Hoops Recruiting Central: Getting prepared

Yogi Ferrell's NBA decision is looming. And Tom Crean is making sure IU is covered if he leaves.

Yogi Ferrell's stay-or-go decision is now just five days away, and the Indiana coaching staff is making sure it is covered if Ferrell decides to enter the NBA Draft.

There's been no indication that Tom Crean already knows what Ferrell's decision will be, but Crean has been recruiting as if Ferrell will leave school early. Crean offered JUCO guard Mychal Mulder last week, and he is expected to have an in-home visit with Indianapolis Tech guard C.J. Walker this week. Walker is in the 2016 class and recently decommitted from Purdue.

Walker has picked up new offers from Penn State, Florida State and Butler, and he figures to continue to garner interest throughout the summer. Scout.com's Brian Snow spoke with Walker over the weekend and he said Indiana is certainly very involved right now.

Ferrell's decision is an important one not only because of his experience and production, but also because he's the only true point guard on the current roster. Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr. are combo guards capable of running the point at times, but neither guy is nearly as good at running the offense as Ferrell is.

Ferrell will announce his decision on Saturday night at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Indianapolis.

Easley impresses in Indy

I had the chance to get a good long look at 2018 forward Kevin Easley at this weekend's Indyball.com Challenge in Indianapolis, and he was impressive. Easley, who already owns offers from Indiana and Purdue, has a well-rounded skill set and has the body to play several different positions.

In Sunday afternoon's championship game, Easley stole an inbounds pass and buried a highly-contested, off-balanced 3-pointer with four seconds left to put his team ahead by a point. The 6-foot-7 prospect will be one to follow this summer.

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