Entering the 2012–13 season, the Hoosiers will be ranked among the top three teams in the country. (For what it’s worth, I think either Indiana or Louisville should be ranked No. 1, and it’s sort of splitting hairs to argue. I also remain very skeptical of UCLA). Surefire Preseason All-American forward Cody Zeller is back with a full summer of offseason workouts and rather funny tweets under his belt. Alongside Zeller is essentially every player of note from last season’s team. Joining him is the No. 11-ranked recruiting class in the country, including No. 3-ranked guard Yogi Ferrell.
There might be a team or two out there with a higher concentration of pure talent in their starting lineups. There might be teams with more future pros or more athleticism on the front line. But no team will be as deep as this one.
When you combine that depth with the towering force that is Zeller, well, no wonder Indiana fans are thinking national title.
While surfing the Web late this afternoon, I came across the ESPN College Basketball page and noticed there were some free Insider items (yipee!).
Apparently not enough people are subscribing to Insider, because I’ve noticed quite a few free previews lately. If the content I stumbled across today is any indication of what you get for $39.95 per year, I can see why no one is lining up to subscribe.
First, Bob Gibbons has ranked his top 13 recruiting classes for 2008 to-date. That’s all fine and dandy, except for the fact that he didn’t list IU. You know, the school that has commitments from two consensus top 30 players (Devin Ebanks and Bud Mackey) and one of the best shooters available (Matt Roth) in the country. Apparently that’s only good enough to be listed under the “Other top early recruiting classes.”
I was willing to give them a pass and let it go, but this next discovery just baffled me. Ebanks, a consensus top 15 recruit by any recruiting service worth mentioning, didn’t make the cut for the ESPN 150. You know, the same guy that just played in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic and was compared to Tracy McGrady and Kevin Durant. Just a hunch, but I’m guessing he deserves to be somewhere on this list.
So, thank me in advance for this warning. And to those of you who actually paid to read this, ask for a refund.