Report: Eric Gordon makes Team USA cut

BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 29:  Eric Gordon #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers looks on during the game against the Chicago State Cougars at Assembly Hall December 29, 2007 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

According to a report published today in The Indianapolis Star, former IU guard Eric Gordon made the cut from 19 to 15 players competing for a spot on the Team USA roster for the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey:

The 2007 Indiana Mr. Basketball from North Central High School will be named today to the national team that is going to New York.

However, Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com is reporting that no cuts will be announced by USA Basketball until Wednesday:

After originally saying they’d make up their minds by Monday, Team USA now says it will not decide until Wednesday which four players will be cut from the roster.  To me, this is a clear sign that there is an internal debate raging over which four players to cut.

Both USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke highly of Gordon’s effort (16 points in 26 minutes) in last week’s training camp and Saturday’s USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

“I said earlier in the week his elevator was rising and I don’t think he’s reached the top floor yet,” Colangelo said. “I thought he did a great job out there, and he shot the ball really well.”

Krzyzewski said: “He had a rhythm out there and he was knocking down shots. I thought Eric was impressive.”

Members of the 2010 World Championship team will be considered for the 2012 Olympic team.

Video: Hanner Perea’s ridiculous athleticism

One player near the top of Indiana’s 2012 wishlist that we didn’t get a chance to see in Indianapolis or Louisville is Hanner Perea. (The highlights below are from Perea’s first game at the adidas Invitational, the only game he played in the event.)

Our friend Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal put together a short highlight clip below, showcasing the 6-7, 200-pound forward’s ability to rise and finish. You can view the video here.

Here’s a brief update on Austin Etherington from Jody’s blog.

A brief treatise on loving and losing

It recently came to my attention, through the technological wonder of our Disqus-powered comments section, that Beth Pritchard (or someone claiming to be Beth Pritchard, mother of Tom) dropped a note under the much-discussed open thread Alex composed about this coming season.

In fairness to Mrs. Pritchard, I won’t quote her directly, as I doubt she intended her post to be specifically on-record. But her message, a response to the open-ended question of expectations for this coming season, was basically this: Expect the Hoosiers, every one of them, to work hard and play hard every night, and appreciate them for that.

A simple message, really, and a predictable one. It’s completely fair for a parent to want to defend their child, and their child’s friends.

It also raises a valid point.

Yes, these kids have a burden of expectation placed on them. A basketball scholarship at Indiana does that.

But too often, it feels like we take out our frustrations on these players not because of what they do or do not do on the court, but simply because we need something to yell at. Indiana basketball isn’t Indiana basketball right now, and it’s frustrating, and we as human beings like to, want to, need to blame someone. There surely is no more visible target, outside of Tom Crean himself.

But is it Tom Pritchard’s fault that Indiana is where it is? No. Is it Verdell Jones’ fault? No. Daniel Moore’s? Absolutely not.

The current predicament Indiana basketball finds itself in is lamentable, whether you are a fan or not. It’s never pleasant to watch a castle burn to the ground, and thus is the way with a storied college sports program.

And it’s not the fault of any one person, but rather years — more than a decade, probably — of mismanagement and neglect. Set in motion by complacency, complicated by strife and ultimately done in by scandal, Indiana’s problems are far-reaching, and long-term.

Have their been missteps? Well, of course there have. And there are parties involved that bear the responsibility for those, if they set the program back.

But Indiana’s players haven’t really done much but turn up with shoes and shorts whenever they were told, and tried their level best. I would imagine there have been times each has perhaps not given everything they had, in that particular moment. But on the whole, this is a group that plays hard and looks, for the most part, like it’s at least trying to do things the right way.

So let’s stop punishing them for that which they cannot control. Let’s stop punishing them for something that just isn’t their fault.

The latest on Aaron Thomas

It was not long ago that Cincinnati Aiken’s Aaron Thomas spoke as if he might be the next piece to Indiana’s 2011 recruiting class.

But in a story published today by Brian Snow of Rivals.com, Indiana was not mentioned among the schools actively recruiting Thomas:

Aaron Thomas entered the tournament with offers from Clemson, Duquesne, Detroit, and Iowa. Purdue, Louisville, Miami, and Cincinnati have also been active in his recruitment.

After reading the story and thinking the Indiana omission might have been a misprint, we spoke with a source who indicated that contact between Thomas and IU has slowed down in recent weeks.

Another source indicated that Indiana plans to watch Thomas during the current July evaluation period, but has not offered a scholarship.

Our friend Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal tweeted tonight that he expects Louisville to “try and jump into the mix.”

Thomas, by the way, scored 38 points in a pool play game on Saturday against the New York Gauchos at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando (FL).

(Photo credit: Jody Demling)

Around the Hall: Recruiting, anyone?

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

+ We’ve updated our 2011 Recruiting Board and 2012 Recruiting Board. A more comprehensive update will come after July.

+ A few days old, but if you haven’t read Dana O’Neil’s piece on the shadiness of the current recruiting landscape, it’s a must-read.

+ Our friend Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal has video interviews with Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin. Demling also has recaps from Las Vegas: Day One and Day Two.

+ Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was spotted wearing IU shorts during a recent workout with New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul.

+ The Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep writes on the sad passing of Broad Ripple senior-to-be and IUPUI recruit Steven Jamison after an eight-month battle with rectal cancer.

+ Kyle also has an update on Robert Goff, who is back on the Indiana recruiting radar.

+ Eamonn weighs-in on the return of Maurice Creek over at ESPN College Basketball Nation.

+ West Virginia coach Bob Huggins broke four ribs in an accidental fall in Vegas.

+ After a review of the officiating during the NCAA Tournament, John Adams wants to make sure fouls that are committed are being called, ESPN’s Andy Katz writes.

Measuring success in 2010-2011

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 11: Guard Verdell Jones III #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers drives with the ball against guard Michael Thompson #22 of the Northwestern Wildcats during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

If our calendar is correct, 85 days remain until Hoosier Hysteria. Which means it’s time to start thinking about the 2010-2011 season.

Over the next few months, we’ll have no shortage of previews: An in-depth look at each Big Ten team, our predictions for the All-Big Ten teams, a player-by-player breakdown of next season’s squad and perhaps even some analysis from a national perspective.

For now, we’d like to engage you on the following topic: How will you measure success during the upcoming season?

We know this answer will be different across the board. Some might measure success by wins, losses or potential for postseason play. Others might measure success via personal observations that improvement is taking place.

It’s certainly a subjective topic. But ultimately, we know this will be a thought-provoking process that will generate some solid discussion in the comments.

So with that, we turn you loose.

If you’re a long-time reader that comments often, you know what to do. If you’ve never commented before but are ready to take the plunge and become the next Kelin Blab, by all means, have at it. We love to hear new ideas and opinions.

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Report: Dan Dakich joining ESPN as TV analyst

EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 02:  Dan Dakich head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers talks with Armon Basett #1, Jordan Crawford #5 and Eric Gordon #23 during a game against the Michigan State Spartans at the Breslin Center March 2, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 103-74.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

According to a report by Rick Bozich of The Louisville-Courier Journal, former Indiana interim coach Dan Dakich is joining ESPN as a television analyst.

Dakich currently hosts The Dan Dakich Show on ESPN 1070 in Indianapolis (and it’s expected that he’ll continue this job), played at Indiana from 1981-1985 and served as an assistant coach under Bob Knight for 12 seasons.

Although Dakich’s role hasn’t been formally announced, speculation is that he’ll work Big Ten games and also do some work in the studio:

My people at ESPN say that his role has not yet been defined, but I’d expect to see Dakich work some Big Ten games because he knows the league well. There is an opening there with Steve Lavin leaving to coach St. John’s. I would expect he will also work in the studio.

Like the move for Dan and for ESPN. He did a stellar job in the studio last year for the Big Ten Network and is an avid supporter of our efforts here at Inside the Hall. It won’t be easy to fill Lavin’s shoes (if that’s indeed the spot he’s taking), but Dakich will certainly add a great deal of knowledge and insight to ESPN broadcasts.

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