+ 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.”
+ESPN updated its rankings for 2012 and several players with IU interest are in the top 60. Gary Harris is No. 16, Yogi Ferrell is No. 21, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is No. 28, Hanner Perea is No. 42 and Jeremy Hollowell is No. 52. Commit Peter Jurkin is rated No. 53.
+ Hollowell will visit Indiana on September 18 according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star. The Lawrence Central forward recently sprained his ankle and will be on crutches for two weeks.
Joe Eberhardt, founder of IndyHoopsBlog and also a contributor here at Inside the Hall, put together a nice compilation video featuring some of the state’s top talent.
Among the players featured: IU commits Austin Etherington and Ron Patterson as well as Cody Zeller, Devin Davis, Yogi Ferrell, Gary Harris, Zak Irvin, Jeremy Hollowell, Trey Lyles and Basil Smotherman.
Joe Eberhardt is a high school sports blogger and writer in Indiana. He created Indy Hoops Blog and contributes to the Hoosier Hoops Report. You can follow him on twitter at @IndyHoopsBlog.
The state of Indiana is known for producing a plethora of Division 1 talent and the class of 2012 is no exception. This class features at least 10 high-major players and plenty of other players who could make an impact for mid-majors and low-majors. Direct any questions to the comment section and I’ll be glad to answer all of them.
15. Harry Wills 6’3 PG (Ben Davis) - Wills is a sleeper in this loaded class. He’s very quick, has good vision, and good passing ability, making him a strong floor general. He’s a tough defender who won’t give up any easy buckets or plays to his man. Wills is a good athlete and can finish against bigger opponents at the rim. He needs to develop his jump shot and could be a big steal if he improves his shooting.
14. Nick Osborne 6’8 PF (Muncie Central) – An extremely athletic big man with a great nose for the ball, Osborne excels at fighting for tough rebounds and earning points on the offensive glass. Osborne is very strong and is able to out-muscle and out-hustle opponents for loose balls and rebounds. He needs to expand his offensive game some, but he can knock down the open jumper if tested.
13. Ronnie Johnson 5’9 PG (North Central) – Ronnie is an ultra quick left-handed lead guard with great vision and supreme passing skills. He’s not a great shooter, but has a knack for hitting the mid-range floater and can score buckets at the rim. He’s the kind of player who can impact a game without scoring a single point. He needs to get stronger and improve his shooting, but he could be a big time coup for a mid-major program.
12. Kellen Dunham 6’4 SG (Pendleton Heights) – He’s arguably the best shooter in the state. He can knock down shots off the dribble, catch and shoot, or in transition. His ball-handling is improving and he’s showing increased ability to get to the rim and score. Dunham’s also one of the best free throw shooters in the state, converting at a rate of 89 percent during the high school season. He needs to get stronger and quicker to help transition to the college game, but he’s the kind of player you can see excelling at Butler.