One of the recruits that could push Indiana’s class into the top spot nationally for 2012 is Lawrence Central forward Jeremy Hollowell.
And it appears, via his Twitter, that the 6-7, top 40 junior is closing in on a decision:
The AAU season begins with the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis on April 8, although it’s unclear if Hollowell’s 17-and-under Eric Gordon All-Stars team will participate in that event, which college coaches cannot attend.
Yes, it’s true, Inside the Hall is adding to our media arsenal a weekly podcast. It’s not Bill Simmons — yet — but hopefully it fills a little bit of a void in the IU basketball world. Every Thursday morning, we’ll post a new installment of the podcast, hosted by this ginger and featuring all manner of Indiana basketball-related guests.
This round, we kept it simple, seeing as it was our first go at this foolishness. Dustin Dopirak, Indiana beat writer for the Bloomington Herald-Times and long-time friend of Inside the Hall, joined us in the ITH studios (my back porch) to chat about recruiting and the current team. We touched on Yogi Ferrell, Gary Harris and Jeremy Hollowell, Christian Watford, Maurice Creek and defense, among other things.
So give it a listen. Let us know what you think. Given that this is our first try, we absolutely value (and in fact beg you for) your opinion. Enjoy, and holler back. Also, much love to Peter Stevenson for acting as de facto producer for our first show.
(Alex’s Note: Little did Zach know, there was once, an Inside the Hall podcast. 3 episodes in fact. Waaaaay back in 2007. Good times.)
+ Tom Crean and assistant coach Tim Buckley, in case you missed it, were reportedly in Washington this morning to watch Cody Zeller’s early AM workout with the Hatchets. Crean obviously cannot tweet about specific recruits he is out watching, but his string of tweets from earlier in the day indicate he was in Zeller’s neck of the woods. Zeller is finished with two of his official visits (Butler and North Carolina) and will take his final visit, to Bloomington, the last weekend of October for “Night of the Living Red” and the Northwestern football game. The overall vibe on Zeller continues to be very positive for Indiana, but as most of you know, both Cody and his family are keeping the process very tight lipped. The fall signing period begins on November 10.
+ Steve McClain was also out today, per a tweet from Crean, and according to our friend Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star, the first year IU assistant was at Lawrence North watching Michael Chandler. The 6-10 center, who originally committed to Louisville and then backed out last spring, has already taken official visits to West Virginia and Providence. According to Neddenriep, Chandler will take his third official visit this coming weekend to Xavier.
+ IDS men’s basketball beat reporter Greg Rosenstein posted Q & A’s with both Yogi Ferrell and Jeremy Hollowell and while there’s nothing earth shattering in either piece, both are worth a look to get each player’s prospective on Hoosier Hysteria.
+ Since we’ve had a few emails and questions in the comments, here’s the pertinent info for “Night of the Living Red,” per IU:
Our next public event will be Night of the Living Red, Friday October 29 in Assembly Hall. Everyone is invited to trick or treat at 7 p.m. And a Cream and Crimson scrimmage will begin at 8 p.m.
+ And also, this was officially announced on Friday, but we tweeted it a couple of weeks ago, Taylor Wayer has been added to the roster as a walk-on:
Taylor Wayer has been added to the men’s basketball roster as a non-scholarship player. A guard from Indianapolis, he graduated from Bishop Chatard last year and averaged 18 points and 3 assists. He was a member of the All-City Tournament team and was a preseason All-State honorable mention team. A three-year letterwinner he was team MVP as a senior and played for Travis Daugherty.
When IU (3-0) and Michigan (4-0) kick-off Saturday at 3:30 on ESPNU, Tom Crean and his staff are expected to be in the midst of hosting one of the most impressive list of visitors on a single weekend since Crean’s arrival in Bloomington.
According to their Twitter accounts, Hamilton Heights’ Austin Etherington (pictured), Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris, Lawrence Central’s Jeremy Hollowell and LaPorte La Lumiere’s Hanner Perea will all be in attendance on unofficial visits.
(Edit: Cody Zeller will also be in Bloomington, according to a message board post by Mike Pegram on Peegs.com. Zeller is scheduled to take his first official visit, to Butler, next weekend.)
Park Tudor’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, a frequent visitor to Bloomington, could also attend but homecoming at his high school may prevent that from happening.
Ferrell and Perea were both in Bloomington last weekend for IU football’s 35-20 win over Akron.
2012 Lawrence Central wing Jeremy Hollowell is among the top players nationally in his class and visited IU on Saturday to meet with the IU coaching staff and academic advisors from the university at Cook Hall.
He’ll also make a return trip in two weeks for the IU-Michigan football game. Inside the Hall caught up with Hollowell on Sunday evening to get an update on his visit, his recent ankle injury and his recruitment:
On the trip to Bloomington:
“It was real good. We came down and talked with the coaches and the academic people in the office all day. My mom was asking questions about the academics and other stuff. Her and my brother (James) talked and he gave her some questions to ask and things like that since he’s already been through it.”
On who he met with during the visit:
“All of the coaches – Coach Crean, Seltzer, McClain and Buckley. They were all in there.”
On his trip to Ohio State the previous weekend:
“I went down for the Miami (FL) football game. I was supposed to play in open gym, but I was still hurt. So I just went down and watched open gym, hung out with the players and the coaches, went to the football game.”
On whether IU and Ohio State are still his top schools and if he’s still open to other schools:
“They’re not my final two, they’re just two schools I like. They’re not the only two I’m picking from. I’m still open to all schools.”
On the schools that have visited him at Lawrence Central in recent weeks:
“The first day Ohio State and Vanderbilt were there. Iowa came one day, Illinois came. I think that’s about it.”