Posts Tagged ‘BeeJay Anya’

Stanford Robinson (2013 SG) commits to Indiana

Published by Source on May 16th, 2012

Tom Crean has done a fantastic job landing top talent from within the Indiana state lines and now his recruiting success has reached beyond the heartland to the DMV. 2013 shooting guard Stanford Robinson (Paul VI – Fairfax, Virginia) made the decision to become a Hoosier on Wednesday, announcing it via his personal twitter account. He had visited the Bloomington campus the previous weekend and upon returning to the Virginia had set Friday as his decision day. Apparently he couldn’t wait to announce the news and IU’s 2013 class has grown to four prospects. Robinson chose the Hoosiers over Maryland, Rutgers, Texas and Villanova.

Robinson is a talented scorer who really only began mentioning Indiana this spring AAU season. He plays for Team Takeover out of Washington DC, alongside fellow 2013 IU target BeeJay Anya (Dematha Catholic). Tom Crean has had plenty of success in the area since arriving at Indiana, already landing current Hoosiers Maurice Creek and Victor Oladipo. The recent hiring of Towson assistant Kenny Johnson also played a huge role in this recruitment, as Johnson was a former Team Takeover/Paul VI coach that has long-lasting relationships with both Robinson and Anya. Robinson actually credits Johnson as being the reason he transferred to Paul VI High School in the first place.


Powerade Fab 50 Preseason List

Published by Source on October 20th, 2011

ESPNHS has released its preseason Powerade Fab 50, a list of the 50 best boy’s high school basketball teams in the country. There are a number of Illinois and Indiana teams on the list, as well as plenty of teams with players committed to or being recruited by B1G and Chicago-area colleges. Here’s the highlights of the list:


1. Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL)

- Chicago powerhouse Simeon landed the well-deserved top spot on this year’s list. Behind outstanding junior Jabari Parker, considered by some to be the best player in the 2013 class, the Wolverines lineup features several other highly-touted prospects. Senior Steve Taylor is already committed to Marquette, while junior Kendrick Nunn recently re-opened his recruitment after making an early pledge to Texas A&M. Also joining the group is junior point guard Jaylon Tate, who transferred to Simeon from De La Salle this past summer. Tate has been hearing from most of the B1G already, plus hometown DePaul, and has already landed an offer from Northwestern.


Story: Maurice Creek just can’t catch a break

Published by Source on October 18th, 2011

I am sure that most Indiana fans are well aware of the injury history for Hoosier shooting guard Maurice Creek. After a fantastic start as a freshman in 2009, Creek went down with a broken left patella in a December blowout over Bryant. The game was the Hoosiers last before the start of conference play and with the game well in hand, Creek was probably just minutes away from coming out for good.

The injury required surgery and after a long and difficult recovery, Creek made his way back onto the court last season as a sophomore. He was timid for much of the non-conference schedule, still getting the rust off and getting used to playing on his surgically repaired knee. However in January Creek suffered another knee injury, this time to his right patella. While less severe than the first injury, Creek needed surgery and was out for the remainder of the year. The injury came as Creek was just starting to get back into form and playing a full-speed.

Having two surgically repaired knees requires some serious mental toughness. The body may recover, but the mind needs to move past it, as well. All reports from this offseason pointed to Creek getting stronger, both on the court and in his basketball mindset. Hoosier fans had high hopes for Maurice this season, in what would be his third season as a Hoosier and hopefully his first injury-free campaign. However, that hope was dashed this past Friday in a “freak accident.”


Hoosier Hysteria Unofficial Guest List

Published by Source on October 13th, 2011

Plenty of prospects, some already committed to IU but most undecided, will be making their way to Bloomington on Saturday Oct. 15th for the annual Hoosier Hysteria “midnight madness” event. Normally, the festivities take place on Friday night, but with an away football game that weekend the event was moved to Saturday evening. Head coach Tom Crean has put together an impressive group of prospects for the weekend, including a large contingent from the state of Kentucky.

This move also coincides with the official visit of 2012 star Gary Harris (Fishers, IN) who will be making his official visit that Saturday. Normally, official visits get started on Friday but since Harris is a football player he will be busy that night.

Notably missing are Indiana’s two 2014 verbals James Blackmon Jr and Trey Lyles, who will be attending the USA Basketball Mini Camp in Colorado for the weekend. 2013 target BeeJay Anya has also been invited to the camp. 2014 prospect Jaquan Lyle (Evansville Bosse) considered attending, but as of Thursday night he is not planning on it. It is possible he will head up to Merrillville, IN for the Pangos All-Midwest camp instead.

UPDATE: These are guests of a different type, but IU Athletics has announced that college basketball TV broadcaster Bill Raftery will be at Assembly Hall as an announcer, and former Hoosiers/current NBA players Eric Gordon and DJ White will be in attendance.



B1G / Chicago Recruiting Tidbits – Friday 10/7

Published by Source on October 7th, 2011

Every Friday we will release a list of small recruiting news “nuggets” or “tidbits” they deserve mention on this site but do not necessarily require full articles. Here is this Friday’s edition of Recruiting Tidbits:


* Two teammates from Fishbourne Military Academy (Va.) committed to UIC on the same day, apparently unbeknownst to one and other. Prep school seniors Matt Gorski and Jake Wiegland both made the call for the Flames on Monday afternoon after being recruited by Donnie Kirksy. Gorski is a 7-foot center who also considered Hofstra and UAB and Wiegland is a 6’8″ forward that chose UIC over The Citadel and IUPUI. Fishbourne head coach told Scott Powers of ESPNChicago, “They play defense, rebound and really bring some toughness.” Gorski and Wiegland join Whitney Young’s Gabriel Snider as the three members of Howard Moore’s 2012 class at UIC.

* USA Men’s Basketball announced Monday the 27-player roster for their October Mini-Camp. The event will be held in Colorado Springs, CO next weekend (Oct. 15-16). The timing will prevent the attendees from checking out the Midnight Madness events going on all over the country that weekend. Some of the notable players invited to attend are Indiana 2014 verbals James Blackmon and Trey Lyles, Chicago prospects Jabari Parker, Kendrick Nunn, Paul White and Jahlil Okafor, 2013 prospects BeeJay Anya (IU interest), Charles Tucker (Mich, MSU, OSU), Larry Austin (OSU, Ill), Demonte Flannigan (OSU, Wisc), Rondae Jefferson (PSU), Jared Swopshire (Ill, Iowa, Marq, Minn, SIU) and Jonathan Williams (MSU), and 2014 Tyus Jones (IU, Iowa, Marq, Minn, OSU).