Hoops Recruiting Central: Midweek tidbits

Notes on James Blackmon Jr., Goodluck Okonoboh and more.

It's goes without saying, but this will be an important recruiting weekend at Indiana. The Hoosiers will have at least 17 recruits in town from four different classes for Hoosier Hysteria on Friday, including 2014 forward Devin Robinson.

This will be Robinson's official visit to Bloomington, and it will undoubtedly benefit Indiana that Robinson's close friend -- and 2014 IU commit -- Robert Johnson will be in town as well.

Robinson is certainly a candidate to commit by the end of the weekend, and I wouldn't be surprised if he does. He's already visited Notre Dame, believed to be another one of his top schools.

Other tidbits:

***I traded texts with 2014 guard James Blackmon Jr. earlier, and he said he plans to take an official visit to Indiana after his official to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 18. Blackmon Jr. would have liked to take another unofficial to Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria this week, but said it's "unlikely" he'll be in town due to USA Basketball obligations this weekend.

Indiana is still in the mix for Blackmon Jr., as is Kentucky and Michigan.

***Rumors were swirling earlier this week that 2014 center Goodluck Okonoboh could announce his college decision on Thursday. I still haven't heard anything concrete to verify that, but it wouldn't be surprising given his visit to UNLV would be over.

Okonoboh has taken official visits to Indiana, Ohio State and UNLV, with the latter two taking place in the last six days. Indiana's Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson visited Okonoboh at his Boston-area school late last week before he departed for Ohio State, and that meeting is believed to have gone very well.

I continue to believe Indiana is the favorite to land Okonoboh, but our Evan Daniels has said on multiple occasions that UNLV is the dark horse, so watch for the Rebels as well.

Okonoboh is the only center the Hoosiers are currently recruiting in the 2014 class after bowing out of the races for Stephen Hurt and Chinanu Onuaku in recent weeks.

***As far as Hoosier Hysteria itself on Friday night, freshmen Troy Williams (hand) and Luke Fischer (shoulder) are both expected to miss the event with injuries.

Doors open to Assembly Hall at 5 p.m. and the men's basketball event should begin sometime around 7:30 p.m. We'll have a full primer for the event on the site Thursday night.


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