Yogi Ferrell postpones announcement on his future

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Following the tragic death of IU student Hannah N. Wilson, Indiana junior guard Yogi Ferrell has postponed Saturday’s planned announcement regarding his future.

“In consideration of recent tragic events within the IU family, Kevin Ferrell Sr. has postponed the announcement of the future basketball plans of Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell,” a statement from the Kevin Ferrell Foundation said. “The Ferrell family sends out its condolences and prayers to the family of Hannah N. Wilson.”

The announcement was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on the north side of Indianapolis.

The NBA early entry deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Indiana planning for return of Devin Davis

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Indiana’s frontcourt will get a major boost with the addition of McDonald’s All-American Thomas Bryant next fall. But the Hoosiers also hope a familiar face will return as a significant contributor.

Devin Davis, who missed the 2014-2015 season following an accident in the early hours of Nov. 1, continues to make progress in his rehab, Tom Crean said Wednesday.

“He’s doing everything everybody else is doing except he does not play and he doesn’t get any contact,” Crean said. “But we won’t know probably – we’ll know a lot better in the summer, but we may not totally know until we get into the school year, but am I projecting him to be here? Well, certainly in my own mind I am, but does that mean he is completely? Not yet. Medically speaking not yet.”

During IU’s foreign tour last August, Davis looked like a player who was ready to take a major step forward in his sophomore season.

He’d put on 10 pounds of muscle and seemed much more comfortable playing away from the basket with the ball while still maintaining his aggressiveness around the basket. His 7.6 rebounds per game over five contests in Canada led the Hoosiers. In a 95-85 win over perennial Canadian power Carleton, Davis had 13 points and six rebounds. He also had a 16-rebound performance on the trip.

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Blackmon Jr. gets NBA feedback, opts to return for sophomore season

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Not long ago, James Blackmon Jr. had a meeting with Indiana coach Tom Crean.

It started as a discussion about the Indiana freshman’s chances at being selected in the 2015 NBA draft. It ended with Blackmon Jr. leaving straight for the gym.

On Thursday afternoon, Crean and Blackmon Jr. sat together once again, this time in the Assembly Hall press room. The 6-foot-4 guard made his announcement public. He would be returning to Indiana for his sophomore year.

“It was just positive and negative things for me, but the greatest thing about that was I could see what I need to get better at,” Blackmon Jr. said. “Every day you look forward to being there (in the NBA). But right here, I love it at Indiana and this is a place where I can just get better every day and for the long run I’ll be ready for.”

After a freshman season in which Blackmon Jr. averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, he chose to explore his NBA draft options with Crean.

As with any player, Crean said he made it a priority to get feedback from those with real insights — the decision-makers, the general managers and coaches of certain NBA teams. Forget NBA draft boards, he said. The only opinions that matter were those from who would be deciding Blackmon Jr.’s future.

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Video: James Blackmon Jr. announces he’ll return for sophomore season

Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., along with Tom Crean, met with the media on Thursday to announce that he will return for his sophomore season.

Watch the full press conference below:

James Blackmon Jr. returning to Indiana for sophomore season

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Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. will return for his sophomore season, he announced Thursday in a press conference at Assembly Hall.

“I felt the best situation for me is to come back next year and play my sophomore year here,” Blackmon Jr. said.

The Marion product averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in his first season. He was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten and made 77 3-pointers, which set a school record for a freshman.

Blackmon Jr. was ranked the No. 61 overall prospect for the 2015 NBA Draft by Chad Ford of ESPN.com and was projected to be a second round pick or go undrafted, according to Ford’s rankings.

Inside the Hall will have more on this developing story.

Indiana adds “transformative” piece in Thomas Bryant

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Indiana coach Tom Crean believes the Hoosiers finally have their big man.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon at Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers coach couldn’t hold back his enthusiasm and excitement about the future.

Thomas Bryant, a 6-foot-10 center from Huntington Prep (W.V.), had officially signed his National Letter of Intent with Indiana.

“It’s a transformative sign for us,” Crean said. “Going into another part of the country and getting a guy that is not only an excellent player, but getting somebody that comes in here with an infectious attitude and an infectious energy, that’s exactly what we needed.

“We needed the presence of an inside player. That’s obvious. But he’s so much more than that.”

Just one day prior to Crean’s announcement on Wednesday, the Hoosiers’ coach and assistant Chuck Martin were in West Virginia, meeting with Bryant. It completed the long recruitment Indiana committed toward Bryant, one that Crean said he was fully invested in from the first time he saw Bryant on tape.

Yes, this 6-foot-10, 225-pound center “pounded the ball,” whether it be dunking or blocking the ball. Yes, he was a highly rated recruit. What stood out to Crean more than anything, though, was his demeanor on the court.

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