A few Thursday recruiting notes…

We learned earlier this spring that DeAndre Thomas would be signing with the Hoosiers, we just weren’t sure how. It reminds me of Calculus in high school, when you knew the answer because you looked it up in the back of the book, but had no idea how in the world to get that answer.

The answer came with the announcement of Xavier Keeling’s departure. I’m tempted to make some kind of joke that because of Thomas’s size the Hoosiers will need to free up two scholarships for him…I guess I just gave into temptation.

In discussions involving Thomas, it seems his weight exists as the biggest issue. Most likely because of the discrepancies involving his weight that have been reported. These range from The Star repeatedly printing that Thomas weighs only 270 pounds to worried IU fans gossiping Thomas weighs closer to 350.

I talked to Thomas about his weight two months ago, and he realized that it was important for him shed some. He estimated that he weighed just a little over 300, and told me about how he was working hard to lose weight. This included watching what he was eating and when he was consuming it.

The 6-foot-8 big man is arriving in May, although I would guess over 300 than under. But something you have to remember with Thomas is the fact that he hasn’t been exposed to the type of conditioning he will face at IU. High schools and junior colleges do not stress lifting and dieting the way they do on the Division I level.

Thomas will most likely spend his summer months in Bloomington shedding some of his unwanted pounds. My guess is Kelvin Sampson will show him Bloomingfoods before he takes him to Yogi’s.

I would guess that Thomas would be close to 280-290 when basketball season begins this fall.

In other news, there is a Bloomingtonian the Hoosiers might give scholarship to. And no, he doesn’t play forward for South.

The player is the class of 2008’s Beas Hamga, who attends high school in Illinois and resides in Monroe County in the off-season. Hamga plays for Indiana Elite, an AAU team led by Mark Adams out of Bloomington.

Hamga was originally committed to Iowa, but when Steve Alford bolted for New Mexico, Hamga decided to re-open his recruitment.

Originally from Cameroon, Hamga is a 7-foot 225-pound shot-blocker, who ranks No. 32 in Rivals150.

I talked briefly with Hamga last night and will try and learn more about the center this weekend. IU has already reportedly offered him a scholarship, and Hamga will most likely be scoping out the Hoosiers the next couple of weeks.