Indiana basketball recruiting: Top 10 storylines to emerge from July

Here are the top 10 storylines for Indiana basketball recruiting following the most active period of the year in college basketball recruiting, the three July live evaluation periods.

Here are the top 10 storylines for Indiana basketball recruiting following the most active period of the year in college basketball recruiting, the three July live evaluation periods.

(All players are in the 2017 class, unless noted.)

… Indiana went strong for in-state prospects Kris WilkesPaul ScruggsMalik Williams and Jaren Jackson. IU was two-deep for those three several times in July, especially in Atlanta in the second period — where Wilkes, Scruggs and Williams all played — as well as in Las Vegas and Orlando. Louisville’s Rick Pitino also made Williams a priority, and Xavier went four-deep one game for Scruggs. IU made trips to two smaller events for Jackson.

… IU paid a lot of attention to center Nick Richards and point guard Tremont Waters as well as forward Jermaine Samuels of Expressions Elite. IU watched that group a lot in the two spring evaluation periods as well as throughout July. 

… Jordan Tucker emerged as a major IU recruiting target. The small forward told that IU will “definitely” get an official visit from him. IU went three-deep for Tucker of the New York Rens at Bishop Gorman High School in Vegas in the third period. Tucker is hoping for a Duke offer, but that hasn’t happened just yet. Syracuse and other schools also involved.

… Center Mohamed Bamba, wing Brandon Randolph and power forward/center Deng Gak of the PSA Cardinals also received significant IU attention. IU watched each of their games at the Peach Jam and made a special trip to Houston for the USA Basketball event there during the second period. IU sophomore center Thomas Bryant played for the PSA Cardinals.

… Small forward Justin Smith and power forward/center Luka Garza both have IU among their serious possibilities and are looking to finalize official visit plans fairly soon. IU watched both of them in all three July periods. Smith has made unofficial visits to Indiana.

… The point guard options came into focus. Waters is a major part of that, as are Matt Coleman and David Beatty. IU watched Coleman in Augusta to start and at the USA Basketball workouts in Houston in the second period. IU also watched Trevon Duval and Isaiah Washington. Washington is interested and says he would like an IU offer. He played very well in Atlanta and Vegas. Coleman, Bamba and Randolph all played overseas for USA Basketball’s gold-medal winning 18U team in the third period.

… Romeo Langford remains a serious IU target in 2018. Tom Crean, Chuck Martin and Rob Judson all watched him in Vegas. Louisville, North Carolina and UCLA also had head coaches at a number of his games in July. Duke had assistants with coach Mike Krzyzewski busy with the USA Olympic team. Keldon Johnson also emerged as a serious Indiana target in the 2018 class. Crean watched him in Vegas during the second evaluation period and in Orlando in the final evaluation period. IU also continued to pursue 2018 point guard

Darius Garland, who grew up in Indiana and speaks very highly of IU. Garland was very good at the Peach Jam and played a year up on the very competitive Nike EYBL circuit.

… Guard Chaundee Brown continues to get IU attention after getting an offer. IU watched him all three July evaluation periods. Brown was outstanding at the Peach Jam for Nike South Beach. 

… IU made special trips to smaller events in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Fort Wayne to see forward Jaren Jackson and Spiece Indy Heat. That group also includes Jaylen ButzTyger Campbell and Brandon Johns.

… New names emerged: Chaundee Brown, mentioned above, received an IU offer. Cormac Ryan, a 2018 shooter, also received an offer after his shooting display from distance in Orlando the third period. 7-foot center Moses Brown (2018), wing Keith Williams and forward Sid Wilson of New Heights (NY) also tell that they are now hearing from Indiana. IU also has been in contact with combo guard Alex Barcello.

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