Hoops Recruiting Central: Midweek tidbits

Indiana had visitors on campus for the fifth consecutive day Tuesday. Get updates on Tyus Battle, Malachi Richardson, Robert Johnson and Isaiah Whitehead.

The big recruiting weekend for Indiana is now over, and it sounds like it went well for almost all involved.

The Hoosiers didn't get a commitment from Richmond (Va.) 2014 guard Robert Johnson, but they remain in very good shape with him. Johnson's father told me on Monday night as they were at the airport that the family would fly home and take a few days to discuss things.

Johnson doesn't have any visits scheduled for this coming weekend, but he is slated to take an official trip to Virginia the following weekend and is supposed to have an in-home meeting with North Carolina coach Roy Williams soon thereafter.

It's not out of the realm of possibility that after discussing things with his family this week, Johnson will commit to Indiana before taking the Virginia visit. I could still see that happening. They just don't want to make any rash decisions at this point, and that makes sense.

Everybody I've talked to involved in this situation doesn't seem to think the Virginia visit is a big deal. He's visiting because it's his state school, but Virginia isn't believed to be a serious contender for his commitment at this point.

Meeting with Williams, however, could be problematic.

"I don't think Indiana should really be worried about that Virginia visit," Johnson's AAU coach, Boo Williams, said. "That won't matter. If he meets with Roy, that will hurt them. They can't afford to let him get on campus [at North Carolina].

"My question about North Carolina is where are they gonna play him? They already have three point guards and two wings. There might not be room for him there."

As our Brian Snow reported earlier, Isaiah Whitehead's unofficial visit went well over the weekend. He was in Bloomington on Sunday and Monday and got to play in open gym with Johnson on Monday afternoon.

Whitehead, the top-ranked shooting guard in the 2014 class, will take a number of other visits now, according to Snow's report. It doesn't sound like he is anywhere close to making a decision, but Indiana is firmly in the mix at this point.

Here's the biggest news to come out of Snow's report for Indiana fans: Whitehead is considering a return visit to Bloomington -- this time an official one -- for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 4. That is the best time to have recruits on campus, and the Hoosiers could potentially lock Whitehead up that weekend. He will have seen some other schools, and it's hard for kids to experience Hysteria and leave without committing.

In case you forgot, 2014 forward Devin Robinson will also take an official visit to Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria. Tom Crean and his staff will likely add a few others in the next month.

Malachi Richardson, one of the top players in the 2015 class, was also in town for an unofficial visit this weekend. Richardson has liked Indiana for some time, and the Hoosiers are right in the mix at the top of his list right now.

Richardson's AAU coach for Team Final, Aaron Burt, told AllHoosiers.com that Richardson "loves Indiana" and will likely make his college decision before the start of next summer's AAU season. Richardson is the third-ranked small forward in the 2015 class.

Finally, Indiana's busy week of visits continued Tuesday as 2016 guard Tyus Battle arrived on campus for an unofficial. Battle is a five-star talent, and he is visiting Indiana for the second time already.

Battle will remain in town until Thursday night. He said he watched Indiana's team workout on Tuesday afternoon and plans to participate in open gym today.

"I love the history of the program and the way coach [Tom] Crean develops his players," Battle told AllHoosiers.com. "It just shows how much better I can get as a player, how much he knows about the game. He had Dwyane Wade and all those players. He has a lot of knowledge of the game."

That's all for today. Thanks for reading.

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