Hoosiers land first 2010 commitment: Jacksonville’s David Williams

Both Chris Korman of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop and Rick Bozich of The Louisville Courier-Journal are confirming tonight that 6-7 forward David Williams from Jacksonville (FL) gave a verbal commitment to the Hoosiers early this evening.

Here’s the scoop, according to Korman:

“Indiana is just a school that everybody knows, and it is every player’s dream to play at a place like that,” Williams told me moments ago.

Williams plays for AAU basketball for the Atlantic Celtics, an organization that Indiana assistant Roshown McCleod was close with before being hired late last summer.

“I knew coach Ro and knew that he would be part of an exciting team that would want to get up the floor,” Williams said.

If you didn’t see this coming, raise your hand. That’s what I thought. Williams is unranked on the Rivals.com Top 150 and he’s a two-star recruit on Scout. That could be totally irrelevant if he’s a late bloomer and an emerging prospect. Which may or may not be the case. For now, it’s probably best to reserve judgment until we can learn more about Williams.

Hoosiers will host Terps in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The much speculated Big Ten/ACC Challenge between Indiana and Maryland was confirmed today in a release by IU media relations. The Hoosiers will host the Terrapins on Tuesday, December 1 in a contest that will be broadcast by the ESPN family of networks:

Bloomington, Indiana – Indiana will host Maryland in a December 1 rematch of the 2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game in the 11th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com. The two teams also met in the 2002 Challenge in Indianapolis as the Hoosiers came away win an 80-74 overtime win at Conseco Fieldhouse. IU leads the overall series 5-1.

“I think this is a matchup that our fans will enjoy,” said IU Head Coach Tom Crean. “Both programs have a great tradition and I would expect nothing less than an outstanding environment in Assembly Hall for this game. Gary Williams’ Maryland program has been and continues to be one of the most preeminent programs in America.”

From a personnel and competitiveness perspective, this is probably a good matchup for Indiana. On the other hand, there are plenty of other ACC teams (Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest) I’d rather watch than Maryland. But that’s the way it goes when you’re coming off a six-win season. You can view the whole schedule of games after the jump. Read

Crean making the most of spring contact period

If you’ve had a hard time keeping up with Tom Crean’s whereabouts the past couple of days, that’s because he’s been all over the country watching potential recruits workout.

Various reports have indicated that Crean has been to see Indianapolis Pike’s Marquis Teague, Lawrence North’s Dominique Ferguson, Muncie Central’s Jeremiah Davis, Will Barton (Baltimore) and Ge-Lawn Guyn (Scott County, KY). And that’s just a small sampling of the names that have surfaced to this point.

So you ask, what’s my point? Crean ‘gets it’. He realizes that the name Indiana by itself no longer sells recruits on the program. Sure, the prestige is still recognized around the country and can be leveraged in some situations. But Crean realizes that working hard around the clock is the way to bring the Indiana program back to national prominence. And he’s doing just that.

The spring contact period ends today.

Four IU signees in final Scout.com top 100

Scout.com has released its final rankings for the class of 2009 and four of Indiana’s six-man recruiting class made the cut.

Maurice Creek was the highest rated at No. 41, Christian Watford checked in at No. 47, Jordan Hulls is No. 50 and Derek Elston came in at No. 77.

Your questions and comments please, ladies and gentlemen

Join myself and Chris Korman of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop tonight at 7:30 ET for the first of our offseason live chats. Assuming some of you actually show up, the plan is to talk a little bit of everything: Recruiting, Tom Crean tweeting, the Nick Williams transfer and anything else IU basketball related that’s on your mind. The tentative plan is to do these twice a month (on Mondays) and we’re already working on lining up some guests to join us. More on that at a later date.

Hoosiers enter the picture for two junior guards

According to Louisville Courier-Journal sports columnist Rick Bozich, Indiana has entered the mix for Brandon Knight, the No. 2 player in the 2010 according to Rivals and Moses Morgan, a four-star guard from Las Vegas:

Indiana is now involved with two solid juniors — Brandon Knight, a 6-3 point guard from outside Miami, considered the top point guard in the 2010 class. Knight already has offers from Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech and Miami.

The Hoosiers are also making a push on Moses Morgan, a 6-5 wingman from Las Vegas. He’s the son of former IU player Winston Morgan, who played at Anderson Madison Heights. Michigan appears to be the leader on Morgan, who moved into the top 100 prospects in the 2010 class last winter.

It’s the first I’ve heard of IU being involved with either player but it certainly makes sense as Knight is making a push for the No. 1 overall spot in the 2010 class and Morgan’s father is a former Indiana player.

The Palestra recaps fan appreciation day and awards ceremony

Ryan Cost, senior producer at the Palestra, sent along video of fan appreciation day and the awards ceremony for the 2008-2009 season. You can view the clips after the jump:


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