It's finally that time, Indiana basketball fans.
For the first time this year, you'll have the opportunity to see your basketball team tonight at Hoosier Hysteria. It should give you a decent understanding of what this year's team looks like.
But tonight's event is important for another reason as well. More than 15 recruits spanning four classes are expected to be in town for the even, so it's obviously a critical recruiting weekend for Tom Crean and Co. as well.
Devin Robinson, a 2014 forward from Virginia, is already in town and tweeted that he was watching the Hoosiers practice earlier this afternoon. He's Priority No. 1 for the Hoosiers in the 2014 class after they missed on big man Goodluck Okonoboh.
I talked to some people close to Robinson this week who identified Indiana and Connecticut as his two leaders at this point. But Robinson scheduled five official visits, and has already taken trips to Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. He's scheduled to visit Florida next weekend and UCONN the weekend after that.
It wouldn't be at all surprising if Robinson were to commit to Indiana before the end of the weekend, but I wouldn't predict that to happen. I'm sure he'll be overwhelmed by the Hoosier Hysteria experience, but a source close to him said he's had a hard time making up his mind.
"One day he's pro-pro UCONN, the next he's pro-pro Indiana," the source said. "It's been hard for him to figure out.
It should help Indiana's chances that 2014 commit Robert Johnson is expected to be in town for the event tonight. Johnson lives in the same neighborhood as Robinson and the two have been friends for quite awhile. Johnson identified Robinson as the player he would recruit the hardest after committing to Indiana.
Another significant recruit in town is 2015 guard/forward Malachi Richardson. Richardson is a five-star recruit who has already been in Bloomington multiple times. He's likely nowhere close to committing anywhere, but the Hoosiers have always been in good shape with Richardson, and that should continue to be the case after this weekend.
Aaron Jordan, a 2015 guard from Illinois, arrived in Bloomington on Thursday night. He picked up an offer from IU just a couple of weeks ago.
I have a complete list of Hoosier Hysteria visitors both in the forum and on the site. Terry Hutchens and I will both be live from Assembly Hall tonight and will provide updates on everything that happens.
That's all for today. Thanks for reading.