The Indiana Hoosiers are on the board in the Class of 2009. Derek Elston, Scout.com's No. 69 prospect in the junior class selected the Hoosiers after looking at a number of Big Ten offers, including Purdue.
"He actually committed to IU last night," Tipton (Ind.) High coach Travis Daugherty told Scout.com Monday morning.
Elston's got a reputation as a hard-nosed, rugged power forward. As a sophomore last year, Elston led his team to a 12-10 record and was the area leader in rebounding at 12 a game and tossed in 14.9 points.
"I think his versatility is one thing that everyone has identified as a strength of his," Daugherty said. "They've done some comparing with (Lance) Stemler as a really aggressive, tenacious rebounder; a really active guy capable of providing a great compliment to the other kinds of players they have."
According to the Kokomo Journal, Elston shot 49% from the field and 74% at the line.
The Hoosiers pursued Elston very hard and were intent on locking him down early. Daugherty said Elston was impressed with their vision for his player. "Obviously Derek had a lot of really high interest from a lot of places. In the end, he just felt like that was the right fit for him."
"They laid out a clear picture of the goals they had for him and he had a specific fit for the goals they set and what he wants to do."