Author: Jason Sanders

Headlining Indiana’s massive recruiting weekend that has already led to three commitments was 5-star class of 2025 quarterback Julian Lewis. Lewis is the the No. 10 overall player in the rising senior class according to the On3 Industry Average, and the No. 2 quarterback.  Indiana is competing with USC, Auburn and Colorado for the services of the Carrollton, Ga. product. The first time Lewis visited IU it made a splash, the second this past weekend it opened some eyes to the possibility.  Is yet a third visit possible?  Yes. Lewis has a specific weekend in mind. “If I do go…

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If Kyle Schwarber gets his arms extended the barrel of the bat on the ball, look out. The former IU and current Philadelphia Phillies star hit 93 home runs in 2022 and 2023 combined. What’s his secret? Baseball Savant rolled out a new bat speed metric a couple weeks ago, as measured by Statcast, and it provides a major clue. Schwarber has the third-fastest swing in the Majors at 77.1 mph. Only the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton (80.5) and Oneil Cruz (77.8) of the Pirates swing faster. Schwarber’s fast swing rate — or his percentage of swings that are 75 mph…

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Curt Cignetti already has one quarterback locked up in the 2024 class, but it appears he’s not done trying to amass arm talent from the high school ranks for next year’s roster. On Monday Indiana got a commitment from former James Madison pledge Alberto Mendoza.  But he hasn’t been the only 2024 signal caller being pursued by the new IU staff since they took over. In-state 4-star quarterback Tyler Cherry (Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove H.S.) has reopened his recruitment after a coaching change at Duke. Cherry visited IU on Friday before Mendoza committed, and according to Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep,…

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Whenever you see any photo of LeBron James’ shot that broke the NBA’s all-time scoring record, you’ll probably see former IU center Thomas Bryant in the frame. And there are a lot of photos of that moment. The sixth-year pro was out the left wing as James drove from the right elbow to the left. Whatever the moment, Bryant knew instinctively what to do as James looked his direction on the set. “You know what was crazy?  We went through that same play in practice, and whenever LeBron sees me on that wing he tells me to cut, and if…

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IU basketball coach Mike Woodson said on a podcast released Wednesday freshman guard Jakai Newton has been hurt, and implied his availability for the upcoming season is unclear. If Newton did turn out to be unable to go at the start of the 2023-24 season, IU would be down to just five guards — Xavier Johnson, Gabe Cupps, Trey Galloway, Anthony Leal and C.J. Gunn. And obviously just two of those five have a proven track record at the high major level of college basketball. The IU staff had a number of lines in the water when it came to…

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Most recruiting stories today have a transactional feel. How much playing time and how much NIL? When Mackenzie Mgbako decommitted from Duke, those certainly seemed like two of the more relevant issues that would be front and center for any school that tried to recruit him. But things started out a little different when it came to IU and Mgbako. According to IU assistant coach Kenya Hunter, it was Mgbako’s mother who started out being the recruiter, and Indiana the recruited. “Mackenzie’s deal is kind of unique because the crazy thing is Mackenzie’s mom reached out to coach Woodson with a…

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Will Indiana try one more time? Former North Carolina guard Caleb Love has decommitted from Michigan and is back in the transfer portal. Multiple reports indicate there was an admissions issue at Michigan related to credits not transferring from North Carolina. IU tried to recruit Love as a high school product out of St. Louis, and again when he entered the portal following the 2022-23 season. Adam Zagoria, who is a respected and well connected journalist who covers college basketball, said on Wednesday to watch out for Indiana and Missouri as possible destinations for Love. Those are two schools that…

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Tom Crean knew he was walking into a difficult situation at Indiana in the aftermath of Kelvin Sampson being fired and looming NCAA sanctions. But he said this week it was worse than what he ever could have imagined.  And much of that had to do with the roster he inherited. “I had no idea what I was walking into there (at Indiana),” Crean said this week on The Rex Chapman Show. “I took the job on a Tuesday, by the following Monday, a vice president (of Marquette) said why don’t we treat this like a bad April Fool’s joke…

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Class of 2024 5-star big man Derik Queen says he had a good visit at Indiana a week ago, but his recruitment seems to be broadening, and staying on the longer track. In a report by national 247Sports analyst Travis Branham on Tuesday, Queen spoke briefly about his Indiana visit. “It was fun,” he told Branham. “I like the coaches and I like the school. Two of my teammates go there. I liked the experience. I hung out with the team and me and the coaches were talking, they told me their plans, we watched film of myself and that…

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The IU basketball team has been mostly healthy during this offseason as they prepare for a season full of expectations. But the lone major exception has been junior guard Trey Galloway, who had surgery on June 14 to repair a groin injury suffered during the 2021-22 season. The expectation going into the procedure was Galloway would be back to 100 percent when the team begins practicing in October, and that still appears to be the case. “I’m actually feeling really good,” Galloway said on a podcast released on Thursday.  “These past couple weeks I’ve taken some big time steps in…

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