Posted on: November 11, 2010 1:45 pm

Zeller picks Indiana

Class of 2011 standout Cody Zeller committed to Indiana on Thursday.

Zeller chose the Hoosiers over an offer from Butler and another from North Carolina. The 6-foot-10 center from Washington, Ind., is rated 20th nationally by Rivals.com. He's likely to become his family's third McDonald's All-American, joining brothers Luke Zeller (played at Notre Dame) and Tyler Zeller (now plays at North Carolina).

Zeller is IU's second commitment from the Class of 2011.

The other is Austin Etherington, a 6-5 wing from Arcadia, Ind.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 12:41 pm

Zeller announcement coming up

Class of 2011 standout Cody Zeller is expected to announce his college decision this afternoon.

He's down to Butler, Indiana and North Carolina.

Most believe he'll pick IU.

We'll all know just after 1 p.m. ET.

(Click this link to watch Zeller's press conference live.)
Posted on: August 12, 2010 8:53 am
Edited on: August 12, 2010 8:55 am

Musselman raves about Zeller

Eric Musselman will be introduced today as the new coach of Reno's NBDL franchise.

Good for him.

I've gotten to know Eric over the past few years because of his work with high school prospects, and his passion for basketball is easy to spot. He's the son of a coach, someone who belongs on the sideline. So it's nice to see him get another opportunity at the professional level, this after spending the first part of the week instructing a group of Class of 2011 standouts in the adidas Nations tournament.

Yes, that was Musselman coaching the winning team Monday night on CBS College.

Asked for some thoughts, he told me LeBryan Nash and Quincy Miller were his two most talented players, that Deuce Bello is an "NBA athlete," and that it would've been nice to have coached Kevin Ware, a 6-foot-4 guard committed to Tennessee who was injured. But the highest praise was reserved for Cody Zeller, the 6-10 forward from Indiana, consensus top 20 national recruit, and younger brother of former Notre Dame player Luke Zeller and current North Carolina standout Tyler Zeller.

"I loved coaching him," Musselman said. "He's a winner -- a big who plays so hard and can shoot. Great kid."

Zeller is still considering three schools: Butler, Indiana and North Carolina.

He plans to visit all three before making a decision.
Posted on: November 5, 2009 2:52 pm

Dear Gary (on Indiana)

Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary:
What grade would you give Tom Crean at this point on the rebuilding process at Indiana? Also, how would you grade Hoosier fans' support and patience up to this point?

-- Mick

I'm not really into grades, so I'll stay away from that unless you'll let me offer an 'I' for Incomplete. But if your question is whether I believe Crean will get it turned around at Indiana, the answer is yes, absolutely. He's just too smart and too focused to be unsuccessful at a place like IU.

Speaking of, I spent some time with Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor a few weeks ago, and we got to talking about Crean. Remember, Taylor signed with Crean at Marquette, then got a release when Crean went to Indiana and later enrolled at Kansas. So that's the connection. Anyway, we were talking about Crean, and Taylor said nothing but great things. He wasn't mad that he was put into a bad spot by Crean's departure, wasn't negative at all. He just talked about how much he liked Crean, and basically said there's no doubt he'll get it going at Indiana, in time.

And that's what I believe, too.

But it's going to take three years, at least.
Posted on: September 28, 2009 9:07 am
Edited on: September 28, 2009 9:12 am

Recruiting notes from the weekend

There were some significant recruiting developments this weekend.

Here are some of them:

Irving visits Duke: Kyrie Irving, ranked fifth in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, visited Duke, then Tweeted about it. "Duke official was great! I enjoyed every single second," he wrote. "Everything there fits me and is right for me...you never know what will happen ." Duke has long been considered the favorite to land Irving, a 6-foot-1 point guard from New Jersey. Still, Texas A&M is among the schools hanging around, primarily because Aggie assistant Scott Spinelli was college roommates with Irving's father, Drederick Irving.

Selby narrows list: Josh Selby, famous for decommitting from Tennessee in July, has narrowed his list of potential schools to six, and UT is not one of them. The final six are Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor, Miami and Syracuse. All indications are that Selby -- a combo guard ranked 14th in the Class of 2010 by MaxPreps.com -- will make a final decision in the Spring.

Jones narrows list: Class of 2010 standout Terrence Jones trimmed his list of potential schools to seven -- specifically Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon. MaxPreps.com ranks Jones as the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2010.

USC gains fifth Class of 2010 pledge: Kevin O'Neill accepted a commitment from Maurice Jones, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels. Jones is a 5-7 point guard who reportedly averaged 28 points and 13 assists last season in high school. He's the fifth Class of 2010 prospect to commit to USC despite an ongoing NCAA investigation.
Posted on: September 21, 2009 8:07 am
Edited on: September 21, 2009 8:09 am

Recruiting notes from the weekend

Cameron Clark committing to Oklahoma wasn't the only recruiting development from this weekend.

Here are some others:

Rivers visits Duke: Class of 2011 star Austin Rivers visited Duke despite supposedly being committed to Florida. As Bruce Weber can attest -- you haven't forgotten the Eric Gordon recruitment, have you? -- there is no way to interpret this as a good thing for the Gators. Rivers taking that visit makes him by definition no longer genuinely committed to Florida, and it's only a matter of time before he acknowledges as much publicly. Scout.com ranks Rivers as the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2011. He is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers

Wroten tears ACL: While Rivers was touring Cameron Indoor Stadium, fellow Class of 2011 star Tony Wroten Jr. was tearing his ACL in a football game, according to the Seattle Times . The paper reported that Wroten will have surgery this week and need seven-to-nine months of rehab, meaning he's done with football and basketball for the year. Scout.com ranks Wroten as the No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2011.

Quick hitters: Stacey Poole, a 6-foot-5 wing from Florida, told Scout.com that he'll likely pick between Kentucky and South Carolina by the end of the week. Poole is ranked 58th in the Class of 2010. ... Kyrie Irving, ranked fifth in the Class of 2010, eliminated Indiana from his list of possible destinations. The New Jersey point guard is still considering Duke, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M. ... One of the nation's top junior college prospects, J.P. Olukemi, committed to Oklahoma state. He's the fourth OSU commitment for the Class of 2010.
Posted on: September 14, 2009 4:12 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2009 4:15 pm

Irving wants a big role immediately, it seems

Kyrie Irving told Scout.com's Dave Telep on Monday that his college decision will, at least in part, be determined by his "role in the offense." Best I can tell, that's code for "I'm not interested in playing behind anybody."

And I respect that.

Too often, prospects act like they don't mind learning from upperclassmen or waiting their turn. But the truth is that somebody as talented as Irving ought to look for a place where he'll be the top option at point guard from his first day on campus, and that seems to be what he's doing.

Ranked fifth overall in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, Irving has scheduled three of his five official visits for Duke (Sept. 25), Indiana (Oct. 2) and Texas A&M (Oct. 9). Among the other schools vying for his services are Kentucky and Connecticut. But those two programs could be affected by the presence of point guards Eric Bledsoe (at UK) and Kemba Walker (at UConn).

(Note: I do not expect John Wall to still be at UK by the time Irving would enroll.)

Irving has set no timetable for a decision.

Duke and Indiana are widely considered to be the leaders in his recruitment.
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:12 pm

UNC and IU add Class of 2011 commitments

Two of the nation's most storied programs gained commitments Monday.

Class of 2011 star P.J. Hairston moved quickly on a weekend offer and committed to North Carolina. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-5 shooting guard as the 19th-best prospect among rising juniors. Meantime, Austin Etherington committed to Indiana. He's a 6-6 forward ranked as the 57th-best prospect in the Class of 2011.

Both prospects are in-state products to their respective schools.

Both verbal commitments were broken by Scout.com's Evan Daniels.
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