Report: 2011 guard Remy Abell to visit on Monday

According to a report by Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal, 2011 Louisville Eastern guard Remy Abell will visit Bloomington on Monday.

Abell was recently released from his National Letter of Intent with Bradley after the school fired Jim Les. The 6-4 Abell told Demling that he’ll consider IU, Xavier, Butler, Penn State and Western Kentucky.

Here’s what he said about the Hoosiers:

“Yes, I like IU a lot. I like where it’s at and I like the program. They have some great pieces there, especially if I get to go play with one of the top recruits in the country, Cody Zeller. He’s a great player and IU has one of the elite programs in the country. It would be an honor to play there and for coach (Tom) Crean. I am really looking forward to seeing what IU has to offer.”

Indiana currently has one scholarship remaining for the 2011-2012 season.

Abell is rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and a 2-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com. He was selected for the Kentucky All-Star team and was named first team All-State by The Courier-Journal. He averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals and had 25 blocked shots during his senior season.

(Photo credit: Jody Demling)

Zeller’s MVP effort helps Gold prevail, 126-122

LOUISVILLE — Setting up for charges. Diving for loose balls. Running the floor. All things not often associated with all-star games.

But not in the case of Cody Zeller.

The Indiana signee did all of those things on Friday evening at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.

And for his effort, Zeller was rewarded with a team MVP award as Gold defeated White, 126-122, in the 2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

“That’s just how I play,” Zeller said afterward. “Just playing to win. It was a good thing we got the win.”

The Indiana Mr. Basketball finished 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

“It’s awesome how hard he plays and how good he is,” Austin Etherington, who also played for the Gold team, said of Zeller’s effort. “I just hope he’s not a one-and-done. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

Etherington struggled from the field and finished with just two points on 1-of-7 shooting in 14 minutes. But the future IU guard said he enjoyed the three day experience in Louisville and getting to know some of the top players from around the country.

“It’s been a lot of fun. Being with the guys and knowing that next year we’ll be seeing them again and building friendships with them was a lot of fun.”

NBA Scout on Zeller: I had the chance to talk with an NBA scout and got an overwhelmingly positive review of the future IU big man. “He’s got it.” Zeller’s efficiency and understanding of the game were two things that stood out most: “He shoots and he makes. A lot of guys shoot a lot, but they miss. If I was a coach, I’d find a way to get him shots. You can find guys to miss on any street corner. He’s definitely as good as advertised.” He also mentioned Zeller’s use of ball fakes as something he doesn’t seen often enough from others in the high school game.

Etherington finishes second in 3-point shootout: The Hamilton Heights senior finished second to Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby in the 3-point shootout, which took place at halftime. “I choked, I’ll say that,” Etherington said with a smile. “I was feeling it and then I ended up not coming through at the end.”

Future Big Ten foes: Four future Big Ten opponents were in the game and here’s a quick look at how each did:

Amir Williams – Ohio State/Gold:  11 points, eight rebounds and a block in 17 minutes
Branden Dawson – Michigan State/Gold: 23 points, three rebounds, two steals, one assist in 18 minutes
LaQuinton Ross – Ohio State/Gold: 26 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, seven turnovers, two steals in 26 minutes
Andre Hollins – Minnesota/White: Four points, two rebounds, one steal, one block, one turnover in 22 minutes

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HD Video: Etherington, Zeller at Night of the Future Stars

LOUISVILLE — Indiana signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic Night of the Future Stars on Thursday evening at Bellarmine University.

Zeller teamed with Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby to win the 2-on-2 contest over Louisville signee Zach Price and Oklahoma State signee LeBryan Nash. Due to an uneven amount of participants, Zeller also played a game with Kevin Ware in the 2-on-2 contest.

Etherington was paired with Kansas commit Braeden Anderson in the 2-on-2 contest, but fell in the first round to Minnesota signee Andre Hollins and Western Kentucky signee Derrick Gordon.

In the 3-point shootout, Etherington advanced to the finals (to be held this evening at the KFC Yum! Center) with 14 points, while Zeller managed seven points. Video of both Etherington and Zeller in the 3-point shootout in the embedded media players below:

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Indiana offers 2013 North Carolina point Josh Newkirk

The final day of the April contact period brought news of a new scholarship offer as Indiana offered 2013 Word of God (NC) point guard Josh Newkirk.

Jacey Zembal of the North Carolina State Rivals site first reported the offer for Newkirk and Mike Pegram of Peegs.com later confirmed it (premium link). Appalachian State and Arizona have also offered.

The 6-1, 170-pound Newkirk was originally a member of the 2012 class, but has re-classified to 2013. Here’s some recent video from Dave Telep’s Carolina Challenge (Video is a mix, but will start right at Newkirk’s highlights):

HD Video: Etherington, Zeller at Derby Festival practice

Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller will be Indiana basketball teammates next winter in Bloomington. They’ll also be teammates at Friday’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by papajohns.com at the KFC Yum! Center.

The pair of IU signees arrived in Louisville on Wednesday afternoon and their first stop was Basketball Academy for media availability and practice.

On Thursday, they’ll visit children at Kosair Hospital, tour the Muhammad Ali Center and participate in the Night of the Future Stars at Bellarmine University. Etherington said he’ll likely participate in the 3-point shootout, while Zeller wasn’t sure if he would participate in the 3-point shootout or dunk contest.

Here are video Q & A’s with both players prior to practice for the Derby Festival Classic:

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Recruiting Roundup: April contact period

With the April contact period coming to a close at day’s end, here’s an aggregated list of uncommitted recruits that have reportedly been watched by the IU staff.

It’s certainly not a complete list, but it’s a compilation of what’s been reported.

Here’s the official timetable for the contact period per the NCAA recruiting calendar:

Contact Period April 7 (noon) – 20, 2011, [except for (1) below]:
(1) Dead Period April 11-14, 2011

And here’s how the NCAA defines a contact period:

Contact period is the time when a college coach may have in-person contact with a prospective student-athlete and the prospect’s parents on or off the college’s campus. The coach may also watch the prospective student-athlete play or visit his or her high school. The prospect and the parents may visit a college campus, and the coach may write and telephone during this period.

2012 class

— Gary Harris: Per Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal, Tom Crean attended an open gym at Hamilton Southeastern on Apr. 18.

— Sherron Dorsey-Walker: This story from mlive.com on mentioned that IU watched the Detroit Pershing guard work out, but didn’t specify a date.

2013 class

— Byron Zeigler: Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop tweeted on Apr. 10 that Zeigler planned to visit Indiana.

Mark Donnal: Per Dan Dakich, Indiana was expected at Anthony Wayne High School on Apr. 16 to check out the Indiana Elite big man.

— Zak Irvin: The Hamilton Southeastern guard was at the same open gym with Harris on Apr. 18.

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AAU Preview: Nike Spring Showdown in Merrillville

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

The spring AAU season rolls on this weekend at the ChicagoHoops.com Nike Spring Showdown in Merrillville, Indiana.

The majority of the action will take place at the Fieldhouse of Merrillville, with some of Saturday’s games taking place at the Courts of NWI in Valparaiso. The event is open to the public, but admission prices were not available as of Tuesday evening.

Here is a brief look at some of the players to keep an eye on (All times listed are Central Standard Time):

Indiana Elite Team Indiana 17u
Who: Hanner Perea, Ron Patterson and Yogi Ferrell
When and Where: 11:30 A.M. (Court 1 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 1:50 P.M. (Court 2 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

D3 Pride 17u
Who: Gary Harris
When and Where: 9:10 A.M. (Court 1 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 12:40 P.M. (Court 5 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

Meanstreets 15u
Who: Drake Harris, Tyler Wideman and Justin King
When and Where: 10:20 A.M. (Court 2 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 12:40 P.M. (Court 2 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

Meanstreets 16u
Who: Alex Foster
When and Where: 11:30 A.M. (Court 3 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 1:50 P.M. (Court 4 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

Indiana Elite 16u
Who: Mark Donnal
When and Where: 10:20 A.M. (Court 6 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 1:50 P.M. (Court 6 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

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