Amayo recruitment a bit overblown

Indiana’s recruitment of Kelvin Amayo is not as advanced as reports have suggested, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The 6-foot-4 guard from NIA Prep in Newark, N.J. told Inside the Hall on Monday that Indiana had offered him a scholarship. That is not true.

Indiana has 12 scholarships set for next season and does have one open after Guy-Marc Michel was declared ineligible. But it seems clear that if Indiana does use that scholarship, it will be on a big man.

19 comments

  1. CJ Robbins is no real loss, it opens up a spot for Wilson to hopefully bring in a better player, maybe a JC player that can truly help the defense.

  2. Nothing against Amayo; but get us a 5 big beast. Enough guards will be present (maybe not a point) – but enough guards are there to dump to a beast in the post!

  3. We need someone who can get the ball to people and finish at the rim. Hulls and Verdell have to play to fast or out of control against good teams. That is why we lost to BC and Kensucky. A better point would make our shooters and Pritchard more effective. IMO A consistent threat at point is what we need. This will help Zeller also.

  4. I agree. We need a strong ball handler to get it up the floor and also have the ability to attack the rim to avoid the offensive draughts. Based on the Youtube videos this kid already has the body of a college Junior/Senior. If he can bring an immediate impact Crean will bring him in. Nothing says we still can’t get a big too. We have a few kids on scholarship who just aren’t at the level we need to get back to elite status. It may be time to cut some guys loose.

  5. The box score of every game we’ve played so are indicates that our ‘bigs’ are not coming up big in the games we’ve played so far. We don’t need another guard. Until we get some big guys who can score, rebound at both ends of the court and rebound, we will repeat many of the frustrations we had last year. I would like to see us put the best athletes we have out on the court regardless of their size. Watford is the only big who is looking to score. The other guys just seem to be out there.

  6. I don’t think we should sign this kid if it’s going to risk alienating Yogi Ferrell that we’d sign another prominent point guard the year before him. I’m fine with Hulls and Jones this year and next. Then when Hulls is a senior, he can mentor Ferrell. Remember, Ferrell isn’t signed, he’s only committed. I don’t want to risk him by having him come in as 3rd string his freshman year.

  7. IU’s bigs would have better numbers if we had a point guard to keep the other team honest. You can take the chicken or the egg. I’ll take a point guard that can actually break someone down, not lean into them or dribble so damn hard you can’t think. Guards win championships. And yes, we are guard heavy, but not ball handler heavy. I wouldn’t turn away a good big, I just think our biggest weakness is at the point. Yogi will be the only point guard when Hulls leaves. Are we never gonna recruit another PG after Yogi ? Alot of bigs coming in too. Balancing out those classes is important as well.
    And if people want to really say we have to many guards, why is Watford aloud to be dribbling around up top so much?( I know why) Why isn’t he posted low more. Thats where we need him as a team this year. We give so much away at the guard position against good teams and it’s frustrating. I am a South grad, and I like Hulls but to me, he is a Eric Suhr or Daniel Moore with a higher skillset. Jones is a turnover factory.

  8. I’ll take j hulls on my team any time! He has all the intangibles. Sees the floor, is a leader, shoots the 3, gives up his body, and hates to lose. He isn’t “playing” basketball he is competing. I like that.

    I agree we are in a mess with Michel’s scholly, but I am opposed to chasing away a kid who was good enough to be recruited. I think right now that spot is just lost.

  9. Fab5 Monday, December 6, 2010 – 1:45 PM EST

    But for people who argue past that, some say he(Hulls) is a proven D1 starting PG and what not…they are looking through flawed lenses.

    KevinK-

    Intangibles as in “Glory, Game, Guts, and Gumption written all over his Grumpy face”? I’m amazed you were nowhere to be found on the blog when someone using the screen name Fab5 was doing everything possible to shortchange Hulls’ ability to play at the D1 level. Sorry you couldn’t manage to be around to get in on that conversation about a week ago. And may I just say to Clarion that I feel very shortchanged in not receiving a “Bravo” for my efforts that day to strongly argue against Fab5 in assessing Hulls as plenty capable and appearing vastly improved since last season. Hulls has grown at the point guard position while VJ, even with extra year experience under his belt than Jordan, has remained stagnant and yet to cleanup the turnover issues that continually plague him .

    Hulls running the show is the best scenario..And you are right, he is unquestionably a leader.

  10. Please don’t think I dislike Hulls on the team. It is obvious why he is on the team and plays. I believe he and Elston are who started the Indiana kid movement. Not as big as Zeller, but similar.(symbolic) I think his best years are ahead. Crean will do what he thinks is best. I guess I just can’t let how good guards eat us up, bother me so much. They will get better. IU showed what they are capable of against Kensucky. And I’m sure they learned a thing or two from the loss.

  11. Don’t worry about it, Clarion. I’m starting to get used to being the Rodney Dangerfield of Scoop. Let me tell ya….I don’t get any respect.

    What a childhood I had, why, when I took my first step, my old man tripped me!

    I tell ya when I was a kid, all I knew was rejection. My yo-yo, it never came back!

    When I was born the doctor took one look at my face, turned me over and said, “Look, twins!”

    My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.

    My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.

    With my dog I don’t get no respect. He keeps barking at the front door. He don’t want to go out. He wants me to leave.

    My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

    My mother had morning sickness after I was born.

    My wife only has sex with me for a purpose. Last night she used me to time an egg.

    I was making love to this girl and she started crying. I said, “Are you going to hate yourself in the morning?” She said, “No, I hate myself now.”

    Maybe I’m old and completely out of touch, but remembering Dangerfield doing stand-up compared to the grossly unfunny, foul-mouthed, vulgar routine of Dane Cook(someone my kid actually thinks is hilarious)…?…Hell, isn’t it a bit like the poor souls now students of IU that slobber over a Crean quote plastered ostentatiously on a wall at Cook Hall while never witnessing/observing Knight performing his coaching craft so effortlessly and masterful on the hardwood stage of Assembly? Didn’t you just sometimes wish Crean could have lightened up at some of those first postgame press conferences? After a 20 point loss to Michigan State, instead of talking of an inherited decimated IU(like an ugly wife that gives you no respect), feeding himself the longing hungers of attention as if he alone discovered sliced bread, just tell a Dangerfield joke to Don Fischer, swallow some humble pie, adjust your tie, and go confidently to bed.

    Go Hulls! Go Hoosiers!

  12. What the hell? People wanting a point guard? A point guard to get the ball to Pritchard? How about a 5 that can do something with the ball? Hulls is the best passer and shooter on the team. If anything we need to run screens and get him more shots. He’s a John Stockton in the making. We just need some people besides Vic and Watford that can do something once he gets them the ball. Verdell isn’t solid enough to play the point, he gets pushed around too easily.

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