Whitehead Enjoys Indiana, Future Visits Will Occur

Isaiah Whitehead enjoyed his weekend visit to Indiana and plans to return for an official visit, Lincoln head coach Tiny Morton told SNY.tv Tuesday.

“It went very well,” said Morton, who accompanied Whitehead. “There were a lot of questions answered. It was a great visit.”

Morton said Whitehead could potentially play either guard spot at Indiana, which just recently offered the New York City star.

“It’s open, he has a chance to play both positions if he wants,” Morton said. To read more of this story, click here

Blackmon Decommits from Indiana

James Blackmon Jr., a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Marion (IN) High, has decommitted from Indiana, according to multiple reports.

“He feels like he needs to be 100 percent sure,” his father, former Kentucky player James Blackmon Sr., told Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star.

Blackmon Jr. played exceptionally well at the recent Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C. He committed prior to his freshman year of high school and was Indiana’s lone commit for 2014.

He will reportedly still consider Indiana but is also planning on signing in the fall, meaning he could have somewhere else in mind.

“It won’t take until the spring,” he told the Indy Star.

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Richardson Sets Indiana Visit, Planning Others

 Malachi Richardson will visit Indiana unofficially Aug. 24, he told SNY.tv Sunday.

“I love the coaching staff, that’s my main thing,” said Richardson, who just announced he was transferring back to Trenton (N.J.) Catholic from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic. “Great coaching staff and great feel for the coaches.”

The 6-foot-5 Richardson — the No. 19 prospect in the Class of 2015 according to Rivals — grew up as a Syracuse and Indiana fan.

He’s also planning several September visits. To read more of this story, click here

Indiana’s Ferrell Hoping to Make First Trip Outside of U.S. With USA Basketball

Indiana point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell just recently got his passport for the first time because he’s never been outside the United States.

He hopes he needs it next week when the USA World University Games team leaves for the competition in Kazan, Russia. The roster will be cut later today.

“I’ve never been out the country so why not Russia, you know?” the 6-foot Ferrell told SNY.tv by phone from training in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“It would be a big dream to go over to Russia and represent the USA team.” To read more of this story, click here

Syracuse Recruit Patterson Wants Revenge On Indiana

PHILADELPHIA — Ron Patterson’s eyes lit up when he saw that Syracuse was slated to host Indiana Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

“It’s going to be a good one,” Patterson told SNY.tv Sunday at the Mary Kline Senior Game. “I’ve been wanting it for a long time since I left there, so it’s going to be a good one.”

The 6-foot-3 Patterson initially committed to Indiana but reportedly failed to meet academic requirements in summer school and was then denied admission to Indiana. He then opted to spend the year at Brewster instead of transferring. He ultimately committed to Syracuse in November.

Asked why he felt the way he does about Indiana, Patterson previously told SNY.tv, “Just the way they did me. Like I was screwed over. They said it was academics, but I don’t think it was. I think there was more to it.” To read more of this story, click here

With Zeller Leaving, Indiana’s Crean Has High Hopes for Vonleh

ROSELLE, N.J. — Noah Vonleh was recruited all along to help replace Cody Zeller at Indiana.

Now that Zeller and teammate Victor Oladipo have made it official that they’re headed to the NBA Draft, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean knows the 6-foot-8 Vonleh must play an important role.

“I think Noah was going to be fantastic whether Cody was there or not, so Noah’s going to be an excellent player,” Crean told SNY.tv on Friday at a coaches’ clinic at Roselle Catholic High School. “And he can do a lot of different things and he’s just going to get better and better.”

Still, filling Zeller’s shoes right away is a lot to ask. The 7-foot sophomore averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds for Indiana, which was ranked No. 1 for several weeks this season but fell to Syracuse in the East Region semifinals in Washington, D.C. To read more of this story, click here

Cody Zeller to the NBA Draft

Cody ZellerOne day after his Indiana teammate Victor Oladipo announced he was entering the NBA Draft, 7-foot sophomore forward Cody Zeller is following suit, according to multiple reports.

Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds for Indiana, which was ranked No. 1 for several weeks this season but fell to Syracuse in the East Region semifinals in Washington, D.C.

Draft Express has him as the No. 6 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

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Zeller’s NBA Stock Takes a Hit After Indiana Loss

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cody Zeller’s stock with NBA scouts took a bit of a hit after he was smothered and dominated defensively by Syracuse’s bigs during Indiana’s 61-50 loss in the East Region semifinals here Thursday night.

“It drops him down some with a lot of the teams,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He’s still a Top 10 pick on his body of work.”

Said a second veteran scout: “Zeller is a good complementary player and not a franchise guy. His stock has probably slipped but not that far. Not a real deep draft as you know. Maybe he decides to stay another year.” To read more of this story, click here

Louisville-Indiana Discussing 3-Year Series

NEW YORK — Louisville and Indiana have discussed a three-year series that would alternate locations, sources told SNY.tv.

The series is not finalized yet, sources said, but Louisville coach Rick Pitino told a small group of reporters Friday night that his team would play a “big school” in the series.

“We have this team we’re going to play and it’s not announced,” Pitino said in advance of tonight’s Big East championship game against Syracuse. To read more of this story, click here

Oladipo Helping Draft Stock With Stellar Play

Victor Oladipo’s
stellar play this season and down the stretch of the Michigan State game is helping his stock with NBA executives and personnel.

The 6-foot-5 Indiana junior guard went for 19 points, including his 1,000th career point, 9 rebounds and 5 steals as No. 1 Indiana held off No. 4 Michigan State 72-68 Tuesday night.

Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference. The Hoosiers had lost 17 straight — since 1991 — on the road against the Spartans.

After earlier air-balling a 3-point attempt, Oladipo crossed the 1,000-point plateau with a tip-in that put the Hoosiers up 68-67 with 47 seconds left.

He later scored on a runout dunk off a pass from Christian Watford that extended the Indiana lead to 70-67 with 10.9 seconds left. To read more of this story, click here