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    Trayce Jackson-Davis

    I guess I get going on an official to UCLA just for the free trip, but Iowa and WF? Realistically, it's probably down to IU and MSU, with PU way on the outside looking in. With the MSU athletics dept./university administration being the garbage fire that it is, I'm steering WAY clear of that mess if I'm any kind of recruit. So really, there is only one clear cut choice, and I think we know who that is. #Frangipani
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    James Bouknight Commits to UConn

    Seriously. I guess we get spoiled in IN with our gyms and love of the game. Those courts looked like some local YMCA type action.
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    Matthew Hurt

    I see your point, but "best available" is extremely subjective, especially when evaluating 17-18 yr old kids. Also, letting the chips fall where they may isn't a viable long term recruiting strategy. Of course, you're going to want to go after talent, but so many other variables come into play during recruiting cycles-roster management, position needs, class balance, etc. Don't get me wrong, I'd take Hurt in a hot second, but I get the feeling that this staff is being more surgical in their recruiting game, and I welcome that wholeheartedly.
  4. Kinda bummed about losing out on this one since I think it could have triggered other commitments. Oh well, next up. Good luck to the kid - he seems like a quality person and handled his recruitment with a lot of class and poise. Go. Get. Newman!
  5. This is neither really here nor there, but these Tipton Edit 'shop job are atrocious. I mean, I could care less about tOSU getting dissed in any "top x" recruitment announcement on social media, but darn if they didn't get the garbage end of the stick on this one. Kinda funny actually.
  6. TJD seems interested in this announcement. 😀 https://twitter.com/TrayceJackson/status/1016081489488961538
  7. Digging through some old vinyl to sell off some things and ran across this. I could have sworn I had the 1976 LP too, but I could be misremembering. At any rate, this is a cool thing to put on the old turntable from time to time to listen to a 1981 "Fisch". Just thought I'd share during a slow-ish summer.
  8. It does. I'm 50, so just a bit too young to truly appreciate the 76 championship, but I remember 81 clearly. Coming back from a spring break trip to Pennsylvania to visit relatives, the Reagan assassination attempt, and IU/NC on the radio. Oh, and some dude named Isaiah.
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    Brandon Newman

    Grew up in Chesterton - home of Matt Nover, who was a few years younger than me. I used to religiously read the local paper for "cager" box scores (My family subscribed to the Post-Tribune and a couple of other local papers back in the day). Not since the Harden brothers in the late 70s-early 80s has there been this much buzz around a prospect out of Valpo. Happy to see Archie making inroads to this part of the state. *Side note: I spent many a day in Gary as my father worked for USS and would take the family into the plant to pick up his paycheck every other week. And I attended IUN for a bit. And cruised Broadway a few times.
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    Brandon Newman

    I want this kid for a few reasons. *He's a rising star shooting from long range at a good clip. I won't be surprised if his ranking skyrockets during his senior year. *Inroads into NWI, where IU hasn't traditionally recruited all that well. Locking down the state has to include the NW corner where a ton of talent exists. *I grew up the next town over and dated a few Valpo girls back in the day. Luckily I owe none of them alimony, but if we reconnect, we'll have something to talk about.
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    Trio of IU signees vs KY

    Scouring the interwebs for a live stream. Nada. However, it looks like the Indiana All Star account is live tweeting. At least that's something. https://twitter.com/indallstars?lang=en
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    A day with De'Ron Davis

    I'd love to see how swanky the locker room space is once renovated. Plus, I loved the "townie" view of Bloomington. Being a resident, it's always cool to see where these guys go for mundane things like haircuts and the like.
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    Romeo Langford

    I'm legit crying right now!
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    Romeo Langford

    Yes and yes.
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    Romeo Langford

    For those IU fans who may not live in-state any longer, the scene here couldn't be more perfect. 70+ degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and a gentle southerly breeze that seems to be emanating from down around the Ohio River.
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    Romeo Langford

    Banana, O Dancing banana, dancing banana we're all for you! (sung to the tune of the IU fight song)
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    Romeo Langford

    In roughly 72 hours, I'll either be dancing like that banana emoticon or digging into my "steely reserve" fund and moving forward, stoically. In either case, I will be enjoying two fingers of good bourbon and still be loving IUBB. Gloriana Frangipana!
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    Romeo Langford

    So, I seem to recall that Romeo was being held out of tonight's Nike Hoops Summit game due to concussion conerns (from the elbow to the face last week). Was that fake news?
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    Romeo Langford

    I'm not sure that I buy this theory. NA is equally pro UL and UK due to geography. I'm cautiously optimistic, but I don't think the gym will be swarming with pro-IU fans necessarily.
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    Romeo Langford

    Therein lies the problem. This isn't media reporting on something that has already happened, like a weather event or car accident. The fact is that no one - insiders, outsiders, and everyone in between can't be 100% sure about until a kid sits down at a press conference and puts the hat on. It's all speculation until it's not. This is why I hate those stupid Crystal Ball predictions.
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    Romeo Langford

    ^^^This^^^. I'm pulling for RL to come to IU as much as anyone here, but sometimes I think some of us need to take a deep breath and remind ourselves that we're the adults in the room. I love this board because of it's high level of CBB knowledge and civility, but I think obsessing over this recruitment is starting to go a wee bit overboard.
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    Romeo Langford

    Agree 100%. Romeo looks super bored and the play is super sloppy and uninspiring. I don't get what the point of these games are outside of "showcasing" how much work these guys need to do. Total snoozefest, this game is.
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    Romeo Langford

    Agree on the "taking KY to the woodshed" part, but when Indiana has won 31 of the last 34 games played and leads this ancient series by over 50 games, it just becomes rote and boring. KY just isn't good at producing basketball talent. Good at stealing it, sure. But their HS talent has faded into nothingness over the past 25-30 years. I'd rather actually compete with someone.
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    Romeo Langford

    I wouldn't mind seeing this series go the way of the dodo. We all know that Kentucky is no basketball state outside of UK and UL raiding the cupboards of their neighbors. I mean, the game in KY is being played in a gym with less than 3,000 seats while the IN game will be at Banker's Life FH. At this point, this series has become so one-sided, it just seems like a bad joke.
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    Grad Transfers?

    Kind of a head scratcher. This is pure speculation, but perhaps De'Ron's rehab isn't coming along on the timetable set for him and/or one other player pegged for a the 4/5 is leaving. Either way, there's still plenty there to fill that part of the roster. The grad transfers that we REALLY need are at G. Maybe CAM is going for as much length as he can garner, or trying to balance classes in some way, who knows. Anyway, I kind of like following the off-season moves and trust the coaching staff to make the right decisions AND keep us die hard fans enthralled during the off months. Go Hoosiers!