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Kyrie Irving trims list to 10, will visit IU

St. Patrick’s (NJ) guard Kyrie Irving still has a sizeable list of schools to sort through — ten to be exact — but the good news for the IU coaching staff is that the Hoosiers appear to be in excellent shape.

Irving, who sat out the first part of this past high school season due to transfer rules, is viewed as one of the top priorities in the 2010 class and told Adam Zagoria of the Zagsblog that IU will definitely get a visit this summer:

Irving listed the following schools in a text message Tuesday morning: Georgia Tech, Duke, Indiana, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Florida, Marquette and Kentucky.

Noticeably absent were Rutgers, Villanova and UConn.

Irving will also take a couple of visits this summer.

“I’m taking one to Texas A&M and one to Indiana,” Irving said. “I don’t know the dates.”

One school to keep an eye on with Irving is Kentucky. Rod Strickland, who was recently named the Director of Basketball Operations in Lexington, is a close family friend.

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Around the Hall: March 3, 2009

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

+ Senior night is players’ final chance to bid farewell {Indiana Daily Student}

+ Zach Osterman breaks down the improvement Kyle Taber has shown during his senior season {Indiana Daily Student}

+ The debut of the Terry Hutchens trivia challenge. Sorry boys and girls, no prizes. {Hoosiers Insider}

+ College basketball BlogPoll: Week 4. {CBS Sports}

+ Can Michigan State secure a No. 1 seed? {The Detroit News}

+ 25 years later, Michael Jordan still remembers UNC’s upset loss to IU in the 1984 NCAA East Regional. {USA Today}

+ Tipton senior and IU signee Derek Elston is shining in the spotlight. {Kokomo Tribune}

+ Brian Kernan writes that IU target Kyrie Irving may be the best player to ever play at St. Patrick’s. {}

+ Jody Demling speculates that a commitment is forthcoming from Marquis Teague to Louisville. {CJ Recruiting Blog}

+ A scouting report on one of the top players in the 2010 class: Harrison Barnes. {Clone Chronicles}

Quotable: “I’m proud to have coached him, and I know we’ve got more time but when it is senior night you want to make sure that everyone understands. I’ve been demanding of him, as our whole staff has and I’ve been hard on him, as our whole staff has because we have always looked at him as being a very, very valuable part of what we are doing here. He has done that. I am proud of the way he has contributed, proud of the way he has continued to improve. And proud he is a part of Indiana Basketball.” – Tom Crean on Kyle Taber.

Q & A: Kyrie Irving

Tom Crean, Roshown McLeod and several other coaches were on hand for St. Patrick’s junior guard Kyrie Irving’s debut last Thursday. After sitting out the first 10 games due to transfer rules, Irving scored 16 points in a 74-42 win. Inside the Hall caught up with the No. 27 player in the 2010 class, according to, for a Q & A.

On what it was like to get back on the court after sitting out 10 games:

“It was great. It was great to get back on the floor because I’ve been dying to play since I transferred to St. Patrick’s. My first game, I was a little nervous and I had a lot of jitters. I just wanted to make a quick contribution for my team on the defensive side and also on the offensive side. When I wasn’t playing, I was just trying to challenge my teammates every day in practice and be a leader on and off the court.”

On becoming a leader:

“I’m not really a vocal guy, but usually I lead by example. That’s what I’ve tried to do at St. Patrick’s. Work hard everyday and also challenge my teammates but more importantly challenging myself. I wasn’t playing in the games and I had to challenge myself day in and day out.”

On what he worked on in practice during the 10 games he sat out:

“My quickness, my endurance and my defense. At St. Patrick’s we play against great teams that have great guards and we’ve gotta be able to defend. That’s the most important thing. KB (St. Patrick’s coach Kevin Boyle) preaches, like when I first got there, ‘you’re going to have to be able to play defense.'”


Teague watches Hoosiers take on Gophers

Teague in attendance for Sunday’s game

Indianapolis Pike sophomore Marquis Teague was in Bloomington Sunday taking in the Indiana-Minnesota game. Teague is said to be leaning heavily towards attending Louisville and is expected to make a decision shortly after the high school season ends.

Crean watches Irving’s debut

Tom Crean and assistant coach Roshown McLeod made the trip to New Jersey on Thursday’s to watch junior guard Kyrie Irving’s debut. Irving was forced to sit out the beginning of the season due to transfer rules and returned to a large group of coaches waiting to see him play. According to Adam Zagoria, coaches from Seton Hall, St. John’s, Rutgers and Villanova were also in attendance. Irving scored 16 points in a 74-42 win.

Crean takes in first loss for Carlino and Highland

Crean made the most out of his week off and made it to Arizona on Monday to see 2011 commitment Matt Carlino and No. 1 Highland. Carlino scored 23 points, but hit just 2 of 10 three-pointers as Highland fell 58-51 to Phoenix North.

Another Zeller on the way

After seeing Luke Zeller go to Notre Dame and Tyler Zeller head to Chapel Hill, Crean is making an effort to bring the third Zeller, Cody, to Bloomington. The youngest Zeller, a member of the 2011 class, scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in front of Crean Friday night, but Class 2-A No. 2 Washington fell to Class 2-A No. 1 Princeton 57-50.

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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?


Top junior watches Indiana’s opener

Kyrie Irving, the No. 27 player in the 2010 class according to, was in Bloomington for an unofficial visit on Saturday and watched IU’s 83-65 win over Northwestern State.

Irving, a 6-2 guard from St. Patrick’s in New Jersey, holds offers from the Hoosiers, Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Texas A & M and Villanova.

Irving played his first two years of high school at Montclair Kimberley Academy where he averaged 26.5 points and led his team to a New Jersey Prep “B” State title as a sophomore. Irving is described as an explosive scorer and the numbers back it up — he had games of 48 and 47 points last season.

2009 signees Derek Elston and Bobby Capobianco were also in attendance.