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‘Hysteria’ special for senior

– Jordan Hulls soaked in his final Hoosier Hysteria.

“My favorite moment was just coming out of the tunnel for the last time at Hoosier Hysteria,” Hulls said. “It’s pretty crazy to see how fast four years have gone by.

“That was pretty special for me.”

The event, which featured a long-distance-shooting contest, a dunk contest and a scrimmage, was played out in front of a capacity crowd at Assembly Hall on Saturday.

“I didn’t see an empty seat in the house,” Hulls said. “It was pretty special.”

Family affair

IU already has an oral commitment from Bishop Luers junior James Blackmon Jr., and the Hoosiers are targeting his younger brother now.

Vijay Blackmon was offered a scholarship by Indiana coach Tom Crean on Saturday night, according to reports and a post on James’ Twitter account, which said, “my little bro VijayBlackmon24 just got offered from IU! let’sgo!!!”

Vijay, who will graduate from Luers in 2016, and James play for their father, James Blackmon Sr.

Injury update

Will Sheehey and Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been slowed because of injuries.

“(Sheehey) took a shot to the ankle the other day. He practiced a little bit (Saturday) and he shot, but it was better to hold him off and make a decision (today) because we don’t want anything to linger with him,” Crean said. “Hanner, we’re going to hold him out a little, too; just be very precautionary. He’s been practicing so well. He had a little flare-up, and we’re going to take a little time with him. He really impacted practice. Now he has to get those mental reps.”

Ready to go

The IU women’s team held a practice Saturday and took part in introductions at the event.

“I love their work ethic, their reception to the new era,” first-year coach Curt Miller said of the players. “We are playing completely different than last year, man-to-man defense, up-tempo offense with pick-and-rolls every single time down the floor. And they are buying into it.”

Making shots

Jonny Marlin, a transfer from IPFW, reached the finals of the long-distance-shooting contest.

The 5-foot-10 guard will sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

“He’s learning the pace of this. He’s learning the speed, the length all those things are really hard to handle and you have to bring your best every day. He’s done a very good job, and he’s tried to get better,” Crean said.

“He’s an excellent shooter. The next step will be adding strength to where he can get his shot against some pressure and get even better in the pick-and-roll and make his teammates better.”

Back home

IU graduate Sage Steele, of ESPN, was the emcee for Hoosier Hysteria.

Former players, including Pat Graham and A.J. Guyton, judged the dunk contest.

“If you come through this program and you’ve invested the way that they have, they have ownership in it,” Crean said of the players. “People know how important the former players are, and the players appreciate how they were treated when they were here.”

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