Video: IU recruits at Derby Festival Basketball Classic practice

  • 04/10/2015 1:36 pm in

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – All three members of Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class – O.G. Anunoby, Thomas Bryant and Juwan Morgan – are participating in Saturday’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville.

On Friday morning, all 20 of the game’s participants gathered at Scribner Middle School for practice and some brief scrimmaging. Inside the Hall was there and we’ve compiled some video from the practice below:

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  • indianaourindiana

    OG looks like he could end up being really really good

  • IU track Alumni

    Oh my! OG vs Troy… Who gets higher!?

  • So_In_Hoosier

    Alex – long time reader of ITH. This will be my first time going to the Derby event in New Albany. Any suggestions?

  • Not really – Just show up and enjoy.

  • SilentBob

    If OG puts in the work, with all the guaranteed and probable departures after next season, he looks like a kid who could start his sophomore year. At worst be one of the first two off the bench. Add some muscle with his combination of length speed and balance and he should be able to soundly guard all 5 positions on a switch. The ability to soundly guard three or more positions isn’t something we’ve had since C Wat and Vic. It isn’t nescary to have a good defense, but is certainly a nice luxury that helps.

  • BobbyBeGoodKnight

    Thank you for posting this, Alex!

  • sheldogiu

    Pretty much what alex said, I would come in the back side of NAHS, the parking is in the back next to the football field, and there isn’t a lot of it. They may still have some across vincennes street from the gym, it’s used for student parking i believe. I graduated from NAHS in 04, it’s changed since then but always good basketball between New Albany, Floyd Central, and Jeffersonville High. It will be fun for you!

  • came here to say the exact same

  • edwardkchase

    54ish seconds in – it sounds like maybe TB says “I just run down the floor bro…” and says something else. Even in practice he prides himself on effort. Love it!

  • Zach

    Wow OG can get up in a hurry without much effort!

  • Blake Thompson

    Add Silver Creek to the list now, too:) Brandon Hoffman has been doing a heck of a job.

  • IU diehard from CT

    OG is going to be very comparable to TW. perhaps i should say the “same mold” only it appears as tho OG can shoot really well. this highlight reel is a glorified pickup game and holds no real merit, but what is very clear is the fact that all 3 can shoot and OG is really athletic. excited to see all 3 play and excited for OG and Juwan to have 4 year careers

  • IU diehard from CT

    the other thing i will say is that these vids are tough because guys aren’t playing at full speed. they only play at full game speed or close to that when there is an opportunity to score or dunk or whatever. i can only hope that all 3 can adjust to the speed at which the college game is played. TB is going to be asked a lot, and i hope he gets acclimated to how fast the game is

  • SCHoosier

    These three kids will bring a different dimension to IU b-ball..especially if Yogi is there to run things!

  • OhioHoosier

    I would throw Will in there too

  • SilentBob

    Well crap Swanigan just committed to Izzo. On one hand I’m excited to see all these big boys battle each other next year, on the other hand the big ten is going to be a bloody mess that may not aquire a one seed in the tournament for the first time in years.

  • Jrod

    OG has tree trunks for legs.

  • Shaggy_C

    Is your concern that the competition level will be so high that no team will separate itself from the pack enough to earn a #1? Thinking back to 2012/13 (possibly the strongest Big Ten in the last decade), we had Michigan as a 4, Michigan State as a 3, OSU as a 2, and IU as a 1, despite the fact that the teams beat each other up all season long. I’ll never be concerned about the conference being too good top to bottom – that’s a good thing for every team involved.

  • Bill Graham

    First dibs…”O.G.Dipo!” youre welcome hoosier nation!

  • hoosier93

    We need a petition so that OG can wear his headband. A bright red one too. Maybe one that is striped (red, white, red). It is where his powers come from!

  • SilentBob

    I always want my team to be battle tested but recent additions of Stone and Swanigan could make this conference thicker throughout than ’12-’13. I think it’ll be more like ’11-’12 when we had three teams tied for first at 13-5. Ohio State got a two seed and luckily made the final four. Everyone else in the big ten who made the tournament (6 teams) all lost in the sweet sixteen or before. I actually think it could end up much worse than that. Were going to get battle tested, but I don’t want it to be so much it knocks us down a line or 2.

  • Bill

    The currier journal states all 3 of iu recruits as 4 star forwards. Did OG and juwan get upgraded on the list?

  • Arch Puddington

    The difference between being a 1 and 2 seed is negligible. More #1’s make the Final Four, but not because they have an easier path. The issue isn’t their seeding, its how good they are. Any team that wins a conference as loaded as the B1G is a legitimate candidate for the Final four regardless of its seeding.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    That looked like IU’s defense : )

  • Bill Graham

    If O.G. plays like he just practiced. He’s outta here in 3.

  • hoosier93

    Indiana- Thomas Bryant
    Maryland- Diamond Stone
    Michigan State- Caleb Swanigan
    Purdue- AJ Hammons
    Northwestern- Alex Olah
    Probably you’re top 5 starting big men. Seems pretty good to me.

  • marcusgresham

    Floyd is on the upswing after a few horrible years. Jeff was pretty bad this season but that’s an anomaly.
    New Albany is going to be really fun to watch the next few years because Romeo Langford is the best player from southern Indiana in a long time. Hope IU can land him.

  • marcusgresham

    Think positively: A “yes” for Izzo is a “no” for Calipari.

  • ScoopGeoff

    a little tough to get much from this but…

    I was already sold on Bryant and it was nice to see him not get hurt. Please continue not getting hurt.

    OG’s athleticism is a little shocking. He is WAY above the rim and seems to jump with power. His stride is kinda funny to watch, but maybe that’s just because he is used to sprinting instead of jogging…

    Morgan has a really smooth release. Hopefully that translates to made shots, but it’s nice to look at regardless.

    All three guys are long and should add defensive dimension to IU immediately if nothing else.

  • HoosierCruz

    That hi-top is 100% intimidation

  • SilentBob

    Well can’t one say the difference between facing a three seed in the sweet 16 and 4 seed is how good the teams are. No being bumped down a number or even two makes your path that much harder. It’s quite clearly a combination of both.

  • SilentBob

    True but he is still in hot pursuit of Diallo, Maker, Zimmerman, Newman, Brown, and Ingram? I’m sure I’m forgetting someone. Based on recent history Id feel comfortable assuming he gets two of them. Add that with Lasibbre or whatever his name is and Briscoe plus three seasoned vets and they will be right back in the title hunt I fear.

  • SilentBob

    And I’m not saying a team in the big ten won’t get as far as they “should” because of a lower seeding. I’m saying the odds will just be a bit tougher. That’s just basic arithmetic. Also if you Confrence is literally battle every night this will increase the chance of injury especially if the Confrence tournament. The way I’m looking at it now, on paper, there are only two teams who wouldn’t have a shot of going to the ncaa tourney if they were graciously put in the American next year (penn state and Rutgers). So if a team has a 7 day stretch where they play Purdue, Maryland, and Northwestern and have to play their starters more than their averages there will be a greater chance of injury. And also I don’t have any sympathy but an NCAA tourney appearance could be critical for John Groce this year. Going farther in the tournament could be critical for Painter. Both are quality coaches and the big ten is better when those teams have good coaches.


    It’s another 2012-13 bubble/NIT type year for the Cats.

  • SilentBob

    I wouldn’t bet too strongly on that friend. They are returning MUCH more than they did in ’12-’13. The Harrison’s leaving is a blessing as Ulis is a much better leader. Poythress and Lee both have a world of untapped potential. If nothing else both will bring first class defense. And Skai Lasibbre is much more polished on the offensive end than Noel was his freshmen year. Both SGs they are already bringing in can score the ball and don’t seem to have the toxic me first attitude Goodwin did his freshmen year.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    There’s going to be an awful lot of athletic ability in Bloomington next year. The dunk contest at HH should be fun to watch!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Ha! Let’s hope that’s a different story next year!