July 7, 2011

July period is underway

The July Period is officially underway. College coaches began at 8AM on Wednesday morning and finished up at around 11PM as they searched to find their next group of stars on the first day of the July evaluation period. Illinois head coach Bruce Weber and assistant Jerrance Howard navigated the greater Indianapolis area and saw some solid action. Here's a recap of what we saw on Wednesday.
The Notebook
-Pretty cool to see Tom Izzo help out Bruce Weber and let him ride on the private plane to Akron. Gives you a good idea of the kind of person Tom Izzo is, and how well he and Weber get along.

-Michael Orris said that he has talked to 4 schools that were recruiting him previously, but that he is restarting the process. William and Mary and UIC have re-offered.

--Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber and assistant Jerrance Howard were front and center all day long in Indy, but they weren't the only ones. Thad Matta, Tom Crean, Matt Painter, Tom Izzo, and Bill Carmody were Big Ten head coaches spotted in Indianapolis.

-Demetrious Jackson hit a 3 pointer to tie it up with 2 seconds to play, the problem was that his coach had called time out. After the timeout, he drew a foul on a 3 point attempt, but could only hit the first free throw with .1 seconds remaining as the second rimmed out.

-Indiana elite 16's got some solid play from VJ Beacham on Wednesday, as the 6'7 wing knocked down jumpers all day long, scoring 34 points in his 2 games.

-Kyle Molock, the recent Purdue decommitment, shows the problem with early offers. He isn't 100% from his knee injury, lacks the explosion he had previously, and now is searching for a new college. It is doubtful he ends up at the Big Ten level unless he turns it up.

-Reclassed 2012 point guard Sumaj Christon has a top 4 of Illinois, Xavier, Louisville, and Georgetown. Bruce Weber watched him on Wednesday.

-The 15U Meanstreets squad is very good, as they rolled to a 40 point win in a game that wasn't that close. Tyler Wideman, the 2014 prospect that visited Illinois last month, is a wide body that can do some work inside, while Michigan native Drake Harris is a player to watch in that class.

-Coach Weber will be in AKron at the Lebron James skills Academies on Thursday and Friday, while assistant Jerrance Howard will stay in Indy for some this morning but make it to watch the games in Akron later in the afternoon.

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