Blackwell talks Hoosier Hysteria visit

2016 forward Braxton Blackwell is one of the top players in his class. He was in Bloomington over the weekend for an unofficial visit.

Braxton Blackwell has become one of Indiana's early targets in 2016, and it's easy to understand why.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward is the type of versatile player that typically thrives at Indiana. Blackwell, the eighth-ranked small forward in the class, said he can defend positions 1-4. Plus, he's athletic enough to attack the rim at a high level.

Blackwell, who attends Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville (Tenn.), was in Bloomington over the weekend for Hoosier Hysteria. He arrived in town on Friday evening and stayed until Sunday morning.

"Everything went really well," Blackwell said. "Hoosier Hysteria was amazing, just seeing all the fans line up and camp out just for a dunk contest and 3-point shootout and everything. And then to see all the players go so hard in the scrimmage, that was crazy. That can't be common.

"They did a great job getting every recruit involved. Nobody got the cold shoulder. They did a great job of planning everything so everybody was taken care of and everybody got time with coach [Tom] Crean."

Blackwell said he first heard from Indiana in late June. He was excited to hear from the Hoosiers, even though he admittingly hasn't watched them for all that long.

"I didn't really ever watch them until last year because they had [Victor] Oladipo and I love him," Blackwell said. "I would say I probably started watching them after the Kentucky game [in 2011]."

Blackwell has already taken unofficial visits to Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Louisville. When asked what schools other than IU are pursuing him the hardest, Blackwell listed: Memphis, Providence, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Virginia.

What could set Indiana apart? Perhaps player development.

"They just said if I went to IU, they will get the best player out of me and will keep pushing and pushing and pushing eve if I think I've reached my peak," Blackwell said. "They will never stop making me better." Top Stories