There are some reports that highly regarded class of 2013 SF Semi Ojeleye will try to make a visit to Bloomington in the near future.
Eric Bossi of Rivals.com had high praise for Ojeleye from this weekend's Boo William's AAU tourney saying: MoKan Elite went down at the hands of the CIA Bounce, but Semi Ojeleye did everything in his power to prevent it. The powerfully built, 6-foot-6 wing from Ottawa (Kan.) High went unconscious from three-point land during the second half as he buried one long jumper after another. When he's set, he doesn't miss very often. On top of being an excellent set shooter, the No. 37 player in the class of 2013 shows a great understanding of how to use his ruggedly built frame in the lane where he continually finishes through contact.
Here are a couple of highlight reels of Ojeleye I found on YouTube:
Evan Daniels of Scout.com is reporting that IU has hired Towson assistant coach Kenny Johnson to fill the same role for the Hoosiers. It appears that this would be a solid hire for the Hoosiers with Johnson's strong ties to the Washington D.C. area and the Team Takeover AAU program. Nothing official has come out of Bloomington yet. Stay tuned.
It appears that Calbert Cheaney may not be the choice to fill the void as assistant coach for the Hoosiers after all. Tom Crean is set to interview Towson assistant coach Kenny Johnson this week about filling that role. Johnson has many ties to the east coast and used to run the Nike Team Takeover AAU program, which in the past included current Hoosiers Victor Oladipo and Maurice Creek. IU targets BeeJay Anya and Stanford Robinson are playing for Team Takeover this summer, and adding Johnson to the staff could provide a big boost to those recruitments. Outside of basketball, Johnson appears to be very intelligent with a degree in Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Maryland. Read his full bio on the Towson site here: Kenny Johnson Bio
2013 Indiana commit Luke Fischer continues to improve his game and says he hopes to have a Zeller-like impact for the Hoosiers when he arrives in Bloomington. Fisher impressed at the AAU event in Minneapolis this weekend scoring 35 points and 10 rebounds in his two games Saturday. Fischer has reportedly grown to 6-11 and 220 pounds. Read the full article by Jody Demling here: Fischer Progresses
A new name has surfaced in the recruitment of the class of 2013 for Indiana fans. IU coaches were in Minneapolis for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Tournament heavily scouting California big man Marcus Lee. Acording to Rivals.com, the PF is ranked #54 overall in the class of 2013. He seems to be very active around the rim and is an impressive shot blocker. Here's a highlight reel from his junior year at Deer Valley HS.
Kyle Neddenriep of IndyStar.com talks about the early offers 14 year old Eron Gordon has picked up from Indiana and Purdue. Many argue that extending scholarship offers at such a young age is risky, but it seems unanimous that Gordon is going to be a special player. Read the full article here: Eron Gordon Recruitment Starting Early
SI.com college basketball writer Luke Winn analyzed the biggest impact players of the sophomore class for the upcoming season. He ranked Cody Zeller #1 highlighting the fact that Zeller is the most efficient returning college basketball player according to Ken Pomeroy's POY formula. Read the full article here: Zeller's Impact
Tom Crean has extended a scholarship offer to class of 2015 PG Hyron Edwards. Edwards started as a freshman for East Chicago Central last season and had an impressive performance at the IndyBall.com Shootout this past weekend playing for Indiana Elite. He led them to the 15U title finishing with 20 points in the championship game. This is Edwards first scholarship offer.
The Hornet's new owner, Tom Benson, saw a glimpse of what Eric Gordon could provide the Hornets next season as he scored 18 points in an upset of the Memphis Grizzzlies. Gordon will be a free agent after this season, and many teams should be in hot pursuit. He has only played in seven games for the Hornets due to injury, but in those games the Hornets have gone 5-2. Former Boilermaker Carl Landry had a double double for the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Read the roundup on IndyStar: Gordon Auditions For New Owner
Indiana gave Eron Gordon his first scholarship offer after his impressive performance this weekend at the IndyBall.com Shootout. The class of 2016 player played up a year in the tourney and still dominated. That must have sealed the deal for Indiana to offer Eron who will be a freshman at North Central next season.
I attended the IndyBall.com Shootout AAU tourney this weekend and have the results for the HS age groups. Many scouting videos to come as well. 17U- Class of 2013
The Eric Gordon All-Stars, led by D1 commits Devin Davis (Indiana), Zak Irvin (Michigan), V.J. Beachem (Notre Dame), and Basil Smotherman (Purdue) took home the title in the oldest age division knocking off Kevin Martin's Wolverines in the championship game 78-73. The EG All-Stars were led by 18 points from Irvin. The Wolverines were led by 6-10 center Maverick Morgan (Springsboro, OH) with 20 points, and Jaylon Brown (Fishers) with 21 points.
I really enjoyed watching Zavier Turner run point for the EG All-Stars this weekend. He may only be in the 5-8 range, but he's very strong (similar body type as Nate Robinson), has an excellent handle, good court vision, can hit jumpers, and is quick and athletic. If he continues to play like he did this weekend, I would expect him to add some more D1 offers. Another player that impressed was Michigan commit Mark Donnal (Whitehouse, OH) for the Dan Dakich coached Indiana Elite South team. He looked to be about 6-foot-9 230 pounds and moves well for a big man. He should be a good addition for Michigan in their 2013 class. 16U- Class of 2014
Fieldhouse Elite took home the title defeating Indiana Elite 65-55. I was only able to catch Fieldhouse Elite one time this weekend in the semi-final game vs. the Eric Gordon All-Stars. Aaron Brennan (Guerin Catholic) was impressive in that game leading Fieldhouse to a 56-55 victory while scoring a game high 25 points. Stay tuned for videos of Brennan, Grant Evans (FE, Wapahani) Sean Sellers (EG, Greensburg), and Bryant McIntosh (EG, Greensburg) from that semi-final game.
15U- Class of 2015 Indiana Elite led by 20 points from point guard Hyron Edwards (East Chicago Central) defeated the Eric Gordon All-Stars 85-65 in the title game. Eron Gordon had 21 for the EG All-Stars to cap off an impressive weekend from him. I wasn't able to attend this championship game and unfortunately won't have any video.
I spoke with some parents from Indiana Elite, and they all said Hyron Edwards will be one of the best players in the state in the 2015 class. All reports indicate Eron Gordon dominated this weekend playing a year up in the IndyBall tourney. Look for him to be the top player in the state for the class of 2016. Update: It is being reported that Indiana is the first team to offer Eron Gordon a scholarship after his outstanding play this weekend.
The debate related to class basketball still rages 15 years after its inception. The IHSAA scheduled public meetings in response to pressure by state Senator Mike Delph, R-Carmel, for the Legislature to force a return to the single-class tournament for boys and girls basketball. Delph dropped the bill in January after IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox agreed to hold 11 public meetings to review potential changes to the state tourney.
About 60 people attended a forum Tuesday night at Northrop High School (Ft. Wayne), the first of the 11 planned meetings running through May. Attendees were asked to complete a poll on the tourney and an electronic survey will be taken from boys and girls basketball coaches, athletic directors, and principals around the state. Cox said he plans to compile results from all 11 meetings and present the findings to the IHSAA.
"I remain optimistic that if the public turns out and says that they would like to return to a single-class basketball tournament ... I think that will be respected by the IHSAA," Delph said.
Here is some additional commentary on the subject:
The Hoosiers remain on top of Andy Katz's very early top 25 preseason basketball rankings. Rounding out the top 5 are Louisville at #2, Kentucky at #3, Kansas at #4, and Michigan at #5. Six B1G teams made the rankings with four being in the top 10 (Ohio State-#8, Michigan State-#10, Wisconsin-#22, Minnesota-#24).
The new Rivals 150 was just released today. The national rankings for Indiana commits are: Yogi Ferrell at #19, Jeremy Hollowell up seven spots to #41, Hanner Perea drops to #43, Ron Patterson stays at #131, and Peter Jurkin is unranked.
The national rankings for Purdue commits are: A.J. Hammons at #77, Ronnie Johnson at #94, Raphael Davis at #96, and Jay Simpson at #112
Other Indiana HS players in the Rivals 150 are Glenn Robinson III (Michigan) at #11, Gary Harris (MSU) at #25, Mitch McGary (Michigan) at #30, Kellen Dunham (Butler) at #93,
With Christian Watford and Cody Zeller returning, the Hoosiers are in excellent shape heading into next season. Many media outlets have them pegged to be a national title contender. Read some of the articles here:
Bob Knight spoke in Carmel, IN this weekend, and the Indy Star is reporting that he got choked up when talking about the passion IU fans have for their Hoosiers. Read the full article here: Bob Knight Back Home Again
Indiana assistant coach Bennie Seltzer has accepted the head coaching position at Samford. The university is located in Birmingham, AL, which is Seltzer's hometown. He has spent the last 6 seasons under Tom Crean at Marquette (2 seasons) and Indiana (4 seasons). Seltzer takes over for Jimmy Tillette, Samford's all-time winningest coach, with a 229-219 record over 15 seasons. Tillette was fired by new Athletics Director Martin Newton on March 13th after an 11-19 season. Seltzer is scheduled to be introduced during a press conference Thursday morning. He was the only assistant coach on the IU staff with no D1 head coaching experience. Does this open the door for Calbert Cheaney to replace Seltzer on the IU staff? We will have to wait and see, but I think many Hoosier fans would agree that it would be an excellent move by Crean to add the all-time leading scorer in B1G history to the staff.
Many media outlets are proclaiming IU as the team to beat next season. BTN breakdowns the reasons for and against the Hoosiers being the preseason #1 going into the 2012-2013 basketball season. Read the article here: BTN Breakdown
ESPN and USA Today both have the Hoosiers as the #1 team in the nation in the very early preseason rankings for the 2012-2013 season. Obviously, many things could change with NBA departures and some top high school players still undecided on where they will be playing.