Author: Seth Tow

Indiana men’s basketball went into this offseason with a lot of work to do and very little margin for error. With the program opting to stick by head coach Mike Woodson despite some recruiting misses in the class of 2024 and a disappointing 2023-24 campaign, this became a critical offseason for the Hoosiers. And with seven open scholarships, thanks to Liam McNeeley decommitting, Kel’el Ware going to the NBA Draft, and three outbound transfers, IU was looking at a major roster overhaul. Woodson was playing the transfer portal on expert mode. Given some of his swings and misses in the…

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Shay Ciezki’s basketball journey started with gymnastics. Her older brother by three years, Matthew, played basketball his entire life and went on to play at Division III Keuka College in upstate New York. When he was on the court growing up, Shay was often hanging on the sideline. Sometimes she’d dribble a ball, sometimes she’d just tumble around. By age six, Shay started to play, herself. The Buffalo, N.Y. native eventually became a dangerous 3-point shooter at Penn State, before transferring to Indiana women’s basketball in April. “He would go to clinics and camps, and I’d be there doing cartwheels…

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TOTAL:  83 (as of 5/19/24) (85 total scholarship players allowed to be enrolled and on campus.  Several of the above total are freshmen arriving in the summer.) Quarterback: 4 (Kurtis Rourke, Tayven Jackson, Alberto Mendoza, Tyler Cherry) Running back: 6 (Solomon Vanhorse, Justice Ellison, Elijah Green, Kaelon Black, Ty Son Lawton, Khobie Martin) Wide receiver: 9 (Donaven McCulley, E.J. Williams Jr., Elijah Sarratt, Andison Coby, Ke’Shawn Williams, Miles Cross, Myles Price, Omar Cooper Jr., Charlie Becker) Tight end: 6 (Trey Walker, Zach Horton, James Bomba, Brody Foley, Sam West, Brody Kosin) Offensive line: 15 (Mike Katic, Nick Kidwell, Tyler Stephens, Trey Wedig, Cooper…

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Cornerback D’Angelo Ponds has committed to Indiana football out of the transfer portal, the sophomore announced on social media Saturday. The West Park, Fla. native comes to Bloomington after a stellar freshman season at James Madison. He was named to several freshman All-American teams, and was a second-team All-Sun Belt selection. Ponds finished third in the conference and tied for 11th in the nation with 15 passes defended last season — more than any Big Ten player. He added two interceptions and 51 combined tackles, including two tackles for loss. Ponds is the 12th JMU player to follow head coach…

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For some people, it’s LeBron Bond’s name that grabs their attention. Bond knows his name can raise eyebrows. He is, in fact, named after NBA legend LeBron James. When people hear his name, they sometimes turn their heads or ask him to repeat it, to make sure they heard what they thought they heard. But for others, it’s his the wide receiver’s speed that draws people in. Bond, in addition to playing football, runs track at Maury (Va.) High School. He competes in the short-distance sprinting events, with success: Bond finished first in the 100m (10.91 seconds) and the 200m…

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Arizona safety DJ Warnell Jr. has committed to Indiana football out of the transfer portal, as he announced on social media Wednesday. Warnell played for the Wildcats for two seasons after transferring from Pac-12 foe UCLA, where he spent two years. He’ll have one year of eligibility remaining at IU — his COVID year. Last season, Warnell played in all 13 games for Arizona and finished with 15 combined tackles, including three sacks. He posted 26 combined tackles in 2022 with one tackle for loss and one pass breakup. Warnell recorded 11 total tackles with two pass breakups and one…

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Indiana women’s basketball has promoted Ali Patberg to full-time assistant coach and added IU alum Keyanna Warthen to its staff as team and recruitment coordinator and assistant coach, the program announced Wednesday. Patberg is entering her third year on Indiana’s staff. She spent the last two years in the role Warthen takes over, though she didn’t add the assistant coach title until last season. Warthen served as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) last season under former IU associate head coach Glenn Box. These moves come after assistant coach Amber Smith and IU parted ways, creating the opening for Patberg.…

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With spring football over, Indiana football is quickly turning its attention to further roster turnover and, eventually, the start of preseason camp over the summer. Head coach Curt Cignetti has seen several players enter the transfer portal since the spring game. The spring window to enter the portal closes at the end of April, though more names could trickle out in the first few days of May. But May is more likely to feature commitments than outbound transfers. But coming out of the spring game, there’s still plenty to analyze of the roster IU already has. Taylor Lehman from Bite…

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Indiana women’s basketball assistant coach Amber Smith and IU have parted ways, a program spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Hoosier. “Amber is no longer on the Indiana women’s basketball staff and is pursuing other opportunities both within and out of basketball,” the spokesperson said in a text. Smith spent one year in Bloomington, working with IU’s guards. She helped the Hoosiers to a 26-6 season with their third Sweet 16 appearance in the last four years. Among other developments, Smith’s coaching helped Sara Scalia enjoy one of the strongest seasons of her five-year college career. The Minnesota transfer averaged 16.3…

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Karoline Striplin remembers watching “Hoosiers” many times growing up. The Hartford, Ala. native is a movie buff. She doesn’t have a lot of free time, given her academic and basketball demands. But she works movies into her schedule as much as possible, whether at home or at a movie theater. Her favorites are “About Time,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “The Dark Knight.” She’s a Regal Unlimited member, giving her unlimited movie tickets for a monthly subscription fee. Striplin said she tries to see movies in the theater at least twice a month — even during basketball season. “When I go…

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