Hoops Recruiting Central: More 2014 surprises

Yante Maten was a Michigan State lean. Josh Cunningham was ready to decide. In just one day, all of that changed.

Recruiting is and always has been incredibly difficult to predict. Fans want to know which way kids are leaning, but the fact of the matter is these are high school kids who change their minds all the time.

Yante Maten, a 2014 forward from the greater Detroit area, committed to Georgia on Saturday afternoon in a very surprising decision. Georgia had been involved with Maten for awhile, but most people projected Maten to Michigan State -- his stated dream school -- after the Spartans offered last week.

Indiana had been considered the favorite for awhile after getting involved late on Maten, but after Michigan State offered, the Hoosiers seemed to be out of the mix.

That's yet another player off the board in 2014, leaving the Hoosiers without another big man in the class. They'd be OK if they could land Chicago forward Josh Cunningham, but he also threw a curveball on Saturday.

Cunningham, a 6-foot-7 forward, was scheduled to announce his decision on Wednesday, but instead opted to schedule a visit to South Carolina and push his decision back to April 18.

So, what does that mean for IU's chances? Well, it's not the end of the world, but it's also not the greatest news. South Carolina will get Cunningham's last visit, which could be a factor, but IU was expected to be the favorite heading into Wednesday, and it still may well be after the trip to Carolina.

Indiana is in need of some positive recruiting news, and soon. The Hoosiers are still involved with Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson and may be involved with other transfers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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