Insider: Basketball recruiting notes

Read some exclusive Indiana basketball recruiting notes here. Included: Semi Ojeleye, Rawle Alkins and more.

Freshman forward Semi Ojeleye, a one-time recruiting target of Indiana, is transferring from Duke, the school announced Sunday. But Indiana does not plan to purse Ojeleye, a source told AllHoosiers.com.

Ojeleye, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward, was averaging 3 points and 2.3 rebounds in six games for the Blue Devils this season.

Indiana's stance on Ojeleye is likely because there simply isn't space for him. The Hoosiers are already oversigned by two for next year, and Ojeleye would have to sit out at least part of the season due to NCAA transfer rules. Plus, Tom Crean and his staff are bringing in 6-foot-9 Juwan Morgan and 6-foot-7 O.G. Anunoby in next year's recruiting class already.

Ojeleye was rated as a five-star prospect by Scout.com and was the 26th-ranked player in the 2013 class.

Crean watches Alkins in New York

While the team was in New York for last Tuesday night's Jimmy V Classic game against No. 4 Louisville, Indiana coach Tom Crean and assistant Chuck Martin went to watch 2016 guard Rawle Alkins in Brooklyn. Alkins, a four-star prospect, was in Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria in October. The well-rounded guard is among IU's top targets in the 2016 class.

Alkins also has offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, N.C. State, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova, among others.

Rakocevic still hearing from Hoosiers

Nick Rakocevic, a 2016 forward from Illinois, told AllHoosiers.com on Sunday that he continues to hear from Indiana's coaching staff "pretty often." Rakocevic, 6-foot-9 and 190 pounds, has already taken one unofficial visit to Indiana, and he said he would like to get back on campus for a game this season.

"I've been there before, but I would love to see a game there," Rakocevic said.

Rakocevic also has early offers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Creighton.


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