ITH Super Happy Fun Time Player Profile: Tijan Jobe

wcs_tall_0105z_tcHoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2009-2010 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Tijan Jobe.

I don’t feel confident about much in my life. I’m wrong about a lot, and even the stuff I get right leaves room for doubt. But if there is something I feel wholly confident stating, it is that — and I say this without the slightest hint of exaggeration — the Hoosiers’ most important player in 2009-10 will be Tijan Jobe.

Of course, this should come as no surprise to any faithful Indiana basketball fan. If you paid attention last year, you saw the seeds of what should turn out to be a legendary IU basketball career begin to sprout. Jobe is a dominant big man, a versatile force on the inside, a veritable monster from end to end. Some players, if they’re big and strong enough, earn the nickname “Baby Shaq.” Little known fact: When Shaq first started playing basketball, they called him “Baby Tijan.”

Perhaps the highlight of the 2008-09 season was watching Jobe enter games at crucial moments and simply take over. Few players have that quality, but Tijan is one of them. It was a shame Jobe didn’t play more minutes last year, but one can understand why: Tom Crean clearly made the strategic decision to keep Tijan on the bench in an attempt — futile though it may have been — to keep Jobe’s profile low. In 2009-10, the Big Ten better look out. No such mercy will be granted. Jobe will be freed. And it will be spectacular.

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This should make you go to Hoosier Hysteria (part two)

Some of you might not have caught it, but I was actually poking a little fun when I posted the video IU released for Hoosier Hysteria last week. This time, however, I’m actually serious. Watch this video and then watch it again. And again. And then remember, we’re only two days from Hoosier Hysteria:



The Dagger previews IU, pulls Knight gem from the vault

As many of you know, our very own Eamonn Brennan is the editor at The Dagger on Yahoo! Sports. The Dagger is currently on the hunt for the most interesting team in the country and Indiana checked in at No. 53. There’s a little bit of everything: a brief recollection of last season, Tom Crean’s Diet Coke habit and the 2009 recruiting class. You can read it by clicking here.

And as a bonus, there’s the following video of Bob Knight which showcases the General’s unparalleled ability to see the future:



ITH Super Happy Fun Time Player Profile: Jeremiah Rivers

jeremiahriversHoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2009-2010 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Jeremiah Rivers.

There is no player on this 2009-10 Hoosiers squad I’m more interested in seeing on the court than Jeremiah Rivers. I’ve heard and read so much about him: how he’s the leader the team so desperately needs; how he looks terrific in practice; how he’ll be a rock at point guard for IU. He is part of a basketball pedigree with his father being Doc Rivers, while leaving a school, Georgetown, that’s been quite good in recent years to transfer to Indiana.

I don’t think there’s a doubt in anyone’s mind that he’ll be the starter from day one, and it’s his job to lose as the season progresses. There’s a sentiment that with Rivers at the helm, everything feels safe: there is no wildness of Daniel Moore, there is no Verdell Jones perhaps playing a bit out of position. There is a point guard. A true point guard.

But have we all been duped? Think about the level of competition Rivers practiced against last season, the one he looked so good against. It wasn’t exactly stellar. As a sophomore at Georgetown, he only averaged 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and one assist in 18.6 minutes. I know he was brought in mainly for defense, and wasn’t a go-to guy. But that’s hardly anything to write home about.

Look: Rivers will be an upgrade over what the Hoosiers marched out at point last year. He’ll be better. And, trust me: I want Rivers to be as good as advertised. I want him to lead this team. It’s just that, based on past performance and a year of practicing against weaker competition, I’m  going to be cautiously optimistic about him heading into this year.

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Josh Selby to set visit schedule on Wednesday

According to a tweet from Adam Zagoria, five-star guard Josh Selby will set his schedule for official visits on Wednesday. The Lake Clifton (MD) standout is considering Baylor, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami and Syracuse.

TheShiver.com reported Monday afternoon that Selby will take him on an unofficial trip to Kansas this weekend where he’ll attend “Late Night in the Phog” at Allen Fieldhouse. He’ll be unable to take official visits until he takes the ACT or SAT.

Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse are the three schools considered to be in the best position for No. 4 player in the 2010 class on Rivals.com.

Around the Big Ten preview with UM Hoops

From time-to-time, we’ll answer some questions for another Big Ten blog about the Hoosiers. Such was the case over the weekend when I participated in a Q & A with Dylan for an IU preview over at UM Hoops, a Michigan blog. You can read it by clicking here.

ITH Super Happy Fun Time Player Profile: Matt Roth

roth101209Hoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2009-2010 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Matt Roth.

When Matt Roth signed a Letter of Intent with Indiana, former coach Kelvin Sampson compared his shooting ability to Lee Humphrey, a catalyst in Florida’s back-to-back national championships. The comparison was a high billing considering Humphrey is the all-time leader in three-pointers made in the NCAA Tournament. The Washington (IL) native showed flashes of shooting brilliance as a freshman, but for the most part, he was a one-dimensional threat who lived and died by the three-pointer.

Roth attempted 174 shots in 2008-2009 and 153 came from behind the arc. While many considered Devan Dumes to be IU’s streakiest shooter, Roth was actually less effective than Dumes in shooting the basketball. If you throw out his extraordinary performance against Ohio State where he connected on 9 of 11 attempts, his three-point percentage checked in at just 34 percent.

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