It’s Friday, so it’s time for another roundup of IU basketball news from the week that was.
This week’s top story
This week’s top story isn’t basketball-specific — it involves the entire IU athletic department.
Last week, as explained by Zach Osterman in the Indianapolis Star, Fred Glass circulated a memo throughout the department reaffirming how every staff member should handle the receipt of any news about an alleged sexual assault allegation.
Glass’ message was simple, to the point, and clearly inspired by the ignominious failures of Baylor’s athletic department, especially its football coaches, to address such allegations in an appropriate manner. Glass even attached the findings of Baylor’s internal report to his memo to drive home the point.
‘The recent infamous situation at Baylor University should remind all of us of our responsibility to know and understand the University Sexual Misconduct Policy,’ Glass wrote, adding that anyone ‘who receives information or gains knowledge of sexual misconduct by or against any IU student, staff member, volunteer or visitor has an absolute duty to report that immediately.’
I was pleased to see this. Glass’ proactivity on this issue is encouraging, because sexual assault on college campuses is not an issue to be taken lightly.
Indiana is not instituting any new policies at this time, nor does it need to, but there is no downside to Glass reminding everyone, in clearly stated terms, what is expected if and when such an unfortunate situation might arise in the future. No one can question what the expectations are, which should lead to simple, swift action in the event of an issue. That’s how it should be.
The problem with sexual allegations, of course, is that “allegations” aren’t facts. This is why every situation needs to be handled on an individual level, but with seriousness and empathy. Glass gets this.
‘We’re not gonna overreact. We’re not gonna underreact,’ Glass told IndyStar. ‘We’ve got to do right by these kids, and part of that is making sure they’re held accountable.’
In the event that something serious does happen, it is actually not in the long-term interest of the offending party to sweep it under the rug so the player can continue playing on Saturdays or Tuesday nights. This will only lead to further feelings of invincibility and megalomania — which most college athletes have plenty of already.
Only by holding young people accountable for their actions — meaning real consequences — will any lessons be learned. If we aren’t willing to do this, then we can’t with a straight face say that our top priority is developing people.
Baylor has shown its true colors — that it’s all about winning. I’m glad Indiana is taking proactive, preemptive steps to show it has a different set of priorities.
I was a little more proud to be a Hoosier when I read that article.
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Now back to the links …
This Week on The Assembly Call and POTB
On this week’s episode of The Assembly Call …
Kent Sterling, “the hardest-working media personality in Indianapolis,” joined us for a wide-ranging discussion about Tom Crean, Indiana’s recent struggles with in-state recruiting, the legacy of Yogi Ferrell, and much, much more … including a hilarious anecdote about some Little 5 hijinks he was involved in.
I’ve been doing a weekly spot on Kent’s daily radio show in Indy for close to a year now. I really appreciate the opportunity, and it was great to be able to turn the tables on him. 🙂
And this week on Podcast on the Brink …
Alex and I had a chance to catch up with former Hoosier Remy Abell. We asked Remy why he transferred after the 2013 season, if he had any regrets, and which loss was tougher: the 2013 loss to Syracuse or Xavier’s 2016 loss to Wisconsin. Great conversation with a great kid.
This week’s recent news on …
Not a lot of news on current Hoosiers, which is good. This time of year, news usually isn’t good. In place of news, however, we are getting plenty of compelling images and videos of the players’ offseason workouts.
Thomas Bryant was the first Workout Warrior of the Week. Seven more to go.
Oh, and in case you missed it, Thomas Bryant is ready for that rematch with North Carolina.
Here is a quick video of Juwan Morgan dancing — and showing signs of shoulder trouble. (Troy Williams tweeted this with the note, “J-Mo forever dancing lol”
Here is a picture of OG Anunoby flashing his ridiculous athleticism out in the sand pit (via the IU basketball Twitter account):
Looks like we can put these guys in the current Hoosiers section now! (Via Marni Mooney’s Instagram account.)
But we have to leave De’Ron Davis and Freddie McSwain here in this section until they report to Bloomington. McSwain has a class to finish up, while a family member close to Davis is ill. McSwain should be on campus in August, Davis will be there in July, via Inside the Hall.
I’m starting see more positive buzz about IU commit Al Durham. His shot remains a work in progress, but he’s proven adept at getting to the free throw line, and he seems to be a willing and capable defender. Crean will know what to do with him. 🙂 Here are some recent highlights of Al hooping it up at EYBL.
On Wednesday’s episode, Kent Sterling echoed what a lot of people are saying: Romeo Langford is the best basketball prospect he’s ever seen in the state of Indiana. Here are some recent highlights of Langford showing off his silky smooth skillset.
Indiana is going hard after Kris Wilkes. Here’s what he is focusing on this summer.
Indiana recently offered a scholarship to 3/4-star center Luka Garza. Here’s a premium Peegs link that features an interview with Garza. Louisville and Iowa are both in on him. And here’s video — he seems skilled, but slow.
Congrats to Yogi Ferrell, who was named IU Athlete of the Year, along with freshman swimmer Lilly King.
Speaking of Yogi, he is working out today with the Indiana Pacers. Good luck Yogi! It sounds like his workouts have been going well. I read somewhere that he made 77 out of 100 three-pointers during his workout with the Celtics. Damn, that’s some sharp shooting. There is definitely more buzz about Yogi as a second-round pick now than there was a month ago.
The latest mock draft by Sam Vecenie features Yogi Ferrell getting selected, but leaves Troy Williams out. Find out where he has Yogi going.
Chad Ford has Yogi and Troy both in the 70s on his Big Board.
One of the most exciting nights of my time at IU was when the Hoosiers blitzed Kent State in the Elite 8 in 2002. What a remarkable shooting display by the Hoosiers. Dane Fife recounted that glorious night over at Inside Indiana.
The second annual golf outing and reunion of former IU basketball players was held last weekend. Click here to check out pictures from the event. Congrats to Joe Hillman, Wayne Radford, Kit Klingelhoffer, and Matt Nover on their victory!
Vigilant Sports caught up with Tom Pritchard to discuss his time at IU and, of course, the most incredible dunk in the history of basketball.
Jordan Hulls joined Kent Sterling on Thursday to discuss his overseas career, his upcoming camp, and much more.
Other Links of Note
The Assembly Hall renovations continue to progress. Peegs has a great shot of the new windows above the south side entrance. Looking good! The dedication will be on October 14th during the football homecoming weekend, Fred Glass announced.
Alex Bozich relayed some comments that Tom Crean made at Huber’s Winery about the ongoing graduate transfer debate. Credit to Crean: he is one of the few people I’ve heard from on this topic who actually seems to get the nuance at play here. There is no simple solution.
This is definitely the most interesting piece I read this week: Steph Curry Literally Sees the World Differently Than You Do. Is this tHe future of basketball/sport training? And is there any way we can get Mark Cuban to spring for some of this kind of training for the IU hoops team? 🙂
Put another way: This is full-on Jedi. Payne says he wants to keep Curry reading situations at all times, all while performing complicated basketball moves. The light sensors — coded with different meanings, depending on the drill — present different game situations to Curry. He has to make decisions on the fly, all while making different basketball moves, like crossover or between-the-legs dribbles. ‘It kind of simulates game situations where you’re coming down in transition and you see a defender’s left leg’s higher than his right and you gotta make a move to get by him.’
And here is a piece on the term “basketball IQ,” and the racial coding of the term. I’m not sure I totally agree, but it’s an interesting perspective.
That’s all we have for you this week.
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And finally …
If you haven’t pre-ordered Kirk Haston’s book yet, do so now. It’s called Days of Knight: How the General Changed My Life.
He shared a few of the stories that are in the book with us on a recent episode of The Assembly Call.
Thanks for your attention to this week’s roundup, and for your continued support of The Assembly Call.