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2013 wing Troy Williams verbally commits to Indiana

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Indiana landed its fifth verbal commitment in the 2013 class on Sunday, as 6-6 wing Troy Williams made his pledge to Tom Crean’s program.

The news, reported by multiple outlets early in the afternoon, was confirmed by Wiliams on Twitter.

Williams, who is playing his senior season at Oak Hill Academy after spending three years at Phoebus (VA) High, joins Devin Davis, Luke Fischer, Collin Hartman and Stanford Robinson in Indiana’s 2013 class.

Williams is an excellent athlete, and while already a good player offensively he’s got the ability to be an even better player on that end of the floor.

“Troy is a freak athlete who can help any team on both ends of the court,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told SNY.tv. “A high-energy guy who rebounds his position as well as any player in the country. He is continuing to work on his shot and getting stronger in the weight room. He thrives in transition and is a really good passer. That is a skill most people don’t realize he is so good at.”

The one question for Indiana: how are they going to allocate their scholarships next season?

According to the scholarship chart put together by Inside the Hall, Williams’ commitment pushes the Hoosiers to 15 scholarships in 2013-14.

Of course there’s the early entry aspect to look at with Cody Zeller being the focus in that regard.

But while the scholarship juggling can be seen as a nuisance by some, when considering the amount of talent that can return next season along with these newcomers (and the fact that BeeJay Anya and Noah Vonleh remain on the board) that’s not a bad problem to have.

Three 2013 prospects made the trip to “Hoosier Hysteria” last weekend: Robinson, Williams and Anya.

And while he wasn’t part of that trio there are those who believe that Indiana is in good position to land Vonleh.

“They got a good shot at him,” Boo Williams, Troy’s uncle and AAU coach, said. “If Noah goes there, their corners could be as good as anybody.”

That happens and the Hoosiers are once again in the discussion for preseason number one when the 2013-14 season rolls around.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej. 

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.