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A notebook of all things Indiana following Tom Crean’s lecture

BLOOMINGTON — Mostly because I just can’t get enough of datelines, I thought I’d bring you just a few of the highlights of Tom Crean’s Thursday night lecture to students and fans at the IU Auditorium. Enjoy.

+ Perhaps the headline announcement was that Hoosier Hysteria will take place Oct. 15, so there’s that.

+ Crean said that, according to his players, Verdell Jones is right now perhaps the best player on the team. Pointing out that he himself has not been able to assess the team personally per NCAA rules, Crean has polled his players on any number of topics, and on this one in particular, Jones’ name was the one most continually mentioned.

+ Talking about the coming season, Crean said the three areas in which his team needs to improve the most are rebounding at both ends, defensive intensity and decision making.

+ With Franklin College already on the schedule, Crean told the crowd he expects to add one more exhibition, likely on the Monday before the Hoosiers’ season opener Friday. (So Nov. 8 before the Nov. 12 game against Florida Gulf Coast.)

+ Crean also highlighted three “great fights” every team struggles with: division from within, outside forces and fatigue. “Fatigue might be the greatest of them all,” he said, “because it is so easy to believe that you’ll do better tomorrow.”

+ Crean said he never picks wins and losses or projects a record for his teams. He also declined to name which team he wanted to beat most when questioned by an audience member, saying he didn’t want to give anyone “bulletin-board material.”

+ Asked to share his most embarrassing moment, Crean told of a time in eighth grade when he scored a layup into the wrong basket during a basketball game.

Quotable: “I do know that if you walk into any game, and you don’t think that you’ve found any way to beat that team, you’re a joke.” –Tom Crean, IU basketball coach

Around the Hall: Zeller, Scout’s 2012 rankings, more

(Photo Credit: Jack Arent/adidas)

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on.

+ According to this tweet, Tom Crean will make an in-home visit today with 2011 Washington forward Cody Zeller.

+ Crean went on a Twitter run Monday and admitted giving up field-level access to the Ravens-Jets Monday night game in order to recruit. So who did Crean see on Monday? Hanner Perea. And also Collin Hartman and Trey Lyles.

+ Scout.com updated its 2012 rankings. Gary Harris (15), Hanner Perea (21), Jeremy Hollowell (29), Yogi Ferrell (36), D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (37) and Ron Patterson (69).

+ According to a premium story on SpartanMag.com, Harris is down to Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Xavier.

+ eph521, one of the ITH comment overlords, sent us the following video interview with 2011 point guard Cezar Guerrero.

+ IUHoosiers.com posted a profile of junior center Guy-Marc Michel.

+ Illinois coach Bruce Weber showed up at Lawrence Central’s lunch room to visit Hollowell.

James Blackmon Jr. gives Indiana verbal commitment

UPDATE: 12:17 p.m. Friday

Just got off the phone with James Blackmon Sr. who said Tom Crean and Indiana’s coaching staff made his son feel “welcomed” throughout their recruitment, making last night’s decision easy.

“He made us feel welcomed, answered a lot of questions,” Blackmon Sr. said. “(Blackmon Jr.) had a lot of questions.”

Indiana’s recruitment of Blackmon Jr. really took shape over the summer, when his father said the Hoosiers got plenty of chances to see James play. The player also visited Indiana’s Elite Camp over the summer.

By the time he came down to visit last night, Blackmon Sr. said the last step in the process was easy to take.

“It just felt like this was a good opportunity,” he said. “I think Coach Crean is headed in the right direction.”

Blackmon Sr., who was a McDonald’s All-American at Marion High School and a standout guard at Kentucky, is his son’s coach at Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne. The elder Blackmon won state titles at the school in 2008 and 2009 with DeShaun Thomas, now a freshman at Ohio State. So his son’s pedigree is inherited from his father in more ways than one.

November 2013 is the earliest Blackmon Jr. can sign a letter of intent, but he’s already drawn rave reviews. ESPN has him ranked among the top 10 players in the ’14 class, and their top shooting guard. He is the only committed player in ESPN’s 2014 top 40, and it should also be noted he’s the only in-state player on that list.

Like many other recruits that have come through Bloomington since April, the Blackmons were particularly impressed by Cook Hall. More than that, Blackmon Sr. said, he was impressed by the convenience of having Cook Hall and Assembly Hall so close to the northwest dormitories.

“It was just so convenient,” Blackmon Sr. said. “It was exciting to be able to walk through (Cook Hall).”

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2010-2011 Indiana Basketball Schedule

2:30 PM EST Update: A release from IU confirmed the schedule below.

Via a source, below is what we believe to be the 2010-2011 Indiana basketball schedule, which should be officially released soon:

Friday, November 12 – Florida Gulf Coast, 6:30 PM, BTN
Sunday, November 14 – Wright State, TBA, ESPNU
Tuesday, November 16 – Mississippi Valley State, 7PM, BTN
Sunday, November 21 – Evansville, 1PM, BTN
Tuesday, November 23 – North Carolina Central, 7PM, BTN
Friday, November 26 – Northwestern State, TBA, BigTenNetwork.com
Wednesday, December 1 – ACC/Big Ten Challenge At Boston College, 7:15 PM, ESPNU
Saturday, December 4 – Savannah State, TBA, ESPNU
Saturday, December 11 – at Kentucky, 5:15 PM, ESPN

LAS VEGAS CLASSIC
Friday, December 17 – SIU-Edwardsville, 7PM, BTN
Sunday, December 19 – South Carolina State, 4PM, BTN
Wednesday, December 22 – Northern Iowa, 7:30PM
Thursday, December 23 – New Mexico/Colorado, 7:30PM/10PM

Monday, December 27 – Penn State, 7PM, BTN
Friday, December 31 – Ohio State, 6PM, ESPN2
Tuesday, January 4 – at Minnesota, 7PM, ESPN2
Sunday, January 9 – at Northwestern, 7PM, BTN
Saturday, January 15 – Michigan, 8PM, BTN
Thursday, January 20 – at Wisconsin, 9PM, ESPN2
Sunday, January 23 – at Iowa, 3PM, BTN
Thursday, January 27 – Illinois, 9PM, BTN
Sunday, January 30 – at Michigan State, 6PM, BTN
Wednesday, February 2 – Minnesota, 6:30PM, BTN
Saturday, February 5 - Iowa, 4PM, ESPN/ESPN2
Tuesday, February 8 – at Purdue, 7PM, ESPN
Saturday, February 12 – at Michigan, 4PM, BTN
Saturday, February 19 or Sunday, February 20 – Northwestern, TBA
Wednesday, February 23 – Purdue, 8:30PM, BTN
Saturday, February 26 or Sunday, February 27 – at Ohio State, TBA
Wednesday, March 2 or Thursday, March 3 – Wisconsin, TBA
Saturday, March 5 or Sunday, March 6 – at Illinois, TBA
March 10-13 – Big Ten Tournament – Indianapolis, Ind.

Comments from Tom Crean on the schedule after the jump …

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Around the Hall: Gordon shines in Team USA win

FEBRUARY 9, 2010: Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Final score Clippers 99 Jazz 109. Clippers # 10 Eric Gordon.Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on.

+ Eric Gordon strengthened his case for a spot on Team USA by scoring 15 points in a 98-51 win over China on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

+ Gordon tells the Los Angeles Times he has a good shot of making Team USA’s final roster.

+ Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com writes that the battle for the final spot on Team USA might be Gordon vs. Stephen Curry.

+ Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times reports that Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers freshman-to-be James Blackmon Jr. took an unofficial visit to Indiana.

+ According to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, the Big Ten single plays for basketball this year will be the same as last season with a reversal of venues. Translation: IU gets Michigan State once (road) and Penn State once (home).

+ Tom Crean recently welcomed Sam Alford, Steve Alford and Calbert Cheaney to Cook Hall.

+ UMHoops has highlights of Yogi Ferrell from adidas Nations.

+ Eamonn weighs-in on Tom Izzo’s recruiting explosion at ESPN’s College Basketball Nation and Matt Norlander writes on The Dagger at Yahoo that Izzo is winning the offseason.

Around the Hall: July 1, 2010

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on, kids.

+ Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star interviews 2011 commitment Austin Etherington. (Indianapolis Star)

+ Adidas Nations posted interviews with three IU prospects, Cody Zeller, Peter Jurkin and Yogi Ferrell, on its Facebook page. (Zeller, Jurkin, Ferrell)

+ Andy Glockner profiles former IU guard and IPFW head coach Dane Fife. (SI.com)

+ Michigan coach John Beilein announced that Laval Lucas-Perry has been dismissed from the team. (UMHoops)

+ Iowa forward Brennan Cougill has been deemed academically ineligible for next season. (ESPN College Basketball Nation)

+ Evan Daniels reports that D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera will miss the month of July with a MCL injury. (Scout.com, subscription required)

+ Hugh Kellenberger writes that Bloomington South junior-to-be T.J. Bell is headed back to Illinois. (Herald-Times, subcription required)

+ Scout.com ranks Devin Davis and Basil Smotherman as four-star prospects in its 2013 rankings. (Scout.com)

Quotable (recent tweets from Tom Crean):

“Frankly some of the assistants we go against I wouldnt let valet my car. They either would lose the keys or drive away with it.” – June 29, 3:18 PM

“In all honesty there are some Head coaches that would be the same way. The ones that wake up on 3rd base and think they hit a triple kill me.” – June 29, 3:20 PM

“A tough situation for Jeremiah tonight. Tim Garl told me he had a bad ankle sprain. That really deflated him. He is down. He felt good” – June 29, 8:41 PM

“A team picture of the last few days of unofficial visits would be a bigger seller than a John Grisham novel!” – June 30, 9:22 PM

Around the Hall: Youth Clinic, 2012 rankings, Zeller, more

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on, kids.

+ Led by Tom Crean, the IU players and staff put on a youth clinic on Tuesday at Municipal Gardens in Indianapolis. (IUHoosiers.com)

+ Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times has some notes from the clinic, including an injury update on Maurice Creek. (The Hoosier Scoop)

+ Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star releases his 2012 in-state rankings and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera tops the list. As I tweeted earlier, I think that’s a bit high for DSR and I also believe DeJuan Marrero is a bit low at No. 7. (Indianapolis Star)

+ Neddenriep also has a video Q & A with Smith-Rivera. Could the red shirt be a sign he’s Bloomington bound? I kid, I kid. (Indianapolis Star)

+ ESPN released a top 60 for 2012 and several IU targets are on the list. (ESPN.com)

+ ESPN posted a video interview with 2011 forward Cody Zeller on its YouTube channel. (YouTube)

+ 2011 guard Jeremiah Davis says he’ll use the summer to find out which schools are really interested. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

+ Club Trillion founder and former Ohio State walk-on Mark Titus could live on as a member of the Harlem Globtrotters. (The Columbus Dispatch)

(Photo credit: IUHoosiers.com)

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