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'Spring Cleaning' for 2017 Hot Board

With the November signing period and Billy Preston decision behind us, it's time for some wholesale changes to our 2017 Hot Board as we gear up for the prospects the Hoosier staff may look to add this spring.

Player Rankings: 2017 | 2018

 

Depth Chart

Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

2017 Commitments

http://www.scout.com/player/200833-al-durham?s=170

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

@aldurham01

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.

LATEST NEWS

Durham had 21 points in his season debut earlier this month.

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

http://www.scout.com/player/196000-justin-smith?s=170

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.

@justinsmith3_

EVALUATION (Peegs)

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.

LATEST NEWS

Smith and Stevenson open the year Thanksgiving week in a multi-day tournament at Buffalo Grove High.

http://www.scout.com/player/211877-clifton-moore?s=75

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

@CliftonMoore16

EVALUATION (Peegs)

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.

LATEST NEWS

Moore's senior season doesn't begin until the weekend of December 9-10.

2017 Targets

http://www.scout.com/player/193174-jordan-tucker?s=170

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)

@Therealjtucks

EVALUATION (Peegs)

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.

RECRUITING NOTES

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.

LATEST NEWS

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. Tucker didn't make fall trips so he'll be busy making the rounds after his season ends.

http://www.scout.com/player/195220-hamidou-diallo?s=75

AAU Team: NY Rens (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 43.3 FG%, 16.7 3FG%, 64.2 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: 9, 10, 10)

@Diallo1Hamidou

EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Of all the shooting guard prospects in the 2017 class, Hamidou Diallo has as upside as anyone. At 6-foot-4, Diallo is a terrific athlete with impressive leaping ability. He moves his feet well laterally, has good length and plays hard, which all helps him on the defensive end. At this stage, Diallo is a streaky long-range shooter, but is certainly capable of hitting a streak of jumpers. He's good in space and makes play after play in transition.

RECRUITING NOTES

Diallo has a final six that includes, Kentucky, Arizona, Indiana, Syracuse, Connecticut and Kansas. In this story from last week, Scout updates his NBA outlook and potential college choice.

LATEST NEWS

Similar to Thon Maker. Diallo is eligible to go straight to the NBA Draft. Since he's not nearly as tall as Maker, it's definitely not a foregone conclusion he'll take that route.

http://www.scout.com/player/195096-curtis-hollis?s=75

AAU Team: Pro Skills (Texas) (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 16.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 48.6 FG%, 24.3 3FG%, 1.5 spg

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

@Curtakasticks0

EVALUATION (Pony Stampede)

Hollis impressed the most in transition. He’s a little better there than he is in the half-court because he doesn’t score a lot off the dribble or base his game off 3-pointers. He’s still an athletic wing who’s best when he’s running and using his length to score. He possesses a solid three-point shot off the catch. In the half-court, he scores with a lot of cuts and actions, as opposed to off the dribble or in isolation spots. He has functional handles, but not top-notch handles that allow him to consistently dribble through traffic.

Hollis’ high motor and length make him a good rebounder on the wing and a good rebounder as a small forward-type player. He would be best in a zone defense because he can move laterally and has good length. He would have a tougher time guarding bigger, stronger wings in man-to-man situations.

RECRUITING NOTES

Hollis is from the Dallas area and was originally a 2016 prospect who committed to North Texas. But he opened things up after reclassifying to 2017 and played well on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring, He led Pro Skills in scoring which is saying something as he played alongside the No. 6 overall player in the class is big man Mitchell Robinson. Some of the schools that have been involved include Memphis, SMU, TCU, Tulsa and USC. He's now at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and will play a national schedule there.

LATEST NEWS

Indiana began poking around with Hollis during the fall so this one is in its early stages. Interest level may be dependent on how he looks over the winter at IMG Academy in Florida.

http://www.scout.com/player/189916-alfred-hollins

AAU Team: Oakland Soldiers (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 5.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 39.4 FG%, 21.4 3FG%, 1.5 spg

Ranking History: Trending even, was trending down (Most recent: 99, NR, NR)

EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Hollins is a wing with pretty good size at 6-foot-5 and will be able to play both the two and three offensively at the next level. He's got a good stroke and is a capable shooter, who can knock down threes off the catch or pull-up and hit midrange jumpers. Hollins is a good athlete and uses his athleticism to finish above the rim in transition. He's an unselfish player who sees the court well and makes teammates better with his passing. Hollins rebounds well for the position and blocks shots on defense. He has the upside to be a very productive scorer at the next level.

RECRUITING NOTES

Some of the schools that have been involved include Arizona State, Colorado, Washington State, Virginia Tech, Oregon, Oregon State, LSU, California. Hollins was ranked No. 99 but fell out after having trouble hitting his perimeter shot on the Nike EYBL circuit. His new Hillcrest Prep coach insists he's an excellent perimeter shooter now.

LATEST NEWS

Indiana watched him and one of his teammates (Shamiel Stevenson) after a layover in Phoenix on the trip back from Hawaii in the second week of November. Hollins' defensive potential make him an interesting potential late addition for any program.

http://www.scout.com/player/195659-mohamed-bamba?s=170

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)

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.

RECRUITING NOTES

There's an unconfirmed report that Indiana may be out of the mix with Bamba. But without confirmation and the expectation that this one could be a bit of a roller coaster, we're leaving him on the board for now.

LATEST NEWS

Kentucky is probably in better position this week after landing Bamba's PSA Cardinals teammate Quade Green, a five-star point guard.

http://www.scout.com/player/210523-jacob-epperson

AAU Team: N/A

AAU Spring Stats: N/A

Ranking History: Trending up (Most recent: NR, 58)

EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Jacob Epperson, a native of Australia that will transfer to La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere for his final high school season, stands 6-foot-11 and checks in at 215-pounds. Epperson has legitimate size for the position with a length set of arms and thin frame. In our viewings with AUSA Hoops over the summer, Epperson impacted the game with his shot blocking and passing. Epperson has A+ hands and a good feel for the game. Although he didn't necessarily impact things from a scoring standpoint, he shows potential on that end. To go with the hands, feeling and passing ability, he showed good touch, has a right jump hook in his arsenal and his mid-range jump shot looked good. At this stage, what holds Epperson back the most is his lack of strength, which in turn impacts how physical he can play. With that said, he does play hard and doesn't back down, which is a great sign. It's evident he needs to get in a weight room, but he has a number of tools that make him a promising young post prospect.

RECRUITING NOTES

Still very early for Epperson since he hasn't been in the USA that long. He's recently mentioned that he's hearing from Illinois, Texas (offer), Toledo, Purdue, Oklahoma (offer). Indiana and other schools went to watch him in a fall open gym work out. 

LATEST NEWS

Since our last update Epperson went down to Purdue for the Boilermaker home opener. Earlier he made a trip to the Illinois campus.


Others on the Indiana 2017 radar:

http://www.scout.com/player/202416-shamiel-stevenson

http://www.scout.com/player/186027-matur-maker?s=170

http://www.scout.com/player/193069-daniel-mading?s=75

Dropped off from last update: 

http://www.scout.com/player/183624-billy-preston?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/191947-nick-richards?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/195166-david-beatty?s=75

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