Third July period: Day 1 Indiana recruiting recap

LAS VEGAS — Indiana coach Tom Crean and two assistants opened the final of the three July recruiting periods watching several major recruiting targets here on Wednesday evening.

LAS VEGAS — Indiana coach Tom Crean and two assistants opened the final of the three July recruiting periods watching several major recruiting targets here on Wednesday evening.

Crean and assistant Chuck Martin were courtside at Bishop Gorman for five-star center Nick Richards, four-star point guard Tremont Waters and four-star forward Jermaine Samuels, all 2017 prospects.

In addition to Crean and Martin, Expressions Elite vs. Pro Skills drew John Calipari and Tony Barbee, Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams, Bill Self, Rick Barnes, Jamie Dixon, Chris Mack, Steve Wojciechowaki, assistants from UConn and a host of other schools.

Richards was able to regularly get position inside and scored a team-high 16 points while playing a little more than half the game as Expressions Elite rolled 87-56.

Waters scored 13, including hitting a 3, and Samuels had eight points and a big-time block off the glass. Samuels is long and athletic, runs the floor well, scores on the move, is a developing shooter, has good hands and a lot of upside with his physical tools.

Crean and Martin also watched four-star 2017 forward Jordan Tucker and the New York Rens against four-star point guard Isaiah Washington and New Heights (N.Y.)

Tucker hit four 3s, including two step-back 3s off the dribble, scored 19 points, rebounded well and showed how strong he is off the bounce.

Washington had four 3s, all off the bounce, for New Heights and finished with 18 points. The Rens won 79-64.

2018 6-foot-11 Moses Brown also continued to impress for New Heights, picked up where he left off at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta.

Mobile and athletic, Brown runs the floor, blocks shots, dunks everything he can and still has plenty of room for his skills to grow.

Crean and Judson also watched five-star 2018 guard Romeo Langford of New Albany (IN) in the adidas event.

Crean and Judson watched 2017 four-star forward Justin Smith of Lincolnshire (IL) Stevenson and the Mac Irvin Fire in another event.

Jericho Sims had 14 points and 12 rebounds for D1 Minnesota in a game that Crean watched. He's an emerging 6-foot-9 power forward, who just picked up an Ohio State offer earlier this week.

Top 2017 point guard Trevon Duval was really good attacking the basket in the second half and finished with a game-high 24 points as WeR1 defeated Belmont Shore 76-64 in a showcase game.

Martin also watched 2019 forward Trendon Watford, a player moving toward five-star status. Watford is the younger brother of former IU forward Christian Watford.

IU assistant Tim Buckley was in Orlando Wednesday night to see 2017 forward Malik Williams and IU 2017 commit Al Durham.


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