It isn't too often that you hear a kid far from the far West Coast talking about relocating and playing basketball in the Big Ten.
But we heard that from two players this past weekend at the adidas Gauntlet event in Fishers. Five-star forward T.J. Leaf, who called Midwest basketball 'a notch above' basketball in the West, said so, and so too did Oregon guard Payton Pritchard.
Pritchard, a 2016 guard, picked up an offer from Indiana while on an unofficial visit on Monday, and he's a big fan of the Big Ten Conference. He also owns offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Washington, Oklahoma and Butler.
"The Big Ten's probably the most powerful basketball conference right now," Pritchard said. "I'd love to play in it. I feel like a lot of Big Ten schools fit my style of play."
Pritchard has also already visited Wisconsin, and he called the Badgers one of his favorites at this point in the process. But he's also high on Indiana, a school he has grown up watching, even on the West Coast.
"I just know historically, Indiana Hoosiers, that's big time," Pritchard said. "I've always watched Tom Crean and I like him a lot. He puts players in the pros."