Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:38 am

Notebook: Kasey Hill commits to Florida

By Jeff Borzello

While everyone was focused on their New Year’s Eve plans, Florida snuck in and grabbed a commitment from the class of 2013.

Kasey Hill, a 6-foot-1 junior from Montverde Academy, committed to the Gators on Saturday evening. Hill chose Billy Donovan over Kentucky, Louisville, Florida State, North Carolina State and others.

Florida Rams AAU coach Matt Ramker confirmed the news to CBSSports.com.

Hill is ranked No. 10 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 for 2013. He shot up the rankings over the summer, leading his AAU team to a championship at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. His performance there had some people calling him the best point guard in the country. 

Hill is virtually unstoppable at times, using his speed and explosiveness to make plays in transition or get to the rim in a half-court setting. He has a very good first step that enables him to beat his defender off the bounce and he has a variety of scoring moves in the lane. Hill is also a solid passer with good vision.

He is the Gators’ first commitment from the junior class.

Indiana picks up junior Luke Fischer

It looks like Luke Fischer was among the growing number of people impressed by Indiana’s big-time win over Ohio State on Saturday.

Shortly after Fischer watched the Hoosiers beat the Buckeyes at Assembly Hall, Fischer decided to go ahead and commit to Tom Crean’s program.

Fischer, a 6-foot-10 junior forward, chose Indiana over Iowa, Creighton and others.

“I’m just really excited to be a part of this program,” he told the Indianapolis Star.  “I just think it’s really cool to see where the program is today and the directions it is heading. I want to be a part of that.”

Fischer joins Colin Hartman and Devin Davis in Indiana’s class of 2013.

Jefferson trims list to five

Despite being a five-star prospect, Amile Jefferson has played his recruitment pretty close to the vest. Over the weekend, though, he gave some insight as to where he stands right now.

Jefferson revealed his final five schools, according to Philly.com: North Carolina State, Villanova, Ohio State, Kentucky and Temple.

According to the report, Duke is also still a potential destination even though the Blue Devils are not in his final five.

Jefferson is a 6-foot-9 scoring forward from Friends Central (Pa.). He is one of the most difficult matchups in the country, and is extremely tough to stop along the baseline. Jefferson ranks No. 13 in our top 100.

Photo: Adidas

Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 2:15 pm

Slimmer BeeJay Anya holds his own down low

By Jeff Borzello

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – When the National High School Hoops Festival schedule came out, many people look at DeMatha vs. Jamesville-Dewitt.

BeeJay Anya vs. DaJuan Coleman. Two big guys pushing 300 lbs. going at it in the paint.

Then something happened. Anya lost 40 lbs. in the past few months and is looking considerably slimmer. He was still able to hold his own against the Syracuse-bound Coleman, bodying him up in the paint and using his length to make up for the height disadvantage.  

“I think he came out and played well and it was a good showing for both of us,” Anya said.

Anya was certainly more mobile and active than he was in the summer, getting open in the post and showing off a variety of post moves. His rebounding is still a huge asset at both ends of the floor.

His conditioning has helped in all facets of his game.

“Last year, that’s what was holding me back from being a better player,” Anya said. “I am more agile and athletic than I was last year.”

Anya isn’t focusing on his recruitment, but he has a long list of schools pursuing him. Syracuse, Texas, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Georgetown, Indiana, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Florida and Georgia Tech have all extended offers to the 2013 big man.

Anya ranks No. 30 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Photo: National Recruiting Spotlight

Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 2:45 pm

Indiana takes most significant step in Crean Era

By Jeff Goodman

Indiana coach Tom Crean has waited nearly 1,100 days for this.

Sure, the Hoosiers signed the youngest of the Zeller brothers, Cody, a year ago - and while he was unquestionably the most important piece of Crean's semi-recent recruiting success, he was just that.

A piece.

Today marks what could be the return of IU basketball.

Crean will have a trio of Top 50 kids ink in the Class of 2012: Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, a point guard who should have the ball in his hands the day he arrives in Bloomington; Hanner Perea, an athletic power forward who was coveted by no shortage of high-major schools; and Jeremy Hollowell, a 6-foot-6 scorer.

This could be the group that ultimately saves Crean his job.

Ferrell is the most critical piece that Crean will bring in and not just because of his ranking. No disrespect to Verdell Jones, but Ferrell is a major upgrade at the point guard spot. In fact, he's the second-highest rated floor leader in the nation (behind Providence-bound Kris Dunn).

Perea is something that Indiana doesn't have: a physical, hard-playing athlete on the frontline that will run the court, rebound the ball and block shots.

Hollowell is an enigma due to his inconsistent effort, but at worst case he'll give Crean depth at the wing.

Arizona's class may be ranked higher, but no one needed the Class of 2012 more than Crean and Indiana.

It's a program that has been in a state of rebuilding since the day Crean took over and while some expect the Hoosiers to take a step forward this season with the addition of Zeller, it's unlikely that Indiana makes any noise nationally.

But that could change a year from now.

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Crean didn't just go out and get any three players, either. Ferrell and Hollowell are in-state kids - and Perea, who hails from Columbia, has been at a prep school in Indiana for the last couple years.

He's making strides to do what the head coach in Bloomington has no choice but to do in order to make IU a national player again.

Lock down the state - or at least make it cool to play at Indiana again.

Crean has struggled to gain any on-court momentum in his first three seasons in Bloomington - so much so that many - including myself - have speculated that Butler's Brad Stevens is waiting in the wings if Crean doesn't soon make progress.

The Hoosiers should take a step forward this season on the court - but today was the most significant step that Indiana has displayed in the Crean Era.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:05 pm

Five-star guard Gary Harris cuts list to top five


By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Gary Harris has been notoriously quiet when it comes to recruitment, keeping it close to the vest.

At the NBAPA camp on Thursday, Harris made it clear he’s making advancements in the process.

“Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Purdue are coming at me the hardest,” Harris said. “That’s my top five.”

Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), is one of the more intriguing prospects in the class of 2012. He is physical and long, which makes him tough on the defensive end and difficult to stop on the offensively. Harris is deadly with his mid-range game, and is working on getting to the basket.

The five schools on his list will have to wait to see him make his next move.

“After the summer is over, or after this June and July, my parents and I are going to sit down and talk about it,” Harris said. “I’m looking for a school where I can get playing time.”

Harris, rated as a five-star recruit by most services, is also looking to demonstrate his ability to run an offense and facilitate for others.

“I want to come here, play my total game, show off my versatility,” he said. “I want to show what I can do, show that I’m not one-dimensional.”

“I want to be a combo guard, I’m working on my ball-handling,” Harris added.

If the Midwesterner is able to consistently handle the ball and switch between the two guard positions, he will have no problem making an impact at the next level.

Photo: Nation of Blue

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