Former Park Tudor guard Bayt transfers to IU

According to a post on Yogi Ferrell’s Twitter account and several other reports, former Park Tudor guard Paul Bayt intends to transfer to Indiana from Manhattan and walk-on. The 6-foot-4 guard did not get any playing time at Manhattan this season.

UPDATE: Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling confirmed that Bayt has transferred to Indiana. He is now staying on campus, Schilling said, and actually participated in practice today.

“He really just wanted to get back home,” Schilling said. “It’s all fallen into place. It’s a dream come true for him.”

Schilling said Bayt was somewhat homesick in general and became more so because two of the assistants that recruited him left the program, and because of a particularly brutal experience with Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the Northeast at the end of October. Schilling said Bayt had to be moved into an overflow dorm after the storm and was without phone service for a significant period. The team couldn’t practice in its own facility and had to pack up in a van and drive to to high school gyms to practice.

Schilling said that both of Bayt’s parents went to Indiana. He close friends with Yogi Ferrell and other members of Park Tudor’s state championship teams also attend Indiana as students.

Schilling said Bayt, a straight-A student in high school could bring value to the Hoosiers as a practice player and as a shooter.

“One thing he can really do is shoot the basketball,” Schilling said. “As a walk-on player, he can simulate some of the great shooting guards Indiana is going to have to play against. … More than anything else, he can be that designated shooter who can spread the defense.”


  1. Why is everyone so against a walkon? It doesnt hurt anything if he can keep up in practice and if he can play at all it’s a plus. WIn-win situation.

  2. Not against a walk-on at all. Just don’t really understand why someone would transfer to IU. Usually they change due to limited play time and looking at IU next yr, I would think available minutes would be zilch, if not lower.

    But…Welcome aboard (?)

  3. I like our walk-ons for next year considering that Jonny was a former starter for another D1 school (IPFW) and a great leader for a Center Grove team also featuring Andy Smeathers and Joe Reed. Paul Bayt was a heck of a shooter for Park Tudor when they won two straight state titles (he had 18 points and a finals record six 3-pointers). They will provide some great scout team help in practice and could even get a minute here or there if Crean gets pissed at the guards ahead of them or if he wants to put them in a special package. Remember: lowly Alex Barlow was never figured to do much, but he got some big minutes and hit a big shot the other day. Yeah, Butler’s depth isn’t like ours, but they do have quite a few guards that should be ahead of Barlow on the depth chart (Clarke, Aldridge, Dunham, Stigall, and Jones if you can count him as a guard).

  4. If given the chance to be on a so-so team and not even play a lot or being part of IU and maybe getting a ring someday, even if I’m only a walk-on that helps in practice, sign me up to be a Hoosier every day of the week.

    And you get front seats to every game?

    No brainer.

    As far as next year, we may need an emergency 3 point shooter from time to time so who knows…….

  5. As a former walk on who made the IU roster let me just say, “They’re living the dream.”

    I was never much of a D1 recruit but I made the roster and got to wear the crimson of my all time favorite team. I wish I could have been #1 in my weight class but I wasn’t. I only got to wrestle in ‘Open’ tournaments wearing the block IU on the front of my singlet but I was SO proud.

    It couldn’t have meant more to me than if it said ‘Colts’ or ‘Pacers’.

    Now, I wasn’t walking away from a starting position at another school, like Johnny Martin, but busting your a$$ to wear the Cream and Crimson? Damn right.

    I can’t even imagine wearing the candy stripes and playing before 17,000. I’d have a frickin’ heart attack. I’d be afraid to shoot in warmups. I’d throw the ball over the backboard.

  6. Fewer than the amount of hot nurses attending his back surgery.

    Here’s my prediction for Watford’s next game.

  7. Me? I don’t know, maybe a few hundred. I never really noticed.

    One of my boys wrestled in front of around 25,0000 at the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis at the NCAA Tournament. It was on ESPN, too.

    I asked him what it was like being front of all those people. He said he never noticed.

  8. Come to think of it, there were probably a few more at those open tournaments because they were always in big arenas but they were never full…or even close to it.

    I doubt that anyone beside my teammates were watching me, anyway.

  9. Paul Bayt was awarded a full scholarship for basketball at Manhattan College. After spending a couple of months in the Bronx he was unable to enjoy his college experience. He voluntarily red shirted himself while he explored other options. He chose to walk on at IU becuase of the program, the coaches, the players and the opportunity to play in a high major program. Whether or not he plays will be up to him. He has been living and playing in the shadows for a long time. but if you have followed him, he always finds a way to get in the line-up. He is a red shirt freshman with four years of eligibilty. I would not be suprised if IU finds a way to use his deep 3pt shot.

  10. He transferred from Cathedral to Part Tudor after his Sophmore year in HS. Might have trouble making up his mind.

  11. I’d be willing to pay good money to get out of the Bronx (how is a school named Manhattan located in the Bronx?). In state tuition to live in Bloomington instead of NYC and get to play for the Hoosiers?

    Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

    Geoff, no, I was oblivious to the existence of anything beyond the edge of the mat. I’m pretty confident that speaks for most anyone I ever knew in the sport.

  12. Chet, Manhattan College is a very, very expensive private Catholic college…yes, in the Bronx…the ultra wealthy area just north of the Henry Hudson bridge linking the north end of Manhattand to the Bronk neighborhood known as Riverdale, on the Hudson River (also north of the George Washington Bridge) and across from the New Jersey Palisades. Riverdale neighbors probably included Arturo Toscanini, parts of the Kennedy family, Tony Bennet…etc. The neighborhood (that part of the Bronx) probably has between 20% and 30% of the CEO’s in the otherwise slummy island of Manhattan.

    Tuition alone is $30,000 per year, and total costs of attending all fees another $10,000-$15,000. A dorm bedroom near $15,000 per.

    This kid’s parents probably got giddy when he told them he could not adjust to life in the Big Apple and would prefer to take his poverty to Bloomington. However, they should note that several surveys list the college as one of the top 6 “returns on investment” in the country when you consider what their graduates earn.

    Here’s my question for DD, respectfully but legitimately puzzled. We can hardly get more than a paragraph or two reprinted info from ‘services’ on KW’s 2012 football recruits for Indiana University in the B1C and we do three (3) stories on this kid as a transfer walk on candidate for the basketball bench at IU from an exclusive private Catholic college?

    Something I’m not getting. Is IU athletic information shoveling out that many stories?

  13. Well, at least it’s cheaper than Cornell.

    Swanky neighborhood or not (and, obviously, you know more about the area than I do) I’ve spent enough time in the Apple to know that there isn’t a single place in the NYC area that I (and I suspect my kids) could possibly tolerate for more than a few days.

    After a week in NYC , Bloomington feels like Maui to me.

  14. Paul is a great kid and a heck of a shooter he will be a great addition to the program and wear the candy strips well I wish him the best.

  15. Nick m, I’m a great kid and would look terrific in the candy stripes (even better than Chet), but no-one is offering me a walk-on spot

  16. Here’s my question. Does this kid have a chance to play for IU or is he limited to being a practice player? Seriously, I always felt that walk-ons needed to be players that had the potential to make contributions to the team during games, whether that be in garbage time or in special circumstances (injuries, a three-point shooter, a banger, a pure defender etc).

    IU will lose its most accomplished 3-point shooter after this year, so does this guy have the potential to fill some of the void created when Jordy graduates? Can he develop to that level? I’ve never seen the kid play, so anyone that knows anything about this kid, please provide a perspective.

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