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STARTING FIVE

1. OUT OF THE SHADOW

In the third installment of Out of the Shadow, Dustin connects the dots on a shortsighted hire that went so terribly wrong. That would be, of course, Kelvin Sampson. It’s an interesting read, with interesting comments from Bruce Jaffee on how the process went. Rick Greenspan talked about the hire, and Armon Bassett explained why Sampson meant so much to that group of players.

“I think his best attribute was his ability to get players to over-achieve,” said guard Armon Bassett, who was initially recruited by Davis, but stayed true to his commitment to Indiana and started for two years under Sampson. “He was just able to motivate you and help you find a gear that you didn’t know you had.”

He was not only able to motivate them but earn their undying devotion. Part of Sampson’s method of operation was recruiting players who had difficult upbringings, getting them to believe in themselves, and getting them to believe that they could accomplish great things together.

“Myself and a lot of those guys grew up without a dad,” Bassett said. “He was like a father figure to us. When a guy like that will go to bat for you and stick his neck out for you, you’ll do anything for him. We had the ultimate respect for him.”

2. ZELLERPALOOZA

We will have resolution today on the Cody Zeller recruitment, as he will announce his decision between Indiana, Butler and North Carolina. No one knows who it will be, Dustin writes.

The Star’s Bob Kravitz has a heck of a column, with the central advice of this: do what makes you happy.

I would just tell him to listen to two guys who’ve gone through the process, who sat in roughly the same place he did six, seven years ago.

Tyler Hansbrough, who was a big-time recruit from Missouri but went to North Carolina: “This is a time in his life when he’s got to be selfish. No one’s going to go to college for him. So wherever you feel happy, that’s where you have to go.”

Josh McRoberts, who played at Carmel, then committed to Duke before his junior year: “I’m sure everybody is telling him what he should do. I went through it. ‘You’re an Indiana kid; you have to stay home.’ I’m sure he’s got a lot of people in his ear. That’s one of the reasons I committed so early. I’d just say, do what makes YOUhappy.”

Remember that you can view the announcement live here. We will also set up a live stream of our Twitter updates on the Scoop.

Go ahead and check out a highlight video from this summer as well:

3. IT’S STILL FOOTBALL SEASON

Chris Adkins is preparing to get back on the field and it’s about time, all parties involved said to Dustin. Andy looks at the Big Ten’s bowl record against SEC teams and sees that it’s actually pretty good, contrary to public perception.

The IDS’ Justin Albers talked to Fred Glass on Wednesday and the AD reiterated what he had previously said to Dustin:

“We’ve got three games here and I’m focused on supporting the team and coaching staff to do everything that we can to win each one of those games. That’s what my focus is. That’s what I’m doing when I’m in the weight room with the guys, when I’m talking to Bill, or when I’m down on the practice field. I’m focused on these three games.”

It looks like Montee Ball will start for Wisconsin at running back on Saturday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus writes.

4. BIG GAMES, BIG NAMES, BIG TEN

Big news on the football front: Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor said he will be back for his senior season, the Columbus Dispatch’s Tim May writes. If Penn State is going to hang with the Buckeyes, it has to open up the offense, the Harrisburg Patriot-News’ David Jones writes.

Iowa wanted to redshirt its entire freshmen class, but circumstances changed some things, the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Andy Hamilton writes. Northwestern’s senior class was mostly overmatched as freshmen but have recovered, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein writes.

The coaching search continues at Minnesota, for coaching genius that has not been recognized yet, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Phil Miller writes.

Illinois improved to 2-0 on the season with a win against Toledo, but the Champaign News-Gazette’s Paul Klee focuses on the play of a senior point guard, Demetri McCamey, and a recruit who will replace him, Tracy Abrams. And in the final exhibition, Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor were completely dominant, Madison.com’s Rob Schultz writes.

Ohio State coach Thad Matta is fiery on the court during games, but is as even-keeled as they come off of it, the Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist writes. Michigan State’s recruiting class shows the benefits of the Final Four trips, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode writes.

Michigan is so young there are no expectations placed on the Wolverines, AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein writes. Oh, and Purdue signed Donnie Hale for a second time, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn writes.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

The Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road.”

10 comments

  1. I don’t agree with Kravitz. Sometimes our individualism gets so out of control in this country that we forget that it’s ok to balance one’s own desires with other “external” considerations such as family, social needs, etc.

    What is more, sometimes we find that if we take the “balanced” route, we are happier in the long run.

    Choosing UNC for the quick individual high that fades fast vs. choosing IU for the long-term gratification that makes a whole state happy will make Cody a better person.

  2. Freudian slip there, Hugh? UNC, Butler, and North Carolina?!??!? We’re all on the edge as it is, this is not a great sign in today’s tea leaves.

  3. Is there something wrong with the Kravitz article? When I click on the 2 or next page it does nothing. That is something I have noticed with other Indy Star articles.

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