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Devin Davis tries to keep control of the ball during the 15U championship game at the Adidas May Classic. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

STARTING FIVE

1. TWO MORE RECRUITS

Indiana’s momentum on the recruiting trail continued Sunday evening, when 2013 prospects Collin Hartman and Devin Davis both said they will become Hoosiers. Hartman told his mother that he could not think of a reason to go anywhere else, I wrote.

Inside the Hall’s Alex Bozich has a Q&A with Hartman, including what role Cody Zeller’s decision played in his. Davis knew he wanted to commit for several weeks, but held off for his mom to see the school and, it ended up, he and Hartman could do it together, the Star’s Kyle Neddenriep writes. The four-star prospects give IU four major commitments this month, the IDS’ Greg Rosenstein writes.

There’s also the Yogi Ferrell decison, which pretty much everybody noted in their stories. Ferrell will make his announcement on Wednesday at Park Tudor, before his team’s first game.

Here are a couple of highlight videos. First one is Hartman:

And here is Davis:

2. INDIANA 67, EVANSVILLE 54

Remarkably, Indiana’s second-half comeback to beat Evansville was the first in three seasons under coach Tom Crean, Lynn Houser writes. Tom Pritchard had a career-high five blocks, silencing his haters for at least one day, I wrote.

Marty Simmons returned to Assembly Hall on Sunday, as the visiting coach, Andy wrote.

Maurice Creek’s second-half surge helped to turn momentum, the Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens writes. The Hoosiers had to survive early foul trouble, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s LaMond Pope writes. Indiana took another step towards contending, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel’s Pete DiPrimio writes. Creek sounded like the man he was last season, saying he has to knock down shots, the IDS’ Ryan Winn writes.

Here are the BigTenNetwork.com highlights.

3. FOOTBALL AND FUTBOL

Andy reviews game 11 of the 2010 season, the next-to-last contest, it turns out.

Very few BCS jobs are expected to be open, especially if Bill Lynch survives, the Denver Post’s John Henderson writes.

A neutral site did nothing for Indiana on Saturday, the IDS’ Geoffrey Miller writes. Edward Wright-Baker got on the field and felt prepared this time, the IDS’ Connor O’Gara writes. Fred Glass needs to be the bad guy and fire the entire coaching staff, the IDS’ Justin Albers writes.

The men’s soccer team started its playoffs Sunday, and scored two goals in the final minutes of the first half to turn the tide and overwhelm Tulsa, 5-1, Jeremy writes.

4. BIG TEN BASKETBALL

Minnesota defeated North Carolina and West Virginia to win a title in Puerto Rico but also gained a buzz nationally with their performance, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Myron P. Medcalf writes.

Four Purdue reserves scored 31 points to lead the Boilermakers to a win against Oakland, the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Jeff Washburn writes. Michigan redshirt freshman Jordan Morgan had a career-high 20 points in a win against Gardner-Webb, AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein writes.

Iowa is feeling good about itself after defeating Alabama on Saturday in the Virgin Islands, the Des Moines Register’s Rick Brown writes. Preseason tournaments are not a good showcase for Michigan State, which starts play in Maui today against Chaminade, the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode writes.

5. ONE FOR THE ROAD

Four Years Strong’s “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die.”

21 comments

  1. After Yogi and possibly Harris commit, we will have witnessed maybe the greatest stretch in IU recruiting history.

    All the more reason to laugh at 4guards. “Crean has turned things around,” he mutters. My question is, how can you turn something around that has been facing the right direction the entire time?

  2. Iowa beats Alabama, MN beats both UNC and W VA. It is a pleasant walk in the woods right now, but there are some bears around the next bend. Will Indiana be ONE of them? This Indiana team is playing like they might just be one. And IU each year form hereon in will be a significant UPGRADE over the previous team!

  3. Have you not hear the expression “You win some, you lose some”? You chide the coach for “only” getting V.O. and Sheehey in a “down” year?

    Do you also scold your kindred for hitting the tennis ball into the net once or twice on the way to a 6-0, 6-1 victory?

  4. I still don’t know how any rational and realistic human being could expect any coach given the circumstances at IU to have great 2009 and 2010 recruiting classes??? Can anyone on here explain that to me, anyone?

  5. you did not answer my question from above though. Did you really expect him to land GREAT talent for the 2010 class after having such a short time….a short time to form relationships? The reality is Crean barely had a year to recruit for the 2010 class. Admit it and move on!

  6. Actually the 2010 class is perfectly fine. Both Vic and Will have and will contribute. Both bring a different swagger and energy to games and Sheehey seems to have skills and smarts that will continue to develop.

  7. JPat,
    I don’t know that I expected greatness out of 2010 class, but I did expect better. It was his 3rd recruiting class, this isn’t 2008 we are talking about.

  8. 4G, I don’t even count that first one…he was here how many months to string that together? Although there were top 150 kids in that class. That was impressive! That in itself shows the difference between us…4G and J Pat. I gave him time and you did not. I don’t get that. See the way this has all worked out perfectly. Crean had a vision and a plan and it worked out. This program was killed by Sampson and what he did. That is what I don’t get about you. You expected this thing to turn around as quick as UK. That can’t happen when your program is killed…

  9. when I said barely a year…I am talking about how long it takes to build a relationship. Even if I said 2 years…that still is a short time these days. If it sounds like I am making excuses, I am not! I am being realistic!!!

  10. Someone please explain the J Selby story to me. As long as he serves his 9 game suspension and repays $5700.00 he will be able to play..????
    Isn’t this a NCAA violation???

  11. i think the 2010 class is going to be excellent by the time they are juniors. and as juniors, they will play better than any freshman in the 2012 class, as it should be.

  12. Creaniac, you are correct. He will repay illegal benifits – actually, they are being withheld from his scholarship so Kansas is repaying and he will repay Kansas. NCAA is obviously desperate to have these young athletes for a year regardless of how humilating it is to the NCAA or the athletes.

  13. So does anyone know how Hanner is doing at La Lumiere? I noticed that they have had games but they dont have any box scores. Also they play Findlay Prep. That should be a good tune up for Hanner.

  14. Ok so I saw he had 10 points and 3 rebounds against a giant team with a 7’4, 6’10, and another 7 footer on the team.

  15. Wow. Both of these recruits look promising. Very impressed with Hartman for only being a sophomore. Excellent shooting touch and mobility. Three more years to develop his game and possibly grow another 3 to 4 inches.

    I would also like to add how I’ve enjoyed watching our new assistant, Steve McClain, interact with the players during the first few games this young season. I really like the bright-eyed energy and calming presence he brings to the sideline.

    Finally, I agree with Husky’s pole position post on this thread. There was no negative recruiting momentum Crean was in dire need to turn around. The only thing now in desperate need a 180 degree saving spin move is 4guards. Though even with about-face his assessment of Crean, how could even the most gullible nose ever trust the brief air of a complimentary belch for Crean from his rear after the total bombardment of stench and mean-spirited crap sprung from a hole with tongue the past year.

  16. Wow. Both of these recruits look promising. Very impressed with Hartman for only being a sophomore. Excellent shooting touch and mobility. Three more years to develop his game and possibly grow another 3 to 4 inches.

    I would also like to add how I’ve enjoyed watching our new assistant, Steve McClain, interact with the players during the first few games this young season. I really like the bright-eyed energy and calming presence he brings to the sideline.

    Finally, I agree with Husky’s pole position post on this thread. There was no negative recruiting momentum Crean was in dire need to turn around. The only thing now in desperate need a 180 degree saving spin move is 4guards. Though even with about-face his assessment of Crean, how could even the most gullible nose ever trust the brief air of a complimentary belch for Crean from his rear after the total bombardment of stench and mean-spirited crap sprung from a hole with tongue the past year.

  17. Could it be Crean was holding a little back in the 2010 class to focus more on 2011 and beyond. Ok 4 guards take your pick 1). Current 2010 class and Zeller in 2011 or 2). Upgraded 2010 with no Zeller. We all would take Will and Vic along with CZ in a heartbeat. Crean has a system and looking for players to fill roles not neccessary a list of studs. So happens we can get both and we have seen in recent weeks. This is same way Knight recruited and completely opposite of Coach Cal.Turst in the Crean and Crimson.

  18. The inane one is still inane, still completely irrational, and still hopelessly wrong. I’ve heard about people that believe they’re O.K. and that everyone else is messed up. I’ve just never had to read their posts before.

    Perhaps the inane one believes that all you have to do is wave a magic wond and poof, all the top HS players in the country will magically sign letters of intent to play BB at IU. Don’t they know what a great tradition IU has (no, all those things happened before any of these kids were born)? NCAA penalties mean nothing, recruiting restrictions are irrelevant, recovering from the most crooked coach in the school’s history is of no consequence. Just wave the magic wond and its as if nothing ever happened. Delusional.

    The truth is the inanae one had to find something to criticize since he was mad that his hero, Mr. Alford was not named the IU coach. Mr. Alford’s record at Iowa was not so good and no one is certain that he even wanted to coach at his alma mater, but that was irrelevant, IU should have hired him anyway because the inane one wanted that to happen.

    Really people, he’s O.K., it’s the rest of us that are messed up.

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