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    Hoosiers in the Pros Update

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    Josh Phegley
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    Feb. 4, 2014

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Athletics has teamed up with @ProBallHoosiers to keep Hoosier Nation in the know about Indiana student-athletes making it big at the professional level in their respective sports. Check out the first installment in the new series:

    We're just past the midway point of the NBA season, and in this week's edition of Hoosiers in Pro Ball update, we'll check in on the three NBA Hoosiers as well as a couple other Hoosiers playing overseas. In addition, there are updates in baseball, football, and soccer. Follow @ProBallHoosiers on twitter for timely updates on all Hoosiers playing in the pros.

    Baseball
    Tracy Smith and the IU Baseball Team will travel to Surprise, Ariz. for three games later this month. They won't be the only Hoosiers on the diamond in Arizona. The Cactus League will feature four former Hoosiers during Spring Training. Big Leaguers Josh Phegley (White Sox) and Jake Dunning (Giants) will be joined by Non-roster Spring Invitees Micah Johnson (White Sox) and Alex Dickerson (Padres). Spring Training is less than 10 days away.

    Three weeks ago, Mickey Morandini was named the Bench Coach of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies' Class AAA affiliate) for the upcoming season. Well, he may end up spending time with the Big League club. Morandini has acknowledged he is a finalist for the vacant television announcer job for the Phillies.

    Basketball
    Just past the halfway point of his sixth NBA season, Eric Gordon (@TheOfficialEG10) is averaging 32.4 minutes, 15.8 points (43.1 FG percent, 39.3 3FG percent), 2.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.

    Jeff Newton, the last active player who played for Bob Knight at Indiana, is halfway through his regular season. He is averaging 19.5 minutes, 4.5 points (42.3 FG%, 72.9 FT%), 5.8 rebounds, 0.6 blocks, and 0.6 steals in 28 games for the Okinawa Golden Kings of the Basketball Japan League. The Golden Kings are 24-4, good for first place in the Western Conference of the league.

    Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) has fulfilled expectation in the first half of his rookie season. He is averaging 32.7 minutes, 13.7 points (40.3 FG%, 76.9 FT%), 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.6 steals in 50 games. He's started 31 games for the Magic and was named NBA Rookie of the Month in December. He has four double doubles and one triple double on his resume.

    D.J. White (@dj_white3) is playing in China this year. He is averaging 31.6 minutes, 20.2 points (65.9 FG%, 71.4 FT%), 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 block, and 0.9 steals over 21 games for the Sichuan Blue Whales.

    Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) has 49 NBA games under his belt. Typically the second or third player off the Bobcats' bench, Zeller is averaging 16.7 minutes, 5.1 points (37.8 FG%, 75.6 FT%), 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 0.4 steals. The Bobcats currently occupy the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have as many wins this year (21) as they did then entire 2012-13 season.

    Football
    Ted Bolser (@TedBolser) played in the East-West Shrine Bowl. The Tight End caught two passes for eight yards.

    Wide Receiver Cody Latimer (@CodyLatimer3) has been invited to the NFL Combine. He'll participate with quarterbacks, running backs, and other wide receivers on February 23rd. Early projections estimate Latimer to be selected in Round 3 or 4 of the NFL Draft.

    Soccer
    Eric Alexander (@EzDoesIt17) trained during the month of January with the U.S. Men's National Team as they prepare for the World Cup. On Saturday, Alexander earned his 2nd career cap as he played with the USMNT in the 2-0 win over South Korea.

    Two Hoosiers were selected in the MLS SuperDraft. Midfielders A.J. Corrado (@acorrado92) and Nikita Kotlov (@nkotlov) were both selected on Jan. 21. Corrado was selected in the 3rd round by the San Jose Earthquakes and Kotlov was selected in the 4th round by the Portland Timbers.

    Brad Ring (@BradRing87) and Mike Ambersley signed with the Indy Eleven. The expansion franchise, which will play in the 2nd Tier North American Soccer League, starts its inaugural season in April.

    Tommy Thompson (@tomthom11) signed with the San Jose Earthquakes via the MLS homegrown program. Since Thompson trained in the Earthquakes developmental academy, it allows him to sign with the club after his freshman year. He was named B1G Freshman of the Year and tied for the lead in goals (5) and points (13) for the Hoosiers.

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