Pittsburgh Jam Fest HD Video: Mitch McGary highlights

Thanks to our friend Dylan Burkhardt of UMHoops.com for passing along the following HD video of 2012 Brewster Academy big man Mitch McGary from this past weekend’s Pittsburgh Jam Fest.

Dylan compiled over seven minutes of video of the rapidly improving McGary, who is still being pursued by Indiana for its 2012 recruiting class. UMHoops also has an in-depth scouting report on McGary from the Jam Fest which you can read at this link.

Video: Indiana Elite at Double Pump in Denver

Here’s a video that just popped up on YouTube (shot by ballinlikewhoa34) from Indiana Elite at this weekend’s Double Pump event in Denver, Colorado.

According to his Twitter account, Jeremy Hollowell suffered a broken right wrist and also injured his left knee.

Bloomington entrepreneur Bill Cook passes away

Friday afternoon brought sad news for the entire Bloomington community as Bill Cook, the founder of The Cook Group, passed away at his home. He was 80.

Cook, who was born in Illinois and graduated from Northwestern, donated millions to charitable organizations throughout the state and also to Indiana University.

Cook’s donation of $15 million towards Cook Hall was the largest donation Indiana’s athletics department has ever received.

In September of 2010, Cook was listed as the 101st wealthiest American on the Forbes 400 with an estimated worth of $3.1 billion.

Tom Crean reacted to Cook’s passing with a series of tweets, which have been compiled below:

“I am stunned and saddened. It’s hard to do justice to what he meant to not only this university, community and state but even the world. He was literally a life-changing giant of a man and leader. Not many people can say they made the world a better place because of work they did, but Mr. Cook sure can. The contributions he made will continue to impact lives forever. Players, recruits and fans will constantly have the opportunity to be blessed by the presence of Cook Hall. We always show them the Bill and Gayle Cook plaques with the names of every Cook employee listed on them. It shows a token of the appreciation of those that worked with them. We never get tired of talking about how special the Cook family is and always will be.”

2011-2012 non-conference schedule: What we know

The complete 2011-2012 Indiana basketball schedule won’t be released until late summer, but yesterday the Big Ten announced a small nugget in regards to next year’s challenge with the ACC.

For the second consecutive year, Indiana (along with Michigan) will receive a road game against an ACC opponent. Minnesota will play at the Barn once again and Nebraska somehow received a home game in the event. The full schedule for the 13th annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge should be released next month.

Next year’s non-conference slate is looking a bit more daunting than last year’s, which was the 325th toughest in the country according to Ken Pomeroy. The Hoosiers beat just two teams in Pomeroy’s top 250 in last season’s non-conference, Wright State (112) and Evansville (166), and only played one NCAA Tournament team (Kentucky).

Here’s what we know thus far about next year’s non-conference schedule:

At Evansville. This was announced last August and is the second game in a 3-game series which began last season at Assembly Hall. It will not, however, be the opening regular season game in Evansville’s new arena.

Notre Dame on December 17 in the Crossroads Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers get the Fighting Irish in year one of this event and Butler on December 15, 2012.


IndyBall Video: Zak Irvin highlights, interview

2013 Hamilton Southeastern guard Zak Irvin picked up a scholarship offer from Indiana before ever playing a varsity game and is the No. 42 prospect nationally in his class according to ESPN.com.

Video highlights of the 6-5 guard from this past weekend’s IndyBall.com Shootout are below (Irvin is No. 21 in White, No. 12 in Red) and a video Q & A is available after the jump:


IndyBall Video: James Blackmon Jr. highlights

Indiana fans got a glimpse of the future this past weekend when 2014 commit James Blackmon Jr. took the court with Spiece Indy Heat at the IndyBall.com Shootout.

Watch highlights of the 6-2, 170-pound combo guard from Ft. Wayne Luers in the embedded media player below:

IndyBall Video: Trevon Bluiett interview, highlights

Fresh off a 2A state championship at Park Tudor two weeks earlier, freshman Trevon Bluiett took to the floor with Spiece Indy Heat this past weekend at the IndyBall.com Shootout.

Inside the Hall talked to Bluiett about what he’s looking forward to this summer, what it’s like to be coached by his dad, his performance in the state title game and his recruitment in a video Q & A:

Highlights of Bluiett are available after the jump…