Katz reports that Sampson reports that he thinks White is staying . . .

So Kelvin Sampson believes D.J. White is staying at Indiana and not entering the NBA Draft.

At least that’s the impression he gave ESPN National Writer Andy Katz.

Katz’s column, which is only available if you are an Insider, can be found here.

Because I often side with the outsiders, and find them to be usually more interesting and thoughtful people, I’ll paraphrase what I can here. ESPN probably has powerful lawyers, so I’ll be careful.

Here’s Sampson’s quote: “All indications are that he is coming back,” Sampson said of his 6-foot-9 forward. “He’s at every workout. He’s a workout leader. There is no formal announcement plans yet, but I think he’s coming back.”

Sampson goes on to tell Katz that White would probably already be in the NBA if it weren’t for the broken foot he suffered — twice — last season. In fact, Sampson indicates that he might not even be coaching Indiana if White hadn’t been injured: he thinks the Hoosiers would have gone further in the 2006 tournament and possibly saved Mike Davis’ job.

Katz then shares the fact that Eric Gordon might be good at basketball, and says that Gordon will have tough games at home against Kentucky and Connecticut next season and against Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Finally, it appears that the Hoosiers will play a few pre-season games around Labor Day in the Bahamas to help acclimate Gordon to the team. Taking such a trip would allow the Hoosiers to conduct 10 practices leading up to those games.

4 comments

  1. Chris, thanks for the info. Think you could get some more info for us on this Bahamas trip? I’d like to think I know IU stuff, but I’ve never heard of this before.

  2. Jeff,

    The NCAA allows any team in any sport to go on what it calls a “foreign tour” every four years. I can’t figure out when the last time Indiana used this little advantage, but it certainly hasn’t been in the last four years.

    Basically, the team can go anywhere and play local teams. They get 10 days of practice to prepare and get to play a few games against some decent competition while most other teams are still just going through workouts.

    For instance, both Florida and Louisville toured Canada last Labor Day.

    Playing over Labor Day means that classes will have already started, which means that Eric Gordon and the rest of the new recruits will be eligible to play.

    Here’s the official NCAA Bylaw concerning this. Hope it helps, but let me know if you have any other questions.

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    30.7 FOREIGN TOURS AND COMPETITION
    A member institution may participate in a foreign tour in any sport (see Bylaw 17.32), provided the conditions specified below are met. (Revised: 1/11/89)

    30.7.1 Certification of Tour. The institution must certify in writing that the conditions set forth in this section are met and must maintain the certification on file in the athletics department. (Revised: 1/11/89)
    30.7.2 Eligibility of Student-Athletes. The eligibility of student-athletes on the tour shall be governed by the following (see Bylaw 14.2.3.6):
    (a) If the tour takes place during the summer, the student-athletes shall have been eligible for intercollegiate competition during the previous academic year or shall have been enrolled at the institution as a full-time student during the previous academic year and have established by the beginning of the tour that he or she is eligible for competition the academic year immediately following the tour; or (Revised:8/11/98 effective immediately for tours conducted during the 1998-99 academic year and thereafter) (b) If the tour takes place after the academic year has started, the student-athletes shall be regularly enrolled in the institution and eligible for intercollegiate competition.

    30.7.2.1 Incoming-Student Participation. It is permissible for an eligible incoming student-athlete to represent the institution on a foreign tour that begins after the permissible starting practice date in the sport involved or after the first day of classes of his or her first regular term at the
    institution. An incoming student-athlete (freshman or transfer) may participate in practice sessions conducted in preparation for a foreign tour only if such practice sessions occur either: (Revised: 5/4/05) (a) On or after the first permissible practice date in the involved sport; or (b) On or after the first day of classes of the student-athlete’s first regular academic term at the institution.

    30.7.3 Football Postseason Opportunity. A foreign football tour shall be considered that institution’s postseason opportunity for that season, the accounting period to commence with the start of the institution’s normal beginning of fall football practice.

    30.7.4 Time Lapse between Tours. An institution shall not engage in a foreign tour in each sport more than once every four years. (Revised: 1/11/89)

    30.7.5 Maximum Number of Contests/Competition Dates. A team shall be limited to a maximum of three football games, 10 basketball games, or 10 contests or dates of competition in any other sport during and as part of the tour. (Revised: 1/10/91)

    30.7.6 Opponents. The team shall not compete during the tour against other American teams (colleges or other U.S. teams) other than teams composed of U.S. armed forces personnel stationed at U.S. military bases in foreign countries.

    30.7.6.1 Exception — Women’s Rowing. It is permissible for rowing teams representing NCAA member institutions to compete against each other as part of the Henley Royal Regatta. (Adopted: 4/20/99)

    30.7.7 Practice Limitation. Not more than 10 days of practice are permitted prior to departure.

    30.7.8 Timing of Tour. Atour may only be scheduled during the summer-vacation period between the institution’s spring and fall terms or during any other vacation period published in the institution’s official catalog. All travel to and from the foreign country must take place during such a vacation period. However, if the team crosses the international date line during the tour, the change of date will be disregarded and the equivalent time as measured in the united States will be used to determine the institution’s vacation period. An institution may not engage in a foreign tour during the period beginning 30-days prior to the first permissible practice date until the first scheduled contest or date of competition in the championship segment of the institution’s playing and practice season in the applicable sport. (Revised: 10/18/89, 4/29/04, 10/29/04 effective 11/1/04; however, institutions may honor a contract beyond this date provided the contract was signed before October 21, 2003, 5/12/05)

    30.7.9 Per Diem. An institution may provide a student-athlete $20 cash per day to cover unitemized incidental expenses incurred in connection with a foreign tour in his or her particular sport. This expense allowance may be provided each day of the tour, up to a maximum of 21 days. (Adopted: 11/1/01)

    30.7.10 Passports. An institution may purchase passports for its student-athletes that are required for travel in connection with a foreign tour, and student-athletes may retain ownership of such passports. The institution also may provide student-athletes with reasonable local transportation to obtain such passports. (Adopted: 11/1/01)

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