Wednesday Roundup: Walk-ons, Harrellson, Tyreke

roundupia2.jpg– Joining the legacy established by Ryan Tapak, Adam Ahlfeld and Brett Finkelmeier will be Rochester (IN) guard Kory Barnett and Carmel (IN) guard Daniel Moore who have both agreed to walk-on in Bloomington, according to multiple reports. While it may not seem like a big deal to land two walk-ons, both of these kids are what the program needs: they’ll show up everyday with the right attitude, work hard, do well in school and be proud to wear the IU uniform. Moore turned down a free ride at Boston University for the opportunity to don the cream and crimson. Congrats are in order for both guys.

– A friend of Inside the Hall, Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal, has a brief update on Josh Harrellson, the junior college forward from Illinois who is reportedly interested in Indiana. Jody lists IU as “still in the mix,” but this looks like a two horse race between St. Louis and Kentucky. Go Rick Majerus. The Hoosier Scoop also has an update on Harrellson.

– And finally, in a shocking development, a day after Derrick Rose declared for the NBA Draft, Tyreke Evans committed to Memphis. Those of you unfamiliar with Tyreke, he’s a top 10 player in the 2008 class and a good friend of everybody’s favorite basketball ambassador, William Wesley. Evans, by the way, was also involved in a shooting a couple of months ago. The reason I bring this up for you, the Indiana fan, is that our former prized recruit, Devin Ebanks, has lined up his visits and the final one is Memphis. It’ll be interesting to see if Ebanks lands alongside Evans in Memphis. I would like my chances if my name were John Vincent Calipari.

IU will meet Wake Forest in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The pairings for the tenth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge were announced today and Indiana will play at Wake Forest on December 3. You can read the complete release from the Big Ten here.

Here is the complete schedule:

  • December 1: Wisconsin at Virginia Tech
  • December 2: Duke at Purdue; Clemson at Illinois; Ohio State at Miami (FL); Virginia at Minnesota; Iowa @ Boston College
  • December 3: North Carolina vs. Michigan State (at Ford Field); Indiana at Wake Forest; Michigan at Maryland; Florida State at Northwestern; Penn State at Georgia Tech

The Demon Deacons are going to be stacked in the paint with their incoming freshmen Al-Farouq Aminu, Tony Woods and Ty Walker. They’re also returning their two leading scorers, James Johnson and Indianapolis Pike product Jeff Teague, who were both freshmen this past season. IU is 3-4 all-time in the challenge and Wake Forest is 7-1. Also, Duke at Purdue will be tough for me to pick a rooting interest. Can both teams somehow lose?

Hoosiers in the mix for Alabama guard Nick Williams

th_23666_recruiting_122_1173lo.jpgNick Williams, who originally signed with Marquette last fall, is reportedly considering the Hoosiers after being released from his Letter of Intent.

Tom Crean played a big part in bringing Williams to Milwaukee, but after Crean left for IU, Williams asked for and was granted his release.

Williams is also said to be considering Arkansas and visited Fayetteville this past weekend. Williams is 6-4, 215 lbs and is ranked the No. 145 player in the 2008 class by Rivals.com. He’s from LeFlore high school in Mobile, Alabama and was named the 6A player of the year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Normally coaches do not pursue recruits that committed to their former school, but the interest in Indiana was reportedly sparked by Williams having a desire to play for Crean. Shortly after Crean’s departure, here’s what Williams told the Alabama Press Register:

“We were surprised by the news. It’s a great school, but coach Crean was the guy I wanted to play for and it didn’t turn out that way.”

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Stock Watch: Eric Gordon and D.J. White

ejdraft.jpgStock Watch is Inside the Hall’s look at the NBA draft prospectus for Eric Gordon and D.J. White.

With a little more than two months remaining before the NBA Draft takes place, some of the best mock drafts are starting to trickle onto the Web. Here’s a glance at a few of the best out there and where they have Gordon and White pegged at this point (it’s important to remember that until the draft lottery is conducted, the teams these sites have listed are relatively meaningless):

Draft Express: Eric Gordon No. 7 to the Milwaukee Bucks; D.J. White No. 42 to the Sacramento Kings

NBAdraft.net: Eric Gordon No. 7 to the Milwaukee Bucks; D.J. White No. 31 to the Minnesota Timberwolves

HoopsHype: Eric Gordon No. 7 to the LA Clippers; D.J. White not listed in the first round and Hoops Hype does not do a mock draft of the second round

InsideHoops.com: Eric Gordon No. 6 to the LA Clippers; D.J. White listed as “In the lower first round mix.”

CollegeHoops.net: Eric Gordon No. 5; D.J. White No. 31

Hoops World: Eric Gordon No. 6 to the LA Clippers; D.J. White No. 34 to the Minnesota Timberwolves

A couple of quick observations from this exercise: First, Gordon seems to have fallen behind Jerryd Bayless of Arizona on nearly every draft board. Before the second half of the season, most of us thought it was going to be Gordon vs. Derrick Rose for the top guard in the draft. Now, it appears Gordon is the No. 3 guard in the draft and a couple of boards have him below O.J. Mayo. Shooting 32 percent and committing 4.2 turnovers per game over your last seven games will do that.

Second, D.J. White is not a sure thing to land in the first round which is hard to believe given the kind of season he had. However, when you take into consideration that White doesn’t fit the prototype for a true power forward in the NBA, you have an explanation on why many teams might shy away from taking him in the opening round.

Another Tom Crean interview

This time it’s Crean with Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star. You might be getting tired of these interviews by now, but hey, we had to post this because we love Hutch, as should you:



Ray McCallum hired as head coach at Detroit

raysr.JPGRay McCallum, who spend the past two seasons as an assistant at Indiana, is taking over the reigns at Detroit. He’ll fill the void left by Perry Watson, who recently retired:

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Titans hired Ray McCallum to be their basketball coach.

McCallum was introduced Friday at a news conference after beating out candidates such as Michigan assistant Mike Jackson, who had experience as a Detroit player and coach.

The 47-year-old McCallum was Ball State’s head coach from 1993-2000 — going 126-76 with two NCAA tournament bids — then led Houston for four seasons and helped the Cougars play in the postseason in 2002 for the first time in nine years.

This is a big blow to IU’s chances of landing 2010 point guard Ray McCallum Jr. who is one of the top 30 players nationally in his class. Ray Jr. played for Bloomington North the last two seasons and was behind the IU bench at almost every game this past season. As far as Ray Sr. goes, he’s a class act and should do well at Detroit.

Coach Crean asks this favor of you on Little 500 weekend

Courtesy of the Palestra:



Just taking a shot in the dark here, but I’m guessing academics are going to be on the back burner for all of Bloomington this weekend. Have fun out there, kids. You’re only in college once, right?

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