Live Blog: Final July Evaluation Period

Track Indiana's coaching staff -- and recruiting targets -- with up-to-the-minute info throughout the final evaluation period, which opened at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The third and final July evaluation periods opened at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Check back here throughout the week for up-to-the-minute information on what events Indiana coaches are at, which players they are watching, and more.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

UPDATE: 7:22 p.m.: 2016 forward and IU target Miles Bridges finished with 24 points in a loss to Georgia Stars in the Las Vegas Classic title game.

UPDATE: 2:00 p.m.: Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley watching Jaren Jackson again, this time in the title game today in Vegas. In the semifinal win, he had a monster triple-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 blocks.

SATURDAY, JULY 25

UPDATE: 10:50 p.m.: Buckley now watching 2017 forward and IU target Jaren Jackson, per Albers. UCLA and Purdue have staffed every game of Jackson's, also per Albers.

UPDATE: 6:04 p.m.: Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley watching De'Ron Davis in Vegas, according to Albers. Indiana has had at least one coach in each of his games, also per Albers.

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m.: Plenty of schools remain interested in 2017 forward and IU target Jaren Jackson. Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue (Painter, assistant), Xavier, Butler, UCLA among schools to watch Jackson in Vegas today, according to our Justin Albers.

FRIDAY, JULY 24

UPDATE: 5:51 p.m. Indiana among the schools watching 5-star Trevon Duval of WE R1 in Vegas, according to Peegs' Jeff Rabjohns. Duval is a 5-star point guard in the 2017 class.

UPDATE: 4:49 p.m. Another 2017 update: According to Peegs' Jeff Rabjohns, Indiana, Butler, Iowa, Mich St, Purdue, UCLA, Illinois, Mich, Ball St, watched Kris Wilkes, Paul Scruggs and Zach Gunn today, per coach Mike Peterson.

UPDATE: 3:55 p.m.: 2017 forward and IU target Jaren Jackson had 10 points, three 3-pointers, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks in Indiana Elite win in Vegas, per Albers. Matt Painter (Purdue), Chris Mack (Xavier), Dane Fife (Michigan State), Ed Schilling (UCLA), Chris Holtmann (Butler), Northwestern, Ball State all on hand to watch Jackson in Vegas, as well as John Thompson III (Georgetown) plus one Georgetown assistant and Notre Dame, also per Albers. Butler ended up three coaches deep at Jackson's game.

UPDATE: 12:15 p.m.: 2016 forward and IU target Lamar Stevens posted his top eight schools on Twitter, and, in no order, they are: Temple, Pitt, Marquette, Villanova, Penn State,Indiana, Maryland and SMU. The four-star prospect has an IU offer. According to Peegs' Jeff Rabjohns, Stevens will take an official visit to Indiana.

THURSDAY, JULY 23

UPDATE: 12:28 a.m.: Per Albers, Crean watched Grant Gelon and De'Ron Davis twice today. Albers also reported that Davis will narrow his list down to 5-6 schools next week. After his second game, Davis told Albers that Indiana, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State are recruiting him the hardest. Through two games in Vegas, Davis is shooting 75 percent from the field and averaging 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

UPDATE: 9:26 p.m.: Peegs' Jeff Rabjohns reports that Crean is now watching 2016 four-star guard Bruce Brown.

UPDATE: 5:45 p.m. According to Albers, De'Ron Davis finished with 14 points and eight rebounds in front of Crean and Texas head coach Shaka Smart. Davis told Albers that Indiana, Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado are the five schools recruiting him the hardest.

UPDATE: 5:00 p.m.: Rob Judson and Martin are now watching 2016 big man De'Ron Davis, per Albers.

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m.: 2016 forward De'Riante Jenkins finished with 15 points, including the game-winning three, in a win against Oakland Rebels in Vegas, per Albers. Afterward, Jenkins told Albers that Indiana is at the top of his list, which he will trim to five after Adidas Nations.

UPDATE: 4:07 p.m.: 2017 guard Markus Howard will take an unofficial visit to Indiana on Aug. 2, according to Albers. Howard also has unofficial visits lined up with Marquette Aug. 1 and Baylor Aug. 6.

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m.: Crean has been watching 2017 G Markus Howard in Vegas. Also, 2016 G Eron Gordon finished with 24 points (9-of-16 from the field) in a loss in Vegas this morning. Indiana assistant coach Chuck Martin is now watching Compton Magic vs. New England Playaz in Vegas. All of these updates are according to Albers.

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.: Per Albers, Crean is watching 2016 forward Grant Gelon in Vegas. Butler head coach Chris Holtmann is among the other coaches there watching Gelon. Crean is also watching Nick Rakocevic and Devonte Green, according to Albers.

UPDATE: 11:52 a.m.: 2016 five-star forward and Indiana target Miles Bridges, No. 25 in Scout Top 100, will visit Indiana Aug. 28-30, according to MLive.com's Eric Woodyard. The Indiana Daily Student's Andy Wittry was first to spot and report the news via Twitter. That weekend is also the same weekend 2016 four-star guard Curtis Jones will be visiting the Hoosiers.

UPDATE: 11:05 a.m.: 2017 forward and IU target Jaren Jackson of Indiana Elite is being watched by Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and assistant coach Dane Fife, as well as UCLA assistant coach Ed Schilling this morning at the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas, per our Justin Albers. According to Albers, Jackson has become a top priority for the Spartans in 2017.

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.: In a story published around 8:30 a.m., Inside the Hall's Alex Bozich reported that 2017 3-star guard Jordan Poole was watched by Buckley last night at the AAU Super Showcase In Louisville.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22

UPDATE: 12:15 a.m.: Here's Alber's story on Jones, including info on his recruitment.

UPDATE: 12:05 a.m.: Per Albers, De'Riante Jenkins had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Upward Stars' win in Vegas. He was watched by Indiana Director of Basketball Operations Rob Judson. Albers also reported that Crean began the live period in Vegas watching Bruce Brown, "who is quickly becoming IU's priority in 2016." This is huge, Albers said, especially if Alkins decides to go elsewhere.

UPDATE: 11:31 p.m.: 2016 four-star guard Curtis Jones will take an official visit to Indiana from August 28-29, as first reported by the Indiana Daily Student's Andy Wittry via Twitter.

UPDATE: 9:43 p.m.: Per Rabjohns, Crean and Martin are now watching 2016 guard Bruce Brown in Vegas. National analysts have praised his ability as an on-ball defender. Brown has been an IU target for nearly a year, with the Hoosiers tracking him at Vermont Academy's open gyms since September according the Indianapolis Star's Zach Osterman.

UPDATE: 8:12 p.m.: Inside the Hall's Alex Bozich reports that Ibi Watson is planning to make his decision after the final July evaluation period. "Sounds like an August decision is likely," Bozich tweeted. Bozich also reported that Watson mentioned wanting to visit IU again soon, and that Michigan still remains involved in his recruitment but he does not have an offer from the Wolverines yet.

UPDATE: 6:22 p.m.: We know know where some of the Indiana coaching staff will be starting the final July evaluation period. According to Peegs' Jeff Rabjohns, Crean and assistant coach Chuck Martin are starting off the period in Las Vegas. Elsewhere, associate head coach Tim Buckley is beginning the live period in Louisville, according to Peegs' Mike Pegram. Pegram is also reporting that Buckley is watching Ibi Watson at the Super Showcase in Louisville.

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.: Our Justin Albers will be in Las Vegas for the Adidas Summer Championships, the biggest event of the week. Jose Alvarado, De'Ron Davis, Eron Gordon, Jaren Jackson, Trendon Watford, De'Riante Jenkins, Nick Rakocevic, Grant Gelon and others are among the IU targets who will be playing in the event. Another Vegas event, the Fab 48, features 2016 IU targets Thon Maker and Bruce Brown. Indiana head coach Tom Crean and his staff have been tracking Maker and Brown for quite some time now. One prominent player who was scheduled to play in Vegas but won't end up being there is Rawle Alkins, one of the top guards in the 2016 class and a top IU recruiting target. Alkins told Albers he will not be present.

One other event we'll be keeping an eye on is the Super Showcase in Louisville, which includes Ibi Watson as well as 2017 guard Matt Coleman. Watson and Coleman both received IU offers following the first live period.


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