What We Learned: July recruiting

The July evaluation periods are now over. Here's a look at what we learned, from an Indiana standpoint.

The three July evaluation periods have now come and gone, and Indiana was quite active all month. Here's a few things July taught us about IU's recruiting in the 2016 and 2017 classes.

1. HOOSIERS ARE INVESTED IN DAVIS: Indiana has been recruiting 2016 big man De'Ron Davis for as long as anybody, and the Hoosiers don't plan on stopping now. They have been near the top of Davis' list for years, and Tom Crean is willing to fight to stay there. Schools like Texas have joined the mix and are coming hard, but IU isn't backing off. IU staffed all of Davis' games in Las Vegas last week, including one game in which Crean, Chuck Martin and Rob Judson were all watching. Davis plans to cut his list soon and take official visits this fall, and Indiana will make the cut.

2. AND IN BROWN: 2016 guard Bruce Brown really likes Indiana, and the Hoosiers really like him. Crean spent a good amount of time tracking Brown in Vegas, a task made easier by Rawle Alkins' absence from the live period. With Alkins staying home in New York, Crean was able to allocate a good amount of his time to Brown, who I really like and who is probably the more realistic of the two targets for Indiana.

Right now, it appears Indiana has a good chance to land both Brown and Davis. Alkins and Thon Maker are also possibilities, but if you can get a combination of one of those guards and one of those bigs in 2016, you have a really strong class.

3. CREAN PUTTING IN TIME WITH WILKES: The 2017 class is loaded in the state of Indiana, and Crean seems committed to doing everything in his power to get the state's top prospect -- Kris Wilkes -- to Bloomington. Crean watched the Indy Hoosiers multiple times during their championship run in Vegas, and he has closely tracked both Wilkes and Scruggs in July.

Indiana also watched 2017 forward Jaren Jackson twice during the open period, but it's clear the Hoosiers want Wilkes to know he is their primary target at that position in 2017.

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