Now that the July evaluation period is over and AAU play is winding down, let's take a look at the 2015 recruiting class, specifically as it pertains to Indiana.
Tom Crean and the Hoosiers do not yet have a commit in 2015, but they are in good shape with several top 100 prospects. And as is the case with recruiting, several new names figure to emerge before the class is all said and done.
In the last few days, several 2015 guys have set visit dates, including two with Indiana. On Friday, the news emerged that MOKAN Elite teammates Shake Milton and Juwan Morgan will take official visits to Indiana together Sept. 26-28. The Indiana football team will host Maryland that weekend.
That news is significant because Milton and Morgan are very good friends and have discussed playing together in college. Because of their familiarity with each other, the transition to college would likely be easier, and adding a duo like Milton and Morgan would be huge for IU.
Milton is a solid 6-foot-4 guard and a top 100 player. Morgan is also a top 100 player, but he may be an even more important recruit for Indiana because of his size. Morgan is 6-foot-9 and is very versatile from the power forward position. Given Indiana's lack of depth on the inside, Morgan would be a huge get for Crean and his staff.
Donovan Mitchell, the fastest-rising recruit in July because of his play during the three evaluation periods, cut his list to 10 schools on Thursday, and Indiana made the cut. Mitchell has set unofficial visits for Villanova (Aug. 4) and Louisville (Aug. 7-8), and he said he will visit Indiana in August or September.
Matt McQuaid, a 6-foot-4 guard from Texas, will also take a visit to Indiana. A date has not been set, but McQuaid told Inside the Hall it will likely be an official trip.
McQuaid, also a top 100 prospect, was originally committed to SMU, but reopened his recruitment after fellow commit Emmanuel Mudiay decided to forego college and play professionally in China. McQuaid is regarded as one of the top shooters in the 2015 class.
Now, I know what you're thinking at this point: Where are all the big men? That's the obvious question to ask.
Other than Morgan, Indiana is also hard after Nick Marshall, Thomas Bryant and Caleb Swanigan, who was originally a member of the 2016 class. Marshall, a 6-foot-11 big man from Tennessee, recently picked up an offer from Florida. Most of his offers are from the SEC.
The sleeper on Indiana's list in this class, in my opinion, is Boo Williams forward Chris Clarke. I've watched a good amount of tape on Clarke in the last few days and have come away really impressed. At 6-foot-6, he can play multiple positions and affect the game at both ends of the floor. He's another guy that figures to see his ranking rise considerably after July.
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