The Jordan Crawford/LeBron James video has leaked, and it’s disappointing

After Nike confiscated the two videographers’ tapes that were rolling during the Dunk Heard Round The World, there was a slim chance it was ever going to see the light of day.

But thanks to a guy who filmed it off his cell phone — at least that’s what it appears to be from the poor quality — and sold it to TMZ, you can now feast your eyes on the dunk over on their site. It seems this was a third shooter, one Nike apparently didn’t know about.

But wait! There’s more!

Another site, eBaum Nation, has a much higher-quality video of the dunk from a better angle. Take a look at that here. Perhaps TMZ, which wasn’t supposed to put it up on their site until tonight after it debuted on their TV show, found out about eBaum Nation’s better video, so they decided to release theirs early. No word on where or how the eBaum people got their hands on it. Yet.

Anyway, enough about the particulars of where the video resides online. Let’s talk about the dunk. It’s anti-climatic. But that’s what everyone was expecting. The dunk was basically a Paul Bunyon-esque tall tale a few weeks back, but now that it’s right in front of our eyes, well, it’s not that great. Former Hoosier Jordan Crawford still dunked on LeBron James. But James was late sliding over in transition; he barely puts any effort into defending.

So yes. There you have it. Crawford gets his day in the sun. We all finally get to see the video. Now when is Hoosier Hysteria?

Highlights from Tom Crean’s appearance on The Drive

This is a couple of days old, but Tom Crean was on The Drive on JMV late last week and talked about a variety of topics including recruiting and reality television. You can listen to the complete podcast here. Here’s a transcript of some of the highlights from Crean’s appearance:

On the recruiting strategy for the next three classes:

“This year it’s really more of just kind of finding exactly what we need. Being picky. Which is what we’re trying to be because we know what positions we’d like to address right now. But really what’s so important is that we treat the next three classes really the same way. We’ve gotta treat the rising seniors, the rising juniors and the rising sophomores the same way. Because what happens, when you lose the ability to build on those classes, is there’s no question, I’ve said this before, we’ve been behind on the class of rising seniors because people have had so many years to dive in and get to know those guys and last year we had to put together a class for this coming season but we also had to put a team together for this past season. We don’t want to get caught behind as we continue to move forward. So what we’re trying to do is spend a lot of time with all three of those classes, really much the the same way.”

On the prospects for an IU basketball reality television show:

“We’re not going to do that. And I probably let that go a little too long out of friendship. That’s just not us, it’s really not and I don’t think our program needs that kind of stuff. There’s a lot more risk than there is reward to that and maybe it’s just my fear of what happens with reality television. Our biggest thing is, we’ve got a story here but we want our story to be about improvement, we want our story to be about leadership and teamwork and all of those that are going to go into making us successful. And I’m not sure it needs to be played out in a reality show.”

On his feelings about the incoming recruiting class:

“I’m extremely excited. Maurice Creek and Bawa Muniru are continuing to make strides in the areas that they have to make them in academically. So we feel like it’s just a matter of time there before they’re on campus. The four that are here, Jeremiah Rivers has had a very good summer. He was here for the first session taking summer classes and now he’s bouncing back and forth. He got to spend a week with his father in Orlando when he was with his summer league team. You can’t beat that. When you have someone that has that kind of opportunity to be around that kind of basketball, it’s great for you. I feel good about the progress we’re making, I feel good about the summer that we’re having. I think some of the players, from my understanding, have done a great job with the summer. I think some have done an average job with the summer. I think the whole message of, when we get on the court together, the individual competitors that are here that turn it into a real competition, those are the ones that are going to win out. So I’m anxious to see how that all turns out. I can’t wait to have a year after year when we have a full gamut of scholarships and we have a full gamut of competition.”

Jack Keefer sounds off on Dominique Ferguson

As reported on Wednesday, 2010 forward Dominique Ferguson is transferring to Hargrave Military Academy. This is not exactly surprising given the rumors about Ferguson leaving Lawrence North started circulating over a month ago.

What is a bit surprising are the comments made by the head coach of Lawrence North, Jack Keefer, regarding Ferguson and his decision to leave the school.

Keefer has long had a reputation for accepting players from other schools, including Greg Oden, who moved from Terre Haute. More recently, Ferguson himself bolted Franklin Central to come play at Lawrence North.

But now that Ferguson is no longer one of his players, his former coach is sounding off. Remember, we’re not talking about a professional or even a college player. He’s a teenager. Witness these comments from Thursday’s Indianapolis Star:

“Dom did not fit into being a Wildcat. The workouts and the classroom work and the discipline and teamwork were not what he was looking for. We have a great team here, a possible state championship team. I’m sorry he doesn’t want to be part of that.”

“He wasn’t qualified and wasn’t taking his summer classes that he needed to get caught up.”

Hear that sound? It’s Keefer backing up his Mack truck and then running over a high school kid. Bad work ethic? Check. Trouble in the classroom? Check. Not fitting in with the team? Check.

Regardless of what you or I think about Ferguson, it’s important to remember that he’s only in high school. The fact that Keefer publicly questioned his academic work ethic is out of line regardless of whether or not it’s true. I don’t remember it being an issue during the last high school season, so it shouldn’t have been an issue now.

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Open Thread: Build your 2010 recruiting class

You are Tom Crean. (Not really, but for this exercise, you’ll be playing the part.) The first July evaluation period has come and gone. As of this writing, your lone commitment for the 2010 recruiting class is David Williams, a two-star wing from Jacksonville (FL). Hoosier Nation, as some like to call it, is clamoring for a big name commitment.

There are no shortage of targets on the radar for 2010: Kyrie Irving, Stacey Poole, Moses Morgan, Michael Cobbins, Cameron Wright, Terrence Jones, Vander Blue, Reggie Smith and others that will probably come to the surface as the summer moves along.

Keeping in mind the scholarship numbers, what is your ideal scenario for this class? Who is your top target? What position is your number one priority to improve? Do you sign as many players as you can and worry about scholarships for 2011 later? Or do you tread cautiously?

Questions, questions, questions. Your answers are due in the comments starting … now. Don’t be shy.

Dominique Ferguson leaving Indianapolis for Hargrave

2010 Indianapolis forward Dominique Ferguson won’t finish his high school career in the Hoosier state.

According to a report by Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star, the 6-9 Ferguson will finish his high school career at Hargrave Military Academy.

Hargrave, located in Chatham (VA), is a military-style prep school that produced former IU players Armon Bassett and Jordan Crawford. Incoming freshman Maurice Creek attended the school last season.

The buzz that Ferguson would not return to Lawrence North started at the JR/SR all-star game at New Albany, when he didn’t show up because of a reported injury.

As recently as June 22, Ferguson told Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal that he would return to Jack Keefer’s program for his senior season.

Ferguson is considering a list of schools that includes Arizona, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Depaul, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. The Hoosiers have not offered a scholarship.

Moses Morgan on IU: ‘I have a very high interest in them’

The last time we caught up with Moses Morgan in early May, there was one school at the top of his list: Indiana.

And the 2010 wing and son of former IU player Winston Morgan is still high on the Hoosiers.

“They are still recruiting me very hard,” Morgan told Inside the Hall from the NY2LASports.com Summer Jam in Milwaukee. “I have a very high interest in them and they have a very high interest in me.”

Morgan is playing this summer for the ICAN All-Stars and hopes to fit in a visit to Bloomington to check out the IU campus soon.

“Probably the middle of August,” Morgan said of a timetable for a possible trip.

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Stacey Poole talks Indiana, ascent in rankings

After his performance at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA, last month, Jacksonville’s Stacey Poole found himself with an extra star beside his name on the Rivals.com top 150 for 2010. A fifth-star, to be exact.

For Poole, who’s playing this summer with the Jacksonville Lee Bulls, the accolade was based more on being watched closely by national scouts than his performance.

“I’ve just been seen more,” Poole told Inside the Hall from the Breakdown Hoopfest in Miami, FL. “I’m not surprised at what I’m doing. Not at all. Something I’m doing, they like. They like how I have that energy. I bring it on the court.”

Poole, the son of former McDonald’s All-American and Florida star Stacey Poole Sr., says he is still wide open in the recruiting process. His list includes Indiana, Clemson, Florida, Xavier, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Miami (FL). Connecticut and Louisville have recently expressed interest and are evaluating the 6-6 guard this summer.

“Right now, I’m just playing out my AAU season. I’m open,” he said of the recruiting process.

Poole said he plans to visit Bloomington in August. But even though he’s yet to take a visit, Poole has a good feel for the Indiana program and is building a solid relationship with assistant coach Bennie Seltzer, who played in the CBA at the same time as Poole Sr.

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