Hoops Recruiting Central: Tracking IU coaches

The July Evaluation period is now open. Where have the Indiana coaches been? Find out here.

The first two days of the July evaluation period have come and gone, and the Indiana coaching staff has been busy.

Head coach Tom Crean began the period in Indianapolis watching 2015 big man Raymond Spalding from Trinity High School in Louisville. Crean returned to Indianapolis on Thursday morning to see Spalding a second time.

The fact that Crean chose to open the month by watching Spalding, not once, but twice tells you everything you need to know about how badly he wants Spalding. The 6-foot-9 forward could easily become one of the elite big men in the class, and Crean has done a great job with him from day one.

Spalding listed Indiana, Xavier and Louisville as his top three schools, but Crean was the only head coach to watch Spalding twice. Xavier coach Chris Mack was also in Indianapolis for one game.

It's clear that Spalding and Crean are developing a special relationship. Considering Indiana's need for a big man in the 2015 class, that's incredibly important.

"He's becoming one of my best friends," Spalding told reporters of Crean on Thursday. "He's just a great guy and a great coach."

Crean left Indianapolis after Spalding's early game on Thursday to arrive in Chicago for the start of the adidas Gauntlet event there. T.J. Leaf, one of IU's top targets in the 2016 class, is in action there, as well as several others.

Crean returned to Indianapolis on Thursday night to watch a number of players, specifically in the 2017 class. He scouted Jaren Jackson Jr. as well as Kris Wilkes, Paul Scruggs, Justin Roberts and Zach Gunn.

Tim Buckley has also spent time in Chicago, and IU assistant Steve McClain spent the day out in Las Vegas and LeBron Camp. Jayson Tatum, the top overall player in the 2016 class, is among the campers in Vegas.

We will continue to keep you posted throughout the busy weekend and recruiting period. Thanks for reading.


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