"I think what did it for Indiana was Coach Davis," Vaden's guardian and AAU coach David Gadis said. "Indiana University has a great tradition."
IU's tradition was a major factor, but make no mistake about this. Vaden is coming to Indiana because of Davis and the relationship they've formed and the commitment Davis made on his end.
"When you really think about it, the major universities, as I've been through this, you very seldom find a head coach that does the recruiting. It's always led by the assistants. Mike made him his No. 1 priority and he recruited him hard for three weeks straight."
A few weeks ago, Vaden visited Indiana unofficially. They went back again and then, this past weekend, played in Bloomington at the Memorial Day event. "Every time he sat down with Coach Davis he got more and more comfortable."
Vaden is the top-ranked prospect in the state of Indiana. His commitment could prove to be hugely important to the Hoosiers as they pursue other top prospects in the state. For instance, Davis and the Hoosiers are hot on the trail of juniors Luke Zeller and Josh McRoberts. Sophomore point guard Dominique James is hearing a lot from them as well.
Vaden's commitment could be the sign to all in-state recruits that IU is back and doing work in their own backyard again. And they're doing it well and with a goal in mind.
"Coach Davis is driven about winning a national championship and that meant a lot Robert."