Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal shot video of Indiana commitment Maurice Creek in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago and it’s definitely worth checking out. Because of geography, Creek is the least visible of the four commitments from the 2009 class for IU fans, but he’s probably the biggest difference maker of the group.
Tom Crean, Bennie Seltzer and Tim Buckley (and perhaps the third assistant) are in Las Vegas this week watching parts of three different AAU events. The burning question that IU fans are still pondering: Who will fill the last available spot for the 2009 recruiting class?
The most likely candidates: Roger Franklin, Chris Braswell, Christian Watford and Stephan Van Treese. IU appears to be in solid standing with Franklin and Watford. The staff is looking hard at Braswell, who is playing AAU with Maurice Creek. Braswell has reclassified from 2008 to 2009 and will play alongside Creek next season at Hargrave Military Academy. And the latest we’ve heard on Van Treese is that it’s a long shot he’ll end up in Bloomington.
Based on what we know about all four players, the two most likely to end up in candy stripes seem to be Franklin and Braswell. Watford does have an unofficial trip planned to Bloomington, but the recruiting machine known as Memphis is reportedly out in front for his services. (And wherever there’s Memphis, there’s usually Worldwide Wes.) Perhaps his visit can swing momentum towards Indiana.
Put yourself in the staff’s position: Of these four guys, who is your main target and why? Do you want the guy who flat out goes after it every time he takes the floor in Franklin? Is Braswell, a 6-8 bruiser, your guy? Or maybe it’s Christian Watford, an athletic wing who can score in variety of ways? Or does the fact that Van Treese is from Indiana still lead you to believe that he should get an offer? Thoughts in the comments, por favor.
— Tim Buckley, Bennie Seltzer, Jayd Grossman and Brian Barone addressed the media on Tuesday and The Indiana Daily Student was all over it. Still no word on the third assistant, but perhaps this guy deserves a look?
— Terry Hutchens tackles several topics on his blog, including (but not limited to): Verdell Jones, Maurice Sutton, big men and Rick Greenspan.
— Former Purdue coach and Big Ten Network studio analyst Gene Keady is baffled by what Kelvin Sampson did at IU. Note to Gene: we’re in the same boat as you.
— Rick Bozich of The Louisville Courier-Journal agrees with Bob Knight and writes that the one-and-done rule was one of the worst things to happen in college basketball. In case you missed it, PostmanE had an interesting piece on The Dagger @ Y! a few days ago about O.J. Mayo and the one-and-done rule.
— Ben Homrig of The Indiana Daily Student encourages former IU basketball and football player James Hardy to get it together. Hardy, meanwhile, is calling the recent altercation with his father a mixup and has apologized. Try to stay on the good side of Commissioner Goodell, Mr. Hardy.
— The new Rivals 150 is out for 2009 and Derek Elston is No. 96, Maurice Creek is No. 136 and Bobby Capobianco is No. 138. What should this mean to you? Absolutely nothing.
— Quinn Buckner is ‘living in the now,’ according to The South Bend Tribune. I’m really not sure what that means, but you can read about it here.
According to John Decker at Hoosier Nation, guard Maurice Creek has given a verbal commitment to Indiana and joins Bobby Capobianco and Derek Elston in the 2009 recruiting class.
Creek is 6-4, 175 lbs and hails from South Kent Prep (CT). He’s the No. 63 player in 2009 class according to Rivals and No. 76 according to Scout. He transferred to South Kent Prep from Oxen Creek high school in Maryland last September.
Tom Crean and staff were recruiting him heavily at Marquette and the interest continued once Crean and staff took the reigns in Bloomington.
Creek was also considering Texas, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Maryland, Miami (FL) and Michigan according to his profile on Rivals.com.
This is Indiana’s fourth commitment (Bobby Capobianco, Devan Dumes and Nick Williams) since Crean, Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer hit the recruiting trail about a month ago and it’s exactly the kind of news Hoosiers fans needed after mass dismissals from the program were announced on Friday afternoon.
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