Those of you who follow us on Twitter (cheap plug) may have noticed a tweet last evening that proclaimed the following: “A year ago, Indiana had one verbal commitment. Since August 9, 2010, Hoosiers have picked up 11 commitments, including four 5-stars.”
In less than 12 months, the question surrounding the state of Indiana’s recruiting changed from “Can IU lock down the borders of the state once again?” to “Who will the Hoosiers land next?” It truly has been an unprecedented run of success on the recruiting trail by Tom Crean and his staff.
Here’s a look back at the significant recruiting developments since last August in chronological order:
August 15, 2010: Fresh off the positive momentum of Jurkin’s commitment, the Hoosiers quickly added to the 2012 class with Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson. Patterson says at the time of the commitment that he would like to see Lawrence Central wing Jeremy Hollowell join him in Bloomington.
September 1, 2010: Cody Zeller announced dates for his official visits. Butler drew the first straw, North Carolina was second and the Hoosiers landed Zeller’s last visit.
Monte Morris, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound floor general from Beecher High School in Flint, Michigan told Demling at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando that the Hoosiers are recruiting him.
Michigan, who is considered the favorite for Morris, was the first Big Ten school to extend a scholarship offer. Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Iowa State, Syracuse, Georgetown and Kansas are also in the mix.
Here’s a look at Morris from a 70-66 overtime loss to McBain in the MHSAA Class C semifinal from our friends at UMHoops.com. Morris, who wears No. 11 in white in the video, finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
After losing all three super pool games, Indiana Elite Team Indiana has regrouped in Las Vegas to win four straight tournament games and advance to the final four of the adidas Super 64.
Elite won three games on Monday, including a 76-65 victory over Connecticut Basketball Club which is led by five-star center Andre Drummond. That win put Indiana Elite into a noon ET meeting today with Dream Vision, which beat Elite 80-65 in an earlier super pool game and also 80-73 in a super pool meeting at the adidas Invitational. Dream Vision is led by Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 1 player in the country.
If Elite can avenge both losses to Dream Vision and advance to the championship game of the Super 64, Indiana fans can watch the championship game live tonight at 8PM ET on the CBS College Sports Network.
Update: Indiana Elite fell 67-56 to Dream Vision. Jeremy Hollowell had 16 points, Yogi Ferrell added 15 and Hanner Perea finished with 12 according to NetScouts Basketball.
The Eric Gordon All-Stars team that features Devin Davis Jr. and Collin Hartman, who is out with a back injury, also advanced to the Super 64 semifinals in the 16-and-under bracket and will play at 1:40 ET today against NC Xpress Elite.
+ Sunday was a big day in Orlando at the AAU Super Showcase for 2012 recruiting target Gary Harris as the Hamilton Southeastern senior put up 26 points and added eight rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots in a win over Rodney Purvis and the CP3 All-Stars in front of Tom Crean. Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal has the details.
+ Indiana Elite opened Friday’s Super 64 event in Las Vegas with a 53-50 loss to Double Pump Elite and a 80-65 loss to Dream Vision and Shabazz Muhammad at Rancho High School. Elite also fell to the Atlanta Celtics on Saturday, 63-58, to finish their super pool with a record of 0-3. Tournament play at the Super 64 got underway on Sunday and Elite advanced to the round of 32 with a 84-60 win over Full Package Elite at Desert Pines High School. Elite has the potential for three games on Monday and begins play this morning at 10:20 a.m. local time against the DTA Devin Harris Superstars at Rancho.
+ Evan Daniels of Scout.com (premium link) reported that 2013 Indiana target Byron “Bo” Zeigler had Duke, Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State and Central Florida watching him in a Sunday game in Las Vegas. Zeigler also received a mention in the Rivals.com Sunday notebook from Vegas.
“It was fun. It was a really good experience and I liked the guys. I played with them a little bit in some pickup and toured the facilities and the town. It was good. I liked it all.”
On what he learned going through the recruiting process the first time that he’s applying now:
“Just making the best decision for your future. I guess not getting caught up in the excitement of things and just focus on what your main goal is and what you’re trying to accomplish. And for me it’s an education and grad school so I’m just trying to not lose sight of that and that’s what I’m focusing on.”
On what he learned about the academic programs at Indiana:
“We went to a couple of the grad schools and we narrowed it down to two that really struck my interest and that I was pretty excited about. I haven’t decided which one yet, but IU has a lot of academic support and we spent close to 45 minutes to a hour just going over different grad schools and programs.”
Garrett Green is in Bloomington this weekend on his first visit since the announcement earlier this week that he would transfer from LSU and play his final collegiate season elsewhere.The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Green averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game in three seasons at LSU.
Green, who will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in early August and is looking to pursue a master’s degree in sports management, will be eligible immediately. Inside the Hall examines how the potential addition of Green could impact the 2011-2012 Hoosiers:
— Experienced, capable post presence: Green’s numbers as a junior at LSU were respectable — 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in just over 18 per minutes per game. He had stellar performances like 18 points in a road win at Auburn, 15 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Wichita State and 10 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Arkansas. He also had rough stretches like LSU’s final four games, where he scored a total of just 14 points in 52 minutes. And he also struggled mightily from the foul line (44 percent). But even with his up and down career in Baton Rouge, Green’s experience playing in the SEC for three years against the likes of Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt would be a positive and welcome addition.
2013 Indianapolis Cathedral forward and IU commitment Collin Hartman continued his strong play this summer at last week’s Best of the Midwest in Indianapolis as the Eric Gordon All-Stars won the 16-and-under gold title.
Inside the Hall was in attendance and we’ve compiled over 90 seconds of Hartman video which is available 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.)