Around the Hall: So long, Chris Allen

DETROIT - APRIL 04:  Chris Allen #3 of the Michigan State Spartans looks to pass the ball in the second half against Craig Austrie #24 of the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Ford Field on April 4, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on.

+ Michigan State guard Chris Allen will not return to East Lansing next season after failing to meet multiple obligations. KJ discusses the ramifications of Allen’s dismissal for the Spartans at The Only Colors.

+ Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star reports that Indiana offered a scholarship to 2014 forward Trey Lyles, who will be a freshman at Indianapolis Tech this fall.

+ In a Monday notes column on, Andy Katz reports that Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue are considering a doubleheader as soon as 2011. Eamonn also weighed-in over at College Basketball Nation.

+ Brian Neubert of the Purdue Rivals site,, tweeted that 2013 guard Bryson Scott was offered by Indiana.

+ Indiana is not listed in Aaron Thomas’ most recent top five according to Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal.

+ Per a tweet from Tom Crean, we learned that D.J. White visited Cook Hall on Tuesday.

+ updated the roster for the 2010-2011 season, revealing jersey numbers for the incoming players.

+ Rush the Court ranks the top 20 Big Ten players for the 2010-2011 season.

+ Drew Cannon breaks down what you really need from a lineup over at Basketball Prospectus.

IU targets strong at end of season showdown

Joe Eberhardt, the editor and creator of Indy Hoops Blog, was in attendance this past weekend at the End of Season Showdown in Merrillville, Indiana. Also in attendance: A trio of Indiana coaches: Tom Crean, Bennie Seltzer and Steve McClain.

Joe’s thoughts and observations on several 2012 and 2013 prospects with IU interest are included in the report below. Follow Joe on Twitter by clicking here.

Class of 2012

Gary Harris, Hamilton Southeastern (IN): Gary showed a complete game this weekend, knocking down jump shots when given space, but going to the rim for buckets too. In a game against Mac Irvin Fire he hit five 3-pointers, and knocked down several mid-range jumpers on his way to a 28-point performance. In a game against the Rockford Ambassadors, Harris attacked the defense primarily off the dribble, scoring 22 points. Perhaps what was most impressive about Gary was his willingness to get after it on the defensive end of the court. He racked up several steals in all his games, and used his length to impact the glass and block a couple shots. There really wasn’t much Gary didn’t do in Merrillville, showing off athleticism, ball-handling, smooth shooting touch, and game changing defense. Something to keep in mind is that he’s doing this all while still recovering from an ankle injury.

Hanner Perea, LaPorte La Lumiere (IN): Perea (pictured) appears to be close to regular form after suffering a nasty ankle injury at the Adidas Invitational in early July. He’s still an athletic freak, blocking any shot in his vicinity on defense, and throwing down any possible dunk on offense. His athleticism is so elite that he makes very difficult plays look easy. This weekend he did a great job drawing contact on plays and getting to the foul line. He’s got a great free throw stroke for being considered a relatively raw offensive player. Perea did show a few nice flashes of an expanded offensive game this weekend, looking comfortable shooting the mid-range jumper and playing with his back to the basket some. He did knock down a nice hook shot from 7′ out, and while I’m not ready to declare him the most skilled big man of all time, it’s encouraging to see him put an emphasis on expanding his game.

Jeremy Hollowell, Lawrence Central (IN): The talented wing player is continuing his strong summer playing with the Eric Gordon 16u AAU team. I’d be lying if I said he was the most productive player on the circuit, but he just has so many tools to impact the game. He’s a legitimate 6’7, can handle the ball like a guard, and has the length to impact the glass as well. This weekend he was very aggressive off the dribble, taking opponents to the rim first and knocking down his shot second. He also showed off great athleticism, catching a couple ally-oop dunks and finishing some acrobatic lay ups.


Austin Etherington recaps July, looks ahead

If Austin Etherington moved out of the national rankings as a result of missing significant time this past spring, perhaps his performances in July will prove his name belongs amongst the country’s elite high school players.

The 6-6, 190-pound Hamilton Heights guard returned from a stress fracture in his back at the end of May and by the time he reached Las Vegas in late July for the adidas Super 64, his game was clicking on all cylinders.

“I feel like I’m back to normal and playing well,” Etherington told Inside the Hall. “But I can always get better. I felt like I proved myself in Vegas and other times in July, so we’ll just see what happens.”

Playing on a loaded Indiana Elite roster with several high-major prospects, Etherington said lessons in teamwork were the major takeaway from the spring and summer.

“Relying on your teammates is one thing you gotta learn when you get to this level,” he said. “Everyone is capable of making plays so it’s something you have to get used to and not do it all yourself.”

The end of AAU means less time for Etherington with two friends he’s drawn closer to over the summer — Washington’s Cody Zeller and Park Tudor’s Yogi Ferrell.

Although the IU commit says he’ll touch base periodically with several of his teammates over the fall and winter, he’ll make it a point to continue regular dialogue with Zeller and Ferrell.

“I try to stay in contact with most of them, but Yogi and Cody, I stay closest to them because I’m trying to get them to go to school with me. That’s a big thing.”

The pitch to join him at IU, Etherington says, is the same for both players. The delivery of his message, however, is different.


Report: Kenny Kaminski picks Michigan State

The speculation that has been building for weeks was correct: Medina (OH) forward Kenny Kaminski will take his game to East Lansing.

Evan Daniels of reports, via a source, that Kaminski has given a verbal commitment to Tom Izzo and Michigan State.

The 6-7, 180-pound forward helped lead Medina to a 20-3 record as a sophomore and averaged close to 17 points and seven rebounds per game.

Kaminski chose Michigan State over Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin.


+ Kentucky Hoopfest: Kenny Kaminski
+ 2012 Intro: Kenny Kaminski
+ Q & A: 2012 Medina forward Kenny Kaminski

Video: Guy-Marc Michel, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey

Incoming freshman Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey along with junior college transfer Guy-Marc Michel met with the media for the first time on Friday at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to the trio of incoming Hoosiers in the embedded media players below:

Audio: Guy-Marc Michel, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey

Incoming freshman Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey along with junior college transfer Guy-Marc Michel met with the media on Friday at Assembly Hall. Listen to what the trio of incoming Hoosiers had to say in the embedded media player below (video coming shortly):

There are changes afoot, and they are, dare I say, quite exciting

Lock up your bikes and daughters — the ginger is returning to Bloomington.

Less than three weeks from this very moment that I type to you, my better half and I will (hopefully) be ensconced in our new apartment down on Dunn Street, just north of the happiest place on Earth. I am, to say the least, giddy with anticipation.

Why do I tell you this on a Friday morning? Well, because it means an even greater expansion of Inside the Hall, for you, our loyal reader.

Last season, we began to bring you on-site game coverage, and this is essentially just more of that. Alex and I will tag-team at as many home and road games as possible, and Ryan will still bring the thunder as he so capably does.

Fear not, for the face and purpose of the site do not change, that we promise. We’re just expanding the amount of content we’ll be providing you, so that Inside the Hall can continue to grow as a media outlet in the IU basketball coverage world. Plus it gives me something to do when I’m not doing hoodrat stuff with my friends in my stormtrooper body suit. (Much love, Chronic and Engel.)

Stay tuned, sports fans.


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