Bobby Capobianco Archive

Hulls erupts for 30 as South remains unbeaten

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update:

+ Jordan Hulls: Bloomington South improved to 17-0 with a 77-44 win over Warren Central on Saturday. Hulls had a season high 30 points on 11 of 18 shooting. The Panthers will get their toughest test of the season this coming Saturday in Bloomington as Detroit Country Day, led by Ray McCallum Jr., comes to town. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally by USA Today.

+ Christian Watford: The 6-8 swingman dropped 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 63-52 Shades Valley win over Pinson Valley. Shades Valley is 23-5.

+ Maurice Creek: No individual stats were available from the Hargrave Military Academy Web site, but the Tigers improved to 20-1 with a 104-77 win over Rise Academy on Saturday.

+ Bobby Capobianco: Loveland split a pair of games last week with Wilmington (50-45 loss) and Winton Woods (53-48 win). In the Wilmington loss, Capobianco had 18 points and 11 rebounds and in the win over Winton Woods, he had 23 points and 13 rebounds.

+ Derek Elston: Tipton, No. 2 in Class 2-A, crushed No. 9 Carroll 65-34 on Friday night. The Blue Devils improved to 17-2 and Elston had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

+ Bawa Muniru: No information available.

+ Matt Carlino: Highland won its regular season finale 58-37 over Central to finish 24-3 and will begin postseason play this week. Carlino scored 14 points.

Around the Hall: IU’s 15-0 home record against Penn State on the line

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew.

+ Terry Hutchens examines Indiana’s 15-0 home record against Penn State and talks to former Hoosiers Brian Evans and Greg Graham about the test the Hoosiers will face. {The Indianapolis Star}

+ Derek Elston tells Patrick Dorsey that he’s been “kind of disappointed” by Indiana’s performance this season, but he’s eager to get to Bloomington and help push along the rebuilding process. {The Indianapolis Star}

+ Bobby Capobianco’s mom Barbara, a former standout at Vanderbilt, recalls the moment she realized her son was no longer a pushover in their one-on-one games. {ESPN Rise}

+ Despite Indiana’s 0-4 start in the conference, Penn State coach Ed DeChellis says he expects the Hoosiers to win in the Big Ten. {Evansville Courier Press}


“For every one person that loves you, there are three people that hate you. I’ve gotten about everything in the book. You know you’ve achieved something when everyone hates you. I always think like the movie ‘300. It’s the whole ‘me against the world’ thing. I’m going to go out and prove to people that I can do it.” – Capobianco on his approach for answering his skeptics.

Carlino putting up big numbers for No. 1 Highland

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update.

+ Matt Carlino: The No. 17 player in the 2011 class, according to ESPN, scored 16 points in a 72-58 Highland win over Dobson on Tuesday and 31 points in a 73-68 win over Cesar Chavez on Friday. Highland is 8-0 and No. 1 in the power rankings on

+ Christian Watford: Watford poured in 36 points and 15 rebounds in 65-56 win over Huffman on Friday and then had 20 points and nine rebounds in 45-43 win over Erwin on Saturday. Shades Valley is 16-3.

+ Jordan Hulls: Hulls scored seven points in 74-55 victory on Friday over rival Bloomington North. Earlier in the week, he scored 26, including six straight 3-pointers, in a 99-52 rout of Center Grove. Bloomington South is 9-0 and No. 11 in the USA Today Super 25 Poll.

+ Bobby Capobianco: The 6-9 Capobianco had 22 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a 77-61 Loveland win over Winton Woods on Friday.

+ Maurice Creek: Hargrave moved to 13-1 with a 96-77 win over Averett on Friday. No individual numbers for Creek were available.

+ Derek Elston: Elston and the Tipton Blue Devils, now No. 2 in Class 2-A, bounced back from a loss in the Hall of Fame Classic with a 50-40 win over West Lafayette. Elston scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

+ Bawa Muniru: No individual stats are available; Mt. Zion Academy is 12-4.

Watford turns in a pair of 30-point games

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update.

+ Christian Watford: 31 points from Watford weren’t enough as Shades Valley fell 76-70 in overtime Friday to Pinson Valley. Watford had 33 points and 20 rebounds in a 74-61 win over Hewitt-Trussville last Monday.

+ Jordan Hulls: Bloomington South, No. 1 in Class 4-A, remained unbeaten with wins over Lawrence Central and Jeffersonville. In Friday’s 70-49 win over Lawrence Central, Hulls had 14 points. On Saturday Hulls had 14 more, including six of eight from the free throw line, in a 73-54 win over Jeffersonville.

+ Maurice Creek: Hargrave Military Academy moved to 12-1 with a 83-73 win over Patrick Henry on Wednesday as Creek had 14 points and three steals. Hargrave is off until January 11 for winter break.

+ Derek Elston: Tipton moved to 7-0 with wins over Westfield and Mt. Vernon. Elston had 30 points in Friday’s 76-53 win over Westfield. Tipton is now No. 1 in Class 2-A.

+ Bobby Capobianco: Loveland picked up a pair of wins — 52-31 Tuesday over Kings and 62-47 Friday over Anderson — and Capobianco looks to be 100% after returning earlier this month from a left foot injury. Capobianco had 25 points in the win over Anderson and 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Kings.

+ Bawa Muniru: No information available.

+ Matt Carlino: Highland moved to 6-0 with a 63-53 win on Monday at Desert Mountain.

Hulls leads nationally ranked South to pair of wins

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update.

  • Jordan Hulls: Bloomington South picked up two wins over the weekend and Hulls scored in double figures in both contests. On Friday against Southport, Hulls had 13 points and Saturday at Terre Haute North, he scored 15. Bloomington South (4-0) is No. 12 in the USA Today Super 25 and No. 1 in Class 4-A.
  • Maurice Creek: According to Hargrave Military Academy’s Web Site, Creek scored 28 points in a 112-91 win last Tuesday against Massanutten Military Academy. Hargrave won two games over the weekend in the Fork Union Invitational Tournament. Hargrave beat New Hampton 85-60 on Friday and in a 72-62 win Saturday against Fork Union, Creek had 19 points and five rebounds.
  • Derek Elston: Elston surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career last Tuesday in a win over Elwood and poured in 24 points Friday in a win over Rensselaer. Elston outscored Rensselaer 12-10 in the first quarter. Tipton is ranked No. 2 in Class 2-A.
  • Christian Watford: According to the Birmingham News, Watford scored 25 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in a 63-60 win Friday night against Huffman. Watford’s team, Shades Valley, is 11-1.
  • Bobby Capobianco: Loveland bounced back from a 90-50 loss against Princeton with a 61-44 road win against Glen Este on Friday. Capobianco scored 17 points in his second game back from a left foot injury.
  • Bawa Muniru: No information available, but Mt. Zion’s schedule indicates they did not play last week.
  • Matt Carlino: The sophomore was recently tabbed the 17th best player in the 2011 class by ESPN and he’s justified the accolades with his play so far this season. In a pair of Highland wins last week, Carlino scored 27 and 31.

Capobianco makes his return

Loveland (OH) and Indiana signee Bobby Capobianco returned to the floor Tuesday night after being given clearance from doctors that his left foot was ready to go.

The first test for Capobianco? A meeting at home with No. 1 Princeton. The result? A 90-50 setback.

“When a team that good comes in here and shoots lights out, it’s tough,” Capobianco told The Cincinnati Enquirer afterwards. “They’re a great team.”

Capobianco finished with 13 points and five rebounds.

Elston dominant early in senior season

Throughout the course of the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. With the high school season underway, here’s our first update.

  • Derek Elston: The 6-8 forward from Tipton scored 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a 75-32 win at Delphi. Tipton is 3-0 and plays again Tuesday night against Elwood.
  • Bobby Capobianco: A left foot injury has sidelined Capobianco for the first three games of his senior season, but he hopes to return by December 16 at the latest.
  • Maurice Creek: According to Justin Young of, Creek scored 11 points in a 79-76 Hargrave Academy loss to Patterson this past weekend in the DTLR Hoops Festival. Hargrave returns to action Tuesday night at home against Massanutten Military Academy.
  • Christian Watford: Watford scored 19 points and had 20 rebounds in a 53-50 loss Friday night to Erwin and bounced back with 25 points on Saturday as Shades Valley topped Spain Park 47-45.
  • Jordan Hulls: Bloomington South is 2-0 and Hulls scored 12 points and dished out six assists Friday night in a 73-45 win over Bedford North Lawrence.
  • Matt Carlino: Carlino’s Highland club, coached by his father Mark Carlino, is off to a 3-0 start and he scored 22 points in a 73-54 home win against Trevor Browne.
  • Bawa Muniru: No information available

Tom Crean talks 2009 recruiting class

IU Media Relations sent along the following release earlier this evening after the school received a National Letter of Intent from Bawa Muniru:

“Our coaching staff of Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer and the recent addition of Roshown McLeod, along with the rest of our staff, show what can happen when you believe in something and are not afraid to work hard to make it better even when you are hamstrung with restrictions.  Our coaches worked extremely hard to build on relationships that we already had and to build new ones and continue to show people why Indiana was a perennial power year-in and year-out.  The tradition of Indiana and the opportunity to play right away, the Big Ten conference, the national television schedule we have is only replaced by the fact that young students can come in here and get a world-class education.  Our coaches did a tremendous job of showing that and we wouldn’t be anywhere near having this kind of class without the hard work of these gentlemen that represent Indiana.”

“Bobby is someone that we’ve know for some time.  We saw him in the Indiana Elite program and then saw him at Loveland (Ohio) High School and it became clear to us, even back at Marquette that we wanted to offer him a scholarship.  He personifies toughness.  He can rebound the basketball and score inside.  I love the fact that he has developed into a guy that is a reliable jump shooter from the perimeter and loves to play.  One of the things that really stands out about Bobby is how much he loves Indiana and we are excited to have him.”


Signing day Q & A: Jody Demling

cwatford3.jpgThe early signing period starts Wednesday and Inside the Hall caught up with Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal to get the scoop on Indiana’s class.

Jody’s radio show, “Sports Night,” will air a recruiting special Tuesday at 6PM that will feature interviews with Jordan Hulls, Bobby Capobianco, Christian Watford and Derek Elston. Fans in the Southern Indiana/Louisville area can hear the show on 93.9 FM and streaming is available here.

Inside the Hall: IU’s 2009 class is top five nationally by just about every recruiting service out there. Where do you rank Tom Crean’s first fall signing class and tell us what kind of impact fans can expect from this group.

Jody Demling: There might not be a top five or 10 guy in the class, but when you look at it as a whole this is a really, really good class and the Hoosier fans should be excited. I was talking with a couple of the guys this week and the theme that coach Crean must be preaching is “pieces to the puzzle” because several mentioned that phrase. But I think it’s so true, this group is six pieces to the Indiana puzzle that Crean is trying to put together and they all seem like perfect fits for the program.

ITH: Christian Watford is the big name in the class, but a lot of fans haven’t had a chance to see him play since he’s from Birmingham. What’s the scouting report on Watford and is he the best player in IU’s class?

JD: Christian is the highest ranked guy in the class and will be a solid addition to the Hoosier program. He has a body ready for the college game, is a solid shooter and can play a number of positions. But I personally think when it’s all said and done that Maurice Creek will be the best of the bunch. I love his game and his determination.