Albers Angle: Recruiting momentum

Indiana earned its first basketball commitment in the 2015 class on Wednesday. Are more coming?

By now hopefully you've heard that Indiana picked up its first basketball commitment in the 2015 class on Wednesday night. We have plenty of coverage from Juwan Morgan's decision up on the site, complete with an evaluation, analysis, and quotes from Morgan himself.

It was certainly a good night for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers, who got a much-needed post player. Morgan is 6-foot-8 and had a great summer for MOKAN Elite in the EYBL circuit. He's a very coachable kid and should fit in well in Crean's system.

Now, what's next? Well, there's a good chance Morgan could bring his good friend Shake Milton with him to Bloomington. Milton, a top 100 guard from Oklahoma, is an AAU teammate of Morgan's, and the two have become close friends.

On Thursday, Milton cancelled his visit to Illinois, making Indiana his final official visit. Milton will be on campus Sept. 25-27, and the IU football team hosts Maryland that weekend. It's no guarantee at this point, but there's a good shot IU will get Milton too.

As you know, recruiting comes in waves, and the Hoosiers are quickly gaining momentum. If you recall, IU didn't have a commit in the 2014 class at this time last year, and then quickly put together one of the Big Ten's top classes. Robert Johnson committed and got the ball rolling, and then James Blackmon Jr.'s recommitment came just a month later.

Milton and Morgan would be a solid package deal for Indiana to grab for a couple of reasons. The obvious one is that they're familiar with each other already, which only helps with chemistry on and off the court. But perhaps the biggest reason is that, while both are talented players, neither projects to be anything other than a four-year player. I still believe the best college teams are built on such players, so I think that benefits Indiana in the long run.

Either way, it's great to see recruits canceling visits to other schools and making Indiana their final stop. That's a great sign. Top Stories