Second July evaluation period: Day 3 notebook on Indiana recruiting

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Indiana coach Tom Crean hit a host of recruiting prospects here at the Under Armour Finals on Friday. See who IU watched and how the prospects performed.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Indiana coach Tom Crean hit a host of recruiting prospects here on Friday.

Crean and assistant Tim Buckley were all over the Under Armour Finals, watching both games from Fort Wayne 2017 forward Malik Williams and the one game featuring Indianapolis 2017 forward Kris Wilkes and 2017 guard Paul Scruggs.

Among the players Crean watched in addition to those three:

2017 point guard Trevon Duval

2017 four-star point guard Isaiah Washington

2017 four-star combo guard David Beatty

2017 four-star forward Savion Flagg

2017 three-star wing Anthony Mack

2018 five-star point guard JaVonte Smart

2018 three-star forward Sid Wilson

2019 forward Precious Achiuwa

2019 in-state prospects Keion Brooks and Aaron Etherington

2020 guard Nico Mannion

Williams was one of the standouts on Friday, as he was on Thursday.

The 6-foot-11 forward from the Legit Basketball program has scored 117 points his past four games combined.

He opened with a 29-point performance as Legit won 69-56, but his outlet passes and passing overall stood out as much as his shooting and rebounding.

In his second game, Williams had 22 points as Legit rallied from a double-figure second-half deficit to win 71-64. Williams a big steal and dunk in the late going.

Primarily a face-up player, Williams hit 3s and was deadly with a step-back jumper and high release on baseline jumpers. He also scored inside, mainly on the move, using his length and a half-hook at times.

At Williams first game were Crean and Buckley along with Georgetown coach John Thompson and assistants from Louisville, UCLA, Oregon, Michigan State, N.C. State and Purdue.

His second game was watched by again by Crean and Buckley, as well as assistants from Purdue, Michigan State, Louisville, Iowa, Cincinnati and Georgetown.

In the early session that featured only younger prospects, Crean saw Mannion, a 6-foot-1 guard who was offered by Arizona State before he played a high school game.

Crean and Buckley then watched Williams.

After that, the IU staff watched Brooks, a 6-foot-8 forward from Fort Wayne North who is one of the top players in the nation in 2019, and Etherington, a 6-foot-6 forward from Hamilton Heights and the third of three Etherington boys.

Assistants from Kentucky, Michigan State, Purdue, California as well as Indiana State coach Greg Lansing were courtside for that game.

Crean and Buckley then watched Mack and the South Jersey Jazz — coach by former NBA player and current NBA analyst Tim Legler, who’s son is on the team — against KC Run GMC.

In four games here, Mack has scored 25, 29, 16 and 16 points. He’s shooting 38 percent (11-for-29) from the arc, a number hurt by a 1-for-7 game.

Indiana is one of the new schools Mack said he has heard from.

The Indiana staff then saw Washington and Wilson of New Heights (N.Y.) against Savion Flagg and the Houston Defenders.

Six-foot, quick with a burst, Washington has 20 assists and 11 turnovers in three games peegs.com has seen him play.

Smart, the top-ranked point guard in the nation in 2018 by scout.com, was watched two days in a row by Indiana.

The evening session was highlighted by the games involving Scruggs, Wilkes and Duval.

Wilkes scored on the move and made jump shots, finishing with a game-high 26 points to lead the Indy Hoosiers to a 72-61 win over Earl Watson Elite in a consolation bracket game.

Scruggs added 12 points.

The Indy Hoosiers play the Houston Defenders at 11:45 a.m. for the consolation title.

In addition to Crean and Buckley, watching Wilkes and Scruggs were Arizona coach Sean Miller, Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and assistants from Purdue, Xavier, Michigan State, Louisville and Washington.

Duval was double-teamed most of the way in his game but still scored a team-high 21 points to lead WeR1 to an 82-68 win over Team Felton and North Carolina commit Jalek Felton in the semifinals.

WeR1 of Delaware plays Splash City out of California at 2:15 p.m. Eastern for the Under Armour championship.

Using his bust, athleticism, skill and tremendous body control on drives, Duval shot 6-for-9 from 2-point range and was also 2-for-6 from the arc.

He also had eight rebounds, three assists and eight turnovers, some of which probably should have been attributed to passes not being handled.

Duval had a 19-assist game this season on the Under Armour circuit and is averaging 6.3 assists per game.

Crean was the only head coach in the gym at the very end watching the New Heights 15U team play.

That team is headlined by Achiuwa, a 6-foot-7 athletic forward from Our Savior Lutheran in the Bronx.

On Thursday, Crean was at an event in Las Vegas. Among the players he saw there was 2018 standout Keldon Johnson of the Boo Williams AAU program.


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