Jeremiah April signs with Trinity Valley Community College

  • 06/14/2015 8:58 pm in

Former Indiana center Jeremiah April will continue his career in the junior college ranks.

April, a 7-footer who signed with the Hoosiers in the spring of 2014 and played less than 10 minutes as a freshman, signed with Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

Trinity Valley Community College coach Kris Baumann announced the signing on Twitter. Indiana announced April was transferring on May 1.

April averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in just 4.3 minutes per game. He was a member of IU’s 2014 recruiting class that also included James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Emmitt Holt, Max Hoetzel and Tim Priller.

April is one of five IU players to leave the program this offseason joining Hanner Mosquera-Perea (East Tennessee State/dismissed), Max Hoetzel (San Diego State/transfer), Stanford Robinson (Rhode Island/transfer) and Devin Davis (Odessa College/dismissed).

By playing next season at a junior college, he could sign with a Division I program next fall or spring and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

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  • hullsfor3

    Two words…Thon Maker.

  • NorthernHoosier

    It looked in the very limited time he got on the floor as if he has a huge upside, to bad it won’t be developed at I.U.

  • MK

    Yeah well can only go up when you start on the bottom. Kid made one jump shot. Couldn’t even get a look at another d1 school.

  • SilentBob

    I see a lot of potential in this guy. It’s a shame it couldn’t develop at IU. Hopefully he puts in the work at his next stop to make use of it. Best of luck Jermiah.

  • dwdkc

    As a late signee that was obviously a longterm project, this was almost certainly a deal where Crean told him he could have a shot but that it was not a guarantee. The fact that no other D1 school offered is pretty telling. A longshot for the end of the bench with a possible but unlikely win-win.

  • Guyton25

    I was glued to every game this season and I can’t recollect him playing at all, lol. I know he did though.

  • TomJameson

    Like most, I think April has a lot of potential, but he has to be the one to really work hard at it to bring it out. A coach can only go so far with an athlete, then it’s up to the individual to put in all the extra work to really build, then excel.

    I really hope that April takes what he’s learned at IU and works on adding to it. I’d like to see him be successful in basketball because he could be awesome to watch if he puts in the hard work.

  • I was really in Jeremiah’s corner. Mostly, I was trying to sell myself on the fact that when some of those statements were made by Crean relative to his needing to work harder, that maybe we were all just misinterpreting what Crean was saying. Then Fishce came out with even stronger statements about his work ethic and I do think that was Jeremiah’s biggest problem. I think he’s going to have to set his mind to the fact, that even if you’re tall, and somewhat gifted, it takes a whole lot of work to make it at this level and the to move on to the next. I really liked the kid and hope he does make it. Would have been cool if he could’ve landed at another D1 program, but at least he has an opportunity to ‘right the ship’ and get another opportunity, if he so chooses. Good luck you Jeremiah.

  • Mr. Mitchell

    I thought JA would following Coach McClain to UIC

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    best of luck to ja. maybe his work ethic wasn’t great, but at least he didn’t get into any trouble off the court. and i hope CTC learned a valuable lesson. it just ain’t worth it to recruit this level of talent to play at iu, it simply won’t work. i don’t mean to sound either arrogant or naive, i just happen to think it’s the simple truth. but it’s good to see recruiting trending upward once again.

  • SCHoosier

    Jobe and Bawa were desperation moves(u can’t teach height) Jerkin and April were just bad moves IMO.

  • Tyler T

    Friend saw him hitting a bong at a party the day after he decided to transfer. Good riddance. Hope he cleans up his act and works hard in the JUCO ranks.

  • Outoftheloop

    You display your ignorance. Jobe was desperation. But Bawa was a Rivals top 150 (#111), and heavily recruited by OK St. Peter was a very talented recruit whose body just could never become injury free. April was a mistake, but he was 7 feet tall and IU had scholarships to take risks with. It will be interesting to see how Tim Priller develops in year 2 in the IU program.

  • Outoftheloop

    All of the “gloom and doom” talk about a program in free fall with 5 departures is now exposed as much ado about nothing: Max and Stan we knew were players, but not key players for a top 15 team, San Diego St and Rhode Island confirm this; then three average JUCO schools for the other three show that each has big questions to answer before they become real players. Hanner has talent but is not a good basketball player yet, East TN St is just right for him.

  • marcusgresham

    San Diego St. has been a top-20 (and higher) team for a few years running now—basically since Steve Fisher got there.

  • marcusgresham

    I agree with everything you say here—I consider Priller a far bigger stretch than April but I still hope he becomes a solid contributor. He needs some personal instruction from Larry Joe Bird in how to be successful despite being the slowest guy in the league.

  • marcusgresham

    Hope he doesn’t do that at Trinity Valley. Get caught smoking pot in Texas and you may never again see the light of day.

  • Outoftheloop

    Pretty close Marcus. San Diego St has been in the Final AP top 25 3 times in the last 5 years.