Around the Hall: Butler at IU date, Garrett Green, more

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

+ CBS Sports national college basketball writer Jeff Goodman delivers an offseason Big Ten report and drops a date for Indiana’s meeting with Butler next season at Assembly Hall: Sunday, November 27.

+ Garrett Green talked about his visit to San Diego State with Aztec Sports Report (premium link). Green is expected to announce a decision on Friday when he graduates from LSU. The 6-foot-11 center left California this morning per his Twitter account.

+ Northwestern is considering four new designs for the court in Welsh-Ryan Arena, including a nearly all-purple look.

+ Purdue coach Matt Painter cut six players from the USA World University Games roster. Only Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe remain from the Big Ten.

+ Purdue is in the running for Oak Hill Academy center A.J. Hammons according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.

+ Michigan announced its non-conference schedule for next season. The Wolverines also picked up commitments from Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton in recent days.

+ An anonymous head coach, “Coach X,” tells ESPN Insider that only having July for evaluating prospects “has really hamstrung college coaches.”

+ Former Arkansas sharpshooter Rotnei Clarke will transfer to Butler and will be eligible for the 2012-2013 season.

New coach has high expectations for Lyles, Tech

Jason Delaney was announced as the head coach at Arsenal Tech High School on May 11.

And with less than 90 days on the job thus far, the 34-year old Delaney has seen enough of his star sophomore, Indiana commitment Trey Lyles, to get a pretty good idea of what he’ll be working with over the next three seasons.

“With Trey, I see a kid that constantly wants to get better,” Delaney told Inside the Hall at the GRBA National Championships in Fort Wayne. “He’s always in the gym either lifting to get stronger or working on his shot or working on the little parts of his game. Even the conditioning aspect of it. The kid that everyone saw last year, by this season, is going to be a beast because he’s constantly wanting to get better.”

National accolades have come quickly for the 15-year old Lyles, who was named the National Freshman of the Year last season after averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds at Tech.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward was also named to the adidas Nations USA 2013 team and the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National team.

But perhaps more impressive than those accolades is the advanced basketball IQ Lyles posseses.


HD Video: Gary Harris at GRBA National Championships

2012 five-star guard Gary Harris closed out his final weekend of AAU with D3 Pride at the Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championships at the Spiece Fieldhouse in Ft. Wayne.

Inside the Hall was there for Harris’ 20-point performance as D3 Pride beat Mac Irvin Fire, 77-76 in a Saturday pool play game. The Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire team was led by 31 points from Jabari Parker, the No. 2 player nationally in the 2013 class according to

Watch high-definition quality footage of Harris (wearing jersey No. 5 in black) in the embedded media player below. (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player.)


Q & A: Harris reflects on AAU season, looks ahead (July 30, 2011)
Video: Gary Harris Highlights at IBCA Top 100 Showcase (July 13, 2011)
Recruitment status quo for five-star guard Harris (June 26, 2011)
NBA Top 100 Camp Q & A: Gary Harris (June 17, 2011)
HD Video: Gary Harris at Indiana Jr-Sr All-Star Exhibition (June 7, 2011)

HD Video: Demetrius Jackson at GRBA National Championships

2013 Mishawaka Marian point guard Demetrius Jackson was watched by head coaches from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Xavier as well as assistants from Butler and Illinois this past weekend at the GRBA National Championships in Fort Wayne.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard currently holds scholarship offers from Michigan and Xavier and took an unofficial visit to Bloomington in June.

Inside the Hall was there for two of Jackson’s pool play games at Spiece Fieldhouse and you can watch high-definition quality footage of the 2013 point guard (wearing jersey No. 11 in white) in the embedded media player below. (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player.)

Q & A: Harris reflects on AAU season, looks ahead

With his final AAU season coming to a close and his senior year at Hamilton Southeastern set to begin in a couple of weeks, five-star guard Gary Harris sat down with reporters to discuss a variety of topics at the Spiece Fieldhouse on Saturday in Ft. Wayne. Harris is playing in his final AAU event this weekend with D3 Pride in the GRBA National Championships.

Here’s a full transcript of the lengthy question and answer session with Indiana’s top remaining recruiting target in the class of 2012:

Is this just one big test after another as you finish out July?

“Yeah, I mean I just want to play against the best competition I can and just go out here and win as many games as possible, so each time we get a win, I’m happy.”

When you kind of look at your July, what do you think you did really well and what do you think you showed people this July?

“I think my versatility, different ways I can score, different ways I can get my teammates involved, defense, just my overall game.”

How do you sort of keep some of that going during football season? Are you going to work out basketball at all during football?

“Yeah, I’m just going to get shots up after practice sometimes when I can. But nothing like full out, but just so I can just keep a touch and feel for the ball so when basketball season comes around, I’m not starting from scratch.”

Are you kind of looking forward to switching your focus to football for a while and kind of get a little break?

“Yeah it’s always good to switch it up. We should have a pretty good team this year, so it should be fun.”

When do you start football stuff?

“Monday. Two-a-days start on Monday.”


2014 Wapahani guard Grant Evans on the IU radar

After a freshman campaign at Class 2A Wapahani where he averaged 20.7 points and 5.2 rebounds, 2014 guard Grant Evans is beginning to see his recruitment pick up traction this summer.

In a Friday pool play game at the Spiece Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championships in Fort Wayne, Evans drew a crowd that included Indiana coaches Tom Crean and Tim Buckley, Purdue assistants Jack Owens and Greg Gary and Butler assistants Michael Lewis and Terry Johnson.

“It’s kind of cool,” Evans told Inside the Hall. “Right now I’m just excited that they’re all coming.”

The 6-foot-2 Evans was the key to Wapahani’s run in the Lapel sectional as the Raiders won two games before falling 35-34 to Winchester in the championship game.

He averaged 29.3 points over three sectional contests and said he’s trying to prove he’s more than just a scorer.

“I’m just trying to improve on my defense,” Evans said. “Just being more of a leader on the court, my ball handling and my explosiveness.”

His recruiting picture, which is still coming into focus, already includes a scholarship offer from a Horizon League school.


Notebook: Zak Irvin, Glass talks patience and more

Joe and I will hit the recruiting trail once again beginning Friday in Fort Wayne for the Spiece Gym Rats Basketball National Championships. A few of the players expected to participate according to the schedule released include Gary Harris, Trey Lyles, James Blackmon Jr., Jaquan Lyle, Trevon Bluiett and Demetrius Jackson. This will be the AAU final event we’ll cover this summer, but until that coverage gets underway, here are some news tidbits and notes from Thursday:

2013 Hamilton Southeastern wing Zak Irvin is down to two schools: Butler and Michigan. Our friend Dylan Burkhardt over at UMHoops confirmed the news with Irvin on Thursday morning. Irvin told Burkhardt that he plans to decide on a school before summer ends. If John Beilein and staff can successfully land Irvin, it’ll be Michigan’s third commitment from Indiana in the past 12 months (Glenn Robinson III and Austin Hatch are the other two). Seniors Zack Novak and Stu Douglass are also Indiana natives.

Despite the focus being on football at the Big Ten media days in Chicago, athletic director Fred Glass was asked about the patience of basketball fans in Bloomington according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star. Here was his response:

“I think there is a lot of enthusiasm as people see the light at the end of the tunnel. One the great untold stories has been the patience of ‘Hoosier Nation.’ We’re still second in the conference in attendance. It’s just been ridiculous how people have stuck with us through competitive challenges – except that it’s Indiana. That’s what people do. If you’re doing things the right way, people are going to give you space to do it the right way. Quick answers often end up in quick crashes. I like that people are passionate and care and they definitely see the light.” is running a “summer buzz” series featuring the 25 most intriguing college programs and Indiana will be featured next Friday.

Oklahoma and the NCAA have come to an agreement that the Sooners are guilty of two major violations, but Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports wonders if the school’s self-imposed sanctions will satisfy the NCAA. Our old friend Eamonn writes that Oklahoma’s damage control may not be enough. Both violations occurred during the recruitment of Tiny Gallon, who left Norman after one season.

— Finally, Indiana has been releasing player photos via Twitpic that were taken in Cook Hall for next season’s yearbook. You can take a look at Cody Zeller donning the candy stripes for the first time at this link.

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

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