NCB On The Trail: Indiana

Ron Patterson set for prep school

August, 21, 2012
Three-star shooting guard Ron Patterson (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple), who had previously committed to the Hoosiers, was not admitted to Indiana and will now attend Brewster Academy, multiple sources report.

Patterson chose to go the prep school route despite other offers from Purdue and Xavier, according to USA Today.

Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg landed his second ESPN 100 recruit on Wednesday with a commitment from point guard Monte Morris (Flint, Mich./Beecher), has confirmed.

The 6-foot-1 Morris will join shooting guard Matt Thomas (Onalaska, Wisc./Onalaska) in the future Cyclone backcourt.

"This is a huge get for Iowa State," Recruiting Coordinator John Stovall noted. "Monte is a very skilled and talented lead guard who continues a strong pipeline from Michigan for the Cyclones.

"He's a scoring point guard and one of the top floor generals in the Midwest whose stock has really improved over the last year. Morris and Thomas give Hoiberg a high scoring backcourt which seems to be his recruiting plan since taking over in Ames."

Morris chose Iowa State over Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Rhode Island and USC.
ESPN 60 junior Stanford Robinson (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) decided to end his recruitment on Wednesday and has committed to Indiana. He confirmed the news to ESPN's Dave Telep.
Sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Bosse H.S.) received a scholarship offer from Ohio State this week, according to the Evansville Courier Press.

It marks the sixth offer for the Terrific 25 prospect. Xavier, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois are also after Lyle as is Louisville coach Rick Pitino who will visit with him on Friday.

"JaQuan is excited," Bosse coach Shane Burkhart told the paper. "He's been playing well and proving himself to the team and to his coaches. He's putting in extra time and is doing a great job when he's put into situations. Some big time schools are starting to show really strong interest."

Lyle is averaging 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists for the Bulldogs this season.

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According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, junior forward Derek Willis (Mt. Washington, Ky./Bullitt East H.S.) will announce his college decision on Friday (January 20th) at 4 p.m. ET.

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Indiana Hoosiers win twice on Saturday 

January, 2, 2012
Who says Tom Crean isn’t big in Milwaukee anymore? The Hoosiers latest recruit, Luke Fischer (Germantown, Wisc./Germantown) resides 20 minutes outside of the city where Crean used to coach.

Fischer, a 6-foot-9 power forward from the Class of 2013, attended Saturday’s IU win over Ohio State and after weighing offers from Iowa, Creighton, Boston College and Marquette, picked the Hoosiers. The hysteria following the game helped make his decision easier.

“Me and my family talked about it before we went down there,” Fischer said. “I was still deciding on whether I wanted to do it now or wait but that game kind of sealed it. Walking in there and seeing how everyone reacts to the team, where that team is going and seeing how he coached the team … I’m liking everything about it.”

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According to the Indianapolis Star, 6-foot-9 junior power forward Luke Fischer (Germantown, Wisc./Germantown) gave Indiana head coach Tom Crean a verbal commitment on Saturday.

Fischer committed following the Hoosiers upset of No. 2 Ohio State which he attended. He also held offers from Boston College, Iowa, Marquette and Creighton.

Fischer is the third verbal pledge for Crean from the 2013 class, joining small forwards Collin Hartman (Fishers, Ind./Cathedral) and Devin Davis (Indianapolis/Warren Central).

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Tom Crean talks Top 10 class 

November, 10, 2011
Indiana head coach Tom Crean announced the Hoosiers' 2012 signing class on Thursday.

The class, ranked No. 8 on, features ESPNU 100 recruits Yogi Ferrell (Greenfield, Ind./Park Tudor), Hanner Perea (Colombia/La Lumiere School) and Jeremy Hollowell (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) along with shooting guard Ron Patterson (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple H.S.) and center Peter Jurkin (Charlotte, N.C./United Faith).

"We believe this is a class that has an opportunity to develop into a very special group," Crean said. "They are dynamic competitors who bring explosiveness and energy immediately to the program. It will be exciting to help them develop and mesh over time. These young men are being coached and raised the right way. They have outstanding people helping them grow and when they get here, we will surround them with a group of coaches, staff and players that will hold them accountable to their respective talents."

"Even though our teams haven't been where we want them to be yet, this shows again, our program is in a great place."

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Recruiting Nation on ESPNU 

October, 20, 2011
ESPNU's Recruiting Nation will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET with ESPNU's experts covering basketball and football recruiting.

For the basketball coverage, host Dari Nowkhah will be joined by ESPN Recruiting Analysts Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep to discuss numerous topics. Included will be a feature on Indiana's third ranked 2012 class, headlined by ESPNU 100 point guard Yogi Ferrell (Indianapolis).

Recent highly regarded commitments will also be discussed, including Georgetown's landing of ESPNU 100 shooting guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis). A piece on the remaining uncommitted big men in the 2012 class will feature Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind.) and Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H.).

A round table discussion featuring Telep and Biancardi will also air.

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Jr. wing chooses Irish

October, 9, 2011
PM ET's Paul Biancardi confirmed on Sunday that junior small forward V.J. Beachem (New Haven, Ind.) has verbally committed to Notre Dame.

Biancardi has the breakdown on Beachem.

"V.J. brings the Fighting Irish good size at the small forward position along with a long frame, skills and excellent shooting ability," said ESPN's National Recruiting Director.

"His offensive tools and game is what make him such a special recruit. He shoots the ball with great range and accuracy out to 20'. His consistent jumper sets up his effective drives to the basket.

Beachem's value lies in his ability to keep defenses honest.

"Any defense must know where he is on the floor and stay attached to him. What Beachem will do for for Notre Dame is continue to keep the floor open and extend the defense out because he is comfortable and efficient at scoring the basketball.

"Where he needs to improve is be a committed defender both on the ball and with in a team concept. Mike Brey and his staff have had great success at Notre Dame in recruiting. In their recruiting philosophy they put a premium on identifying and evaluating players with a high degree of skill and displaying a good basketball IQ.
"Last year the Irish finished 33rd in the the nation in scoring the ball averaging 76.0 points per game.

"V.J. fits right into the Irish philosophy and style of play."

The 4-star chose the Irish over Xavier, Purdue, Indiana and Butler. He is the first recruit for head coach Mike Brey from the 2013 class.