Monday Notebook: Hysteria, Etherington, Jaraan Lands

  • 10/04/2010 9:51 pm in

+ Despite rumors in recent weeks that the event could potentially be moved due to the floor repair in Assembly Hall, Hoosier Hysteria will take place at 7:30 p.m Friday, Oct. 15. We’ve already started to compile a list of confirmed visitors for the event, which we’ll continue to update in the sidebar. As you can see, even in its infancy stage, the list is impressive.

+ 2011 commit Austin Etherington confirmed he’ll be in attendance for Hoosier Hysteria on Monday and also confirmed that he’ll be taking his official visit on the same weekend as Cody Zeller (October 29-31). We asked the 6-6 Hamilton Heights guard to describe the atmosphere in Bloomington this past weekend at the IU-Michigan football game during a brief conversation this afternoon: “There was definitely more students there at the football game. The last football game I was at, the students weren’t totally into the game like they were that game. It just shows how great the fans are not only with basketball, but with football, too. The atmosphere was crazy.”

+ Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star reported a scholarship offer for 2014 Brownsburg guard Jaraan Lands last week and we spoke to his summer coach, Matthew Green of the Eric Gordon All-Stars, to get a quick scouting report on the 6-4 freshman: “Jaraan was our sixth man last year. He didn’t get a lot of attention because I don’t think a lot of people knew he was 2014. He’s a very skilled kid. He can go both ways with both hands. He played the post for us, but really he’s not a post guy. He can take you out to the 3-point line and shoot the three. He’s going to make the transition to the perimeter in high school. I think Coach Kendrick might even be playing him at the point a little bit for Brownsburg. He’s really one of those kids that you didn’t hear a lot about, but if you were in the basketball circles in the 7th or 8th grade, you knew about him. He was averaging like 30 a game in middle school. He’s probably one of the top three or four kids in that class.”

+ According to this report, former Indiana State coach Royce Waltman will replace Todd Leary as the color commentator on radio broadcasts this season. Waltman served as an assistant coach at IU in the 80’s under Bob Knight. Leary avoided prison on Monday by agreeing to pay restitution for his involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme.

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