D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera attends Hoosier Hysteria

North Central guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, one of Tom Crean’s top recruiting targets in the 2012 recruiting class, attended Hoosier Hysteria Friday night at Assembly Hall.

Smith-Rivera arrived just before 9:00 EST wearing a red sweatshirt and took a seat beneath the basket on the north side of Assembly Hall.

Hoosier Hysteria Audio: Maurice Creek

Indiana freshman guard Maurice Creek met briefly with the media before Friday night’s Hoosier Hysteria. Listen to Creek’s comments in the embedded audio player below:

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Update: Creek also talked after Hoosier Hysteria and here are his comments:

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Live blog: Hoosier Hysteria

We’ll be “Inside the Hall,” literally, for tonight’s Hoosier Hysteria. Join us and our friends from The Herald-Times and The Indiana Daily Student beginning at 7:00 PM ET for a live discussion.




Strong contingency of recruits expected for Hysteria

carlino052709aWe’ve had a couple of requests for a list of expected visitors for Hoosier Hysteria. It’s important to caveat this list as being fluid. A few recruits could end up not attending and there are probably a few that will show up that are not listed below:

2010 class

  • Victor Oladipo, DeMatha (MD), IU verbal
  • Ge-Lawn Guyn, Scott County (KY)

2011 class

  • Austin Etherington, Hamilton Heights (IN), IU verbal
  • Matt Carlino, Bloomington South (IN), IU verbal
  • Spencer Turner, Bloomington South (IN)

2012 class

  • Hanner Perea, Birmingham Central Park Christian (AL)
  • Jared Drew, Lawrence Central (IN)
  • Jeremy Hollowell, Lawrence Central (IN)
  • Kellen Dunham, Pendleton Heights (IN)
  • Kellon Thomas, Southport (IN)
  • Peter Jurkin, Charlotte United Faith Christian (NC)
  • Ron Patterson, Broad Ripple (IN)

2013 class

  • Darryl Baker, Jeffersonville (IN)
  • Darryl Hicks, Shelby County (KY)

ITH Super Happy Fun Time Player Profile: Devan Dumes

dumes031909Hoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2009-2010 Indiana Hoosiers. We wrap up the player profiles today with Devan Dumes.

Devan Dumes led Indiana in several statistical categories a season ago: total points (344), points per game (12.7), 3-pointers made (59) and indefinite suspensions (1). Here’s a brief synopsis of his 2008-2009 season: he was Tom Crean’s most reliable option on offense and for a period in February, he was Crean’s biggest headache following an ejection for throwing elbows against Michigan State.

Dumes was at his best offensively in late January and early February when he averaged 19.6 points during a five-game stretch that included IU’s one conference win over Iowa. Unfortunately, his season-high 27 points against Iowa was preceded by an elbow to Goran Suton’s groin and an indefinite suspension that lasted two games. He apologized shortly after the incident, but struggled mightily in three of the final four Big Ten games, suffered a knee injury in the regular season finale and had surgery on his finger over the summer.

His role in 2009-2010 will be far different than a year ago: available shots and minutes won’t be as plentiful. He could find himself as a reserve because of Indiana’s added backcourt depth. Coming off the bench could actually be a positive for Dumes and for IU because his ability to provide instant offense and energy may be better utilized as a sub.

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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:



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