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:
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):
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.)
Coble will earn his degree from Northwestern in December.
“I would like to thank Northwestern University and the administration for all that they have done for me,” Coble said. “In addition, the fans have my sincere gratitude for their support of Wildcat Basketball. I will miss seeing them at the games. Most importantly, I want to thank my teammates for the opportunity to play with them and I wish them nothing but the best in the upcoming season. There is not a better group of guys than those found on this team and I will miss being on the court with them.”
“With that said, the recovery of my foot is most important and extends far beyond my basketball career. I will continue to follow my surgeon’s rehabilitation schedule and have been told by my surgeon that I will have a full recovery. I will not be transferring to another school and with that, will be finishing the last of my classes at Northwestern this fall.”
Coble appeared in 81 career games, including 78 starts, and averaged 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. He’s 14th on the school’s all-time scoring list.
From an IU perspective, the loss of Coble weakens a Northwestern team that figured to have a good shot to finish above the Hoosiers in the Big Ten standings. They’ll still be a tough club with John Shurna, Michael Thompson and Drew Crawford all returning, but their chances of breaking into the NCAA Tournament undoubtedly took a hit with this loss.
After originally saying they’d make up their minds by Monday, Team USA now says it will not decide until Wednesday which four players will be cut from the roster. To me, this is a clear sign that there is an internal debate raging over which four players to cut.
Both USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke highly of Gordon’s effort (16 points in 26 minutes) in last week’s training camp and Saturday’s USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“I said earlier in the week his elevator was rising and I don’t think he’s reached the top floor yet,” Colangelo said. “I thought he did a great job out there, and he shot the ball really well.”
Krzyzewski said: “He had a rhythm out there and he was knocking down shots. I thought Eric was impressive.”
Members of the 2010 World Championship team will be considered for the 2012 Olympic team.
One player near the top of Indiana’s 2012 wishlist that we didn’t get a chance to see in Indianapolis or Louisville is Hanner Perea. (The highlights below are from Perea’s first game at the adidas Invitational, the only game he played in the event.)
It recently came to my attention, through the technological wonder of our Disqus-powered comments section, that Beth Pritchard (or someone claiming to be Beth Pritchard, mother of Tom) dropped a note under the much-discussed open thread Alex composed about this coming season.
In fairness to Mrs. Pritchard, I won’t quote her directly, as I doubt she intended her post to be specifically on-record. But her message, a response to the open-ended question of expectations for this coming season, was basically this: Expect the Hoosiers, every one of them, to work hard and play hard every night, and appreciate them for that.
A simple message, really, and a predictable one. It’s completely fair for a parent to want to defend their child, and their child’s friends.
It also raises a valid point.
Yes, these kids have a burden of expectation placed on them. A basketball scholarship at Indiana does that.
But too often, it feels like we take out our frustrations on these players not because of what they do or do not do on the court, but simply because we need something to yell at. Indiana basketball isn’t Indiana basketball right now, and it’s frustrating, and we as human beings like to, want to, need to blame someone. There surely is no more visible target, outside of Tom Crean himself.
But is it Tom Pritchard’s fault that Indiana is where it is? No. Is it Verdell Jones’ fault? No. Daniel Moore’s? Absolutely not.
The current predicament Indiana basketball finds itself in is lamentable, whether you are a fan or not. It’s never pleasant to watch a castle burn to the ground, and thus is the way with a storied college sports program.
And it’s not the fault of any one person, but rather years — more than a decade, probably — of mismanagement and neglect. Set in motion by complacency, complicated by strife and ultimately done in by scandal, Indiana’s problems are far-reaching, and long-term.
Have their been missteps? Well, of course there have. And there are parties involved that bear the responsibility for those, if they set the program back.
But Indiana’s players haven’t really done much but turn up with shoes and shorts whenever they were told, and tried their level best. I would imagine there have been times each has perhaps not given everything they had, in that particular moment. But on the whole, this is a group that plays hard and looks, for the most part, like it’s at least trying to do things the right way.
So let’s stop punishing them for that which they cannot control. Let’s stop punishing them for something that just isn’t their fault.