Indiana Hoosier Spring Updates: April 2010

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IApril 23, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 11:  Guard Verdell Jones III #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers drives with the ball the Northwestern Wildcats during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After another season to forget, many Hoosier fans had hoped some good news would finally be coming this spring, either in the form of recruiting, players not transferring, or hiring of a new coach.

Just two days ago Indiana got what could most likely be its best news of the spring, that the team hired Steve McClain as their third assistant coach, replacing Roshown McLeod who had been fired in early March.

Steve McClain comes to Indiana after three seasons at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and before that he was the head coach at the University of Wyoming for nine years, and led them to two NCAA Tournaments.

However, while this news might be a precursor of better things to come, Hoosier fans were given a dose of disappointment in the last few weeks.

First, the news that Matt Carlino, a class of 2011 shooting guard who had committed to Indiana last spring and even moved from his home in Arizona to Bloomington this past summer, decided to decommit from the Hoosiers, leaving them with just Austin Etherington in that class.

According to sources, it was a mutual decision, as Carlino decided he wasn't totally sure Indiana was the place for him, and coach Tom Crean didn't want someone to come play for the Hoosiers if they were not 100 percent committed.

Then, the Hoosiers lost out on many recruits who were considering Indiana in their final two or three choices.

Josh Selby eliminated the Hoosiers from his final four schools before finally settling on Kansas.

Moses Abraham, after having an excellent visit to Indiana, seemed about ready to give coach Crean his third commitment for the 2010 class.

But against the prevailing thought that he would commit to Indiana when he returned home, Abraham decided to commit to Georgetown, citing familiarity with the program and closeness to his new home in suburban Washington D.C.

And just in the last few days, the Hoosier coaching staff has been quick to court former Iowa signee Cody Larson, a 6'9'' forward from South Dakota.

However, thanks to a Big Ten rule that states that singees of one Big Ten school can not be granted an athletic scholarship at another one for a year, Larson decided to look elsewhere, finally choosing to play for Billy Donovan at the University of Florida.

Also going to the University of Florida is Hoosier target Will Yeguete, of Melbourne, Florida.

It seemed for a while that Yeguete thought very highly of the Hoosiers, but lately he had been looking more at UF as well as Georgia Tech, before he finally settled at Florida.

With all the disappointment and tough days the Hoosier faithful have faced, there is still plenty of optimism for the future.

The Hoosier coaching staff has the inside track on top players from the Hoosier state in the 2011 and 2012 class, including guard Jeremiah Davis, Cody Zeller, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, and A.J. Hammonds.

There is a chance that we might hear a decision from any of them sometime this summer.

Also, former Hoosier target Walter Offutt, a 6'3'' sophomore guard, is considering Indiana after deciding to transfer from Wright St., which he transferred to in December.

Class of 2011 standout center Michael Chandler of Lawrence North has opened up his recruitment, and there is a chance the Hoosiers can work their way back in the race to land him.

The next few months will probably be slow on the news front, but we have seen crazier things happen in April.

Enjoy Little 500!