News and Notes: Final April Evaluation Period

Here's a look at how some IU targets fared at the adidas Gauntlet in Indy this weekend. Among them: Rawle Alkins, De'Ron Davis, Eron Gordon and Jaren Jackson.

The Adidas Gauntlet series made a stop in Indianapolis over the weekend, and several Indiana targets were there. But there were also events in Louisville (Under Armour) and Lexington (Nike). Here's a consolidated look at everything you need to know from the final open period until July.

TRACKING Tom Crean: Indiana coaches Tom Crean and Chuck Martin were in town on Saturday. Crean opened the period with assistant coach Tim Buckley at an Under Armour event in Louisville, where he watched 2016 big man Joey Brunk. Brunk, who plays at Southport, has quickly become a priority for the Hoosiers in the 2016 class.

Crean then watched 2017 prospects Paul Scruggs and Kris Wilkes with the Indy Hoosiers at the same event before moving on the Lexington to watch 2016 forward Nick Ward on Friday night.

Crean opened Saturday morning watching 2016 Brooklyn guard Rawle Alkins in Indianapolis, a talented 6-foot-4 guard that has become IU's top priority in the class. Meanwhile, Martin was at EYBL in Lexington watching 2016 guard Bruce Brown. In Indy, director of basketball operations Rob Judson was watching 2018 Lawrence North forward Kevin Easley and 2017 Park Tudor forward Jaren Jackson. Jackson averaged 9.0 points and 2.5 blocks per game in four games on the weekend. Judson later watched 2016 big man De'Ron Davis, who recently picked up a new offer from Texas. He also owns offers from Arizona and Colorado, among others.

Assistant coach Tim Buckley got several looks at 2016 guard Eric Hester, and 2016 forwards Troy Baxter and Dewan Huell.

Crean closed Saturday night in Lexington watching Team Final's Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr. Stevens is averaging 16.4 points per game in EYBL play, and Carr is averaging 14.8 points per game. Both are elite 2016 prospects with Indiana offers. Crean and Martin also watched 2016 guard Eron Gordon play once on Saturday in Indy.

Crean returned to Louisville on Sunday to watch Scruggs and Wilkes twice more, reaffirming their spots atop IU's 2017 most wanted list.

BRYANT OUT RECRUITING: Now that Thomas Bryant has signed his National Letter of Intent with the Hoosiers, he's turned his attention to players that could join him in Bloomington in the near future. Bryant was out at several events over the weekend -- including Under Armour in Louisville and Adidas in Indianapolis -- and he spoke to IU targets about joining him at Indiana.

Alkins told AllHoosiers.com that Bryant told him IU could win a national title if he commits to play for the Hoosiers.

Pretty neat, and it certainly shows how excited Bryant his for his future in Bloomington.

ALKINS STILL A FAN OF IU:

Rawle Alkins has emerged as Indiana's top priority in the 2016 class, and Indiana had a staff member at all of his games this weekend in Indy. He closed the weekend with an impressive 21-point, 10-rebound, 8-assist performance on Sunday. Alkins is averaging 24.3 points and 5.8 rebonds per game in Gauntlet play through two events, making him the second-leading scorer. He had 32 points in a game against the Utah Prospects this weekend.

The more I watch Alkins, the more I think he'd be a perfect for in Crean's system. He can run the point, he can shoot the deep ball, he can get to the rim, and he's a strong rebounder for his position.

Alkins told me over the weekend that Indiana is recruiting him the hardest right now, but that he isn't anywhere close to narrowing his list. The four-star guard is highly-coveted, with offers from Florida, Maryland, Miami, St. John's and Villanova, just to name a few.

GORDON LISTS THREE RECRUITING HIM HARDEST: It was a rough weekend for 2016 guard Eron Gordon and his EG10 team in Indy. They limped to a 1-3 record, which included an ugly 85-41 blowout loss to an average New England Playaz team. Gordon was 5-of-22 from the field and 2-of-11 from beyond the arc in that game.

Gordon is averaging 19.5 points per game in Gauntlet play overall, but he was just 20-of-84 from the field over the weekend, a dismal 23.8 percent. He scored 59 points on 84 shots, and he made only 8-of-36 attempts from beyond the arc.

I've personally never been impressed with him, and I was a little surprised IU sent two coaches to watch one of his games over the weekend. I asked Gordon what schools are recruiting him the hardest right now, and he listed Notre Dame, Butler and Arizona State as his current favorites. His older brother, Evan, began his career at ASU before transferring to Indiana for his final season.

NEW SCHOOL AFTER DAVIS: Indiana has coveted 2016 Colorado forward De'Ron Davis since he was in the eighth grade, but the Hoosiers have substantial competition for the talented 6-foot-10 big man. Davis recently picked up a new offer from Texas coach Shaka Smart, who was in Indianapolis over the weekend to watch Davis and others.

IU has done as good a job as any school in recruiting Davis, and the Hoosiers remain in good shape with him. But Davis, like Alkins, said he doesn't plan to cut his list anytime soon and is looking forward to new schools joining the mix throughout the summer.

Davis is averaging 14.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in Gauntlet play. His best game of the weekend came in Sunday's win over the Compton Magic when he scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

SEE FOR YOURSELF: If you haven't seen the players that Crean and his staff watched this weekend, take a look at their highlight tapes in the embedded video players below. They go in order of their mention in this story, beginning with Brunk.


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