Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Trending Meter: Indiana basketball, August

Peegs.com breaks down where Indiana might trending with its top basketball targets from the Class of 2017.

Recruits continue to cut down lists, set visit and take stock of which programs paid them scouting attention in July. 

Indiana's prospect list from the Class of 2017 has been a longer one than normal so today we turn through that recruiting board to give you our take on how things might trending.

Keep in mind a program can only host 12 official visits in a calendar year and prospects can only make five total official visits.

Here is our take on how Indiana is trending at this time with 2017 targets:


The Hoosiers are expected to make Wilkes's cut down to five schools which he plans to out this weekend. UCLA and Xavier may also make the cut but schools like North Carolina, Michigan and Washington could be on the outside looking in.

The Bruins have done a good job here but are a long way from Indianapolis. Xavier could be tough if Musketeers land his teammate Paul Scruggs but like the Hoosier chances at this time.


Indiana has made steady progress with Tucker this year and hosted him in April. Syracuse was considered the leader early in the summer but sources indicate Indiana might be in the best position at this time. 

The change seems due to attention paid in July and could be just temporary even if true. Villanova, Arizona and Maryland are other programs involved. Duke and North Carolina took looks here but for the moment seem to have passed on the No. 59 player in the country.

Tucker has already guaranteed that Indiana will get an official. IU is the only school yet he's made that strong of a statement with in regards to officials.


Indiana will get one of Smith's five official visits and continues to get some chatter as a potential destination with the four-star forward. Despite the fact both of his parents are Illinois alums, the Fighting Illini are not considered a serious contender and aren't among his scheduled official or unofficial visits.

Indiana gets the first official on September 10 and Smith will then take other September officials to Villanova and Stanford. Michigan is one to watch here as well and will host Smith this weekend for an unofficial visit.


Indiana, Kansas and Villanova getting the most mention right now with Samuels. National champs are hosting him on August 25th and we expect Indiana to host him as well in the near future. Villanova might be the team to beat but the Hoosiers are clearly a threat here.


Word in Las Vegas in late July was that Indiana had pushed into a potential early leader position with Waters. Spring buzz around Duke and Kentucky faded as those schools focused on other top point guards like Quade Green, Trae Young and others.

Things have been quiet of late on the Waters front and he's yet to set any visits but the trend has been good this summer.


Gak is down to five - Indiana, Kansas, Duke, Miami and Florida. Duke is the popular pick but Gak did not have a big July and interest may be tied to his PSA Cardinals teammate Mohamed Bamba. His older brother Gorjok Gak signed with Florida but was ruled ineligible to play this fall. Kansas is in on a number of other big men. Don't sleep on this one. Indiana needs some frontcourt depth and should have scholarships open up. 


It was a bit of a surprise when Barcello announced that Indiana was in his top five. The Hoosier staff did scout him in July several times, so maybe we should have been looking closer. He recently took an official visit to Butler but home state Arizona is the rumored team to beat. Stanford and Virginia are the other two schools in the five he listed.


Despite a lot of chatter that he was leaning to Xavier, Scruggs has not committed to the Musketeers in the days following his official trip there. That could mean Indiana really made him think with the unofficial he had to Bloomington prior to the trip to Cincinnati. 

If Scruggs goes into next week without a commitment, this might below in the trending up section. Definitely so if he takes an official to Indiana, which is still a possibility. Other visits to Illinois, UConn and Michigan State have been scheduled although the MSU trip was cancelled but could be rescheduled.


We've been hearing since June that Indiana was one of his top four or five and should earn an official visit when he does get around to scheduling those trips. That's what we continue to hear today, so we've kept this on trending even.  Kentucky and Syracuse get a lot of the buzz but this one is a long way from decision time.


Mixed signals on this one so we've not placed this on an up or down trend. Some information suggests Indiana stands better than people realize. Others think Duke, Kentucky and possibly even Harvard are his top three.

Bamba traveled with Team USA 18U squad in July, making it harder to read his recruitment. 


The news has been quiet of late on Beatty but he indicated about a month ago he said he definitely wanted to visit Indiana. Maryland and UConn get a lot of mention with him thanks to earlier unofficial visits he took to those campuses.


Tough read here as he's still got a list of about a dozen schools. Louisville got in a late June visit with him so the Cards are probably a player but sifting through the others is tough at this point.


Indiana is hanging around in this one longer than many anticipated. Michigan State still the clear pick here among recruiting gurus as Bowen hails from Saginaw, Michigan, home of several former Spartans.


Jackson is an in-state prospect who has not made it down to Bloomington very often, at least not in 2016. In the last week Michigan State and Purdue have both hosted him for unofficial trips.


Indiana's interest in Garza appears to be one of just a few weeks beginning with a mid-June offer while he was at the Top 100 Camp in Virginia. Difficult guy to evaluate as he's very skilled and savvy but not very mobile. At this point it doesn't look like things have heated up enough for Garza to travel to Bloomington.


Washington had good reviews from his July play and was watched by Indiana but a scholarship offer has never been reported. The Hoosiers were not mentioned in a recent Scout update.


The competition has been fierce for this top 10 ranked player and most speculation with him centers on Duke, Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn and Kansas. 


Weatherspoon talked like Indiana had a chance to move into his top five or so in early July but nothing has materialized. Could join his older brother at Mississippi State.

Off the board

Commitments to other schools:



Indiana not on a recent short list:




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