The Adidas May Classic took place this weekend in Bloomington and here are some notes from the event compiled from around the Web:
— Indiana Elite, led by Bobby Capobianco (IU), Jordan Hulls, Stephan Van Treese, Colt Ryan, D.J. Byrd (Purdue) and Mason Plumlee (Duke), won the 17-and-under title with a 80-63 win over the Michigan Mustangs. The Hoosier Scoop has a detailed recap as does Hoosier Nation.
— Demetrius Walker, a 6-4 guard, 200 lb. guard from San Juan Capistrano (CA) told reporters that Indiana is his favorite and was planning to visit with Tom Crean this weekend. However, Walker’s team changed their travel arrangements, so his meeting with Crean will have to be rescheduled, according to Chris Korman of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop. Walker is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals and is in the 2009 class.
— Maurice Sutton told a group of reporters that he was really enjoying himself in Bloomington and based on his comments, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t end up a Hoosier. His unofficial visit will take place Monday before he flies home to Maryland. He is scheduled to visit Villanova next weekend before making a decision. That could change if Sutton decides to commit before he leaves town. Terry Hutchens had a nice piece on Sutton in Sunday morning’s Indianapolis Star and Jody Demling heard rumors that Sutton is close to a commitment to IU.
— Apparently IU is involved with Leonard Washington and quite frankly, this comes as surprise given Washington’s questionable academic reputation. He’s already reclassified from 2007 to 2008 and was reportedly involved in a couple of fights last summer at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. Jody Demling has some quotes from Washington here.
— Although Jeremiah Rivers hasn’t officially announced that he will transfer to IU, the Washington Times report likely is legitimate and Indiana looks to be in good position with the former Georgetown guard.
— Bobby Capobianco was very impressive during the AMC according to one observer I spoke with and his play this spring should help him skyrocket up the national recruiting rankings. Being committed to Indiana won’t hurt, either. Capobianco will be a fan favorite in Assembly Hall with his intensity on both ends of the floor.
— Jordan Crawford and Brandon McGee helped with score keeping for some of the games at Assembly Hall. Barring unforeseen circumstances, both figure to return next season.
— Chris Korman had a brief scouting report on Christian Watford and Jody Demling of the C-J listed Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis and Alabama as the schools most involved for his services. No word on if Watford, a Birmingham (AL) native, has any future visits lined up to Bloomington. He’ll visit Louisville and Kentucky before heading back to Birmingham, according to Demling. Watford is the No. 47 player in the 2009 class on Rivals.com.
A report by Jayhawkslant.com today revealed that Lawrence North junior Stephan Van Treese trimmed his list of schools and Inside the Hall spoke to the big man to get the details. The schools still in consideration are Indiana, Kansas, UCLA, Louisville and Ohio State. Van Treese also told Inside the Hall that he’s talked to new Indiana coach Tom Crean twice.
It’ll be interesting to see how Van Treese’s recruitment plays out as he’s good friends with Bobby Capobianco, who recently committed and IU was the first school to offer Van Treese a scholarship. He’ll likely let the process play out and take visits in the fall, but the Hoosiers should be in the thick of things right down to the end.
Loveland (OH) forward Bobby Capobianco joined Derek Elston as the second member of IU’s 2009 recruiting class on Wednesday night. Inside the Hall caught up with IU’s newest commitment for a Q & A.
Inside the Hall: When did you decide you wanted to play for Indiana?
Bobby Capobianco: I decided last night. I called Coach Crean, we had a long talk and he told me he wanted me to come play for Indiana. I wanted to, so I took it.
ITH: Is Indiana a school you have followed?
Capobianco: I’ve followed them not anywhere close to religiously. I grew up in North Carolina, so Duke and North Carolina was kind of my thing for a while growing up. I’d always been a big Indiana fan and had loved the university. With my AAU team being based out of Bloomington, I had been over there a lot. I’ve played in Assembly Hall a bunch of times and so, I feet like I had a pretty good grasp on the university. Being that I had a really good relationship with Coach Crean at Marquette, it just felt right when he came to IU.
ITH: Coach Crean has only been at Indiana for two weeks. Did the interest just trickle over when he left Marquette for Indiana?
Capobianco: Yeah, he had been recruiting me at Marquette for about a year. When he came to IU, it carried over.
According to Peegs.com, Tom Crean has landed his first verbal commitment for the 2009 recruiting class: Bobby Capobianco. He’s a 6-foot-8, 220 pound forward who plays for Loveland in Ohio and is a member of the Indiana Elite AAU team. St. Louis, Marquette (surprise, surprise) and West Virgina were some other top suitors. Capobianco averaged somewhere in the ballpark of 21 points and 12 rebounds this season for Loveland. The thing I like about this pull: he is big. IU needs bigs, IU never has bigs. (At least as of late.)
So yes: the first Crean recruit is in.