6-Banner Sunday: Noah Clowney visit recap, preseason magazines pick IU 7th in Big Ten

  • 09/05/2021 8:07 am in

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Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall where we highlight the five most essential IU basketball stories of the past week, plus take a look at how the other IU sports programs are doing.

After a huge recruiting victory recently with the commitment of Jalen Hood-Schifino, the Hoosiers took another shot at a highly ranked prospect when Noah Clowney took an official visit to IU last weekend. Besides that, a couple of magazines previewed the upcoming Big Ten basketball season and Inside The Hall continued its series of taking a look at upcoming non-conference opponents.

A couple of other stories occurred this week as well with two former Hoosiers signing overseas and IU football playing a less than ideal opener. As usual, we will conclude our 6-Banner Sunday with Hoosier Roundup.

• Noah Clowney official visit recap
• IU picked 7th in Big Tenby Lindy Sports and Athlon, Trayce Jackson-Davis named an All-American
• Non-Conference opponent previews
• Disappointing opener for IU football
• Two former Hoosiers sign overseas
• Hoosier Roundup

Banner #1 – Noah Clowney official visit recap

The Hoosiers have three commitments for the 2022 class with Kaleb Banks, CJ Gunn and now Jalen Hood-Schifino. IU is hoping that number grows to four soon as they target big man Noah Clowney.

Clowney who is ranked No. 65 by the 247Sports Composite rankings, took an official visit to IU last weekend as the Hoosiers try to close the deal with the South Carolina prospect. After the visit Inside The Hall had a Q & A with both Clowney himself and his high school coach Thomas Ryan to recap his time in Bloomington.

Clowney is visiting Florida this weekend and will also visit Virginia Tech and Alabama before most likely making his final choice in late October.

Banner #2 – IU picked 7th in Big Tenby Lindy Sports and Athlon, Trayce Jackson-Davis named an All-American

Both Lindy Sports and Athlon magazines released their college basketball previews this week. Each publication picked the Hoosiers to finish 7th in the Big Ten this coming year.

Lindy thinks the Hoosiers will finish 40th in the country overall behind No. 3 Michigan, No. 5 Purdue, No. 17 Ohio State, No. 20 Illinois, No. 22 Michigan State and No. 27 Maryland. All seven of these teams are projected to make the NCAA tournament. The publication also named Trayce Jackson-Davis the 26th best player in the country.

Athlon picked the Hoosiers to make the NCAA tournament as well and finish just outside the top 25 behind the same six teams as Lindy. Athlon though is higher on Jackson-Davis naming him a first-team preseason All-American and fifth-best player in the country.

Banner #3 – Non-Conference opponent previews

Inside The Hall has been periodically taking a detailed look at IU’s non-conference opponents this offseason. This week they previewed Northern Illinois, Jackson State and Syracuse.

ITH has the full non-conference schedule with known dates listed here. The full schedule should be out soon and the season begins on Nov. 9 against Eastern Michigan at home.

Banner #4 – Disappointing opener for IU football

Despite the hype coming into the season, Indiana Football fell flat in losing 34-6 to Iowa to open the season. It was a game where the offense and especially quarterback Michael Penix really struggled. The good news for the team is the upcoming showdown with highly ranked Cincinnati is already sold out.

This week’s Assembly Call Radio spent a good portion of the show previewing the football season and talked with former IU assistant coach Bob Morris.

Banner #5 – Two former Hoosiers sign overseas

Two recent Hoosiers found a landing spot for their pro careers.

It was announced that former guard Robert Johnson has signed in Italy with Pallacanestro Cantù which is in Italy’s top tier league. Along with Johnson, big man De’Ron Davis signed with Cyprus’ second-tier league team Achilleas Kaimakli.

Banner #6 – Hoosier Roundup

• Former IU baseball pitcher Scott Effross made his MLB debut this week with the Chicago Cubs.

• Men’s Soccer’s Tommy Mihalic earned a couple awards after scoring two goals against Notre Dame. The team defeated Butler before losing to Creighton this week.

• Women’s Soccer fell to Memphis before defeating Western Michigan.

• Volleyball lost to Western Michigan before picking up two wins on Saturday.

• Field Hockey’s Mary Kate Kessler was named Big Ten Scholar Athlete of the Month. They also defeated Miami (OH) this week.

• Softball is accepting reservations for the Lil’ Sis Program.

• Swimming and Diving announced it’s schedule for this year.

• Men’s and Women’s golf each had three players on the Big Ten Watch List.

• Cross Country is ranked in the preseason poll and swept the Indiana Open in their first event of the season.

• Water Polo named a new assistant coach.

Thanks for your continued support for The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall. We’ll be back next weekend with a new roundup.

Now go enjoy yourself a 6-banner Sunday.

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