Julius Randle and Isaiah Austin are still 7-8 years away from the prime of their careers. Randle is better equipped to physically dominate undermanned opponents, but there arenít many of those guys at the next level. And while he is the safer bet right now, that doesnít mean itís a guarantee. Young big men donít necessarily develop on a straight line. Read More. Written by Jonathan Tjarks on Dec 09, 2013
Bellamy averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in his 14-year, Hall of Fame career.
"Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our game," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. "Off the court, he was an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences and thoughts go out to Walt's family."
Noah Vonleh has added 25 pounds of muscle this summer to elevate his weight from 215 pounds to 240 pounds.
Vonleh is an incoming freshman at Indiana that Tom Crean hopes will help replace Cody Zeller and Christian Watford in the frontcourt.
“A lot of guys I played high school basketball and camps with were saying I got a lot bigger and a lot stronger, this and that,” Vonleh said to Inside the Hall. “I just feel like I’m continuing to get better.”
Dante Exum will graduate from high school in Australia in October and is one of the top prospects eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"Schools have been saying I can start in early December and play this season," Exum told ESPN. "But if college is the option, I'll stay in Australia, do workouts with the national team and then go to college next August. Playing this season in college is not an option."
Exum is considering Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Oregon.
Dante Exum is strongly considering declaring his entry in the 2014 NBA draft.
"I used to be like 90 percent to 10 that I was going to college, but recently they are saying that my stock has risen even more, that I could possibly go top five," said Exum, a native of Australia. “Now it's more of a 50-50 decision."
Exum, a 6-foot-6 point guard who’s being recruited by Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and North Carolina, among others, admits to being lured by the financial security of the NBA.
"If I'm ready, I'm ready - and the money also appeals,” said Exum. “I always dreamt about being rich as a kid. But my family will always help me make the right decisions throughout the whole process.”
James Blackmon has reopened his recruitment after committing to Indiana before his freshman year at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.
Blackmon is ranked No. 33 in the class of 2014 and told Tom Crean of his decision on Thursday.
“(Crean) told me to take a look, but he feels like I should be at IU and he wants to coach me,” Blackmon said. “That’s basically it. He’s a great coach. I just want to make sure I’m making the right decision.”
Blackmon will still consider Indiana.
“I don’t really regret (committing early),” Blackmon said. “I just don’t want to be unsure of my college choice. I wouldn’t doubt that I end up back there (at Indiana). I just wanted to have something to compare it to.”
Trey Lyles reopened his recruiting last August after previously committing to Indiana.