Inside the Hall Twitter Mailbag: December 7

  • 12/07/2010 6:52 am in

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 23: Tom Crean the Head Coach of the Indiana Hoosiers gives instructions to his team during the game against the North Carolina Central Eagles at Assembly Hall on November 23, 2010 in Bloomington, Indiana. Indiana won 72-56. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Inside the Hall Twitter mailbag is a weekly collection of questions tweeted to us via our Twitter account, @insidethehall.

Tweet us your questions each week and we’ll answer as many as we can. Now, onward …

@mattresch writes: With Michel out and the scholarship open, is there a new target in the 2011 class Crean is likely to go after?

Alex Bozich: There’s not a new target that immediately comes to mind, but remember this: Tom Crean never stops recruiting. That is a fact. The Michel scholarship being freed up is a little complicated because if IU takes another 2011 recruit, it will affect the 2012 class and beyond. But if Crean identifies a player that fits in with the program, he’s going to do what he can to bring that player to Bloomington. I think the Michel recruitment proved that, even though it didn’t work out as IU hoped it would. Since the Hoosiers won’t technically be able to sign another 2011 recruit until the spring signing period, this is likely something that’s going to take time to develop.

@nickmryan07 writes: With UK coming up, what can IU do to avoid the slow start? The best way to rattle a young team is a quick start!

Ryan Corazza: Find its rhythm on offense immediately. Against Boston College and a few of its lesser talented foes, Indiana’s offense has been ugly early. Of course, defense is not to be overlooked. But grabbing some early confidence on the offense end to start should help them in a tough road environment. Establishing Christian Watford from the onset wouldn’t hurt either.

@MRHess writes: why is verdell’s nickname not Indiana Jones?

Zach Osterman: Because the Big Ten denied his petition to use a bullwhip on defense and out-of-bounds plays. Next question.

@pacerjon writes: what are the chances Michael Chandler ends up at IU?

Alex Bozich: Another day, another Michael Chandler question. I’m not a percentages guy, but the chances don’t seem to be very good. Chandler, for those unfamiliar with him, has rescinded verbal commitments to both Louisville and Xavier and is now back on the board. Since he’s from Indianapolis and has stated that Indiana is recruiting him, the buzz has continued on the possibility that he could join the 2011 class. He was once a five-star recruit, but has fallen considerably in the national rankings. At 6-foot-10 and a shade over 225 pounds, Chandler would provide a legitimate post presence to compliment Cody Zeller, but his academics have been talked about as a potential hurdle to overcome. He’s certainly a talented prospect, but at the end of the day, does the risk outweigh the reward? That’s a question the IU coaching staff will have to answer.

@bsider81 writes: UK plays 7 total. How does CTC take advantage of our depth? Full court pressure? Waves of 4 in 4 out subs?

Ryan Corazza: The Wildcats take care of the ball (turnover percentage: 16.8, 25th best in the nation), so I’m not sure full-court pressure is the play. And subbing Hoosiers in and all out game probably isn’t the answer either. One way Indiana may be able to combat the Wildcats only going seven-ish deep is to stay aggressive on offense and continue to get to the line at a high rate. If the Hoosiers can get a few Wildcats in foul trouble early, John Calipari may have to go a bit deeper than he’s comfortable with. It’s something that worked for North Carolina in its win over Kentucky. The Tar Heels got to the line 37 times. Four Wildcats fouled out.

@rick_park writes: Do you think Guy will stay on as student manager or will he bolt for the pros?

Zach Osterman: Tough to say. I mean, he’s obviously there for this year, but Guy-Marc Michel has a serious decision to make in the offseason. I’m presuming he would draw interest overseas pretty easily, since he’s already spent time playing there. I have no possible gauge for his NBA draft stock, so I can’t speak to that. But at the end of the day, despite how backward this whole process has seemed, that decision would still come down to the same basic question every underclassman with years left on a degree will have to ask himself next spring: Which is higher value? And I don’t think I can answer that with any education.

@nickmyryan07 writes: do you think the recent push for McGary is because the IU staff knew what was going to go down with Guy???

Alex Bozich: McGary is a prospect that has been on IU’s radar for quite some time. So to answer your question, no I don’t believe the recent push is related to the Guy-Marc Michel news. McGary, a native of Chesterton, is now at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He was once a member of the 2011 class, but has since re-classified to 2012 to work on his academics. UMHoops, an excellent blog about Michigan basketball, has a Q & A with McGary that’s certainly worth a read if you’re interested in learning more about him and his situation. One interesting note, in the event that you don’t click through: McGary isn’t quite sure if he’ll be a 2011 or 2012. Indiana, according to the Q & A, has offered a scholarship.

@JayHorrey writes: If Guy was an all-American quarterback at, let’s say Auburn, would he have been eligible?

Zach Osterman: Not if his situation had been the exact same, no. The Cam Newton ruling was skewed and narrow and an illustration, frankly, of a lot of the things that are wrong with the NCAA’s role in the recruiting process. But at the end of the day, Auburn/Newton found a loophole, and they dove through it headfirst. Guy’s case, while unfair, perhaps, in practice, was correctly called in a by-the-book reading of the rule. It’s not apples-to-apples, and it’s not fair, but it is what it is.

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  • Marsh21

    sounds like an interesting prospect

    OFF TOPIC – Has anyone noticed Creans twitter account. He hasn’t posted a new comment since 11/27 concerning IU’s win over Purdue. Is this his way of protesting Lynch’s firing? Sometimes he goes for a couple of days without posting but this is not within the norm.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    Don’t think it is a big deal, in season, stuff going on probably doesn’t have time.

  • Gustin

    Perhaps coach is working on a plan/strategy for the upcoming UK game, VBG! Kelin, do you think CTC would consider asking Peter J. to attend a prep school for a year if he is able to find a quality junior college big for the 11/12 years? Just thinking that another year to work on his offensive skills could be beneficial, though I do understand it is on the defensive side where he shines (blocking shots and rebounding). I do think CTC wants another big with some offensive skills for next year so that is why I am pondering this possibility.

  • IUfan in Alabama

    Just a little side note…. if you don’t really know about the Cam Newton Auburn situation maybe you shouldn’t post on it. Just saying………… an IU fan in Alabama

  • JerryCT

    I believe it is more likely that UK’s offense hurts us early than our offense hurts them. This is our pattern against everyone we play.

    I see no answer on our starting 5 for defending TJones and they have 2 backcourt scorers in Miller and Knight while we have only 3 mediocre defenders to put on them.

    As such if it were me I would assess early whether CW can defend TJones and Creek can defend Knight. If this looks bleak we need to stress defense .

    It is a tough game to experiment but I would try to frustrate them on defense with JR in place of Mo and try to cut off the head of the snake in Knight. I might even try TP on Jones (recalling his work on Hummel last year ).

    To go really radical I might try JR or DE on TJones and deny the ball . VO/WS on Miller and Knight.

    My point is I doubt our offense is going to disrupt them while our defense has a fighting chance

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    mmmm that is interesting, I don’t think he would because that class as a whole could do well together and given Jurkin has two more years including this one, he could pick up more weight and work further on his game. I don’t know what Crean will do other than, as Alex said if he finds someone that could help he will go for it.

    My gut tells me that scholly is saved for 2012 or another class, your 2011 replacement is Cody Zeller and you go into the season with Cody, Bobby, Elston, and Pritch as your guys for a 2011 tourney run. I would not have a problem with that at all and as long as we add to the 2012 class with possible another big….to close that class with McGary and Harris would be great.

  • Steelhoosier

    Great work, but I do want to give you guys the business just for fun. You used the phrase, “at the end of the day” three times in a very short article.

    At the end of the day, that’s at least one time too many.

  • Fair point. As I normally do, blame Osterman. He was responsible for two of the three.

  • millzy32

    Considering he’s averaging 5.8ppg in High School I think your suggestion makes a lot of sense. He could use the extra year and IU could really use a serviceable big for next year and even in 12′ could be a win win.

  • Steelhoosier

    I noticed he was the offender on the second two and thought for a moment before I re-read that he had used all three. Was going to suggest “end of the day” as a new nickname, but my hopes were dashed when I learned that he had not.

  • Anonymous

    Please, please, please experiment with the starting lineup. PLEASE! The worst that could happen is we could get 12 or 14 behind early… Oh wait, we already do that. When you’ve got nothing to lose, you go for it.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    jurkin was never known for scoring and I think his badge of honor is his defense. I am willing to bet he is averaging close to as many blocks as points. Don’t let the 5.8 concern you with Jurkin, he is a defending mutumbo type center. His rebound numbers and Blocks are what I would look at.

  • Marquisimo

    We don’t want Michael Chandler…won’t fit what Coach Crean is trying to accomplish…In My Opinion…

  • Marquisimo

    For What It’s Worth…If Mitch McGary gets his grades in order…I think he would be a much better fit for IU than Michael Chandler…I have had the opportunity to officiate both players in multiple AAU tournaments…get to interact and get to know the players to some degree…

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    Listening to Crean on his show this week. The only tinkering he will be doing is Elston starting instead of Pritch. These guys have to learn to play together with VJ, Mo, and Watford being the primary scorers. Versus UK, we have to weather the storms, draw fouls which Watford and Verdell are good at doing, and I would not object to seeing some zone on them.

  • JerryCT

    You are most likely correct. I might even try a box and 1 with DE denying TJones the ball. CW may not be able to bang w Harrelson but I would be happy forcing him to beat us vs Jones or Knight………..or Lamb for that matter.

    CW on TJones would appear to be a formula for losing our best player to fouls

  • Anonymous

    Crean planned on starting DE in the last game, if not for Derek being kind of sick. So that’s 2 games in a row that Crean is going with DE. I find that interesting.

  • Anonymous

    At the end of the day it is Alex 1 up over Zach!

  • Anonymous

    Kelin I have to disagree in part. Jordy Hulls MUST take a minimum of 10 shots each game and a minimum of 6 from the 3-point line. That should be 12-16 points/game. Elston Must take a minimum of 10 shots each game and a minimum of 3 from the 3-point line. That should be 10-14 points/game. Both of these kids can hit at a high %. Mo is now solid for 10-18 points/game. VJIII and Watford are solid for 16-24/game. If we can find the right rotation to give Vic and Will some minutes, they are each double points-high rebound guys at 20 min/game. That is 7 possible double digit scorers. If that can happen, I like our chances for the NCAA.

  • TN-Hoosier

    I know Cam Newton got caught cheating in school at FL, and also had stolen laptop computers. He was essentially kicked out of school there. Also it’s a known fact his dad was shopping him around to schools. Just saying, he’s pretty weak sauce in the character department.

  • Anonymous

    For Ky Pritchard and Capo need to be better than Harrellson and Vargas. Then you add Elston to really put offensive pressure on the KY Bigs and to create foul issues for KY, as NC did. But Elston also has to share some defensive duties on Jones with Watford, we will need 8 fouls there. Mo, VJIII, Hulls, Vic and Will, have to neutralize Lamb, Knight, Liggins and Mills. It could be a great win if we hit some shots early.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that McGary gets his grades in shape, re-classifies for 2011 and signs with IU in the spring of 2011!

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    You are 100% right about Jordy…..forgot about him which may be his fault. He has to shoot the ball and Crean even said it on his show this week.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, we must split the defense on Jones between Watford and Elston.

  • Anonymous

    The facts ARE IN-haven’t you heard? The Dad solicited big cash, $180,000, for his son’s commitment to Miss State. Those facts were confirmed publicly by the NCAA! Further, Cam had to leave FL for stealing and academic issues. These too are established facts! He may have totally reformed himself by now-I hope so. But those facts remain.

  • Anonymous

    Nope. It is called BC on 12/1 and KY on 12/11! Be totally prepared or lose!

  • Anonymous

    I watched Jurkin play on TV in Chicago this summer. He can play! He was much better than Johnson at Purdue was during his freshman year, and he was not yet a junior in HS! Who knows how the coach of his HS is using him? Those stats mean nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Please, enlighten us. Maybe by the letter of the law it is correct, but I see two players who did not know the actions taking place could forfeit their collegiate careers, (That is assuming Cam didn’t know.) but only one player who is not allowed to play. So, please tell me why I should be happy that a player who was shopped around the SEC is playing for a national championship, while a player who accidentaly started his collegiate “clock” at a school in a country that does not have college sports can not play. I know this sounds like a bitter IU fan rant, but I am not bitter about the lose of a player for a basketball team. I am a little bitter about a young man losing something he must have worked very hard to attain while someone with worse transgressions is playing on a national stage. But really please explain what I am missing in the Cam case, thank you.

    (Wow, if i would have realized I was going to write a book I would have asked Mr. OlasHarrispo to write a forward for me, sorry for the long post)

  • Anonymous

    I think I’d recommend Jurkin attend culinary school for a year…and eat everything he makes!

  • Zach Osterman

    Big Auburn fan, actually. Followed the story the whole way through. What did I get wrong?

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    I am cool with what the NCAA decided and his dad did. That clearly opens the door for me to expedite my retirement with my son. He heads to school in 2024 so I am sure I can easily get $250K for a academic righty who plays sports as a lefty! Thanks Mr Cam’s dad and Anthony Davis for being the pioneers you are.

  • JerryCT

    Assuming TJones defends CW then I would like to see , finally , some off ball screens for CW forcing TJones to potentially foul the screener or arrive late on CW. Furthermore I would want Hulls or Creek to set the screen so CW gets a smaller guy in case of a switch. I am fully aware we never do these things

    This kid is the #1 KY player I worry about on both ends of the floor.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    Jerry I am not opposed to going 2-3 for a good portion of the game to keep KY out of the paint, slow them down. I think we could rebound out of this given they are not super ‘demarcus cousins’ big….

  • Anonymous

    Do you need an agent for the transactions?

  • Anonymous

    I am with you on that!

  • HoosierFromCT

    I can care less if CTC (or his PR people) update his twitter. Just win, baby.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    I just worry about their shooters. Unlike last year they can hit the 3, but I still think we are going to have to go zone because none of our starting guards can keep Knight from penetrating which would mean early foul trouble on our bigs. Maybe switch to man when Rivers, VO, and WS come in. I can never get enough VO. I think Christopher Walken said it best. “I got a fever, and the only prescription…is more Oladipo!!!”

  • Casey B.

    For the purpose of speaking in relatable language, I’ll speak in terms of a situation we’ve all dealt with.

    As an Auburn fan, right now, what you’re going through is stage one (of four) of an unavoidable process. Here’s how it breaks out:

    1.) The “Kelvin Didn’t Do It” stage: in this stage of NCAA violations denial, the passionately devoted fan clings to the hope provided by inconclusive, unclear and early-stage evidence — leaving enough legal doubt to technically claim innocence on behalf of his beloved team. “It’s more complicated than what it seems,” the fan will say. “It’s just a misunderstanding.”

    2.) The “Crap, Kelvin May Have Done Something” stage: As the ongoing investigation sheds light on some of the less-than-legal shenanigans of the parties involved, the devoted fan will minimally acknowledge that some wrongdoing occurred. Intuitively, to combat the sinking feeling of indecency associated with supporting cheaters, the fan will transition into defense mode, in which he or she begins rationalizing the missteps of his favorite team/coach/player by comparing the offense to hypothetical, more severe offenses. “At least he didn’t shave points,” he or she will say.

    3.) The “Holy &*$%#@ Kelvin Really Screwed Up” stage: At this point, the roof will have caved in on the devoted fan’s favorite program as a result of undeniable evidence and overwhelming testimony that illustrates a series of calculated and conscious acts of noncompliance on behalf of almost everyone involved. The fans denial mechanisms will at this point, run dry, as fans of rival programs begin to flood his or her inbox with taunt-laden messages celebrating the follies of their closest competitors. At this stage, the fans’ emotions will lead him or her down an exponentially increasing path of anger, leading to…

    4.) The “I Hope Kelvin Gets Crapped on By A Multitude of Pigeons” stage: At this point, even the most devoted fan will convert months of anxiety and disdain into the purest form of hatred for all parties involved in the downfall of his or her favorite team, and possibly program. The fan will acquire a newfound appreciation for playing by the rules, and will understand the importance of running a clean program — not only for the sake of avoiding consequence, but for the sake of maintaining any semblance of true competition within a given sport. The fan will feel a degree of shame for ever having allowed winning at all costs to take precedent over winning with dignity and honor.

    Like I said, right now you’re at stage one. Let us know when you’ve made it through them all. We’ve been here before.

  • BaseballBuc

    Guys, give up on Michael Chandler, he’s not coming. The only way I could see McGary coming is if we don’t land Gary Harris. Not thoroughly impressed with him either.

  • Casey B.

    I have a feeling that if we nab another player for the class of 2011, it’ll be someone most of us haven’t heard of yet.

  • marcusgresham

    Given our higher abundance of long-armed wing players as opposed to low-post guys (and also considering what Dunn is saying about their shooters,) I’d even consider using a 3-2.

    I’d probably switch them up frequently to avoid allowing sUcK to get comfortable with attacking any of the defenses.

  • Marquisimo

    I do as well…hopefully he can get it all together…that would work out great for recruiting purposes and the numbers working out the way we need them to…

  • Anonymous

    So anyone hear anything on AJ Hammons? Just curious as to where we stand with him if anyone has some insight.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think anyone has argued that Auburn should be punished; they were not involved. They will lose a good player, but there is nothing they can do about that – it is a risk you take. Everyone just wants to see some sort of justice. Soliciting money, whether receiving it or not, is a punishable offense. I find it hard to believe that Newton had no idea about what his father was doing, but I suppose it is possible.

    I don’t think anyone is saying they have never done anything wrong, but we do expect that he will be punished for his actions just like any other person (including us) would.

  • MillaRed

    You officiated these guys? That’s just great. I checked with the NCAA and this is a clear violation of thier policies. We have lost all 9 recruits and cannot have breakfast for 3 weeks.

    Thanks a lot Marquisimo.

    I hate Cam Newton.

  • MillaRed

    No offense buddy, but you probably should have just stopped after, “Yes his dad solicited money.”


  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    Have to disagree Buc. McGary looks like an all-around big man with good ball skills (passing, handling, shooting). He’s a big body who by most accounts is a pretty good kid as well.

    I also think he’s an IU lean right now especially since the Guy situation opened up the room and possible PT right away if he picks IU. I just hope he can reclassify as well to 2011 instead of 2012. I think a McGary/Zeller/Etherington class would be a haul and even though it wouldn’t be a ranked class it would be worthy.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    For the record according to me I have never done anything wrong and as cold as it is I feel like my house is made of glass…..these damn wood floors.

  • Anonymous

    So what you are saying is that the people at Mississippi State were honest about everything that was reported except when they said that Cam called them and said “I’m sorry, I want to go to MSU, but the money is just too much.” The reality is this IUfan in Alabama, if you step back from this situation and look at it without your ‘tiger goggles’ on. THEY CAN’T FIND THE MONEY THAT AUBURN PAID. I wouldnt want to be an Auburn fan when the FBI finds it (the NCAA wouldnt see it if it was on their desk). Everything you are looking at right now is non-existant when they find the money. Heisman..what heisman? Wins…what wins? Title…What title? It’s unfortunate that two of your teams will have been on probation in the near future. I know would be depressed as a fan if any of my other teams were cheating.

  • Diesel

    Wonderful! He’s already in the “Crap, Kelvin may have done something stage”. MillaRed, you’re like a therapist man.