 in Big Ten games).

– Turnover percentage – defined as turnovers / possessions: 19.9 percent overall in 2010-2011 (18.3 percent in Big Ten games) compared to 23.0 percent overall in 2009-2010 (23.3 percent in Big Ten games).

But with any good news, there’s usually a bit of bad news as well.


That’s A Wrap: Guy-Marc Michel

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: Guy-Marc Michel.

Final Stats: Did not play.

When Indiana recruited a 7-foot center from Martinique by way of North Idaho College, a fair bit of skepticism passed through the fanbase. The Hoosiers had just said goodbye to Tijan Jobe, and would soon part ways with Bawa Muniru, two project centers with impressive physiques and, in the end, relatively little impact.

But everyone around the program insisted: Guy-Marc Michel was different.

From the time he signed through the beginning of practice, players and coaches insisted Michel would be an integral part of the rotation. Tom Crean said when he talked to his players in the summer about their top-eight rotation, Michel’s name always popped up.

And then we got to see Michel in action, first at Hoosier Hysteria and then at Night of the Living Red, we sort of saw what his teammates saw: A deceptively athletic, physical center who had gelled with his teammates and moved well off the ball, in addition to providing an obvious presence in the post offensively and, especially, defensively.

Taking a second look at Michel, it wasn’t hard to see him bothering Ralph Sampson or Dallas Lauderdale.


Around the Hall: Traylor, Big Ten schedule, Painter, more

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on.

Dustin Dopirak confirmed an earlier report from Mike Pegram that 2011 IMG Academy forward Jamari Traylor took an unofficial visit to Bloomington today.

There will be no protected rivalries in the scheduling for the new 12-team Big Ten, according to Scott Dochterman of We also learned that there will be seven double plays and four single plays in the new schedule. Two of IU’s double plays next season will be Michigan State and Penn State.

Despite reports that he’s accepted the vacant job at Missouri, tweeted that Purdue coach Matt Painter will not meet with school officials until Tuesday morning.

UMHoops has a recap of John Beilein’s postseason wrap up with the media, including details on Darius Morris seeking advice from the undergraduate advisory committee on the NBA Draft.

Pete Thamel of The New York Times explains Jared Sullinger’s decision to stay at Ohio State for his sophomore season.

Michigan State sophomore Garrick Sherman will transfer, which will free up a scholarship for the Spartans to continue their pursuit of Gary Harris or add a junior college recruit this year, writes The Only Colors.

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