Hoops Recruiting Central: Weekend Analysis

Max Hoetzel committed, and others visited. Summing it all up in one place here.

Heading into the weekend, I had a feeling we might have some news by Sunday, and that turned out to be the case with 2014 forward Max Hoetzel committing to the Hoosiers.

Hoetzel, a 6-foot-7 forward from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts, is Indiana's second commitment in the 2014 class, joining Virginia guard Robert Johnson.

Hoetzel gives the Hoosiers a strong perimeter shooter who should be able to stretch the floor. He had originally planned to wait until the spring to commit, but our conversations throughout the week made me think a visit commitment was a possibility. Hoetzel was on an official visit this weekend after receiving an offer last Tuesday.

I kind of thought IU would wait until after Devin Robinson's decision to have Hoetzel visit given the fact that would only push it back a week. But the IU staff opted to go ahead and do it this weekend.

Now, how does Hoetzel's commitment affect Robinson, who will make an announcement on Wednesday? That's hard to say. A source told me Sunday night that the IU staff explained to Robinson prior to Hoetzel's visit that they were recruiting him and there was a possibility he could commit. They stressed that Hoetzel wasn't a back-up plan for Robinson and that the two could play together.

What will Robinson think of the commitment? I can't accurately answer that question. But he's still a Florida lean at this point. It's not over yet, but the Gators do lead, from what I'm hearing.

James Blackmon Jr. was in town for an unofficial visit on Friday but left campus before Saturday night's exhibition game against the University of Southern Indiana. The 2014 guard told me he hopes to make a decision this week but doesn't yet know what day.

Blackmon Jr. said he couldn't stay for Saturday night's game due to some things he had to do with his family.

Kentucky remains the favorite to land Blackmon Jr., but he said his visit to Bloomington went well.

Aaron Jordan, a 2015 guard from Illinois, was also in town over the weekend. He attended Saturday night's game with his parents and was wearing and IU sweatshirt and IU sweatpants.

Jordan has now visited Bloomington twice, the first time coming for Hoosier Hysteria in early October. Jordan, a four-star prospect, is the 20th-ranked shooting guard in the 2015 class.

"It went great," Jordan told AllHoosiers.com. "It was amazing and the game was great. The players played with such high energy."

Jordan said Indiana is "near the top" of his list, and said he plans to return to campus for a game during Big Ten season.


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