Friday Notebook: Combine invites finalized, Platek visit, staff addition

  • 05/06/2016 10:15 am in

The NBA officially announced the list of players who will participate in next week’s combine in Chicago and as anticipated, Indiana will have representation from just one guy, Troy Williams.

Yogi Ferrell, an alternate for the combine, will not participate and neither will sophomore James Blackmon Jr., who was not invited to Chicago.

In addition to Williams, other Big Ten players who will attend the combine are as follows:

– Caleb Swanigan (Purdue)
– AJ Hammons (Purdue)
– Melo Trimble (Maryland)
– Diamond Stone (Maryland)
– Robert Carter (Maryland)
– Jarrod Uthoff (Iowa)
– Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
– Caris LeVert (Michigan)
– Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin)
– Deyonta Davis (Michigan State)
– Jake Layman (Maryland)

Elite 2017 shooter begins unofficial visit today

Andrew Platek, a 6-foot-4 guard from Northfield Mount Harmon (Mass.) and the Albany City Rock on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit, begins his unofficial visit to Indiana today.

Through the first two EYBL sessions, Platek is shooting 54.1 percent on 3s and is averaging 14.6 points for the City Rocks, who are 5-2.

Indiana is among several schools involved in his recruitment along with North Carolina, Stanford, Davidson, George Washington, Butler, Miami, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s and several Ivy League schools.

A 3-star prospect in the 247Composite, Platek has scored in double figures in six of his seven EYBL games this spring.

Former Division II All-American joining staff as graduate assistant

Jake Thelen, a former Division II All-American at Bellarmine University, is joining the Indiana coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

The 6-foot-6 Thelen was the Great Lakes Valley conference player of the year as a senior in 2014-15 as he averaged 18.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and shot 66.7 percent for the Knights, who made the Division II Final Four.

He spent time coaching last season at St. Xavier High School in Louisville.

Indiana’s graduate assistants (or graduate manager as listed on the staff directory) were Reggie Golson, Julian Boatner and J.R. Sims.

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  • thrawnjan

    Illegal cell phone usage, highly questionable character! (purple font)

  • TomJameson

    Maryland has 4 in the combine. I think Carter & Stone are the only ones who hired an agent, so 2 players for MD that can return with a lot more coaching and workouts, plus NBA feedback & advice.

    Really wish Yogi made it to the combine, I think he would shine more so than most think.

  • SCHoosier

    Yogi not being on this list is very irritating):

  • Oldguyy

    Trimble is the only Maryland player who can return. Layman was a senior last year.

  • TomJameson

    Okay, thanks for clarifying. Guess I could be a little less lazy. lol

  • Hardwood83

    Shows how much Maryland underachieved this past season. They were the most talented B1G team, but clearly lacked chemistry, attitude or something. They also had Sulimon and a solid bench.

  • Outoftheloop

    My uninformed guess is that one or more teams are planning on picking up Yogi on the cheap. They already know what he can do. Keep him in the weeds, keep his name out of the conversation. Then hope he is available late in the 2nd round, or, even cheaper, as an undrafted free agent in the summer league. If you watch the NBA playoffs you see the value of a strong-healthy guard who can create his own shot and has proven his ability to make big shots to win games! That is Yogi!

  • millzy32

    Feel bad for Yogi as he will probably go undrafted. He’ll definitely get a shot though and he’ll need to make the most of it when he does. Good luck to him in the future.

  • pcantidote

    Melo Trimble is no Yogi Ferrell.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    You are right SC. What more does Yogi have to do or prove that he is NBA caliber. It is irritating!

  • NC Hoosier

    Seeing reports that Troy has decided to stay in the draft, despite the fact the combine hasn’t even started yet.

  • HeartoftheRockies_Hoosier

    How legitimate is that report? I read it today on the crimson quarry site but haven’t read it anywhere else.

  • NC Hoosier

    Same place I saw it. I’m not as plugged in as a lot on here and I think some don’t really respect that site, but it doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • Missing Moye

    It looks like it was originally reported by Justin Albers, who used to write for ITH. I guess time will tell, but it could definitely be legit.

  • I wish so too… But it is what it is. Yogi had four years to try to impress scouts.. And evidently we’re looking at Yogi through our ‘rose colored’ Hoosier eye glasses.. that the scouts don’t have.. The scouts have seen the same games we have and they have concluded, they know what Yogi is capable of.. and inviting him to the combine isn’t going to change that. My guess is that Yogi goes undrafted and signs with some team for a D-league roster spot.. It’s probably his only chance to play stateside.. Of course he could always go to Europe.. It really looks like Yogi’s NBA future is s bit cloudy to say the least.

  • TomJameson

    I’m pretty sure Yogi will be playing professional ball somewhere. Hopefully he can end up in the NBA, but there CAN be serious coin in some places oversees.

    I like your scenario the best though.

  • TomJameson

    NBA future yes, just playing as a professional somewhere is (IMHO) probably ensured. He just has too much talent to not be playing somewhere. AND, wherever he ends up he can’t help but to impress with his attitude, abilities, and his superior work ethic.

    Just a biased opinion. LOL

  • Jeremy

    I read where Troy has decided not to come back to Indiana.

  • unclekerfuffle


    Do you think that, if the report is credible, it means pros or graduate transfer?

  • Koko

    Where did you read this?

  • It would mean the pros.. he is not going to transfer.. believe it… If you read everything Boo has said on this topic, he will not transfer from Indiana.. If he has in fact said that, it means he’s going pro, one way or another.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I listened to CTC speak tonight in Warsaw, he said TW was most likely going to stay in the draft. It wasn’t 100% decided, but close.

    Personally, I feel the McFly signing meant TW was likely to go pro, and therefore IU needed to sign another wing, and ultimately if TW decided to withdraw from the draft then he will need to find a school with an open scholarship.

  • jayrig5

    Grew up around Warsaw, saw CTC speak at Tippe Country Club a few years back. How was he tonight?

  • Yu may be right, but I don’t see Troy going anywhere bu back to IU, if he doesn’t opt for the draft. Did you read a week or so ago, what his Uncle Boo had to say about it? troy hasn’t given up his scholarship just yet, and I believe he would be entitled to have it for four years if he chooses. I’m really not positive about that, since he will graduate. not sure what the IU Athlete’s Bill of Right’s says in an instance like that.. But according to Boo, he thought Troy’s best option is to return to IU for one more season.
    It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out, for sure.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    He was a great speaker. My son plays 8th grade and has struggled with school. When I asked him about D Wade overcoming those issues and how his program worked to help him, my son was inspired. Whether people agree with one thing or another, nobody can say CTC isn’t a good man who helps his kids become the best they can be, in all areas.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    For the record- I agree with Boo. But time will tell how this plays out.

  • marcusgresham

    Sulaimon didn’t exactly do a lot for team unity at Duke, either.

  • marcusgresham

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Troy goes undrafted he can return to IU, correct? This of course, is pending him not hiring an agent, but I’m pretty sure this is the same scenario that happened with Randolph Morris at Kentucky.

  • Hardwood83

    Agreed- I think there is approximately a 0.00% chance Troy takes the Grad transfer route.

  • Sure.. he has to make that decision by a certain date I believe it’s the 25th, but he certainly can come back. He can’t however hire an agent. Once he hires an agent he’s done.

  • b_side

    To clarify, Troy can’t go undrafted and return by May 25th. That’s well ahead of the actual date of the draft. He has time to impress at the combine and work out privately for teams. Then decide if he wants to stay in or not for the draft in June.

  • Of course it is..Duhhhh.. They couldn’t actually allow a player to go through the draft.. end up getting drafted late second round, or go undrafted, then decide he’s going back to school. That approach could never work. Teams would be wasting draft picks on players that weren’t committed to leaving school. They decide by the 25th, if they’re going, they hire an agent and enter the draft. If they return too school, they don’t.

  • b_side

    My reply was directed more toward Marcus, building off what you said. Duhhhh ha

  • Yeah, I thought The real answer to Marcus’ question is ‘no’.. I’m kind of surprised he didn’t figure that out. If he goes undrafted, the date to return will have been long