Scott Reed

Big changes to 2017 hot board

A pair of new prospects are added to our latest 2017 hot board and five drop off as we're well into the fall recruiting period.

Player Rankings: 2017 | 2018


Depth Chart

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



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.

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 will host the third official visit for Wilkes beginning on September 30th



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.


Indiana may have a very small lead but visits will determine this one and Wilkes only has made one of those at this point. After dabbling in some talk that he might wait till the spring, Wilkes seems on course for a decision in time to sign in mid-November before the early period is over. His final five includes Indiana, Xavier, UCLA, UConn and Illinois.


Wilkes has his Illinois official behind and will go to UCLA September 22-24, Indiana the weekend following and will have a few weeks off before a late October trip to Xavier. UConn gets the final trip, if it happens. .

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.



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.


Both his parents attended Illinois but the Illini put their eggs in the Jordan Goodwin basket and were burned there late. Stanford, Indiana and Villanova filled the void or jumped to the forefront.Wisconsin is still trying to get him up to Madison.


Smith will travel to Villanova this month and has a trip scheduled to Stanford on September 30.

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: September 30 is his last scheduled official to Kansas for the Late Night at the Phog.



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.


Duke and Kentucky were the popular picks for Waters in April after those two offered. Since then those two seemed to have prioritized other point guards (Quade Green, Trae Young), possibly making Waters look strongly to other programs. Kansas and Indiana have stepped up to fill that void. The other schools involved include Georgetown and Yale.


Waters will make three of his five officials to Indiana, Kansas and Georgetown. Right now those appear to be the three favorites.

AAU Team: PSA Cardinals (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 3.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.3 bpg, 48.0% FG, 64.3% FT

Ranking History: Trending down (31, 82, NR)

Key Dates: On August 1st he announced a final five of Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Miami and Florida.


Deng Gak is an Australian post prospect that made his way to the United States at the beginning of his junior year. At 6-foot-10, Gak has good size and length. He moves fluidly and runs the floor extremely well. Gak has good athleticism and quickly bounces off the ground. Gak, who played for the Australian in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships, has a nice set of tools on the offensive end, as he has a very good set of hands and impressive touch around the basket and from short range. Defensively, his athleticism, length and ability to get off the floor, help him as a shot blocker and he can certainly be effective in this area. The issue, at this stage, is he's not physically ready yet, as he lacks the strength to play physical. With that said, he has a good basketball frame and as he gets older and spends more time in the weight room, his body will fill out.


UConn was a surprise omission from his final five. Duke interest questionable but Blue Devils may be looking for 3-4 year big to add frontcourt depth for the long haul. 


Gak has set four official visits. The Indiana trip will begin October 14. Trips to Miami and Florida come before that and a Kansas trip is scheduled at the end of October. No trip to Duke has yet been scheduled, a possible sign he's very much a backup plan for the Blue Devils.

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 told that he plans to take official visits to all five finalists and make an October decision.

AAU Team: Indy Hoosiers (Under Armour)

AAU Spring Stats: 14.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.2 topg, 54.1 FG%, 30.0 3FG%, 71.9 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: 28, 31, 31)

Key Dates: September 6 - word breaks that Scruggs has left Southport and has transferred to Prolific Prep in California.



Scruggs is an extremely powerful and aggressive combo guard who attacks the rim on a frequent basis, drawing contact and willing his way to becoming an efficient scorer. He's also a tough defender. He'll need to improve his jump shot as his peers close the gap in strength, but the bottom line is that he's among the most punishing and effective penetrators in the 2017 class.


Xavier continues to get the most chatter here as his leader but Michigan State, Indiana and UConn remain involved. .


Scruggs cancelled a recent official to Illinois and at this point still has three official visits at his disposal. Will being out in California change his outlook on where he looks for a college?

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.

AAU Team: Team Loaded North Carolina (adidas)

AAU Spring Stats: 11.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 58.6 FG%,  83.3 FT%

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

Key Dates: Indiana offered Huffman on August 14.


Blessed with a solid frame, meaty shoulders and above-average athleticism, Huffman is improving rapidly. The big man must improve his post footwork and moves, but his upside certainly could place him at a major conference program.


Huffman has picked up as many new offers in August as just about any prospect. That has him pushing the reset button. Besides Indiana, you have Baylor, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, LSU, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, N.C. State, Memphis and others all involved.


North Carolina offered Huffman on September 1st. Heels have become the favorite here but are looking at other 2017 bigs,

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.


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



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.

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 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.

AAU Team: Indiana Elite (adidas)

AAU Spring Stats: Injured

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

Key Dates: Sep. 12 - Indiana attends open gym workout at Pickerington Central.



Manley has nice length (some list him at 6-foot-10) and decent athleticism and was beginning to come into his own when he went down with a bad broken leg injury during a game against MSU signee Nick Ward. To have recovered in roughly six months time is a testament to his work ethic. Manley used his down time well in the weight room and has nice upper body strength that he's using well under the blocks.


West Virginia hosted him in early September for his first official and offered before his injury. Xavier has the second later this month. Pittsburgh is heavily involved and Michigan is looking too now and have had a couple players on their teams recently from Pickerington Central. The good news for Indiana is he was a guest at last fall's Hoosier Hysteria and came away with a big impression of the atmosphere. 


Hoosier coach Chuck Martin was at his workout this week.

AAU Team: Spiece Indy Heat (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 17.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 46.3 FG%, 43.8 3FG%, 71.8 FT%

Ranking History: Was trending up, fell just a bit in latest rankings (Most recent: 59, 21, 29)

Key Dates: July 17 - Indiana coach Tom Crean makes trip to low profile event in Grand Rapids, Michigan to see Jackson compete for his Spiece Indy Heat team.



Jackson exploded up the rankings this year after a huge spring on the EYBL circuit and in his play in Colorado that landed him a spot on the 17U USA Team. Has grown taller and thicker last few months and still just 16 years old. Has low release but quick jumper that has been quite effective. Beginning to show effective post moves. Always been a good shot blocker. May be at least 6-foot-10 now.


Family used to live in DC area where his dad, a former NBA player, played at Georgetown. The Hoyas and rival Maryland have been mentioned most with him before his recruitment went national. Jackson may wait until the spring before signing.


Jackson made August unofficials to Michigan State, Notre Dame and Purdue and a couple weeks ago did a DC area swing to Maryland and Georgetown.

Others on the Indiana 2017 radar:

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