The second four-day July evaluation period began with the Indiana coaches spread across the country.
Hoosier assistant Chuck Martin opened the period out in Houston where the USA 18U team is training for the upcoming FIBA World Championships for that age group.
Mohamed Bamba, Brandon Randolph, M.J. Walker, Hamidou Diallo and Matt Coleman made that team and are players that have all confirmed Indiana interest this summer.
Indianapolis North Central forward Kris Wilkes was among the final cuts for that team. Being released allowed him to travel to Cartersville, Georgia to join his Indy Hoosiers team in the Under Armour Finals.
His Indy Hoosiers team opened play at the brand new Lakepoint Indoor Sports Pavilion against the Louisiana Elite. Indiana assistant Rob Judson was at the game to see Wilkes and teammate Paul Scruggs of Southport. Xavier, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Arizona, Illinois, Auburn and many more for the contest. Xavier has three coaches including head coach Chris Mack, Michigan State two, including head coach Tom Izzo.
In a “showcase” game that did impact position for this weekend’s tournament, Louisiana Elite pulled out a one point win as the Indy Hoosiers played gave their reserves quite a few minutes.
Judson moved on after that to catch another top in-state prospect in Malik Williams of Fort Wayne Snider. The 6-foot-10 forward is here with Team Legit. That squad fell to a team they had beaten last week, Uncommon Bulls (FL), 53-48. Three Big Ten head coaches were there (Tom Izzo, Matt Painter, Fran McCaffery) along with Rick Pitino of Louisville and Chris Mack of Xavier. Former Hoosier Dane Fife was also there for Michigan State.
Peegs.com spoke to Williams after his loss and he’s less sure now of his plan to narrow his field on his August 26th birthday. If he does make an announcement then, he told us it would likely be about five schools, the allowed number of schools that can host a recruit for an official visit. And he did indicate he expects to take all five official trips.
Another game that captured the attention of Judson and a long list of coaches was a hard fought one point win by the Houston Defenders over New Heights (NY). Savion Flagg of the Defenders is on the radar for both Indiana and Purdue. New Heights fields 2018 forward Sid Wilson (see our story from this week) and 2017 point guard Isaiah Washington. Washington indicated after the game that Indiana might vault to the top of his recruitment if the Hoosiers were to extend an offer. As things stand today it sounds like Seton Hall and Minnesota may be showing the most interest in the Bronx (NY) St. Raymond player.
Fort Wayne North forward Keion Brooks is widely considered the top 2019 prospect in the state and he brought in several coaches in the final segment in Cartersville. Matt Painter, Tim Miles along with assistants from Indiana, Illinois, Xavier and Kansas State were there for his 15U game for Indy Hoosiers against KC Run GMC.
Tomorrow’s first full day of action will bring a headliner game at the UAA Finals between a loaded WeR1 team with Trevon Duval meet the Indy Hoosiers 17U team with Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs. That game will tip at 1 p.m. ET.
Head coach Tom Crean was spotted at the ESPY’s yesterday in Hollywood and will likely be back on the the recruiting trail on Thursday. Yesterday’s evaluation period did not kick off until 5:00 p.m. local time.
Associate head coach Tim Buckley was seen in Indianapolis for the annual Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Underclass Showcase. The top attraction there was the nation’s No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2018, wing guard Romeo Langford of 4A state champion New Albany.