Indiana note and question

IU is having a tough time with post-recruiting exits:

[b]Hoosiers Signee Decides to Head to Europe

7-1 center Robert Rothbart had signed with Indiana during the early signing period last November, but has changed his mind and will now head to Europe to play professionally overseas.

Last season as a senior, Rothbart averaged 21.0 points 15.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game at Sacramento, CA Natomas. Rothbart was voted league MVP and was named to the All-Metro Team by The Sacramento Bee.

Since the early signing period last November the Hoosiers have lost Top 10 recruit Joshua Smith to the NBA and now Rothbart to a professional career in Europe. [/b]


[b]Robert Rothbart decides to play pro ball in Europe

Indiana freshman center Robert Rothbart has elected to bypass his collegiate basketball career so he can pursue professional playing opportunities in Europe, Hoosier head coach Mike Davis announced today.

Robert Rothbart averaged 21 points, a California state-leading 15 rebounds and five blocked shots per game as a senior at Natomas High School in Sacramento, Calif. In addition to earning Sierra Foothill League MVP and All-Metro honors from The Sacramento Bee, Rothbart was invited to play in the Derek Anderson Derby Festival Classic April 24 in Louisville, but he declined. Rothbart put his name into the 2004 NBA Draft, but decided to pull his name out after working out for several NBA teams.

Rothbart spent his junior season at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif., where he averaged 26 points, 14 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game. A native of Yugoslavia who also holds citizenship in Bosnia and Israel, Rothbart and his family immigrated to the United States when he was eight years old.

โ€œWhile this is a big loss for our program, we respect Robertโ€™s decision and wish him nothing but the best,โ€ Hoosier head coach Mike Davis said.

Are we playing them this year?

yeah, we play them up there