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Junior and senior all-star teams ready to clash

Before facing Kentucky this weekend for bragging rights, the Indiana all-stars will get what may be a bigger test against the junior all-stars beginning tonight at Benton Central.

In tonight’s exhibition at 8PM, Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston and the rest of the senior stars will go head-to-head with Deshaun Thomas, Dominique Ferguson and the junior all-stars.

The team of juniors is comprised of six “core” players. Six players from the northern part of the state will team with the “core” players for tonight’s game at Benton Central. The teams will also play at 8PM Thursday at New Albany and the “core” junior players will be paired with six players from the southern part of the state.

Complete rosters are available after the jump.

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Dominique Ferguson on Kravitz & Eddie

For those of you outside of the Indianapolis area, Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz (a huge fan of blogs, by the way) hosts a weekly radio show with Eddie White on 1070 the Fan. And on today’s show, Bob & Eddie talked to 2010 Lawrence North forward Dominique Ferguson about a variety of topics, including his recruitment.

The good news? He’s still listing IU. The not-so-encouraging news? He had trouble narrowing his list down to less than ten schools. Here’s a direct link to the audio and we’ve also embedded it below for your listening pleasure:

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Open Thread: Should the ‘one-and-done’ rule be changed?

In case you haven’t noticed, this whole Derrick Rose-SAT story has taken over the Interwebs these past few weeks. It came as no surprise to many because, let’s be honest, the NBA’s ‘one-and-done’ rule has forced kids to attend college with no intention of becoming a serious student.

So on this Thursday morning, we’d like to open the floor for discussion and get your take on a couple of questions:

  • Should the NBA’s rule that a prospect must be one year removed from high school before becoming eligible for the draft be changed?
  • If you think the rule should be changed, what would be your recommendation? And if you’re willing to defend the rule, we’d like to hear your thoughts on that, too.

Kyrie Irving on IU: ‘They’re at the top of my list’

Adam Zagoria of Sports Net New York and Rivals.com caught up with IU’s top target in the 2010 class, Kyrie Irving, and the St. Patrick’s point guard had favorable things to say about the Hoosiers:

“They’re at the top of my list for now,” Irving told Zagoria in a phone interview. “It’s them and Notre Dame and Duke and Virginia. They’re at the top of my list right now.”

“They have my major, which is journalism, one of the best programs in the country in journalism,” Irving continued. “I got a home feeling when I went out in Indiana. They showed me around the campus. I got a feel a good feel for the campus. It went really well. The fan support was tremendous. They really showed me a good time out there.”

It’s not uncommon for things to change quickly in recruiting, but you can expect IU to be in the thick of things for Irving until the end. He’s developed a strong relationship with Tom Crean and Roshown McLeod that also extends to his family, which Irving told us a couple of weeks ago is an important factor.

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Live chat: ESPN.com senior writer Pat Forde

You can read the transcript of our chat with ESPN.com senior writer Pat Forde below. Special thanks to Pat for joining us and to everyone who participated.



Around the Hall: Carlino to South and Crean at Huber’s

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew.

+ Mark Carlino, J.R. Holmes and Highland (AZ) athletic director Rod Huston talk about the Carlino’s decision to move to Indiana. {The Hoosier Scoop}

+ Mark Carlino says the move to Bloomington is motivated by the family’s love of the area. {Indianapolis Star HS blog}

+ Columnist Rick Bozich writes that while Tom Crean is still playing catch up with 2010 recruiting efforts, improvement is on the way. {Louisville Courier-Journal}

+ Crean tells supporters at Huber’s that he will not rest until the Indiana program is great again. {The News and Tribune}

Quotable:

That’s fine. But don’t be mad at me if we find another guy who has more belief in what we’re going to do, wants to work hard and wants to help us make it back a little faster.” – Crean on his reaction when recruits question last year’s 6-25 record and how long it might take for IU to reach the NCAA Tournament again.

Carlino moving to Bloomington, will enroll at South

The speculation is over. 2011 commitment Matt Carlino is moving to Bloomington and will enroll at South high school. Talk of this possibility had been circulating for months, but Carlino’s father Mark confirmed the news to Richard Obert of AZCentral.com today:

Mark Carlino submitted his resignation as head boys basketball coach at Gilbert Highland today and will move to Bloomington, Ind., with his all-state son, Matt.

Matt Carlino, a 6-foot-3 point guard  who was the Fiesta Region Player of the Year, will leave this week for Bloomington,  where he will enroll at South High for his final two prep seasons. South is one of Indiana’s premier programs. He committed to Indiana before his sophomore season, one in which he led Highland to the Class 5A Division I final.

“A lot of people will say a lot of things but Matt and myself have a lot of great feelings not only about Arizona and Arizona basketball but a lot of the people involved in it, as well,” said Mark Carlino, who will make the move himself in early June.

A couple of things: First, the addition of Carlino cements South as the favorite to win the state title again. Second, it will give Carlino the chance to get acclimated to living in Bloomington. He’ll get to attend games regularly, play pickup games and be around the program. Which is a good thing.

But on the other side of things, am I the only one who wonders if officials at competing programs (and perhaps the IHSAA) might have a problem with this? I’m no expert on transfer rules, but the IHSAA rule states you are ineligible if you “transfer from one school to another school primarily for athletic reasons.” And with the move being high profile, I’m sure this issue will be discussed.

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