Postgame Audio: Tom Crean and Derek Elston

Listen to Indiana head coach Tom Crean and Derek Elston address the media following IU’s 72-56 win over North Carolina Central in the embedded media players below:



Photo Gallery: IU vs. North Carolina Central

Thanks to our friend James Brosher (check out his site, or else) for the photos from tonight’s 72-56 win over North Carolina Central:

Live Blog: North Carolina Central at Indiana

Report of Yogi Ferrell’s commitment — or not

OK so let’s start layering this commitment saga:

The Indianapolis Star posted a report on its website saying that Yogi Ferrell will commit to Indiana tomorrow night at Park Tudor, per “multiple sources.”

Only trouble is, both Hugh Kellenberger and I have sources telling us that said report is not accurate. Then Ferrell himself tweeted: “I have not committed.” Ferrell tweeted again, saying he wasn’t pleased with the report.

So this thing is going to play out over the next 24 hours. We’ll have an answer one way or the other by dinnertime tomorrow.

Video: Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell

On the eve of his college announcement, which Zach and I will both attend and then record the ITH podcast from, here are two new highlight videos of 2012 Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell.

Ferrell, the No. 2 point in his class according to, will choose between Butler, Indiana, Florida, Wake Forest and Virginia prior to his team’s season opener against University:


Harris not surprised at Indiana’s recruiting resurgence

If Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell declares for Indiana on Wednesday, as many are expecting, the pursuit of Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris will instantly become the top recruiting storyline in Bloomington.

The five-star shooting guard, who just wrapped up his junior football season at wide receiver, made a quick trip on Sunday to watch the Hoosiers dispose of Evansville at Assembly Hall.

“I had a good time down there,” Harris told Inside the Hall on Monday evening. “I got to see the game and they got the win, so that was good to see. I got to talk with Coach Crean a little bit.”

Harris’ relationship with Crean has continued to blossom as the Indiana head coach has assumed the role of lead recruiter for the 6-4 guard.

“I do feel they’ve made me a priority,” he said. “Most of my contact has come with Coach Crean. He’s done a great job recruiting me himself. And his recruiting style is up there with the best.”

That recruiting style Harris is speaking of is paying huge dividends in recent months for the Hoosiers.

Indiana has landed eight commitments since August 9 and Harris said he could see a turnaround coming.

“I’m not surprised at all,” he said of the run of commitments. “I could see it coming. I knew Coach Crean was going to turn things around and it’s really starting to take effect. He’s really hit the state hard and done a great job recruiting the state. He’s getting a lot of talent from the state.”

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Gary Harris, Yogi Ferrell stand out in final tuneups

Joe Eberhardt is a high school sports blogger and regular contributor to Inside the Hall. You can follow him on twitter at @IndyHSHoops and read his blog,

The IHSAA Boy’s Basketball begins tonight, but a few schools were still fine tuning their talents on Saturday in scrimmages.  Here’s a quick recap of the IU targets involved in two scrimmages I attended – Hamilton Southeastern vs. Perry Meridian and Park Tudor vs. Crispus Attucks.

Hamilton Southeastern vs. Perry Meridian

Gary Harris, Hamilton Southeastern (pictured): The 2012 prospect appeared to be at full strength after dealing with a sprained ankle during the summer. Harris has definitely regained all of his explosiveness and lateral quickness. My unofficial tally had him at 14 points and six rebounds as he played sporadically throughout. Harris shot the ball well, especially from the midrange and created several shots for himself off the dribble. He was also a factor on the glass and was aggressive in his pursuit of loose balls. Overall, Harris, who attended Sunday’s IU-Evansville game, looked great and if he’s able to shoot this well during the season, is poised for a huge year.

Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern: The first thing that stuck out about the rising sophomore was his size. Irvin looks like he has grown an inch or two and it may be safe to call him 6-6. My unofficial count had Irvin with 15 points and five rebounds. Along with Harris, Irvin made an impact on the glass, using his height and length to help his team on the boards. Irvin shot the ball extremely well, knocking down 3-pointers and mid-range jumpers off catch and shoot opportunities. He also looked more comfortable with the ball in his hands, using the pump fake and attacking the basket on several occasions.


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