The NBA Draft deadline for early applicants has come and gone, leaving us knowing who will be back on the collegiate hardwood next season. As some of the Big Ten’s best stars head to the professional ranks, let’s take a look at some of the top players who will continue their college career and see what the 2014-15 season holds for each of those players.
On the afternoon of Halloween this past Wednesday, reports started to come out that Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers are no longer recruiting 2013 big man BeeJay Anya.
The 6’8 270-pounder from Maryland has been thought of throughout the past year or two as the final and very vital piece of the 2013 IU recruiting class. Somebody needs to fill the shoes of Cody Zeller once the Player of the Year candidate (most likely) leaves for the draft after his sophomore season.
Much discussion has surrounded the preseason #1-ranked Indiana Hoosiers, as they’re re-climbing the ranks of the sport faster than most thought they would.
With lofty expectations officially getting kicked off last Saturday as ‘Hoosier Hysteria’ was hosted at Assembly Hall, things couldn’t be better in ‘B-Town.’
However, Wednesday evening a bit of cold water was thrown onto the excitement.
Indiana University is home to one of college basketball’s most storied programs.
With the program finally back on the upswing following a Sweet 16 run last season and a plethora of highly-touted recruits joining the already-loaded Hoosiers this season, many think 2012-2013 is IU’s year.
Recently, Jeremy Hollowell from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis (or Lawrence—unigov complicates things) made a verbal commitment to Indiana. He’s the fifth high-profile recruit from the class of 2012 (and the third from the ESPNU Super 60) to commit to Indiana.
The Hoosiers’ 2012 class is shaping up to be one of the best in the nation and may end up being IU’s best crop of incoming freshman since the celebrated 1989 class. If Tom Crean can add Gary Harris, the Hoosier faithful will really have something to get excited about.
Like the 1989 group, the 2012 class includes several top players from the Hoosier State, headlined by top-30 recruits Yogi Ferrell (who just led Park Tudor to a 2A state title) and Hanner Perea.
Hoosier fans—who have spent the last couple years watching Butler cut down nets, Purdue contend for Big 10 titles, and Kentucky reclaim its spot among the nation’s elite—have high hopes for these 2012 recruits. Indeed, the last class to arrive in Bloomington with such high expectations was the 1989 class. The Chicago Tribune’s Barry Temkin asked whether the seven freshman IU recruited in 1989 comprised the “greatest recruiting class ever”—not just at Indiana, but anywhere.
I remember that group well, having watched several of the “Stupendous Seven” (as Dick Vitale once called them) play in high school and having attended my share of Indiana games in the late 80s and early 90s. So I decided to take a closer look at the seven players from that 1989 class, the expectations they brought with them, and the results.