Could the Indiana Hoosiers be poised to go big?
Hey, anything is possible given IU basketball coaches are taking hard looks at junior college forward Dwight McCombs and former Iowa signee Cody Larson.
McCombs is a 6-8, 240-pound power forward, just what the inside challenged Hoosiers need. Okay, they really need another Greg Oden, but that ain’t happening by Wednesday, the beginning of the college signing period. McCombs is a guy who averaged 22.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks for Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois. He’s played one year of mid-major ball, at Miami of Ohio, before transferring to Moraine Valley.
The 6-9 Larson was released from his national letter of intent in the aftermath of Iowa firing former coach Todd Lickliter. He was considered to be Lickliter’s top recruit after averaging 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists as a high school senior. However, he was suspended from the team late in the seaon and missed the state playoffs. Also, he is not considered a top-150 player, and when your top recruit basically isn’t ranked, when you’ve had three straight losing seasons, life can get a little shaky. That’s among the reasons why Lickliter was fired.
Larson, by the way, is also getting looks from Ohio State, Arizona State, Minnesota and Florida.
Larson would also be an inside boost for the Hoosiers. Getting one or both players, or at least one big guy, is crucial given IU’s inside struggles and lack of depth.
Right now all IU has is a pair of guards for the Class of 2010 -- Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo -- decent recruits, but not players who will turn the program around. McCombs and Larson aren't program changers, either, but at this late date, that's not likely to happen.