Thursday, April 15, 2010
IU Basketball Recruiting is Quiet, But Busy
On a day when Kentucky dominated the basketball recruiting news -– how much top talent can John Calipari keep getting? –- it was all quiet on the Indiana front.
That doesn’t mean coach Tom Crean wasn’t busy. He’s pushing on all fronts to land some impact players, specifically inside players, who can help next season.
Still, you see Gatorade national player of the year Brandon Knight sign with Kentucky on the first day of the signing period, followed by junior guard Michael Gilchrist committing to the Wildcats (yes, that means Calipari has the No. 1 player in both the Class of 2010 and 2011), and wonder, why can’t Crean get some of these guys?
The only answer to give is that Crean is trying.
Of course, there is that old Yoda quote that says, in a bad paraphrase, there is no try, there is only do or do not.
The Hoosiers do have guard Will Sheehey, rated at No. 131 by Rivals.com, and Victor Oladipo, who’s at No. 133.
They do not have a dominant big guy. They are in the hunt for junior college forward Dwight McCombs. He is 6-8 and 240 pounds. He is coming off a monster season for Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois where he averaged 22.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks.
He’d spent a year at Miami of Ohio before that and barely played (0.8 points, 1.3 rebounds). He has two more official visits to make. He told Mike Pegram of peegs.com and Inside Indiana that he would use one visit to go to Arizona State. The other is between Auburn and IU.
The Hoosiers also are recruiting 6-9 South Dakota forward Cody Larson, who had signed with Iowa, but was released after Todd Lickliter was fired and former Siena coach Fran McCaffery took over.
In the meantime the national buzz focused on Kentucky. Calipari also is getting studs Enes Kanter and Stacey Poole for the Class of 2010. He’s also in the hunt for elite Class of 2010 recruits Josh Selby, Marcus Thornton, Terrence Ross, Terrence Jones and C.J. Leslie.
Who cares if you lose five key players to the NBA draft if you keep getting this kind of talent?
Also on the recruiting front, Ray McCallum will play for his dad, the former IU assistant coach, at Detroit. Trey Zeigler, the nation’s No. 26 player according to Rivals.com, will play for his father at Central Michigan.
Yes, if you’re thinking this way, Crean has a son, but he’s like 11 years old, so it would be a while.