The Indiana coaching staff led by Tom Crean is about to hit the road for the always busy and important July evaluation period. Here is a preview of what prospects will be where, and who will be covering for Scout.com.
Nike Peach Jam and Peach Invitational (N. Augusta, South Carolina)
The Peach Jam is the conclusion of the extremely competitive EYBL while the Peach Invitational is the “NIT” for all of the Nike sponsored teams that didn’t qualify for the Peach Jam.
As one would expect the Hoosiers will have a high number of targets at the Peach Jam. Leading the way would be a pair of players from the PSA Cardinals, Mohamed Bamba and Brandon Randolph. While both will be tough to get, Indiana is going to track those two as much as possible. Also on PSA is four-star power forward Deng Gak.
Another team that will be seen a lot by the Indiana staff is Expressions Elite. Expressions has highly regarded center Nick Richards as well as four-star point guard Tremont Waters. Both players are major focuses for the Indiana staff, and the Hoosiers are pushing to get a visit from each player.
One team at Peach Jam you can bet the Hoosiers will be tracking is Boo Williams. The AAU program has been very friendly to the Hoosiers recently, and Matt Coleman is a top point guard priority.
With the state of New York being such a focus, look for the Hoosiers to really look at The Rens. The Rens have sweet shooting wing Jordan Tucker along with the highly athletic Hamidou Diallo. Tucker has already been to campus, and should be a key target going forward.
Finally Spiece Indy Heat will be a key watch for the Hoosiers. Five-star in-state target Jaren Jackson suits up for the outfit. Obviously Jackson is going to be one of the most watched players in the country for the Hoosiers.
At the Peach Invitational will be the Mac Irvin Fire. Mac Irvin has Justin Smith, a four-star prospect who is very high on the Hoosiers. Beyond Smith, Crean and company will make their way to this event to track commitment Al Durham of the Southern Stampede.
Scout.com coverage: Jeff Rabjohns (July 6-10), Brian Snow (July 6-7), Evan Daniels (July 8-9), Mike Pegram (July 9-10)
Under Armour Select Camp (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Maybe the two most important recruits for the Hoosiers will start off in Charlotte. That of course would be Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs. The in-state stars have long been targets of the Hoosiers, and Indiana is an at least a solid position with both. Wilkes is more open than Scruggs, but the Hoosiers have done as good a job as possible with Wilkes, and they appear to be in the top two with Xavier for Scruggs.
It would be a shock if the Hoosiers don’t have either Crean or an assistant at every game that Scruggs and Wilkes play this July. It should start on Wednesday in Charlotte.
Another in-state name that will for sure be tracked at this event is Keion Brooks. The 2019 prospects is a potential five-star player down the road, and already is excelled on a big stage during the spring.
Also in the gym will be Isaiah Washington. Washington is a New York City native who is hearing from the Hoosiers, and could earn an offer with a strong performance.
Finally at this event is David Beatty. Beatty is a combo guard who exudes toughness and has the Hoosiers in his top eight. Indiana will track closely this July, and likely determine how good their chance is with Beatty and how hard they want to push for the four-star prospect.
Scout.com Coverage: Daniels (July 6-7), Pegram (July 6-7)
Adidas Gauntlet Finals (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
While the Hoosiers might not have a ton of targets in Spartanburg there is no chance they will be missing from this event. The biggest attracting for Indiana here is none other than Romeo Langford. The No. 2 overall prospect in the 2018 class is as high a priority as there is for the Hoosiers, and it would be a surprise if the coaches aren’t tracking his every move.
Also Indiana will be in Spartanburg to check in with Nick Weatherspoon. While everyone might be fighting an uphill battle against Mississippi State, Weatherspoon is very open to being recruited, and the Hoosiers have thrown their name in the ring.
Scout.com Coverage: Snow (July 8-9), Pegram (July 8)
Elevate Hoops Summer Icebreaker (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
This event will tell the story of just how serious coaches are about Malik Williams. Williams is one of the few top prospects who doesn’t play on a shoe circuit, so coaches will be making the trip well away from the other top events just to see him.
One would expect the Hoosiers to have a coach, potentially even Crean, tracking Williams for at least a few days.