Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update.
- Jordan Hulls: Bloomington South picked up two wins over the weekend and Hulls scored in double figures in both contests. On Friday against Southport, Hulls had 13 points and Saturday at Terre Haute North, he scored 15. Bloomington South (4-0) is No. 12 in the USA Today Super 25 and No. 1 in Class 4-A.
- Maurice Creek: According to Hargrave Military Academy’s Web Site, Creek scored 28 points in a 112-91 win last Tuesday against Massanutten Military Academy. Hargrave won two games over the weekend in the Fork Union Invitational Tournament. Hargrave beat New Hampton 85-60 on Friday and in a 72-62 win Saturday against Fork Union, Creek had 19 points and five rebounds.
- Derek Elston: Elston surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career last Tuesday in a win over Elwood and poured in 24 points Friday in a win over Rensselaer. Elston outscored Rensselaer 12-10 in the first quarter. Tipton is ranked No. 2 in Class 2-A.
- Christian Watford: According to the Birmingham News, Watford scored 25 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in a 63-60 win Friday night against Huffman. Watford’s team, Shades Valley, is 11-1.
- Bobby Capobianco: Loveland bounced back from a 90-50 loss against Princeton with a 61-44 road win against Glen Este on Friday. Capobianco scored 17 points in his second game back from a left foot injury.
- Bawa Muniru: No information available, but Mt. Zion’s schedule indicates they did not play last week.
- Matt Carlino: The sophomore was recently tabbed the 17th best player in the 2011 class by ESPN and he’s justified the accolades with his play so far this season. In a pair of Highland wins last week, Carlino scored 27 and 31.
Throughout the course of the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. With the high school season underway, here’s our first update.
- Derek Elston: The 6-8 forward from Tipton scored 30 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a 75-32 win at Delphi. Tipton is 3-0 and plays again Tuesday night against Elwood.
- Bobby Capobianco: A left foot injury has sidelined Capobianco for the first three games of his senior season, but he hopes to return by December 16 at the latest.
- Maurice Creek: According to Justin Young of Rivals.com, Creek scored 11 points in a 79-76 Hargrave Academy loss to Patterson this past weekend in the DTLR Hoops Festival. Hargrave returns to action Tuesday night at home against Massanutten Military Academy.
- Christian Watford: Watford scored 19 points and had 20 rebounds in a 53-50 loss Friday night to Erwin and bounced back with 25 points on Saturday as Shades Valley topped Spain Park 47-45.
- Jordan Hulls: Bloomington South is 2-0 and Hulls scored 12 points and dished out six assists Friday night in a 73-45 win over Bedford North Lawrence.
- Matt Carlino: Carlino’s Highland club, coached by his father Mark Carlino, is off to a 3-0 start and he scored 22 points in a 73-54 home win against Trevor Browne.
- Bawa Muniru: No information available
IU Media Relations sent along the following release earlier this evening after the school received a National Letter of Intent from Bawa Muniru:
CREAN ON THE RECRUITING CLASS
“Our coaching staff of Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer and the recent addition of Roshown McLeod, along with the rest of our staff, show what can happen when you believe in something and are not afraid to work hard to make it better even when you are hamstrung with restrictions. Our coaches worked extremely hard to build on relationships that we already had and to build new ones and continue to show people why Indiana was a perennial power year-in and year-out. The tradition of Indiana and the opportunity to play right away, the Big Ten conference, the national television schedule we have is only replaced by the fact that young students can come in here and get a world-class education. Our coaches did a tremendous job of showing that and we wouldn’t be anywhere near having this kind of class without the hard work of these gentlemen that represent Indiana.”
CREAN ON BOBBY CAPOBIANCO
“Bobby is someone that we’ve know for some time. We saw him in the Indiana Elite program and then saw him at Loveland (Ohio) High School and it became clear to us, even back at Marquette that we wanted to offer him a scholarship. He personifies toughness. He can rebound the basketball and score inside. I love the fact that he has developed into a guy that is a reliable jump shooter from the perimeter and loves to play. One of the things that really stands out about Bobby is how much he loves Indiana and we are excited to have him.”
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Tom Crean appeared on the Big Ten Network earlier tonight and talked about four of recruits who signed earlier today – Bobby Capobianco, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek. According to the Hoosier Scoop, Christian Watford sent in his paperwork this evening and Bawa Muniru is expected to sign tomorrow. Here’s the video from the BTN:
The early signing period starts Wednesday and Inside the Hall caught up with Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal to get the scoop on Indiana’s class.
Jody’s radio show, “Sports Night,” will air a recruiting special Tuesday at 6PM that will feature interviews with Jordan Hulls, Bobby Capobianco, Christian Watford and Derek Elston. Fans in the Southern Indiana/Louisville area can hear the show on 93.9 FM and streaming is available here.
Inside the Hall: IU’s 2009 class is top five nationally by just about every recruiting service out there. Where do you rank Tom Crean’s first fall signing class and tell us what kind of impact fans can expect from this group.
Jody Demling: There might not be a top five or 10 guy in the class, but when you look at it as a whole this is a really, really good class and the Hoosier fans should be excited. I was talking with a couple of the guys this week and the theme that coach Crean must be preaching is “pieces to the puzzle” because several mentioned that phrase. But I think it’s so true, this group is six pieces to the Indiana puzzle that Crean is trying to put together and they all seem like perfect fits for the program.
ITH: Christian Watford is the big name in the class, but a lot of fans haven’t had a chance to see him play since he’s from Birmingham. What’s the scouting report on Watford and is he the best player in IU’s class?
JD: Christian is the highest ranked guy in the class and will be a solid addition to the Hoosier program. He has a body ready for the college game, is a solid shooter and can play a number of positions. But I personally think when it’s all said and done that Maurice Creek will be the best of the bunch. I love his game and his determination.
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I’ve heard my fair share of bizarre recruit interviews over the years, but boys and girls, this one takes the cake due to the excessive use of the word “Jordy” and the killer background music. Via a Web Site called Sky’s the Limit, here’s a lengthy interview with Jordan Hulls. Enjoy at the link below:
Inside the Hall got our first extended look at Bloomington South’s Jordan Hulls this past weekend at the Kentucky Hoop Fest and in our scouting report, we’ll break down the strengths and weaknesses of his game and project where he’ll fit in once he arrives in Bloomington.
Strengths: The first thing that jumps out when watching Hulls is his intelligence on the floor. He’s been well-coached and it shows as he has a knack for finding the open man and taking what the defense gives him. On Friday, he showed a quick release and a deadly shooting touch from outside. At one point, he knocked one of the nets loose and caused a slight delay in the game as the net had to be fixed. The first two games on Saturday, Hulls played more of a distributor role for the Indiana Elite One team and showed excellent court vision and the ability to go left and right with confidence. Even when he was up against talent that was physically superior, he didn’t back down from the challenge and seemed to invite contact. In the final game on Saturday, Hulls took over once again and scored 17 points to cap off an undefeated run for his team in the Kentucky Hoop Fest.
Weaknesses: The main concern for Hulls in his adjustment to the next level will be his size. Will he be able to keep up with some of the taller, quicker and stronger guards? He’s probably a shade under 6-0 and he could run into some match up problems defensively if he’s forced to give up three or four inches. Hulls admitted that improving his strength and quickness will be key to being ready to compete night in and night out in the Big Ten. His quickness seemed to be well above average and with some work in the weight room, he shouldn’t have problem putting on the mass needed to hold his own.
The Bottom Line: There is a reason that Hulls has gone from relatively unknown nationally to the No. 8 point guard nationally in 2009 by Scout.com. He’s a ball of energy on both sides of the floor and what he lacks in stature, he makes up for with intelligence and grit. He’ll give Jeremiah Rivers and Verdell Jones a run for their money to lead the Indiana attack in 2009-2010 and if he doesn’t start right away, he will certainly get his share of minutes right from the get-go.