Monday, April 12, 2010

Are Big Recruits in Indiana's Future?

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.


  1. yeah lets keep recruiting out of indiana. thats what we need. let them hoosier kids go play ball elsewhere so we can watch them in march agian with other teams. way to go CTC. 2.7? a year hahahahah. who's big idea was that hahahah.

  2. a continued path of mediocrity is all that I see coming from the Tom Crean Clap & Tan club

  3. What the heck is going on w/our recruiting?!?! I just pulled up this article of the Top 100 recruits and Indiana is no where to be found.

  4. CTC would rather have nice kids than great players. Obviously we dont want punks or thugs like Sampson had here, but again you have to get in there and get our program in the door. CTC is like a swooper on ebay only he cant get in the last bid. He makes IU looks pathetic when he tries to recruit a big player then cant close the deal because he hasnt put in the time to recruit them. I thought he was known as a great recruiter. I dont see it. Get used to it IU fans, next 8-10 years at least of pure mediocrity. Watch Marquette now turn into a national power with him gone. He built a nice, solid program there no doubt. But thats not what IU is and expects. We are redused to rushing the court when we beat Minnesota at home. I was at that game and was pissed off beyond belief. IU should ALWAYS have a team that can at least compete with a top ranked team at home. Now we're a joke that everybody would love to play because we are weak. Teams now know that they can get a win in against Indiana University. Just do what I do people...hope for an old IU game on ESPN Classic or the Big 10 network when we were good.

  5. Man why don't you give Crean a break. He is recruiting in Indy. He is taking what he can get and with the last two seasons how many big men and major recruits are going to come and play at Indiana? It was just two years ago that Sampson destroyed our program. It takes more then 2 years to rebuild from scratch, give him a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. calipari came in during a so-called rebuilding year and went deep into the tourney. 3 years into the crean era should be plenty of time to get some quality dudes in there and start winning some ball games. if they don't have a winning season or at least a .500 mark in 2010, then the tom crean project, to me, is a failure. 3 years, i believe, is ample time to get your recruits in and start winning some damn ball games! this shit that we're watching isn't even mediocrity. it's down right pathetic to the once reputable indiana program. get it done this year coach crean. no more losing seasons