Around the Hall: Anunoby’s stock, Yogi’s challenge, recruiting updates

  • 06/18/2016 8:12 am in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.

Indiana’s OG Anunoby is a player who could develop into a lottery pick with a strong sophomore season, Gary Parrish of writes:

Anunoby was ranked 280th in the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports. But he proved last season that he was vastly underrated. And with a bigger role next season, there’s reason to think the 6-foot-7 wing could develop into an elite NBA prospect.

Bob Kravitz of writes about the challenges former Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell faces leading into next week’s NBA draft:

Somebody is going to make a mistake. Somebody is going to look at Yogi Ferrell’s listed height of six feet and dismiss him from their team’s NBA Draft list because he’s just too darned short. Somebody is going to overlook all the intangibles, the ball handling, the three-point shooting acumen and his recently-acquired ability/willingness to play defense and let him fall all the way to the back of the second round, or possibly out of the draft entirely.

And they’re going to regret it.

North Central wing Kris Wilkes remains high on Indiana and is being told by the staff that he’s the one wing guy the program wants:

Home-state Indiana is in regular contact, and Wilkes spoke to Coach Tom Crean from Team USA camp Wednesday.

“They always say I’m the one wing guy that they want for sure,” Wilkes said. “It’s good to hear that. I talk to them a lot. I talked to (Crean) earlier. He was asking how it’s going down here and stuff like that. He’s a pretty good guy.”

Southport’s Paul Scruggs breaks down his top schools at the NBPA Top 100 camp in an interview with

When it comes to Indiana, Scruggs has been there many times throughout his career, and continues to have a strong bond with the school.

“The program is a wonderful program,” said Scruggs of Indiana. “They do a good job with their players and they let their guards go. Also they get players to the draft.”

Look for Scruggs to play out the month of July and then make a few visits in August before coming to a college decision.

USA Today profiles Luke Garza, who recently added a scholarship offer from Indiana:

Since entering Maret, he’s grown to 6-11 and 250 pounds and was an American Family Insurance ALL-USA D.C. first team player this past season, averaging 25.1 points and 12.5 rebounds a game. In January of 2015, he had only three offers. Now, he has 15, including a recent one from Louisville.

“Iowa is recruiting me hard, Louisville is recruiting me hard, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Indiana, GW (George Washington), St. Joe’s and Northwestern are all recruiting me hard,” Garza said. “I went on an official to Iowa and an unofficial to Iowa, and an unofficial to Columbia with their old staff. I had to reschedule a couple of visits because of the camp.”

ESPN’s Dick Vitale inked a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the Associated Press reports:

ESPN announced on Vitale’s 77th birthday Thursday that the popular college basketball announcer’s deal now goes through the 2018-19 season.

Vitale says that ”my goal is to be the first announcer ever to call a game and say, `You’re awesome, baby!’ at 100.’

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  • Ole Man

    247 shows Wilkes as 60% pUKe lean and only 20% IU. Sure don’t feel good about that. And his comments aren’t reassuring.

  • TomJameson

    Luke Garza has had bot unofficial AND official visits to Iowa. That sounds like he is Iowa’s to lose. Anyone following Garza enough to know if that’s true?

  • Michael Whelan

    If we don’t win the NCAA championship next year, I think Thomas Bryant will return for a 3rd season.

  • Hardwood83

    From what I’ve seen, their crystal call is not accurate.

  • Arch Puddington

    If Dicky V is still shouting through my TV when he is 100, I will do something violent to my TV.

  • Ole Man


  • Ole Man

    No way. He should be a lottery pick next year.

  • Ole Man

    Why? You have something against old people????

  • Sandra Wilson

    What is the constant obsession with pushing kids to the NBA ?…We have a player that may struggle to make our starting lineup and for some reason the writers want to evaluate his chances to leave at the end of next year….At the beginning of this last season, all the announcers were talking about the “green room” and which players were in it…..Did you notice that stopped suddenly after about two weeks ?….That’s because of all the fan complaints…..The college game is going through a change and all this NBA rhetoric is not a positive influence….The only thing I can figure is that on this site, we want the readers, including recruits, to feel like going to I.U. will make you a pro prospect…..How about forgetting the NBA for now and evaluate the players college abilities for the future of Hoosier b-ball ?…The best way to listen to Vitale is with the volume down and the radio on ! “POPULAR COLLEGE ANNOUNCER” ?…Where’s that coming from ?

  • ForeverIU


  • ForeverIU

    The most recent prediction was made in January. Only current trends among the 247 experts matter. A lot can and probably will change.

  • Donnie Vick

    Its called a mute button and Don Fisher will still be on the radio! My favorite way to watch games

  • Steve Shoda

    Reality is that College Basketball is a development league foe the NBA. Since the NBA is so difficult to attain, the scouts look for NBA potential more than stats or career in college. Teams like 1976 IU will never happen again because the NBA will pluck players in 3 or leas years if they are elite NBA talents.

  • Bill Graham

    I’ve read a lot about a Louisville connection though. Either way we have some ground to make up for…too bad I like a big bodied 6’11 guy with a shot.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    And that is a bad thing? Maybe learn to like the NBA. It’s the best basketball on the planet.

  • MikeinNC

    OG sure seems to be following a similar trajectory to Vic. Very exciting to see!

  • RDD#76

    I like the NBA but think they should be able to go out of high school or if go to college must stay 3 years and get degee as we never look at reverse one and done out of nba and have zero options open to them.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    What if you were a 20 year old genius programer and someone told you that you had to go to college at least three years before you took a job. Not fair at all… The athlete has just as much right as anyone else.

  • RDD#76

    Those exceptions are the ones that go straight in after high school and don’t go to college should not have to go to college similar to baseball rules and draft

  • I am Baby Cakes

    What if you’re a genius doctor? All professions have their standards.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Not the same as an MD you have to a license. For programming and basketball you have to have talent..

  • I am Baby Cakes

    I am sure surgeons have to have a little talent.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I’m still amazed Kravitz had something good to say about an Indiana player or rather a graduated player.

  • TomJameson

    There are many practicing doctors that have no talent. If you can study and get “good enough” grades, then you can become a doctor. What do you call the doctor who finished LAST in his/her class??? … Doctor.

  • BL4IU

    So at a minimum, you go through four years undergrad work, four years of med school and a three year residency and you have “no talent”. That’s brilliant.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    wow, now he’s being considered a potential ‘elite’ nba prospect.OG, don’t listen to em buddy. i think you’re gonna have a great soph season, but stay humble! keep up the hard work! i sure hope he reads this

  • TomJameson

    Have you not ever heard of “bad” doctors? Ones that have lost their practices in one state due to malpractice, just to start their practice up in another? Ones that have cut off the wrong appendages? Ones that can’t diagnose worth a darn?

    I didn’t mean to offend you BL, but there are doctors out there that have a talent to study, but not much of one to do the work. That’s the same for engineers, attorneys, and really any profession.

    Just because you can pass a test, doesn’t mean you can do well in the field.

  • adam

    why is this devolving into an argument about bad doctoring?

    i think things are improving bit by bit. the ability to now participate in the combine while still allowing the option to go back to school is excellent.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    And there are athletes that are just meh at what they do but have a game or 2 and get on the team.

  • Bill Graham

    The NBA is the best basketball on the planet?? Why? Define best. As in most talented players? Yes the NBA has the most talented players… but some of us prefer a slower paced game with offensive sets where the game is more team-oriented rather than “Hey Russell Westbrook go drive and score.” I personally dislike the short shot clock and 1 on 1 game that the NBA has become.

  • Bill Graham

    Good points all around. I will disagree with one minor point. We have to emphasize developing players into NBA players because that sells recruits. I am a huge fan of four year players though and I think its admirable when guys like Bryant and Zeller stick around to develop. As for pushing kids to the NBA I completely agree.

    I’d rather develop in college and get credits and a degree than develop in the D-league.

  • Bill Graham

    Haha! Thats a nice comment! “It was awesome baby!”

  • Arch Puddington

    Well played.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Huh? Have you watched the NBA in a decade? Do you actually watch it? Because the offensive sets that NBA teams run are quite sophisticated. Yes, players go 1 on 1. When you have a Westbrook, LeBron, Durant or Curry.. you have to let that happen. You can’t hold that back or else you’re an idiot. There is great team basketball in the NBA. All you want to think about is offense. What about defense? The defense in the NBA is arguably better than ever. It is much harder to defend in the NBA and teams get it done. Playing against bigger, better and more athletic players. Actually have to move your feet. There is a lot more space to cover. The team basketball in the NBA is greater than in CBB.

  • Bill Graham

    If you compare the final four teams in the NCAA tournament to the final four in the NBA here’s the rundown:

    The NBA averaged 3.25 players in double figures
    The NCAA averaged 4.25 players in double figures

    Keep in mind that the NBA has 8 more minutes. 8 more minutes to share the ball. Therefore, theoretically they should blow the NCAA double figures stat out of the water…yet they trail…why? because its not a team game.

    More stats:

    The NBA’s most defensively efficient team was the Spurs with a rating of .964 that wouldn’t even be in the top ten in the NCAA, OR THE TOP 20, OR 30….that would have been 49th in the NCAA. So don’t tell me that NBA teams play better defense. And don’t say its because the offensive players are more athletic…so are the defenders so it equals out.

    The NCAA is also more offensively efficient:
    Indiana led the NCAA with a 1.169 ppp
    Golden State led the NBA with 1.100 ppp
    *Golden State would have ranked 212th in the NCAA is offensive efficiency
    So don’t tell me that the NBA runs better sets than the NCAA. The numbers don’t lie.

    And if all of those stats aren’t good enough ask average joe. Because the NCAA final four almost always has more viewers than the Finals.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Even still you cannot be a surgeon without a license, regardless of talent. Not the case when your comparing to a basketball player or any other job that does not require a specific license .