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2017 Hot Board: Pare down time

With three commitments in the fold now, it was time to significantly pare down our 2017 Hot Board for Indiana.

Player Rankings: 2017 | 2018


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2017 Commitments


AAU Team: Southern Stampede (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 15.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.6 topg, 31.1 FG%, 26.9 3FG%, 72.8 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: NR, NR)

Key Dates: Durham committed to Indiana on October 26, 2015


EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Durham is a lefty who can be a blur with the ball. That's what makes him a great slasher and the reason he was one of the top guys in drawing fouls this spring on the EYBL circuit. Has to improve his shot selection and watch the fade on his jumper. That may explain the lower shooting percentage in the stats above. Defensively he has great potential thanks to that quickness and his ability to play hard on each possession. Shows some good passing instincts and could help at point guard down the road.


Durham has drawn praise from many who attended the Victor Oladipo Camp during the second week of the July evaluation period. He followed that by helping lead Southern Stampede to the championship of the Best of South tournament tournament in Suwanee, Georgia. 

In between July recruiting periods, Durham and his father Al Sr.. sat down for this video interview with our Jeff Rabjohns.


AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 39.1 FG%, 20.0 3FG%, 55.9 FT%

Ranking History: Slight downturn after trending up (Most recent: NR, 79, 91)

Key Dates: Smith became IU's first 2017 official visit when he rolled into town with his family on Saturday morning, September 10. He committed about two weeks later.



Smith goes through good and bad stretches but has all the tools including a great combination of athleticism and strength for the three spot. Shot has nice form but his perimeter numbers show it needs some minor refining. Aggressive play is his key. Excellent student.


Smith ended up choosing between Villanova and Indiana at the end, about a week after his trip to Villanova. He was very familiar with the Hoosier team and campus thanks to several unofficial visits made in 2015.


AAU Team: Hoop Dreamz (Elevate Hoops)

AAU Spring Stats: N/A

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: NR, NR)

Key Dates: Moore committed to Indiana on October 2, 2016



Moore's role at Indiana seems ticketed for a "stretch four" type position seen so often in today's game. He has small forward skills but is 6-foot-10 and growing with good length for his size. That should help make him difficult to shoot over in the post. Young for his class, Moore desperately needs to bulk up but that happens quicker nowadays thanks to advancements made by full-time trainers in college. A-student who will being those type intangibles to Bloomington.


Moore's only other official was an early trip to Ole Miss. His Indiana official came on the same weekend that IU's top target, five-star forward Kris Wilkes, was in for his official. Indiana's other commitment from that class, guard Al Durham Jr., also made his official that weekend.

2017 Targets


AAU Team: Indy Hoosiers (Under Armour)

AAU Spring Stats: 20.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.7 topg, 56.3 FG%, 21.4 3FG%, 46.6 FT%

Ranking History: Trending down very slightly (Most recent: 13, 16, 18)

Key Dates: Indiana hosted Wilkes for an official visit beginning on September 30th


EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Wilkes is someone who has really improved over the course of his high school career, and shows a ton of long term potential. He has long arms, can play on the wing at 6'8, and is skilled in the mid-range. Also Wilkes plays hard and has a good feel for the game. Once he stretches his shooting range a bit more and gets stronger, the upside is limitless.


Officials to Xavier and UConn were on the calendar but Wilkes recently cancelled those trips and will decide from the schools he did make officials to in September - Indiana, UCLA and Illinois. The Bruins and Hoosiers are the favorites based on the latest from our sources.


Wilkes recently hinted on Twitter that he'll make a decision soon. Our information suggests it may be at least another week before he decides.


AAU Team: Expressions Elite (Nike)

AAU Stats: 12.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg, 3.3 topg, 41.5 FG%, 38.2 3FG%, 87.8 FT%

Ranking History: Waters continues to trend up: (70, 41, 36)

Key Dates: His September 30 trip to Kansas may been his final official.


EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Waters is a very quick and slick ballhandler who knifes into the lane and delivers sizzling passes to teammates, either at the rim on spotting up on the perimeter. He's also a clever scorer and potentially disruptive defender. Waters stays in attack mode and possesses impressive ball handling ability. Waters has deep range on his shot and is a good shooter, when he's taking good shots.


Waters has made officials to Georgetown, Kentucky, Kansas and Indiana. The family is not talking often to the media so this is one that is hard to call.


Kentucky has been considered the favorite by many but things today appear to be point to a decision between Georgetown, Indiana and Kansas.


AAU Team: Philly Pride (Under Armour)

AAU Spring Stats: 13.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 topg, 45.0 FG%, 34.6 3FG%, 68.8 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (NR, NR, NR)

Key Dates: On August 29th Beatty came out with eight finalists.



A little bit raw but an extremely versatile guard. Best days ahead of him as he does a bit of everything and could mature into a point guard with ideal size. Very streaky jumper. Does finish through contact well.


His finalists include Indiana, Maryland, UConn, Georgetown and LaSalle. 


Beatty took an official visit to Georgetown this past weekend. No other visits announced but has told Peegs.com that he plans to take official visits to all five finalists and make an October decision.


AAU Team: Houston Hoops (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 13.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 46.3 FG%, 31.0 3FG%, 63.9 FT%

Ranking History: Trending down slightly (Most recent: 8, 12, 16)

Key Dates: Sep. 13 - Indiana makes a new top five for Preston.



Preston is a face-up four who can really shoot it, especially from midrange. He's best from the high post where he can consistently knock down jumpers, while he's also a threat to use his vision to find cutters. Preston is capable of shooting from three but is best from midrange. You'd like to see him add more to his game with his back to the basket and play with a more competitive edge on both sides of the court, but he's no doubt talented.


Call it the September 13th surprise when Preston tweeted a final five that included Indiana, NC State, USC, Maryland and Kansas. Arizona was included in a prior final four listing but were replaced this time by the  Hoosiers and Wolfpack. The consensus is still that Southern Cal is the team to beat and there could be a risk here that Preston doesn't play college basketball. 


Preston's mother tells Peegs.com she expects her son to make official visits to each of the schools on his final five but that the visits won't come till later in the school year. A few days ago she confirmed to us that an Indiana visit is still in process of being set up. 


AAU Team: NY Rens (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 14.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 39.0 FG%, 39.3 3FG%, 70.0 FT%

Ranking History: Trending down some (Most recent: 34, 50, 79)

Key Dates: Tucker took an unofficial visit to Indiana on April 25. He visited Syracuse a few days later.



Tucker is a scorer and a true small forward. Shoots it from deep and then drives past you if you come out too high on him. Has good strength for a three. Sometimes a bit trigger happy with the jumper but have to like his aggressiveness.


Seems to be a priority for Syracuse which has strong ties to his home in the White Plains area. Has a good relationship with Indiana assistant Chuck Martin and the Hoosiers have been on him for quite some time. Along with those two you have Villanova, Arizona, Maryland and now Louisville mentioned the most. Duke and North Carolina seem to have fallen off after not offering this summer.


Louisville has jumped into the mix. Probably no coincidence it comes at the time when Tucker announced he's transferring to Wheeler High north of Atlanta. Same school that has Cardinal commit Darius Perry.

On August 28th Tucker announced a final eight of Arizona, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Syracuse, USC and Villanova. Everything pointing to a spring decision right now for Tucker.


AAU Team: PSA Cardinals (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 12.7 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 3.1 bpg, 68.0 FG%, 70.0 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: 2, 2, 2)

Key Dates: When the spring recruiting period opened on April 7, Indiana was one of the first in to see Bamba.

EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Bamba is a very long and mobile big man who already demonstrates impressive skill. Though far from complete, he can knock down a facing jump shot and certainly blocks and dunks his way to strong numbers. At the Nike Elite 100 camp, Bamba measured in at 6'11" with a 7'8" wingspan and a 9'5" standing reach. He's an elite prospect in the Class of 2017.


Lots of competition here for Bamba, especially from Duke and Kentucky. But Indiana has been in from the beginning and is doing a good job selling their history with the likes of Vonleh, Zeller and Thomas Bryant, a product of the same AAU program. Michigan now involved. 


Bamba surprised by making a Labor Day weekend official visit to Michigan. A few days later he stopped at Harvard for an unofficial.


AAU Team: Expressions Elite (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 11.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 58.0 FG%, 62.9 FT%

Ranking History: Trending well up after a spring drop (Most recent: 20, 32, 17)

Key Dates: Richards took a June 30 visit to Syracuse


EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Richards is a highly promising rim protector who soars for blocks, rebounds and general defensive menace. He's a fine athlete who shows signs of a solid offensive post game as well, but for the time being he's clearly at his best on the other end of the court. He's a blue-chip center who boasts tremendous talent and will be a featured attraction in the 2017 class going forward.


Richards said in the mid-June NBPA Top 100 Camp that five schools are recruiting him the hardest--Syracuse, UConn, Indiana, Kentucky and Arizona. He repeated that in mid-August. His late June trip to Syracuse was a good sign for the Orange. UConn has had him in twice for unofficial visits.


Richards threw a bit of water on all the Syracuse speculation recently by saying he doesn't like to play zone defense. He also says Kentucky, Arizona and Syracuse are sure to get official visits.

Others on the Indiana 2017 radar:






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