Friday, October 14, 2011

Forget Limits – Basketball or Football, IU-Recruit Harris Puts on Show

BIG SCOOP -- This morning Gary Harris beat Usain Bolt in the 100 meter dash, knocked out Floyd Mayweather AND Manny Pacquiao in boxing, hit for the cycle in the major league baseball playoffs, got Republicans and Democrats to agree on health care reform, and ...

Sorry. It’s just, after hearing about Harris setting a Hamilton Southeastern record with 189 receiving yards in a 52-0 victory over McCutcheon, we’re wondering what he CAN’T do.

Not that we’re bitter or anything considering Harris can go to just about any elite program in the country in basketball or football, and that he’s about to be treated like royalty in tonight’s Hoosier Hysteria.

No, we’re WAY bigger than that, although, did we mention we hit TWO clutch jumpers in Assembly Hall last week in the Media Challenge and …

Sorry, again. We’ve gotten a grip. Harris is very, very good, which is why Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Louisville and, maybe, Kentucky, are after him.

IU, Purdue and Michigan State are pushing hard. Harris already has visited Purdue (yes, it went well), is visiting Indiana this weekend and will visit Michigan State later this month.

While Kentucky coach John Calipari has expressed interest, it’s hard to know how serious he is given he already has a commitment from Archie Goodwin, who is a shooting guard like Harris, only better. Goodwin is ranked No. 12 nationally and No. 2 at his position. Harris is No. 25 and No. 3.

Does Calipari really want TWO guys who are basically the same player? Is he just being greedy?

Who knows? IU coach Tom Crean is doing everything he should, and even things he shouldn’t (that NCAA secondary violation was embarrassing) to convince Harris that Indiana is the place for him.

We’ll know in a couple of weeks if it works. In the meantime, we have one last question about Harris, and we ask this with total sincerity and maturity:

Can he conjugate a verb?


In case you’re on pins and needles waiting to see what will happen at Hoosier Hysteria, we finally have the answer.

Sort of.

On Friday night IU released the participants for the skill contest. In three-point shooting, it’s Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Daniel Moore, Austin Etherington, Taylor Wayer, Remy Abell, Matt Roth, Derek Elston and Cody Zeller.

In the dunk contest it’s Oladipo, Zeller, Sheehey and freshman Raphael Smith.

Unless it’s not. The IU release said everything is subject to change.


Look for Ed Wright-Baker to start at quarterback today when the Hoosiers (1-5) play at No. 4 Wisconsin (5-0). Dusty Kiel is battling an ankle sprain that coach Kevin Wilson said could keep him out a couple of weeks. Tre Roberson is a true freshman who will almost certainly play. How much he plays rests in part on how well he can handle the atmosphere of rocking and rolling Camp Randall Stadium.

The Hoosiers don’t need this game. It’s likely to go as well as Ball State’s trip to Oklahoma, which was like a 50-point blowout.

IU, by the way, is a 40-point underdog.

Anyway, Roberson doesn’t need a lot of Badger defenders in his face, so unless the offensive line really picks up the pace, it’s probably best to keep him on the sidelines most of the time to keep him safe.

Yes, that means Wright-Baker is going to get a lot of action, and a lot of it won’t be pretty. In fact, it’s going to be brutal. The only way the Hoosiers win is if the Badgers commit like seven turnovers, most involving botched snaps with Heisman Trophy contender Russell Wilson.

Other than that, senior safety Donnell Jones and senior linebacker Leon Beckum won’t play against Wisconsin. Beckum hasn’t played since hurting his knee during the season-opening loss to Ball State. Figure he’ll be back for the next week’s game at Iowa.

Iowa, as you can guess, is no Wisconsin.

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