According to a tweet by FoxSports.com college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman, Memphis guard Roburt Sallie will visit Indiana this Saturday:
Memphis transfer Roburt Sallie – who is eligible this year – is visiting Louisville Thursday and Indiana on Saturday. He has one year left.
The 6-5, 196-pound Sallie, who is planning to receive his degree from Memphis in August, announced his intentions to finish his college career elsewhere on May 19:
“This was a very difficult decision for me because of my love for Memphis – the city and university,” said Sallie. “But, I am moving into a different stage of my life with graduation in August, and I feel it’s time to move forward.”
“I am grateful for my two years in Memphis, and no matter where I go on from here, Memphis and Tiger basketball fans will hold a special place in my heart.”
A two-year letterman for the Tigers, Sallie played in 70 games and made 21 starts. He posted career averages of 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals. He shot 43.2 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line in his two seasons in the Bluff City. His 43.8 three-point shooting percentage is a school career mark, while his 119 three-pointers made are just outside the top-10 on that career chart.
Indiana has a scholarship available next season and Sallie, who made ten 3-pointers in a NCAA Tournament win over Cal State Northridge in 2009, has one year of eligibility remaining. He averaged 10.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg in 31 minutes per game as a junior at Memphis.
If Sallie can knock down shots from the perimeter and bring some athleticism, experience and toughness, it seems he’d be a solid addition to the 2010-2011 roster.
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on, kids.
+ Led by Tom Crean, the IU players and staff put on a youth clinic on Tuesday at Municipal Gardens in Indianapolis. (IUHoosiers.com)
+ Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times has some notes from the clinic, including an injury update on Maurice Creek. (The Hoosier Scoop)
+ Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star releases his 2012 in-state rankings and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera tops the list. As I tweeted earlier, I think that’s a bit high for DSR and I also believe DeJuan Marrero is a bit low at No. 7. (Indianapolis Star)
+ Neddenriep also has a video Q & A with Smith-Rivera. Could the red shirt be a sign he’s Bloomington bound? I kid, I kid. (Indianapolis Star)
+ ESPN released a top 60 for 2012 and several IU targets are on the list. (ESPN.com)
+ ESPN posted a video interview with 2011 forward Cody Zeller on its YouTube channel. (YouTube)
+ 2011 guard Jeremiah Davis says he’ll use the summer to find out which schools are really interested. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
+ Club Trillion founder and former Ohio State walk-on Mark Titus could live on as a member of the Harlem Globtrotters. (The Columbus Dispatch)
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The 10th Annual Las Vegas Classic is pleased to announce their lineup for the 2010 tournament. The field includes Indiana University, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, University of Northern Iowa, Longwood University, South Carolina State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and The Citadel.
Indiana University (10-21) makes its first trip to Las Vegas with all five starters returning, led by junior guard Verdell Jones III (14.9 ppg) and Foxsports.com Big Ten freshman of the year forward Christian Watford (12 ppg). The Hoosiers will also welcome back sensational scoring guard, sophomore Maurice Creek (16.4 ppg), who suffered a season ending injury after playing only 12 games his freshman season.
New Mexico is coming off a 30-5 season when it advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999 and set numerous school records, including most wins. Head Coach Steve Alford was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the year for the 2nd straight season and he finished 3rd in the balloting for AP National coach of the year. The Lobos return one of the nation’s best points guards in senior Dairese Gary (12.8 ppg).
The University of Northern Iowa returns two starters and seven of its top 10 scorers from last year’s Sweet 16 appearance. The Panthers won a school-record 30 games in winning back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference regular and tournament titles. The Panthers will be led by Senior point guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (10.6 ppg).
After assistant coach Pat Skerry left Providence College in late May to take a similar position at Pittsburgh, 2011 point guard Naadir Tharpe decided to re-think his verbal commitment he’d made to the Big East school less than three months earlier.
As a result, the 6-0, 160-pound Tharpe, who plays at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro (NH), has picked up interest from several schools, including Indiana.
“I talk to Coach (Tim) Buckley a lot,” Tharpe told Inside the Hall. “Basically we talk about how they see me fitting in their system. It’s all good stuff. I’m just waiting to see if they give me an offer.”
Like several other IU targets and commitment Austin Etherington, Tharpe was invited to last week’s NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville (VA). He said the experience was an opportunity to go head-to-head with some of the best point guards in the country.
“The NBA Camp went well because there were a lot of point guards there that were highly ranked and the best players in my class,” he said. “It was a great experience for me. Last summer I had a problem with my ankle. This summer and spring are going well so far.”
Having just opened his recruitment up earlier this month, Tharpe has yet to put together a definite list of schools that he’ll consider and said he’s open to any school that shows interest. And while he hasn’t talked with the Indiana staff about a trip to Bloomington, it’s not out of the question.
“Yeah, I would definitely want to go out there and take a visit,” Tharpe said. “I’m just going to play the summer, see how I do and then take it from there this fall once I get back to school.”
It’s not often that a player with such limited high school action under his belt rises to a top 40 national ranking.
But that’s exactly the case with 2011 Florissant (MO) combo guard B.J. Young.
The 6-2 Young, who transferred to McCluer North after being dismissed from the team as a junior at Hazelwood Central for an undisclosed reason, was one of the top performers at the Elite Camp earlier this month. Scout.com ranks him as a four-star prospect and the No. 39 player nationally in the 2011 class.
His visit to Bloomington for the Elite Camp was such a positive experience that it prompted Young to tell Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal that IU is one of his frontrunners.
“I really, really like IU,” Young told Inside the Hall. “I like Coach McClain and Coach Crean a lot. They showed me a good time at the Elite Camp. The new facility, I love the 24/7 access to the gym. I just loved the whole Indiana experience. I might like to go there one day.”
Young, who is playing AAU with St. Louis Gameface, reeled off a list of schools that includes includes Marquette, Purdue, Baylor, Arizona, Southern Illinois, Missouri State, St. Louis, Illinois State and Virginia Tech. He said his ability to create his shot helped him stand out with the IU staff.
“They like the way I create my own shot and create for others,” he said. “I went hard through all the drills and picked up my intensity for the whole camp. I think they liked the energy I brought to the game and my slashing ability.”
It didn’t take long for Chane Behanan’s NBA Top 100 Camp performance to result in a new scholarship offer for the 6-8 forward from Bowling Green (KY).
The NBA Top 100 Camp MVP confirmed to Inside the Hall that Tom Crean called him on Sunday with an offer.
“They’ve been watching me and another scholarship has opened,” Behanan said. “They want to bring me up and show me around sometime this week or next week.”
The Cincinnati native, who moved to Bowling Green last summer, said that he hopes to set the visit up soon.
“I told Coach to give my Mom a call sometime this week and we’ll set it up and I’ll be on my way up there,” he said.
Behanan, a four-star player that could move up considerably in the rankings after his performance in Charlottesville, was the third leading scorer in the camp at 14.7 ppg. He originally committed to Cincinnati before opening up the process last August.
“It was a good experience for me going up there and playing in front of all of those scouts and being coached by Mo Evans of the Atlanta Hawks and Gary Trent,” Behanan said. “Just being coached by them and learning from them was really a good thing. I don’t think I ever took a break on offense or defense. I rebounded defensively and offensively, moved without the ball. I think that’s what that separated me.”
While Behanan’s list of schools includes Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, Texas and West Virginia, he said he doesn’t have a leader at this point.
“I’m open,” he said.
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Jeremy Hollowell, the versatile 6-7 wing in the 2012 class from Lawrence Central in Indianapolis, fielded numerous calls this week as June 15 marked the first day college coaches could call juniors-to-be per NCAA rules.
In addition to hearing from Tom Crean, Hollowell also heard from three new schools — Florida, Michigan and Southern Illinois — as well as Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, Xavier, Cincinnati, Indiana State and Miami (FL).
The message from Crean continues to stress the opportunity to be a part of something special in Bloomington.
“He just keeps telling me to keep working,” Hollowell said. “He’d like to use me as a 2-3-4, somebody he can interchange and play multiple positions and also guard multiple positions. He also talks about the tradition, how our class is real important and bringing it all back together.”
Hollowell, who plays for the Eric Gordon All-Stars, said that the chance for immediate minutes could help the Hoosiers.
“It can help a little in a certain way,” he said. “You get a chance to go in and play right away.”
Another school that figures to be a factor with Hollowell is Ohio State, where he’s visited several times and recently played pickup games with National Player of the Year Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger, who will be a freshman next season.
“I like Ohio State,” Hollowell said. “I’m from Ohio so I grew up watching them a lot. I used to like watching them when Mike Conley and Greg Oden were there. The coaches are pretty cool. They’re real good guys. I really like the school and the coaches.”