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As the IU world turns

Posted Friday, May 9, 2008, at 2:57 PM

The lingering effects of Kelvin Sampson's departure from Indiana University still seem to be looming like storm clouds over the program.

The interesting thing now is that Eli Holman's recent loss has seemed to have taken on a slightly sinister tone after recent comments by new coach Tom Crean.

For those unaware of the situation, Holman left last Thursday and the meeting included an outburst that led to police being called though he was not charged with anything.

Holman has now enrolled at Detroit Mercy where former IU assistant (under Sampson and Dan Dakich) is now the head coach.

Apparently, Crean felt that Holman's decision to transfer was based on family. Holman is from California.

Now it looks as if McCallum may have had a role in bringing Holman with him following the coach's leaving IU at the end of the season.

During an interview with the Herald Times of Bloomington on Thursday, Crean commented that he felt that there was a certain amount of orchestrating behind the scenes by McCallum to draw Holman to his new job.

Smells a bit like the Mike Davis/Robert Vaden situation to me.

On the positive however, Crean has wasted little time in filling the gaps left by the release of Terre Haute South alum, Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis.

Verdell Jones, a 6'4 point guard out of Champaign, Ill. has announced that he will become the fifth member of Crean's incoming recruiting class.

Jones had drawn interest from Arizona, but the Wildcats couldn't or wouldn't offer him a scholarship. He also had offers from Minnesota and Kentucky.

Jones averaged 17 ppg. for Champaign Central High School and led the team to the semifinals of the state tourney for the first time since 1969.

The incoming class also includes guards Nick Williams, Matt Roth, Devan Dumes and Tom Pritchard.

Roth, also of Illinois, set the career mark of 3-pointers made in his high school career. He hit more than 45 percent of his shots from long range his final two seasons that concluded with a final four appearance this year.

Bloomington South point guard Jordan Hulls has also been offered a scholarship by Crean after his emergence as a rising talent in AAU Tourney's this spring.

Maybe the newest sign of the apocalypse is the recent news that Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie recently offered a scholarship to an eighth-grader from California following his performance at the King James tourney in Akron, Ohio.

Michael Avery, 6'4 player from Lake Sherwood, California, drew Gillespie's notice while playing for, are you ready for this, the Indiana Elite team.

Yes, for Hoosier high school basketball fans, Avery's parents were in state to discuss their son's possible addition to Culver, a private school here in Indiana. While here, Culver's coach introduced Avery to the Indiana Elite staff and they invited him to play with the squad at the Ohio Tourney.

Apparently Avery made a big impression on Gillespie, who is obviously getting a pretty big head start on the class of 2011-12.

So congratulations to the Avery family are in order. I imagine it's gotta be pretty nice to have your college education seemingly paid for before you spend your first day in a high school cafeteria.



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