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Brandon Mobley and Indiana?

Update, 10:55 am: I had some email correspondence with Donald Heath, who penned the article in The Savannah Morning News. According to Heath, the program at the Georgia All-Star game claimed that Mobley signed with Indiana. Heath asked Mobley about that and Mobley told him he was “probably going to sign with Indiana soon.” I’m not exactly sure where Mobley’s information is coming from, but again, Indiana is not recruiting him according to his AAU coach and our sources.

Update, 6:45 pm: I spoke with Brandon Mobley a few moments ago and he told me that he’s planning to make a decision on April 14. According to Mobley, the schools still on his list include IU, Cincinnati and South Carolina. He did not confirm the report from The Savannah Morning News which stated he will likely sign with Indiana. I also asked him about the departure of assistant coach Roshown McLeod and Mobley said, “It really doesn’t have an effect on my decision.”

On the flip side, to our knowledge, Indiana has not been actively recruiting Mobley since last fall. And according to Mobley’s AAU coach, Felix Taylor, this is exactly the case.

Thanks to “IUDan,” who tipped us off to the following snippet in a story about the Georgia North-South All-Star game, published today by The Savannah Morning News:

Where does the time go? Soon the kids will be flying the coop. Four have already signed NCAA Division I basketball letters on intent. Mobley, on Sunday, said he will most likely sign with Indiana soon.

Mobley, for those of you that had forgotten him, is Brandon Mobley, a 6-9 forward from Savannah. (Rivals profile here.) Given the full court press currently being applied to Moses Abraham, this development seems highly unlikely, but hey, stranger things have happened, right?

No shortage of 2010 visitors expected soon in Bloomington

kyrieirving051609The limited inventory of scholarships isn’t putting the brakes on the pursuit of 2010 talent from the IU basketball staff. Here’s a look at a tentative schedule of visitors in the coming weeks:

+ Kyrie Irving, 6-2 guard, St. Patrick’s (NJ): Adam Zagoria reported late Thursday night that Irving (pictured) will give Duke a visit on September 25 and that a visit to Bloomington will take place, but a date has not been set.

+ Moses Morgan, 6-5 wing, Palo Verde (NV): The son of Winston Morgan, a former IU player, will visit on September 12 according to The Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling. Morgan will also take an official visit to Arizona State and other visits could follow.

+ Stacey Poole, 6-5 wing, Andrew Jackson (FL): Indiana made Poole’s recent cut to four schools according to Evan Daniels of Poole will visit Indiana and Kentucky both on the same weekend — with a trip to Bloomington on September 4.

+ Victor Oladipo, 6-4 guard, DeMatha (MD): Oladipo could cross paths with Poole as the Maryland native told Mike Pegram of of his plans to visit on September 4-6.

+ Brandon Mobley, 6-9 forward, Windsor Forest (GA): Mobley told the Indiana Daily Student that he’s down to the Hoosiers, South Carolina and Cincinnati and will visit in November.

+ Keep an eye on: Jelan Kendrick, a 6-6 guard from Westlake (GA) and the cousin of former IU fan favorite A.J. Moye, will reportedly take part in this weekend’s Elite Camp. Kendrick is the No. 8 player in the 2010 class on 6-4 Norcross (GA) guard Jeremy Lamb is another guy to keep on the radar.

Around the Hall: Vitale, Plumlee, Poole and more

plumlee082609Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew.

+ Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz talks to Dick Vitale, a long-time advocate of a Bob Knight return to IU, about whether he thinks the former coach will show up in Bloomington. Former H-T sports editor Bob Hammel also gives his take. {Indianapolis Star}

+ Duke has extended an offer to Marshall Plumlee and the 6-11 junior also holds offers from IU, Florida, Purdue, LSU, Minnesota, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Virginia. {Asheville Citizen-Times}

+ Stacey Poole Sr. says that his son, Stacey Jr., now has Kentucky as the No. 1 school on his list. {Louisville Courier-Journal}

+ 2010 forward Brandon Mobley, an AAU teammate of 2010 commitment David Williams, will visit Bloomington in November and has the Hoosiers in his final three schools. {Indiana Daily Student}

+ The incoming freshmen will wear the following uniform numbers: Jordan Hulls (1), Christian Watford (2), Maurice Creek (3), Bawa Muniru (15), Bobby Capobianco (23), Derek Elston (32). {IU Hoosiers}

+ 2009-2010 preseason prospectus is available in PDF format. {IU Hoosiers}

+ Courier-Journal recruiting writer Jody Demling held a live chat yesterday and a replay is available. {Louisville Courier-Journal}

+ Florida International threatens to withdraw from the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament if the Panthers have to open the event against North Carolina rather than Ohio State. Either way, they’re still losing by 20+. {}

A first look: 2010 recruiting class

In case you haven’t noticed in the sidebar on the right side of this very page, Indiana has yet to secure a verbal commitment for its 2010 recruiting class. There are two factors playing into this:

1. Tom Crean admitted that the coaching staff has ground to make up in 2010. By the time Crean arrived in Bloomington, many of the top prospects for 2010 were already starting to build solid relationships with other coaching staffs. And the recruiting sanctions placed on Crean over the summer only hampered his ability to get out and build his own relationships.

2. The availability of scholarships for 2010 (or lack thereof) has forced Crean to be more selective on who to target for this class. It’s a good bet that only two scholarships (or possibly only one) will be there for the taking.

So who is IU looking at in this class?