Inside the Hall Twitter Mailbag: September 23

  • 09/23/2011 8:47 am in

The Inside the Hall Twitter mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via our Twitter account, @insidethehall. Tweet us your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can. Now, onward …

@hoopstrainer writes: Is there a 2012 back up plan if no Gary Harris or does Crean focus on 2013?

Alex Bozich: Barring any developments next spring, I believe it’s Gary Harris or bust when it comes to rounding out the 2012 class. That said, I’ve learned to never say never when it comes to Tom Crean and recruiting. He’s always looking for ways to improve his team. Even if IU doesn’t end up landing Harris, this class should finish in the top five nationally and fill a variety of needs for the program.

@Collin_OConnor writes: How much do you expect to see Remy and AE on the court this season if at all?

Alex Bozich: Both players should get a chance for some minutes in the non-conference, but whether or not they continue to play when the meat of the schedule rolls around will depend on their ability to defend. Crean’s messages via Twitter in recent weeks have given a pretty clear indication that he’s looking for defense first and foremost. Based on what I’ve seen of Abell, his ability to defend on the perimeter and also get into the lane off the dribble should help him earn a fair amount of run.

@ElBonko writes: anyone know anything about zeller’s endeavors to put on muscle? Heard he looks up 15 lbs since the spring. Can ne1 confirm?

Alex Bozich: Cody Zeller said in early August that he’d put on 10 pounds since his arrival in Bloomington and with another month and a half under his belt, another five pounds certainly sounds reasonable. Hoosier Hysteria is three weeks from tomorrow, so we’ll find out for sure soon enough.

@Bg_Tie writes: Any news if GHarris will take a visit to UK?

Alex Bozich: The latest from Gary Harris Sr. on Wednesday was that the family had not decided if Kentucky would get an official visit. The fact that the in-home visit with John Calipari happened combined with Harris Sr.’s admission that the commitment of Archie Goodwin wouldn’t affect Gary Jr.’s interest in the Wildcats makes it sound like the family is seriously considering Kentucky.

@IU11AJohnson writes: Best case scenario for Zeller individually? No PC answer about making whole team better. Please tell me 20 pts 10 rebs.

Alex Bozich: 20 and 10? That’s strong. Like Jared Sullinger strong. The 10 rebounds per game seems more likely than the 20 points per game, but I’d say 16 or 17 points and 8 or 9 rebounds is a best case. And given Indiana’s statistical production from its post players over the previous three seasons, Zeller will be a huge upgrade in that regard.

@Spellydoo writes: who in your opinion would be the best fit of the 2013 PF/C players that we are recruiting.

Alex Bozich: It’s tough for me to comment definitively on this as I’ve only seen BeeJay Anya on video, but both he and Luke Fischer would be solid fits. Anya is the better prospect of the two right now because he’s much further along physically, but Fischer will be one of those players that will stick around campus and develop into a very good player by his final two seasons. I don’t think you can go wrong with either player. (Note: Didn’t include Derek Willis here as he’s much less of a traditional big man due to his ability to step out.)

@smckinley24 writes: Free throw percentage this year as a team?? Over under 65%?

Alex Bozich: Indiana shot close to 73 percent last season and is adding a McDonald’s All-American that can get to the line and convert. Over. Way over.

@sycamorehoosier writes: who is the highest priority bigman for 13 or 14 class?

Alex Bozich: In 2014, Cliff Alexander seems to be the highest priority currently. In 2013, Anya, Fischer and Willis are all high priorities. I’m not sure if distinguishing one of those three as the highest priority would be fair or accurate.

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  • Anonymous

    With all this talk on 2013 recruits, I would like to be in the mix for Julius Randle.  Did anyone else see that video?  Insane.  I know his recruitment is wide-open but would be nice to pull a Cal here, swoop in and land him.

    Otherwise, based off what little I have seen, I would think Anya is light years ahead of Fischer.


    I can’t understand people that even consider allowing their son to play for the scumbag or at that University he represents. Through the years they have been busted numerous times for rules violations and still kids want to go there. If I were a student athlete being recruited by a school anda coach with that type of reputation I would have to think about what that says about my morals. Even if you weren’t taking the sack of cash or having your grades cooked, just being associated with crooks can lead people to beleive an honest young man is a crook. You have to be careful who you align yourself with. As I have stated before, I wouldn’t allow that crook in my house to speak to my son. No matter how much cash or grade cooking was involved. But hey….that’s just me.  

  • Anonymous

    Sadly- it is ‘just you’. It has become apparent that most (if not all) of the kids & their ‘advisers’ that sign with UK are purely motivated by $$$. Either to get to the League, get some immediate pay-off (I’m looking at you Anthony Davis) or most likely both. 
    Education, character, etc are quaint, even silly notions to these people. NCAA basketball has a lot of problems and UK is the epitome of all of them. IMO signing with UK doesn’t make you a d-bag it is confirmation that you already were a d-bag.

  • InTheMtns

    I think it’s possible that the commitment of Archie Goodwin to UK actually makes Gary Harris even more interested in UK.  According to Goodwin, after he announced for UK, Harris told Goodwin he’d really like to play with him. I have thought all along that the main reason Harris was waiting to pick a school was because there was a school or coach that he really likes that hadn’t offered him yet. I also thought he might be waiting to see where other nationally topped ranked players were going. I’m not sure Harris’ parents like the idea of their son playing for Calipari; and I don’t know if he’ll pick UK if he gets an offer, but I think he really wants an offer from Calipari.
    On another note, I agree with Alex that the free throw percentage this year will be well above last season’s 73%. I think that definitely will be one of the weaknesses that gets buttoned up this year. And I think we’ll get to the line at a higher rate this year (at least I really hope we do!).

  • I can’t stand Cal and can’t stand UK. I hope we crush them every time we play them. But, not sure what is wrong with a hs kid picking a college that gives him the best chance to turn his passion into a professional career and make him the most money? Of course if players are actually getting paid to commit or getting money while in college, then that’s completely wrong. 

    But, I didn’t go to college to for some virtuous quest for knowledge or an education, I went because I knew a degree would give me the chance to get the best job and make the most money I could during my lifetime. I’m most if not all on here went to college for the same reason.

    What’s wrong with a talented athlete doing the same thing, picking a school that allows him the best chance to go pro and become a millionaire? 

  • Anonymous

    I think you missed my point- or perhaps I didn’t make it very well. I am stating that both UK & Calipari’s history demonstrate that nothing matters except winning. They have cheated to get there before and I believe clearly are doing so now. So do I blame a kid for going there to ‘advance’ himself? If he participates in the lying, stealing & cheating to do it, yeah, I do blame him. Birds of a feather and all that. 

    Sorry to make this into a good vs evil saga, but when a kid goes to pUKe I think that indicates he’s a person of low/no character. Call me naive, a prude or sour grapes if you want. I believe (just like Miami in Football) that UK is the bottom of the cesspool and that attracts a certain type.

  • Thanks for clearing you point of view up for me, makes more sense to me know. I completely agree on the point that if the kid is participating in the cheating, accepting money, etc. If a kid picks UK, or any school for that matter, because he got paid or got extra benefits, then they’re are definitely doing it for the wrong reasons. 

  • Walt

    We have seen what a”compromised” program can do.  I would be worried about having the house of cards collapsing on me, if I committed to UK, Cali. We don’t know, it could be this year, or next. “do you feel lucky today, well do ya?” Maybe never. As questionable as Cali is, why would I as a potential player want to go there?  Look at the scattering of players after Mr. Denim shirt left.  However, as one poster stated, forget about Cali, UK, perhaps the player is a d-bag to be that greedy for NBA $$.

  • InTheMtns

    I agree BGleas. I think when many of us look at Calipari, we see a cheater and get totally frustrated and disgusted that he appears to be held in high regard by others. But that’s not what today’s talented players see. During the years these kids were growing up watching college basketball on TV, it was Calipari’s teams they saw winning lots and lots of games. They saw championships. They saw players from his teams get drafted into the NBA. Archie Goodwin commented to ESPN that he grew up watching Calipari in his prime and that he always knew that Calipari was the coach he wanted to play for. He also mentioned that he noticed the success Calipari’s players, especially guards, had in college and the NBA. Even our own coach recently commented on how much he’s learned from Calipari and that he holds him in high regard.
    Calipari is a hot coach right now and kids want to play for him. They aren’t looking at the details of his past violations, they only see his successes. I wouldn’t begin to judge that everyone who plays for him is a cheater or someone who doesn’t care about the rules. Some might be and some might be mostly attracted to the spotlight but I think many chose him because they believe he can make them better players.
    I also agree with your opening statement – can’t stand Cal, can’t stand UK, and hope we crush them every time we play them.

  • Anonymous

    Pardon my ignorance, but is Free Throw Rate more important than Free Throw Percentage? I have not invested the time to have a good grasp of some of the newer metrics. What was IU’s last year, and does everyone agree that should improve? Among our players for this season, who is likely to have the greatest impact on that? Hulls, by getting to the line more often? Or Zeller, by being a presence that can draw fouls and then convert?

  • Agree completely on the consistency thing. I played in college and the most frustrating things are when the game isn’t being call the same on both ends, or if the refs go back-and-fourth between calling it tight or calling it loose. 

    As a player, I don’t mind you calling the game tight, but call it tight the entire game, or call it loose, but call it loose the entire game. 

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I guess you can count me in as the “virtuous quest for knowledge” guy 🙂

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    We may exceed the 73% free throw rate, but why in the world would other teams not employ a Hack-a-Pritch strategy if they are behind late in games? If I’m an opposing coach and we’re behind in the waning minutes, I put Pritch on the line 10 out of 10 times.

  • You definitely picked the right username for that 🙂

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Well, you can rest assured that your degree is probably making you a lot more money. 🙂

  • If it is, then I feel bad for both of us. 

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Hoist a glass in our honor. I’m doing what I love; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • InTheMtns

    Rumor has it, PhD, that the Pritch has greatly improved his free throw shooting. Or at least that’s what  a couple players have said. He did improve toward the end of the season, so maybe it’s true. We can hope. Or maybe he can develop a shot where the rebound goes straight to Cody.

  • InTheMtns

    That would be amazing. And a whole lot of fun.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    It depends on what “greatly improved” means.  He shot something like 27% last year, right? He could double his percentage and still be hitting an abysmally low number of attempts.  I think I’d be happy if he got up to 65%.

  • kentuckyHOOSIER

    If Gary goes to uk ….. then I’m packing my bags and  leaving ….I dont think I can tolerate their fans BS if that happens.

  • Anonymous

    could be..then Harris can disappoint IU, his parents..PU and MSU and we can all hate him together:)

  • Anonymous

    Calipari has spent a lot of guys to the NBA after one year, but look at who they were. Derrick Rose, John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, and Tyreke Evans.       None of these guys were ranked lower than 6th.             I know the rankings are not God, but let’s be honest, Gary Harris is no where near these guys developmental wise, and is not a one and done. Does he really want to be left on a team his Sophmore year with no veterans, as the only returning starter? Just like Cody saving the IU visit for last, I think MSU has the advantage right now, and that he’ll probably go there. That gives them a great team for the next couple years bc Kaminski and Dawson aren’t going anywhere early either…………….but hopefully I’m way off and we find a way to get the NCAA and Gary to be ok with IU having 15 scholarship players…

  • Agreed Miamihoosier. I’ve been saying for months that Harris would go to MSU. The fact that he “liked” Michigan State on facebook is a giveaway. Plus, there may be no better coach to play for in the college ranks than Tom Izzo (except maybe Coach K). It would be amazing if Gary played for IU, but we will still be successful without him.

  • Anonymous

    As much as I don’t like Calipari, this will probably be more of a dig at Archie Goodwin than Cal:

    He said he noticed the success Calipari’s guards had in college and the NBA.  Has he looked at those guys? With all due respect, damn near every one of them was labeled as  the best of the bunch in his own year, so I’d HOPE they were successful.  That’s like saying you’d prefer to eat at Ruth’s Chris than you would Sizzler because you’ve noticed their steaks somehow turn out better.

  • Anonymous

    I’d suspect that if IU is up at the end of a game TP will either be a defensive substitution only or just flat not in the game for that reason.  If he is out there I’d figure the ball would only go to him if he were wide open on the block.

  • InTheMtns

    Good analogy, Marcus! I didn’t say that their attraction to Coach Cal was logical. You’re absolutely right, those guys were gonna be successful under any coach. But perception is reality for some, and we could go into a really long dissertation on why people believe what they believe even in the face of clear proof that it isn’t necessarily true. I don’t know Goodwin – maybe he is awe-struck with Cal or maybe he was blowing smoke – but now that he’s picked UK, he’s helping to attract others. We’ll continue to hope Harris isn’t one of them.

  • MillaRed

    I have felt for some time the stars will be too bright in Bloomington for Gary Harris to arrive. Regardless, with all of the patience his family has demonstrated with these other schools, if Kentucky got in this late and landed him I would lose a lot of respect for their situation.

    IU is back, and when that is the case, a top in-state talent going to Kentucky is a tremendous slap in the face. That is the reality that is Indiana basketball.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’ll tell you what.  I’ve been a diehard IU fan as long as I can remember.  I have always hated PUke and pUKe as well as Michigan and Illinois.  I’ve always had a hard time disliking Izzo and MSU because he seems to do things the right way. 

    If a player IU really wants goes to PUke, MSU, Michigan, or Illinois I don’t like it and I still hate the program but I don’t wish any ill will on the player or hate them.  However, if a player chooses to play for Calipayoff and pUKe then I would just assume they completely lose it (I would never wish for injury) and never make it in college, let alone the NBA.  I can’t stand pUKe or Criminalapari and I think any decent kid from a decent family that chooses to play there has been snowed and must be very dumb.  I don’t think GH or his family will make that mistake, but I could be wrong.

  • Bucky

    The site I used didn’t go back that far.  He very well could have.

    (By the way to everyone, all I did was look some stuff up for a few minutes on the Big Ten’s stat page, which goes back to 2003.  I didn’t know any of this before doing that.)

  • jgon86

    How do we all feel where Gary Harris stands?  I have a bad feeling about it, and feel he might be leaning towards MSU.  

  • BigRed

    I’ve thought it would be MSU for a while now. If not there, the I would guess UK.

  • Kelin Blab

    If Gary Harris chose UK I would have no problems with it because our 2012 class is in great shape. If we did not have this top 2 class then we should be crushed. For me as long as he doesn’t go to Purdue I am fine with it.

    BeeJay Anya could be a real possibility with IU given our connections with Victor and the success VO has had early, which is what any kid wants. You may be able to tell alot based on who comes to our Hoosier Hysteria and who opts to go elsewhere even if it is on a different day.

    Cody 16 & 8.

    I expect to see Remy and Austin about the same amount of time. I would lean more Remy given his ability to play D, get to the basket, and he is physically ready. Austin will have his moments.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll hoist a plastic cup in your honor—my degree won’t provide me with enough money to buy an actual glass.

  • Anonymous

    Story in the Louisville Courier-Journal today says that UK is now in on Randle, too.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Go to Goodwill, man. I did.  🙂

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Oh, come on KB!  You won’t be fine if GH ends up at pUKe as well as PUke!!! 

    You hate pUKe just as much as the rest of us!  If GH chooses pUKe then I would lose all respect for him and his family and would stop worrying if he ever makes it as a basketball player!

  • Anonymous

    Yea, what you just so clearly stated…..and then some except, I seem to take my dislike for Michigan and pretty much most of the time pile it on pUKe after all you can never hate pUKe TOO much.

  • InTheMtns

    Henderson’s Senior year , 1994-95, he averaged 23.5 ppg (on 59.7% shooting) and 9.7 rpg. His Freshman year, he averaged 11.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg. I’d be thrilled with his numbers from CZ , too.

  • Bucky

    That was poor planning on Henderson’s part.  He should have told himself:  “If I only average .3 rebounds more, someday I’ll be compared to Cody Zeller.”