Morgan commits to Indiana

Indiana picked up its first basketball commit in 2015 on Wednesday, earning a verbal pledge from forward Juwan Morgan.

Indiana has its first commitment in the 2015 class.

Juwan Morgan, a 6-foot-8 forward from Waynesville, Missouri, announced Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to Tom Crean and the Hoosiers. Morgan chose IU over Vanderbilt and others.

Morgan, the 93rd-ranked player in the 2015 class and the 16th-ranked power forward, will give Indiana some much-needed depth on the front line when he arrives on campus next summer.

"He picked Indiana because of their tradition and skill development, and he really clicked with the young players in their program," Morgan's AAU coach, Matt Suther, told Scout.com. "On top of all that he wants to major in broadcasting, and they have that as an option."

Morgan initially cut his list to Indiana, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Washington, but took only official visits to Indiana and Vanderbilt. Morgan moved his IU visit up three weeks and cancelled his visits to Stanford and Washington after leaving campus.

Morgan's AAU teammate, guard Shake Milton, will take his official visit to IU the weekend of Sept. 25-27 when the IU football team hosts Maryland. Morgan's commitment doesn't guarantee the Hoosiers will get Milton too, but it can't hurt their pursuit of the top 100 guard.

Crean deserves a lot of credit for scoring Morgan, but also credit assistant coach Steve McClain, who was critical in his recruitment. McClain recruited the MOKAN Elite AAU program while coaching at Colorado, so this isn't exactly new territory for him. McClain successfully recruited guard Alec Burks from MOKAN Elite, who turned into a lottery pick.

Here's some analysis from Scout.com national recruiting expert EVAN DANIELS:

Morgan really broke out this spring playing for Matt Suther's MOKAN Elite program. At 6-8, he's long, runs the floor with ease, has good athleticism, rebounds his area and has the tools to be a good offensive player.

Morgan has a nice set of hands and good scoring touch around the basket. He's also capable of stepping away from the rim and making mid-range jump shots. The next step in his game is developing a back to the basket game.

This a nice pick up for Indiana. Tom Crean wanted to add a power forward in the 2015 class and this is one that can help out the Hoosiers. Sure he needs to get stronger, but he is equipped with some quality tools that led you to believe he can give them quality minutes early in his career.


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