LAS VEGAS — Indiana opened the second day of the final July recruiting period with a strong presence for key recruits.
IU coach Tom Crean went three-deep for several prospects Thursday morning at Fab 48 at Bishop Gorman High School.
Crean and assistants Chuck Martin and Rob Judson watched 2017 forward Kris Wilkes and 2017 guard Paul Scruggs of Indianapolis in the early game.
After that, the Indiana trio of coaches saw 2017 forward Jordan Tucker of the New York Rens.
Indiana Elite 2018 point guard Robert Phinisee, who has an Indiana offer, was watched by Martin at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships.
To start the afternoon session, Crean was one of a host of schools to see 2018 five-star guard Romeo Langford and the Eric Gordon All-Stars against D1 Minnesota.
North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Kansas’ Bill Self, Oregon’s Dana Altman, Wisconsin’s Greg Gard, Minnesota’s Richard Pitino, Memphis’ Tubby Smith, Kansas State’s Bruce Weber, Nebraska’s Tim Miles and assistant Michael Lewis, Indiana State’s Greg Lansing, IUPUI’s Jason Gardner as well as assistants from Louisville, Kentucky, UCLA (Ed Schilling), Michigan State (Dane Fife), Notre Dame, Florida, Texas, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Rutgers, Drake and many others filled the coaches section.
2017 forward Jericho Sims of D1 Minnesota told peegs.com that he has been in contact with Indiana.
Sims is an athletic 6-foot-9 forward who is very good on the move, long, bouncy, runs the floor and can block shots and rebound.
D1 Minnesota also has Matthew Hurt, a 6-foot-9 class of 2019 prospect who is very skilled as a shooter. Hurt scored from the perimeter and in the post, passed and overall showed a very nice skill set and feel for the game.
Hurt is a little older for his grade — he turned 16 on April 20 — but he certainly has very nice skill and size and projects as one of the better players in his class. He played high school basketball starting in seventh grade.
New Albany coach Jim Shannon is here to support Langford, who has a chance to led New Albany to three consecutive Indiana high school state titles.
Indiana continued to stay on the Expressions Elite trio of center Nick Richards, forward Jermaine Samuels and point guard Tremont Waters.
Crean and Martin watched them in their afternoon game.
Indiana also watched 2017 point guard Isaiah Washington, 2018 forward Sid Wilson and 2018 center Moses Brown of New Heights (N.Y.).
At night, Crean and Martin watched Wilkes and Scruggs again. Xavier coach Chris Mack and an assistant as well as assistants from Michigan State, Nebraska, Illinois and several others were at the night game in a back gym.
Judson also watched 2018 Indiana Elite forward Musa Jallow of Bloomington North.
Indiana assistnat coach Tim Buckley was in Orlando on Thursday.
He watched 2017 forward Malik Williams, 2017 guard Chaundee Brown and 2017 IU commit Al Durham.