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NUMBERS GAME
5 Years between Indiana’s first team All-Big Ten selections. Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller were the first Hoosiers so honored since D.J. White and Eric Gordon in 2008.
24 Offensive rebounds by Indiana against Michigan on Sunday, the Hoosiers’ best total since also grabbing 24 against Mississippi on Nov. 19, 2009, in Puerto Rico.
125 Games started by Christian Watford in his IU career, tied for the second-most all-time with Randy Wittman. Watford has now played in 127 games, just six shy of the record 133 shared by Wittman and Jeff Newton.

RECRUIT WATCH
LUKE FISCHER, 6-11, C, Germantown, Wis., 2013: Finished his season with 32 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and two assists in a state semifinal victory, then posted 17 points and seven rebounds in a 57-28 win to give the Warhawks their 56th straight win and second straight state title. Was awarded Wisconsin Mr. Basketball after the game.
COLLIN HARTMAN, 6-6, F, Indianapolis (Cathedral), 2013: Put in 10 points during a 59-43 win over Pendleton Heights in the Class 4A Southport Regional semifinal. Followed up with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 62-57 win over Pike in the regional final. Will play Jeffersonville in the Seymour Semistate Saturday at 6:15 p.m.
JAMES BLACKMON JR., 6-2, G, Fort Wayne (Bishop Luers), 2014: Scored 28 points in a 60-34 win over Boone Grove in the Class 2A North Judson Regional semifinals and capped the season with 27 points in an 82-72 regional championship loss to Bowman Academy.

SOMEBODY’S COACH OF THE YEAR
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its 2012-13 All-District teams Tuesday, naming a player and coach of the year in each of its nine regions.

A day after being passed over as Big Ten Coach of the Year, Indiana coach Tom Crean was named the USBWA District V Coach of the Year, a district that encompasses the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Michigan’s Trey Burke was named Player of the Year and was joined on the 10-man All-District team by the Hoosiers’ Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller.

TWO STILL IN THE SHOW
There are still two IU women’s basketball recruits playing this week. Larryn Brooks, a 5-foot-5 guard from Madison Central (29-4), has her squad in the Kentucky Sweet 16 at Western Kentucky’s Diddle Arena, where they open play at 9 p.m. Thursday night. Brooks scored 21 points in the Indians’ 45-34 victory in the 11th Region Championship game.

In Ohio, 5-9 point guard Taylor Agler has her Olentangy Orange team in the final four, where the Pioneers (26-2) will take on two-time defending champion Twinsburg (27-0) in the Division I state semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday in Columbus’ Value City Arena.

ANDERSON HONORED
IU women’s basketball 2013 commit Jenn Anderson was recently named co-Hamilton County Sports Daily Player of the Year with Hamilton Southeastern’s Taya Reimer (Notre Dame) and Hamilton Heights’ Dakota Weatherford (Evansville).

The 6-3 Anderson, who is expected to sign with the Hoosiers this spring, averaged 16.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a senior, finishing second on the Hamilton County all-time scoring list with 1,572 career points.

She was also named first team all-state by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

4 comments

  1. It is good to see that a couple of IU women’s recruits are still alive in their respective state tournaments. We can only hope that Westfield’s Jenn Anderson comes through with her signing a letter of intent to IU. One of the things IU’s team can use is a strong inside presence. This was significantly lacking this year. I would hope that Anderson can provide this. The rest of this strong class coming in next year certainly gives us women’s fans great hope for the future! The verble commits for 2014 is also very strong. Coach Miller, keep up the great work! Go Hoosiers!!

  2. I’m really interested to see how big an adjustment it will be for Luke Fischer coming into the Big Ten. I am excited that he was honored as Wisconsin’s POY, but I’m under the impression that his High School competes in the smallest-school division (or do I have that backward?) and that his competition has been limited. I mean, his numbers are gaudy, especially given that he has hardly ever played in all four quarters of a game. I’m assuming that he’s going up against guys that are playing center at 6’5″ to 6’8″. Given his experience in competitive volleyball, which I see as a very good sign, I assume he can jump and has above-average athleticism.

    Does anyone know how he has done in AAU competition? Can anyone provide any additional insight as to how prepared he will be for Big Ten competition upon his arrival in Bloomington?

    Can’t wait to see this kid in candy striped pants.

  3. Po, as I’ve never been too crazy about the guy I hope losing Luke to IU just pisses Bo’s off to no end.

    Bo wins the meaningless game and we get his state’s best player.

  4. Podunker, Luke plays in the largest class in Wisconsin. There were 4 other big D1 recruits he beat out for mr basketball. AAU seemed to go well and he had some good numbers there. I never saw him play, though.

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