Emmitt Holt, a 6-foot-7 forward from New York, will take an official visit to Indiana on Monday. Indiana hopes to sign Holt in the 2014 class, even though the school year is scheduled to begin just a week from Monday.
Holt enrolled in prep school at Vermont Academy after his senior season at Webster High School in New York in an effort to attract more college interest. But that may not be necessary now that Indiana is all in and wants him to sign a Letter of Intent as soon as possible.
Holt has other offers from Drexel, Duquense, Fairfield, Hofstra, Towson and Vermont.
Holt, who has good size a 225 pounds, averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and five blocks per game at Webster last year. He was a finalist for New York Mr. Basketball, given annually to the top high school player in the state.
It's important to note that while Holt is technically a 2015 recruit because he enrolled in prep school, it's not like he'd have to jump a class if he signed at Indiana tomorrow or this week. Holt turned 18 in April, so he's the same age as Indiana's other freshmen.
Holt, while under the radar, would be a nice get for Indiana because he'd help beef up the inside, where the Hoosiers are very thin. Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea are the only players with experience down low, and Mosquera-Perea was very inconsistent in his first two seasons at IU. He also missed IU's foreign trip to Montreal last week due to visa-related issues, a trip that could have helped him greatly.
Freshman center Jeremiah April also did not play during the five-game trip in Canada because of an ankle injury.
Indiana had also hoped to add Ray Kasango, a 6-foot-9 forward in the 2014 class who had been denied admittance at Oregon. But Kasango was also denied admittance at Indiana and had to cancel his scheduled visit.
We will have more on Holt's visit later this week. Don't be surprised if you here Indiana has signed him in the next couple of days.