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June 29, 2013

IU coach expected Zoeller’s lofty rating

BLOOMINGTON — Plenty of mock drafts projected Cody Zeller being selected in the lower half of the top 10 in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

But Tom Crean wasn’t surprised when Zeller was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 4.

“He had too many great workouts. He was on the first line of too many top five programs,” Crean said during a conference call Friday.

Zeller and Victor Oladipo (No. 2 overall, to Orlando) became the first IU teammates to be picked in the top 5 of the NBA Draft.

“Charlotte and Orlando, when you look back at it, did a great job of coming in here in the year and spending extra time [watching the Hoosiers],” Crean said.

Some of the questions about Zeller stemmed from concerns about how his skill set would translate to the NBA. Crean, for one, is not concerned.

“I think the upside of his skill level is just going to continue to grow because he’s such an athlete, and his athleticism shows in so many ways,” Crean said. “He’s as prepared as any big man I watched in college this year, a big player to come in and defend pick and roll basketball, to come in and defend on the side, to play the post.

“I think when he gets comfortable … he’s going to be a multidimensional player because he can drive it, he can shoot it, he can score it in the post.”

The Bobcats talked Thursday night about using Zeller as a "stretch" power forward, a position he might have played at Indiana had it not been for Christian Watford.

While Zeller had the freedom in IU’s offense to play away from the basket, he wanted to drive the ball, Crean said.

“When you’ve got a guy that can get to the foul line like he does and (make free throws), you want to make sure that he’s getting as many opportunities as possible for that.”

Both Hoosiers will be going to teams that have had little success. Orlando had the NBA’s worst record last season at 20-62, while Charlotte was 21-61.

But given what Crean saw from the two at IU, he’s not worried about how they’ll help in improving those teams’ records.

“They’ll go in and blend [as teammates], but they’ll also go in and they won’t be afraid to compete,” Crean said. “They won’t be afraid to do their best.

“I don’t think they need to make a lot of changes in how they act and operate when it comes to being members of a team, because they’ve proven it works here.”

Both players said Thursday night that they intend to keep up the work ethic that enabled them to lead IU to 56 combined wins over the last two seasons.

“I’m not worried about the title of franchise guy or anything,” Zeller said. “I’m going to come in and try to be the hardest-working guy. Hopefully the other guys there will follow my lead, or I’ll join them if it’s a good group of hard-working guys, then the team is going to start winning.”

“I’m not trying to come in and do everything and try to outshine everybody,” Oladipo said. “I’m going to come in and work hard.”

Watford was hoping to get drafted but didn’t. Reports on Friday said that Watford would play for the Pacers’ and Mavericks’ summer league teams. Indiana will play in the Orlando summer league, July 7-12, while Dallas plays in the Las Vegas summer league from July 12-22.

 

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis On again: Indiana State batter Jeff Zahn was 3-3 by the fifth inning.

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    On Tuesday against struggling Purdue, ISU finally added an early big inning to its list of accomplishments.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Western Indiana Conference to expand to 12 schools

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    Late last week, the seven WIC principals and five WCC principals voted 12-0 to approve the new alignment.
    “We now have 12 schools in the WIC,” proclaimed outgoing Sullivan principal David Springer, who’s serving as WIC president for the 2013-14 school year.

    April 22, 2014

  • Busy Patriots get past Casey 7-1 in prep softball

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    The Patriots now are 6-3 and will take on Clay City, ranked second in the Class A poll, on Thursday in another home game.

    April 22, 2014

  • Pacers win to even series at 1-1

    Paul George scored 27 points and George Hill had all 15 of his points in the second half, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
    The Pacers and Hawks are tied at a game apiece heading into Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday.

    April 22, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Former ISU athletic director ‘Beanie’ Cooper dies at 86

    Former Indiana State athletic director Bernard “Beanie” Cooper died Sunday at the Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City, Iowa, after a brief illness.
    Cooper, 86, served as ISU’s AD from 1981 to 1989.
    Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City.

    April 22, 2014

  • PREP ROUNDUP: West Vigo baseball, softball pick up WIC victories

    West Vigo won its Western Indiana Conference high school baseball opener at South Vermillion, scoring two seventh-inning runs and holding off a Wildcats’ rally.

    April 22, 2014

  • SPT 042014 KAYDIE GROOMS 5.jpg Wabash Valley high school basketball players of the year: Their career numbers tell only part of the story

    One of the prouder people in east-central Illinois, as the Tribune-Star awards its 2013-2014 high school basketball Player of the Year awards, is probably Barry Wolfe.

    April 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • MET 042114 TRACK MCNICHOLS.jpg Til it's over: Grand memories usher in a new era for ISU track

    John McNichols won his first Missouri Valley Conference championship in outdoor track at Indiana State’s Marks Field back in 1988. He’s gone on to win eight more — in addition to his two indoor track and eight cross country crowns. In 2016, McNichols will have a chance to add that outdoor title total on the site of a brand new facility — proposed to be named Gibson Track and Field by ISU President Dan Bradley.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vikings open busy week with victory

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    April 22, 2014

  • SPT 042114 KYLER FULFORD.jpg Prep roundup: Yeryar's five hits lift Shakamak

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

    March 21, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

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  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

    February 7, 2014

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Track history: Indiana State University track and cross country coach John McNichols remembers the legacy of former Indiana State coach Wally Marks during the groundbreaking of the new ISU track and field complex on Monday. The older athletic complex, located between 3rd and 4th streets, was named for Walter (Wally) Marks, coach of intercollegiate athletics, member of the faculty and chair of the Department of Physical education of Men (1952-1965.) Also, Marks was the first Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation from 1965-1977.

  • Til it's over: Grand memories usher in a new era for ISU track

    John McNichols won his first Missouri Valley Conference championship in outdoor track at Indiana State’s Marks Field back in 1988. He’s gone on to win eight more — in addition to his two indoor track and eight cross country crowns. In 2016, McNichols will have a chance to add that outdoor title total on the site of a brand new facility — proposed to be named Gibson Track and Field by ISU President Dan Bradley.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Metro roundup: ISU trails by 4 with 18 holes left

    Indiana State is four shots out of the lead and McCall Christopher five shots from the individual lead after the second of three rounds of the Missouri Valley Conference golf championships was completed Monday at Panther Creek Country Club.

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  • UK_Mizzou_4-11-14_27_cw.JPG Immense power: A leaner A.J. Reed making play as elite prospect

    Reed took his talents to Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference in 2011 and hasn’t looked back in the baseball sense. After a standout career at Terre Haute South — he was Indiana’s Player of the Year in 2011 — area fans had an idea of the wind Kentucky was sowing when it coaxed Reed to Lexington, Ky.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

    Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
    The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Track history: Indiana State University track and cross country coach John McNichols remembers the legacy of former Indiana State coach Wally Marks during the groundbreaking of the new ISU track and field complex on Monday. The older athletic complex, located between 3rd and 4th streets, was named for Walter (Wally) Marks, coach of intercollegiate athletics, member of the faculty and chair of the Department of Physical education of Men (1952-1965.) Also, Marks was the first Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation from 1965-1977.

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Expanding the fan base: Bruce Rosselli, manager of the Terre Haute Rex, displays the team's new slogan, Wabash Valley's Own, during a press conference on Wednesday at Clabber Girl.

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