Another big recruiting weekend (Chandler, Gibbs, Larson, Ferrell and Carlino)

The Hoosier Scoop crew stayed at home this weekend (Dustin and Chris for spring football; myself to spend time with family in town), but there continues to be news from a host of different tournaments across the country.

  • The big news this weekend is that Lawrence North center Michael Chandler decommitted from Louisville. Chandler told the Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep that he wanted to look around before he signed his letter of intent. Indiana has always had trouble getting players out of Lawrence North, but Indiana will have to make a play for the 6-foot-11 Chandler. He averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior.
    Here is a video of Chandler and teammate (and Louisville commit) Ryan Taylor against Fort Wayne Luers. Chandler is playing with Spiece Indy Heat this summer (same team as Teague, Hammons and Marrero).

  • Guard Sterling Gibbs told the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling that he loves Tom Crean and is very interested in Indiana.
    Here is a video of Gibbs with the USA Basketball Developmental Program. He’s with the New York Panthers this AAU season. UPDATE TO ADD MORE INFO: Gibbs is a 6-foot guard that is at Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey. His older brother, Ashton, averaged 15.7 points a game last season for Pitt. Florida, Pitt, Indiana, Maryland, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Rutgers and DePaul have all offered. Obviously, a large group of those schools recently went through coaching changes so those offers may still be there or may not. Three-star on both Scout and Rivals.

  • Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell is in Colorado with the Indiana Elite Team Indiana 17U team (Zeller, Plumlee, Etherington, Carlino and Davis). It’s his first tournament with the crew and the team was upset late Saturday night. Ferrell took to Twitter and questioned his team’s defensive effort (the post has since been deleted). He quickly issued this follow-up and this apology.
  • Matt Carlino is not with the team this weekend. He is visiting Florida. The Gators and UCLA are both trying to pursue Carlino for the class of 2010.
  • The recruitment of Cody Larson for the class of 2010 may be over before it has really started. The Quad City Times’ Steve Batterson reported in today’s paper that Larson and Ben Brunt may, by signing letters-of-intent with Iowa last fall, fall under the Big Ten rule restricting inter-conference transfers. Both appear to be appealing the decision. Hat tip to Inside the Hall for the link.


  1. Is that Big Ten transfer rule a recent one? Nothing stopped Luke Recker from going to Iowa. Was it because he went to Arizona and then Iowa so it wasn’t considered an in conference transfer?

  2. Boy, how tired I am of hearing the sentence “________ will probably end up at Kentucky.”

    Seriously, it is insane. Calipari is on his way to Portland to try to steal two of Washington’s top targets, Terrence Ross and Terrence Jones. I bet he succeeds. Please make it stop.

  3. UK ,I can’t stand them or their arrogant fans.It doesn’t say much for their coach ,having 5 first round draft picks and not winning it all.
    As long as they keep having that type of sucess,they can have all those 5 stars.Lets please give CREAN time.I believe all of his hard work will pay off..Hopefully sooner than later.

  4. Mike P.,

    Apparently though, he’s eligible to graduate high school early and play for an NCAA team this fall. Some schools are trying to get him to do so.

  5. Also, I know he’s reportedly only a 3-star recruit (4guards will undoubtedly be outraged), but Gibbs looks promising. Seems like a shooter and a good athlete.

  6. After seeing the amount of 5-star freshmen that have declared for the draft already, I am so, so glad that Crean went the 4-star route to build this program back up. I am becoming more and more convinced that this is the way to go.

  7. 4 guards will probably bash Crean for not recruiting Kory Alford in the class of 2011.
    The son of Steve is supposed to be a lights out shooter.

  8. He’s got an offer from Bucknell already, so he must be a hot commodity.

    Would he count as an “Indiana kid” anymore, though?

  9. steve,
    Kory Alford is a lights out shooter with unbelievable range. He is somebody Crean should be keeping an eye on, if he can improve some other aspects of his game watch out.
    Gibbs I don’t have strong feelings toward either way. He is a 3 star but from what I hear will move up to a 4 star after the next rankings. His form is kind of ugly.

  10. Casey, you missed the POINT! Yes, I go to the Courier Journal-Jody Demling site first and directly, not through the HT. But I was unaware that the HT Sports staff’s job was now to link to a real newspaper with real Sportswriters in Louisville! Couldn’t a high school intern set up this link? I am still waiting for some INFORMATION from the HT Sportswriters on Sterling Gibbs!

  11. BeatPurdue,

    So you’d prefer the HT writers regurgitate information that’s already available so you can read the same thing on two sites?

    That seems like a huge waste of time.

    And I’d say that part of a sports writer’s job these days absolutely IS to link us to other supplamental sources — mainly because people want information FAST, and doing it that way allows us to have and see the information more quickly instead of waiting for the writers to create their own post about it first.

    Almost every sports writer links other writers at times. It’s not some huge philosophical issue. The H-T writers post probably six or seven times a day at times and generate interesting stories for the daily paper at the same time. I don’t think it’s really fair to call them out for not doing their jobs well.

    Have you ever forwarded an e-mail to someone? If you have, why didn’t you write your OWN e-mail instead of directing that person to someone else’s work?

    …because that’d be pointless? Yeah.

    …because it’s pointless.

  12. No, I would prefer that they make some calls and ask some questions on their own to develop some original information! To you original work is now “pointless”. I disagree.

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