2015 Recruiting: Where Do We Stand?

With college basketball’s early signing period only two months away, the Sycamore basketball staff has narrowed their focus for their 2015 recruiting class. With both Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell completing their eligibility, the Sycamores will be in dire need of two quality big men to replace them.

Head Coach Greg Lansing and his staff hit the recruiting trail hard this Summer and has the Sycamores in on several talented frontcourt prospects. If you click on a prospect’s name, you will be redirected to their recruiting profile over at Sycamore Pride that follows their recruiting process and may contain video highlights.

Power Forward Prospects

Obediah Church – Church is a 6’8″, 195 pound power forward prospect out of Springfield, Illinois. He currently holds offers from North Dakota, Bradley, UIC, SIU-E, Green Bay, Tennessee State, FIU, South Dakota, Ohio, Loyola, Southern Illinois and Indiana State. He took an unofficial visit to Indiana State last November and is looking to set an official visit soon per his Illinois Irish AAU Coach Gavin Sullivan.

Bronson Kessinger – Kessinger is a 6’8″, 200 pound power forward prospect out of Corydon, Indiana. On July 29th, Kessinger announced his final four schools are Ball State, Indiana State, Toledo and Western Kentucky and has set official visit dates for each with Indiana State getting the last crack in late September.

Tahjai Teague – Teague is a 6’8″, 160 pound power forward prospect out of Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently holds offers from Ball State, San Jose State, Western Illinois and Indiana State. Unlike Kessinger and Church, Teague is more of a hybrid forward that would also be able to play the small forward position.

Center Prospects

Travon Bunch – Bunch is a 6’11″, 230 pound center prospect out of Racine, Wisconsin but currently attends Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently holds offers from LaSalle, Tennessee, Marquette, Iowa State, Green Bay, DePaul, Middle Tennessee and Indiana State.

Josh Coleman – Coleman is a 6’10″, 210 pound center prospect out of Alpharetta, Georgia. He currently holds offers from Cornell, Winthrop, Brown, Drexel, Presbyterian, Penn, Western Kentucky, FAU, Kennesaw State and Indiana State.

Blaise Gammon – Gammon is a 6’8″, 220 pound center prospect out of Overland Park, Kansas. He currently holds offers from Northern Colorado, Yale, Santa Clara, Brown, Stephen F Austin, Nebraska-Omaha, Missouri State, UIC, UMKC, Albany, Citadel, Lafayette, Holy Cross, Loyola (MD), Dartmouth, Colgate, Georgia Southern and Indiana State.

Tony Lewis – Lewis is a 6’9″, 235 pound center prospect out of San Antonio, Texas. He currently holds offers from Texas A&M, Houston, Creigton, Kansas State, Boise State, Lafayette, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas-Arlington, Louisiana Lafayette, UTSA, Tulsa, UTPA, Santa Clara, Penn, North Texas, New Mexico, Boston College, Louisiana Monroe and Indiana State.

Blake Paul – Paul is a 6’9″, 220 pound center prospect out of New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently holds offers from Baylor, UTEP, Tulane, Houston, Bradley, Louisiana Tech and Indiana State. He recently told Rivals.com that UTEP, Tulane and Houston are currently recruiting him the hardest.

Christian Romine – Romine is a 6’10″, 215 pound center prospect out of Mahomet, Illinois. He currently holds offers from FIU, St. Francis, Bradley, Ball State, Illinois State, DePaul, UTEP, Western Kentucky, Tulane and Indiana State.

Derrik Smits – Smits is a 7’0″, 230 pound center prospect out of Zionsville, Indiana. He currently has offers from Ball State, Xavier, Butler, Clemson and Indiana State. Smits recently took an unofficial visit to Indiana State on August 7th and picked up a scholarship offer while on campus.

NLI Signing Periods for 2015 Prospects

The early signing period for basketball recruits runs from November 12, 2014 to November 19, 2014. If a prospect does not sign during that seven day window, he must wait until next year for the regular signing period. The regular signing period will run from April 15, 2015 to May 20, 2015 for Division I bound players.

Sycamore Athletics Launches ‘Sycamore Loyalty Rewards’ App Presented By Old National Bank

Fans who attend Indiana State sporting events and related activities will be able to reward themselves during the upcoming school year through the "Sycamore Loyalty Rewards" application for smartphones presented by Old National Bank, the Indiana State Athletics Department announced Tuesday.

Source: GoSycamores.com

Why Your Sycamore Fandom Matters

There can’t be a fan of both the Sycamores and the Hoosiers. Or Boilermakers. Or Irish. Period. You’re a Sycamore. Say it with me… I’m a Sycamore.

I don’t care if you’re a current student or an alum of 20 years, you’re a Sycamore and it’s high time you started being proud of it. Your fandom matters.

When I first took Sycamore Pride online in 2006, I wanted to create an accessible, easy to use site for fans of Sycamore athletics. If I build it, they will come, I thought. Over the last 8 years I’ve spent thousands upon thousands of hours creating a site that has garnered enough attention that I was invited to join two national recruiting networks. Unfortunately there was one problem: a lack of Sycamore fan support.

If you go to or graduated from Indiana State, you chose this school over all the other schools you applied to. Whether or not you were raised a Hoosier, Boilermaker or Irish fan is immaterial. When it came time to select a college, none of them wanted you but Indiana State did. So why is it when game day rolls around you’re glued to a TV watching them and not at Memorial Stadium or Hulman Center supporting your alma mater?

But why does it matter what team I root for? College sports matter to a University. Collegiate athletics are how the majority of the public sees a University. The draw and power of sports is massive in the United States and studies have shown it is a driving reason as to the school people select. When there is a lack of school pride for athletics that often becomes how the University (and your diploma) is seen, accurate or not.

And that is why your Sycamore fandom matters. More than you realize, now more than ever.

With the recent decision by the NCAA to grant the Power 5 conferences autonomy and the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit decision, there will likely be an even greater divide between the haves and have nots of college athletics. With Indiana State being in the latter category, your support of Sycamore athletics becomes even more vital to not just the success of the programs, but ultimately to their survival.

For example, per USA Today’s college finances database, Indiana University had athletics revenues of $76.6 million in 2013 with $14.4 million coming in ticket sales alone. The Indiana ticket sales revenues were larger than the entire Indiana State athletics budget — $12.7 million with a paltry $600,000 in ticket sales. Neither school won a national championship in 2013 in football or basketball but one school did send a team to a postseason tournament. And that school isn’t located in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Sycamore basketball program under head coach Greg Lansing has put together one of the best runs in school history having been to the postseason every year under his watch and they do it to half-filled Hulman Center crowds. You can get a pair of courtside basketball season tickets cheaper than the donation you would have to make to Indiana just to get on their season ticket wait list. You can buy season tickets for a family of four to Sycamore football for less than the cost of a pair of tickets to one Notre Dame football game all the while helping your alma mater to boot.

While Indiana State will never close the spending gap (nor should they) with big buck athletic programs like Indiana or Notre Dame, increased fan support can help build consistent, winning programs. It can help retain head coaches that keep getting poached by schools that can afford to pay more. It can allow for facilities upgrades that will entice better student-athletes to come to Indiana State. It could even eventually lead to the Sycamore football program moving up to the FBS level. But it does’t happen without fan support.

That is why your Sycamore fandom matters.