Coaching carousel could put recruits back in play

  • 03/13/2011 3:38 pm in

As of Sunday afternoon, the list of Division I schools that have made a coaching change has reached, by our count, 12.

The list: Arkansas, Bradley, Eastern Washington, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Manhattan, Oklahoma, Providence, Texas Tech, Texas A & M-CC, Towson and Utah.

More, like Sidney Lowe at N.C. State, are likely to follow in the coming days and weeks.

And in an effort to keep you up to date on which recruits could potentially re-open the process, here’s a list of the notable names that have signed with the above schools. (All ratings are from ESPN.)

– Arkansas: B.J. Young (No. 4 PG), Ky Madden (No. 10 SG), Hunter Mickelson (No. 8 PF), Aaron Ross (No. 23 SF), Devonte Abron (No. 28 PF)

– Bradley: Remy Abell (No. 67 PG)

– Georgia Tech: Julian Royal (No. 10 PF), Bobby Parks, Jr. (No. 31 SG)

– Manhattan: Davontay Grace (No. 50 PG)

– Oklahoma: Robert Goff (No. 3 Junior College PF on

– Providence: Markus Crider (No. 42 SF), Kyan Anderson (No. 39 PG)

– Texas Tech: Terran Petteway (No. 35 SF), Jordan Tolbert (No. 41 PF)

– Utah: George Matthews (SF, 3-star, 5th year player)

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  • Anonymous

    Did IU have a presence with any of these players other than BJ Young?

  • Anonymous

    Knew this was coming. The ship sailed with BJ Young. Both sides lost interest. Realize we need to keep conversation and traffic up, but let’s move on to potential recruits.

  • Don’t think we have a shot at B.J. Young at all. Something happened that we don’t know about with him. As good as he is, with his past problems, I don’t know if IU needs that right now.

  • Don’t think we have a shot at B.J. Young at all. Something happened that we don’t know about with him. As good as he is, with his past problems, I don’t know if IU needs that right now.

  • Kelin Blab

    I don’t think anything happened with BJ Young at all other than he got sold on Arkansas, has family there and wanted to pull the trigger. IU was on him big time and it would not surprise me if they contacted him again….

  • Kelin Blab

    I am going to love the ITH coverage this spring, I can see it now….

    Robert Goff and BJ Young, both had decided to hold a press conference at 4am, we all wait up to see what happens.

    This will be an interesting spring to say the least. I have ZERO problems with bringing in BJ Young next year

  • Did Goff decommit from OU?

  • Kelin Blab

    No but apparently Capel is on the hot seat to be fired.

  • stonaroni

    Let’s go get him. he is highly talented and would be an upgrade immediately. I don’t care that he got thrown out of 2 games this year for fighting, we need someone on the floor to mix it up and talk the talk and walk the walk.

  • Ship has sailed on DSR, I would say.

  • Glawton12

    I can’t quote exact NCAA bylaws, but the short answer is no.

  • Anonymous

    I saw a quote from him after the game about who he was considering and IU was not on the list. Really is a shame I was impressed with what I saw from him last night. Also wouldn’t say it was a great game against Harris. HSE played an awful lot of zone early and Harris fought cramps in his leg for most of the game. Either way DSR abused HSE’s defense last night and was impressive.

  • IUfanToby

    I don’t disagree we shouldn’t go after him, but the “I don’t care that he did ” attitude is how we got into trouble w/ Sampson and some of Davis’ guys. I like that Crean goes after the right guys to represent IU the right way. Not saying that BJ is not capable of this, just sayin…..

  • Q95

    my thoughts exactly. i heard earlier that arkansas will likely pursue mike anderson, the current missouri coach. this guy may have some success at keeping these recruits.

  • Anonymous

    Nope, if they signed letters of intent, they can be released from them by the school (At least, most schools will let them go if the coach leaves). However, I don’t think many will leave, a lot of those recruits were from Arkansas, BJ Young’s family is in Arkansas as well. That state really rallies behind its school, because there is nothing else there, no other colleges.

    I think Arkansas (The university) understood this, and fired the stolid Pelphrey because he didn’t mesh with the passionate fanbase they have at Arkansas. It seems like a horrible move considering they had a top 10 class coming in, but I see why they ignored the problem of losing their recruits. They just better hope the logic holds and that they didn’t make a terrible error.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’d love to see us get in on Julian Royal! Big body and better athlete for a big than what we have!

  • Anonymous

    This is great. We really need a PG who can score at the rim and make things happen through a drive and kick offense ASAP. #KWAM

  • IUeconAlum

    Tom Crean and Co. should be all over this. We need one more stud for next year. It’s a fact. Young would be perfect.

  • N71

    I could see BJ being interested if he’s one-and-done. Otherwise you can see the recruiting that Yogi and Buss are doing of both Gary Harris and Jeremy Hollowell. If you have Jordy, Yogi, Buss, and Harris not sure BJ would see nearly as much time as he would in 2011 with a gimpy Mo. Having coach Crean along with both Yogi and Buss, who are here in Indy and probably see Gary and Jeremy more often, I like our chances of getting these guys to come to IU. These guys will be like the Beatles or the Fab 5 when they roll into a town. Selinger and J. Johnson will be in the NBA next year so our guys will be in charge of the Big Ten once again like it should be.

  • Hoosier-n-Georgia

    I think I am late to the party on this, but did anyone see that Matt Carlino left UCLA.

  • Transferred to BYU at the end of the first semester.

  • Glawton12

    This hasn’t been explicitly addressed, and I think we’re all getting a little ahead of ourselves here, but say Crean takes some renewed interest in BJ. How would that affect things with Yogi? Do we really need a highly rated PG in the 2011 AND 2012 classes? I feel like you want to space recruiting a position like that out a little bit. I personally would like them to go after a big, if they’re going to go after anyone to add to 2011. But as was stated by N71, if it’s looking like BJ is a lock to be one-and-done, maybe he merits a consideration. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

  • jgongora86

    I would say it would be fine to get BJ to come play for us. First off I think he is a one and done talent, but even if he wanted to stay for his second year I think Yogi will benefit in the fact that he doesn’t have the pressure of needing to play great from the start. They can split the minutes. I think Jordan hulls will move to the shooting guard position in his senior year ( which I think he will be better at).

  • I hear what you’re saying, but there’s a big difference in adding 1-2 guys that may have an attitude problem and having an nearly an entire team of them like Sampson did.

  • Just announced that Jeff Capel is out at OU, could put Robert Goff back in play!

  • Nice call Kelin, Capel was just fired.

  • N71

    Would prefer Robert Goff over BJ for a couple reasons. Goff is a big and older and fills a need…is also from Indiana so he knows the secret handshake. BJ would be a good additional but creates a bit of a log jam at the 1. Jordy is a point, not a 2, and putting him in the 2 is really not solving our real problem which is we need a viable 2 if Mo can’t go. Could AE be our starting 2 next year because he can shoot the rock?

  • Are these all IU targets?

  • Anonymous

    At this point I don’t care if a kid is from Indiana or India. Goff and Young both feel immediate needs for the program…an outstanding pg and a solid big man…hopefully we can land both a starting lineup of…
    Will be nasty next year add hulls and a healthy creak and IU is back atop the B1G…VJ3 will become a better player (less TOs) and hulls will get more open looks because he would no longer be a focal point of opposing teams.

  • Tjdarts

    Goff, Goff, Goff, Goff! Should I say more…

  • WeNeedRecruits,But

    Hulls has earned the right to start every game for the rest of his career. Jones and Watford have not.

  • Anonymous

    With BJ Young it is more than just an attitude problem; there is also a serious academic problem. There is a very strong possibility this kid may not even be eligible in the fall. If that is at all a possibility it makes no sense to recruit an additional 2011 player if they cannot make an immediate impact.

    Additionally, I graduated in 2008 so I saw a lot of the “problem players” in my time in Bloomington. It’s great to see a group of guys who now represents the team well and provides a clear delineation between us and kentucky.

  • I know, I wasn’t addressing academics at all. Just stating that it’s completely different than the Sampson players situation. Having a team full of bad apples is completely different.

    Having a team of great characters allows the opportunity to take on a talented, albeit troubled kid and maybe make a difference in his life.

    The academics is another issue. Of course if the kid isn’t going to attend class then I wouldn’t want him here.

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t know what CTC likes to do but ill start BJ and Hulls before ill start VJ and Hulls

    BJ is an ELITE pg thats like saying if teauge aked for a relase and came here he wouldnt start

  • Anonymous

    NO one has earned the right to start every game for the rest of their career on this team…IMHO

  • JerryCT

    Sorry but it makes perfect sense if you want to win games next year. We were beaten badly by perimeter players for 2 years. Only one big led their team in scoring against us all year.

    Losing JR and having no one to handle Morris, Craft, Payne/Cartwright, jackson, Taylor, Frazier it seems to me BJYoung is more valuable now than Goff.

  • Bryan

    Sounds like Arkansas might be hiring Tubby Smith. That’s got to mean Young will look elsewhere, right? I can’t imagine him wanting to play at the pace Tubby prefers.

  • JerryCT

    ESPN report lists defense as a weakness . GREAT !

    That at least keeps our team identity in tact .

    I fully trust CTC on these things but as I noted above our greatest need is perimeter defense and pressure on the ball …………

  • Anonymous

    That seems like a lateral move at best. Honestly, I’d put the Big XII pretty far ahead of the SEC in basketball–especially in the less-than-stellar SEC West.

  • Anonymous

    Hope he doesn’t have his eyes set on getting any nookie.

  • Anonymous

    If Mo Creek isn’t the starter at the 2 next year I’d be shocked if it’s not one of your seniors, Verdell Jones, III.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure how BJ shoots it, but I don’t see a lot there that stretches the defense. I’d prefer a long-range shooter in there somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    I just looked at a picture of Goff and I swear his neck is thicker than the thighs of anyone on the existing roster. Sign him up.

  • InTheMtns

    Tubby says he isn’t leaving. Of course, that’s what all the coaches say right up until the minute they walk out the door. He also is saying that he’s calling the parents of his recruits to tell them he’s not leaving. For whatever any of that is worth.

  • Anonymous

    Good video! Defense doesn’t look like a weakness watching this clip. Seemed very active on defense and offense. Not sure if he has a jump shot, but doesn’t matter. Need a banger inside to complement CZ, Watford, & TP.

  • Anonymous

    Any of these guys from Atlanta??..might be why CTC is going besides facetime

  • Casey B.

    IU has rolled the dice a few times in the past several years:

    1.) Kelvin Sampson
    2.) Bawa Muniru
    3.) Guy-Marc Michel

    None of those worked out.

    I want elite players here too, but it amazes me how a few losing seasons will immediately shift us back to the point that we’re willing to once again disregard character for the sake of winning.

    If Young’s a good kid who’s just had a few rocky patches, then bring him on, but I’m through “rolling the dice.”

  • Anonymous

    Why would Arkansas fire a decent guy with so many good recruits lined up for next season? Are they that stupid?

  • Anonymous

    Let’s get Young and Goff to go with Cody and Austin. That would be awesome!

  • Scott W.

    Like to have Robert Goff at IU.