Just a month ago, Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow had a different set of goals.

The list was completely reasonable for a rising senior with his talents. He wanted to be an Indiana All-Star. He wanted to win a state championship for the Cougars.

But in late June, Jallow received a call from Chris Holtmann, just weeks into his appointment as men’s basketball coach at Ohio State. He knew Jallow had worked hard in the classroom, giving himself the freedom to graduate a year early. Holtmann wanted to know if the 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard wanted to be a Buckeye, not in 2018, but this fall.

On Friday, Jallow went to Buffalo Wild Wings with his North teammates. It was rising sophomore Jack Townsend’s birthday. But it was also a night to celebrate Jallow’s commitment to Ohio State, which was announced via a flashy, two-part video posted to Twitter. National outlets Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report retweeted it.

A month ago, Jallow was North’s star player and one of Indiana’s top recruits for 2018. Now the four-star prospect is headed to Ohio State as a member of Holtmann’s 2017 recruiting class.

“I’ve been preparing for this since I started playing basketball. I knew what I wanted to do,” Jallow said. “Three weeks ago, I was playing school ball and I was trying to win a state championship. That’s what I was working for. Continue reading

Big news is on the way from Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound rising senior tweeted Friday morning that he will announce his college choice at 8:30 p.m. Jallow has a myriad of offers, including Virginia, Stanford, Ohio State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Purdue, among others. He also received offers from Butler and Indiana before those schools underwent coaching changes.

Jallow has visited IU since Archie Miller arrived as men’s basketball coach, and he participated in Miller’s team camp last month. Former Butler coach Chris Holtmann is now heading up Ohio State.

Rated as a four-star prospect by various scouting services, Jallow’s star really began to shine last summer with his independent AAU team. He also produced 15 points as a junior all-star this June versus the senior Indiana All-Stars in New Albany.

Jallow was the Herald-Times’ boys’ basketball player of the year in 2016-17 as a junior, averaging  24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Conference Indiana and the Circle City Conference have formed an alliance in football that will kick off in 2018.

It’s a partnership that helps alleviate scheduling worries for Conference Indiana, which received word this year that Franklin Central and Perry Meridian would leave for other conferences in 2018-19. Franklin Central joined up with the Hoosier Crossroads Conference, and Perry Meridian left for the Mid-State Conference.

Bloomington South and Bloomington North remain in Conference Indiana with Southport, Columbus North, Terre Haute South and Terre Haute North. Circle City will bring Bishop Chatard, Brebeuf Jesuit, Covenant Christian (Indianapolis), Guerin Catholic, Heritage Christian and Roncalli into the fold as potential opponents in football.

A game against a Circle City opponent will not count toward a Conference Indiana team’s league record, and vice versa. Last school year was the Circle City Conference’s inaugural season with only four teams. Heritage Christian joins the league in ’17-18 and Covenant Christian will become a member in ’18-19.

In a statement, Terre Haute South athletic director Brian Mancuso, the current conference president, said football scheduling was “a source of concern” for athletic directors.

“This new alliance is a win for both conferences as it will provide a source of scheduling stability and possibly provide intriguing matchups,” Mancuso said. “We look forward to developing and rekindling relationships with the Circle City Conference schools.”

Bishop Chatard athletic director Mike Ford said this was a “public-private schools athletic alliance that is attractive for providing each of our schools with new competition and hopefully long-term rivalries.”

While Conference Indiana is made up of four Class 5A schools and two from Class 6A (Columbus North and Southport), the Circle City Conference is made up of small schools: three Class 3As (Guerin Catholic, Bishop Chatard, Brebeuf Jesuit), a Class 1A (Covenant Christian), a Class 2A (Heritage Christian) and Class 5A Roncalli (which just moved up from Class 4A).

Several area athletes will participate in an annual showcase for Indiana’s top high school basketball players this July.

Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow and Bloomington South’s Chance Coyle — both junior all-stars earlier this month — are both slated to attend the boys’ IBCA/IHSAA Underclass Showcase on July 12. They will be joined at Ben Davis High School by North’s Liam Wilkerson, Bloomfield’s Isaac Combs, Eastern Greene’s Ethan Helton and White River Valley’s Clayton Hoover.

The girls’ showcase will be July 11. Bloomington South’s Lauren Leal, Owen Valley’s Dazia Drake and Bloomfield’s Malea Toon are expected to participate.

This collaboration between the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and the Indiana High School Athletic Association is meant to give athletes recruiting exposure. About 200 players are invited, and college coaches from all levels can attend. The public can enter for $5.

The girls’ showcase runs from 2-7:30 p.m. on July 11. The boys’ event goes from 3-9 p.m. on July 12.

Bloomington South will play conference rival Columbus North at Lucas Oil Stadium as part of a doubleheader at the NFL facility.

Ray Compton, the event’s organizer, has confirmed that the Bloomington South-Columbus North will be the second game at Lucas Oil on Oct. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for around 8 p.m. Another game is slated for 5:30 p.m., but that matchup has yet to be determined.

Bloomington South-Columbus North has been an important Week 8 game of late. The Panthers are 14-0 in Conference Indiana play the last two years, and the Bull Dogs are 11-3. Last year, Bloomington South handed Columbus North its only loss in CI play, 42-28, to clinch an outright title.

South is just one of many local teams to utilize the Colts’ venue for regular season games. Bloomington North played Columbus East at Lucas Oil in 2012. Western Indiana Conference rivals Edgewood and Owen Valley faced off in Indianapolis in 2013.  And in 2016, Linton played North Vermillion in another set of games organized by Compton.

The Panthers last played at Lucas Oil in 2011, matching up with Southport.

Bloomington South offensive lineman Garrett Hickman announced late Monday he will play college football at Indiana State.

Hickman, who will be a senior in the fall, is the second Panther to commit to Indiana State in 2017. Tommy Richardson, a 2017 grad, committed to ISU shortly after South alum Curt Mallory was hired as head coach.

Hickman did not play much of his junior season because of an offseason knee injury, but the 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman proved strong at the point of attack when he reentered the lineup in Week 8 versus Columbus North. South averaged 226 rushing yards per game on the year, and that number increased to 301 yards per outing in four postseason games.

South heads into 2017 having won regional titles two of the last three seasons. Hickman is one of several top offensive seniors slated to return for South, along with quarterback Gavin Yeskie, running back Kristian Pechac and receiver Chris Bomba.