Author: Mike Schumann

Periodically over the summer we will check in with a quick look at former Hoosier basketball players to find out what they are up to now.  Last week we updated you on Bracey Wright.  Today we look at Will Sheehey, who played for IU from 2010 to 2014. Little was known about the core players in Tom Crean’s 2010 Indiana recruiting class.  Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey were both relative unknown 3-stars ranked outside of the top 100.  Sheehey was more of a complimentary players on his summer circuit team that included Fab Melo, Josh Langford and Damien Leonard. When IU offered…

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Recruiting momentum.  It’s a phrase that gets thrown around a lot. When Romeo Langford committed to Indiana in late April, fans and analysts alike wondered whether that would somehow open the floodgates for a stream of five-stars to follow him to Indiana. Now we are entering the class of 2019 commitment busy season, as IU awaits word from several high end targets.  Some may follow Langford’s lead and wait until next spring, but for the most part commitments will be made over the next 3 to 4 months — and we will find out if Indiana really has something going…

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Recruiting services periodically update their individual national rankings, and ESPN and has recently done just that coming out of the spring AAU circuit action. As we’ve previously documented, Indiana is targeting very highly ranked players in the 2019 class.  You can follow that link to see videos of each player as well as links to all of our coverage of them.  The players are listed in our perceived order of probability of an Indiana commitment. As it stands, Indiana has two open scholarships for 2019.  In the likely event that Romeo Langford goes to the NBA after one season, Indiana…

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Now that the 2018 NBA Draft has passed, it is time to take a look at which former Indiana basketball stars have thrived in the league once they arrived.  Below we summarize the top three former IU stars in several NBA statistical categories.  The lists are dominated by a few names from IU’s past. Walt Bellamy played at Indiana from 1958 to 1961.  As a senior at IU he averaged a school record 17.8 rebounds per game.  He is in the basketball Hall of Fame and was a member of the Indiana All-Century team.  He would become the first Hoosier…

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J-Shun Harris knows how to return kicks.  We all saw that last year when he returned 14 punts for 266 yards and two touchdowns in only seven games. Harris’ yards per return average was good for 3rd in the Big Ten and 11th nationally.  In addition to the touchdowns, he also added a 53-yard return to set up a fourth quarter TD against No. 17 Michigan. Unfortunately for Harris, he has also mastered the art of another kind of return — the return from ACL injuries.  The redshirt senior suffered a season-ending ACL injury during the Maryland game last season. …

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Periodically over the summer we will check in with a quick look at former Hoosier basketball players to find out what they are up to now.  Last week we updated you on Jordan Hulls.  Today we look at Bracey Wright, who played for IU from 2002 to 2005. “Help is on the way.”  Those infamous words spoken by Mike Davis after a bad 2001 loss to Kentucky couldn’t have been more misguided, seeing as how his current team, the 2001-02 Hoosiers would go on to play in the national championship game. While misguided for sure, he wasn’t wrong.  More help…

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(Updated to include Kervens Bonhomme) Well, we didn’t expect to be doing another Indiana football recruiting update so soon.  But with four more commitments so far today, and nine in the past five days — we had little choice.  The enthusiasm is contagious — Tom Allen and his staff are getting results — and once again it is their Florida connection that is delivering. After securing nearly a third of his 2018 class from the Sunshine State, Allen now has received four more commitments from Florida products in the 2019 class, including three today. According to the 24/7 Sports Composite,…

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The 2018 NBA Draft is on Thursday.  While there won’t be any Hoosiers taken in this year’s draft, IU has a long history of its top players being selected in the annual event. Indiana has had more than one first round pick on five different occasions, with three picks in 1976, and two picks in 1981, 1993, 2008 and 2013. As our trusted IU athletics historian Bill Murphy reminded us, what it means to be a first round pick has changed over time as the number of teams in the NBA has grown.  For example, in the 1965 NBA Draft,…

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Multiple outlets have reported that another in-state Indiana basketball class of 2019 recruiting target is visiting the Hoosiers today.  The last time this happened, Indianapolis native Armaan Franklin left Bloomington with an offer. New Castle, Indiana’s Mason Gillis is a 6-foot-7, 220 pound small forward.  He is a top 150 player nationally according to the 24/7 Sports composite, good for 4-star status. He has offers from several good programs, including Purdue, Butler, and Xavier.  Many believe that Gillis is likely to end up at Purdue, but he is continuing to keep his recruitment open, as indicated by a recent unofficial…

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-(Updated to include the commitment of Alabama defensive lineman C.J. Person on Monday morning)- The Crossroads of America is the official motto of the state of Indiana.  While it wasn’t the inspiration for the state’s motto, the balance of college football power in  Indiana may itself be at a crossroads. History has shown that there may not be room for two good in-state public school programs at the same time.  With Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State in the area and known to take their share of Indiana and midwestern talent, there just may not be enough left to support…

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