First off, I wanted to formally introduce myself to all of you. I'm currently a senior at IU, and will graduate this December with an accounting degree. A couple months ago, John asked me if I wanted to contribute to the site, mostly on the recruiting side of things. I was currently in the middle of a pretty rigorous internship, but I agreed to begin writing some stuff and was given the all-go earlier this week. I was born and raised in Indianapolis; thus, I've been an IU fan my entire life. I'm looking forward to writing for the site, and continuing to have some excellent dialogue with all of you.
Anyway, let's get to it. Earlier this week, Terry Hutchens wrote a piece in the IndyStar concerning Noah Vonleh. You can read the entire article here. It was a great piece mainly because I'm sure it surprised many of us (myself included). Most of Hoosier Nation seems to be under the assumption that Vonleh is a one and done type of player. In the couple interviews I've seen of him, he usually mentions how much he loves Tom Crean's player development and how he gets guys ready for the NBA. Having Vonleh for more than one year would be fantastic, especially if his buddy Goodluck Okonoboh comes to town. One important thing to note that many might not be aware of is the fact that Vonleh reclassified up one year. He was originally a 2014 recruit. So, the kid seems pretty smart. We'll see how long he actually ends up staying in Bloomington.
Wednesday night, we had a little more drama. Evan Gordon, Eric Gordon's younger brother, announced that he planned to transfer from Arizona State. You can read more in the actual article itself, but it looks like Evan plans to graduate this month, transfer, and be eligible to play immediately. Shortly after his announcement, there were rumors in the Twitterverse that he had already committed to play for our Hoosiers this upcoming season. Those were proven to be false. There's no doubt that having Evan on the team next season would be a huge boost in an area of need. Gordon would also provide some much needed experience to Tom Crean's squad, and maybe even steer little brother Eron to Indiana. We'll see what happens, but as of right now, I'm fairly optimistic that Evan will end up at IU.
Finally, the Adidas May Classic kicks off this weekend right here in Bloomington. If you're around, I encourage you to check it out. Also, Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) begins it's 3rd event in Dallas this weekend. Here's a short preview from Evan Daniels. James Blackmon Jr. will be there, along with his teammate and IU target Jaquan Lyle.
Hope everyone has a great Mother's Day weekend.