Phew. That was a crazy Thursday, wasn't it?
Consider: With Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, and Max Hoetzel, the Hoosiers have secured commitments from three of the top shooters in the class. Blackmon Jr. is the top overall shooter, and the other two are somewhere close in the discussion.
**With Blackmon Jr. and Johnson both committed, the Indiana backcourt is in good shape going forward. Both players are more two-guards than point guards, but Johnson committed to the Hoosiers because he wanted to make the transition and be able to play the point, too. I could see both of those guys -- along with Yogi Ferrell, if he stays -- playing on the court at the same time together.
**Only a couple weeks ago, this didn't look like it would end up being one of Crean's better classes. Few people saw Blackmon Jr. recommitting to IU, including me. Just didn't think it would happen. But all of a sudden, this has the potential to be another top five class. Why? Because Crean is not done.
I spoke to 2014 five-star point guard JaQuan Lyle on the phone last night after Blackmon Jr.'s decision, and is likes Indiana a whole lot. The 6-foot-5 Lyle told me there's still a possibility he could visit Indiana this weekend after taking his SAT on Saturday morning.
Our Brian Snow said if Lyle visits, there's a pretty good chance he'll commit to the Hoosiers this weekend. Lyle is a former AAU teammate of Blackmon's, and he's the highest-ranked player of the bunch.
I asked him last night what impact Blackmon's decision would have on him, or if it would.
"We'll have to wait and see," Lyle said, laughing. "We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?"
Lyle told me he plans to make his decision sometime in January or February, but there are still 12 days before National Signing Day, so it's not out of the realm of possibility he could commit in the fall.
Recruiting is a crazy world, isn't it?