If you missed the news, Indiana dismissed Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis from the basketball program on Thursday after their latest off-court incident involving marijuana on Monday. That leaves the Hoosiers with two open scholarships for next year, and I'm told IU plans to fill both spots.
"We have to find two guys who can play right now," Indiana coach Tom Crean told AllHoosiers.com via text message. "To reach for potential would have to be a no brainer."
It's certainly a tough situation. Not only did Tom Crean have to say goodbye to two kids he cares deeply about, but he now also has to dive back into the 2015 class when he'd rather be spending his time on 2016 and 2017 at this point in the year.
"This really sets our team back," Crean told AllHoosiers.com. "Those two would have played a lot especially when DD [Devin Davis] got healthy. This is why you constantly recruit. It's always the unforeseen that gets you.
"We need to keep building for this year. We've been so busy this week spending 80 percent of our time on this situation. This was really hard to say goodbye. Horrible feeling."
Losing Davis and Mosquera-Perea, both big men, leaves Indiana fairly thin on the front line once again. The front court rotation now looks like this:
The Hoosiers looked pretty deep on the front court before Thursday, but some of that depth is gone, and they are even younger up front than they thought they'd be. So, who can IU add this late in the game for next season? Here's a look at a couple of names.
**Jordan Murphy: Murphy, a 6-foot-7 forward from Texas, is a VCU decommit. He owns 15 total offers, including Minnesota, UNLV, Maryland, SMU, Marquette and Kansas State. Murphy had initial interest in IU, and he still has a visit remaining. There's a good chance Murphy could visit the Hoosiers, and soon. He should be considered the most likely option to fill one of the open scholarships, at least right now.
**Thon Maker: Nobody knows whats going to happen with Maker, the top unsigned player in 2015, but Indiana is among his final four schools, so we have to include him in any list. Maker's desire is to enroll in a school midyear and player for only the second semester, which makes him a less desirable prospect. Playing overseas is also still an option for Maker, even though his guardian essentially ruled that out recently. Other schools still involved for him: Kentucky, Kansas and Arizona State.
**Noah Dickerson: Indiana has inquired about the 6-foot-8 Florida decommit, but his list of suitors is quite long. Washington is the favorite to land him, according to sources. But now that Indiana has two open scholarships, Dickerson will be one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
Names will certainly be added to this list in the days and weeks to come, but that's three early names that would make sense, if Indiana could land them.