Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Trending Meter: September edition

Our first trending meter was a tremendous success and we're back today with huge updates as we move into the final couple months of the fall recruiting season.

As our visit calendar shows, it's a busy time of year for college coaches when it comes to recruiting. 

Today we once again try to sum up the "trend" for each major Hoosier prospect from the Class of 2017.

Here is our take on how Indiana is trending at this time with 2017 targets since our mid-August update

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/185842-kris-wilkes

Since our last trending meter update, we have taken the additional step of calling Indiana the leader for Wilkes, at least coming into his visits which began earlier this month at Illinois. Keep in mind this was considered a small gap and one that could easily be overcome.

Xavier and UCLA might be the biggest competition here. UConn interest may have faded and never been much chatter on Illinois although we did report last week that the Illini pulled out all the stops with his official to Champaign.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/196000-justin-smith

Smith is down to just four schools (Indiana, Villanova, Stanford, Xavier) and from all reports his September 10-11 visit to Bloomington was a very good one. Villanova hosted his second official this past weekend and at this point appears to be the main contender to the Hoosiers. Stanford has him in at the end of September but there are many who think that he's not ready to venture that far from home despite the rare academic opportunity.

Wouldn't be a shocker if he pulled the trigger before his Stanford trip.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/195166-david-beatty

Beatty has come out with a final five since our last trend meter and we continue to hear Indiana remains very interested in the Philly area guard. This is a hard one to ready as Beatty may not be the top guard on the board for several of his finalists and how the dominos might have quite a bit of influence here.

His five finalists include Indiana, Maryland, UConn, Georgetown and La Salle.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/185176-tremont-waters

Continue to like Indiana's chances here as Waters is the clear No. 1 on the IU point guard board while he may not see that with Kansas and Kentucky. The Wildcats are a real danger, however, as he quickly scheduled an official to Lexington after meeting with John Calipari last week. 

Waters has already visited Georgetown and the Hoyas have become a legitimate threat. Unless Duke makes a late play, don't expect any school but the four mentioned before to have a real shot to land the top 40 ranked prospect. He takes his official to Indiana this coming weekend.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/203389-deng-gak

Gak is still down to five - Indiana, Kansas, Duke, Miami and Florida. Duke used to be the popular pick but Gak has not even scheduled a visit there, maybe indicating he's well down the list of priorities for the Blue Devils.

The 6-foot-10 big man will take his official to Indiana over the October 14th weekend.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/183624-billy-preston

You have to give Indiana the up trend here as the Hoosiers weren't even mentioned this summer and then suddenly made it into his revised final five list last week. Sourced info suggests it was more than just a few calls here and there, the Hoosiers are a real player. Look for Preston to make an official to Bloomington and Indiana coach Tom Crean was spotted at Oak Hill Academy last week.

There's some risk here according to some basketball insiders he might not play college basketball. Also USC, near his home in California, is the favorite among recruiting gurus.


http://www.scout.com/player/211877-clifton-moore?s=75

Bit aggressive to put him trending up when Indiana just got involved but Moore already gave the Hoosiers a spot in his final six and is saying he's very intrigued by the IU interest. Indiana is the biggest name school among his final six and has some good success of late with some stretch fours.

Hometown schools Temple and Saint Joseph's should not be dismissed here by any means. Ole Miss has about a two month head start on the Hoosiers and sit very strong.


http://www.scout.com/player/203075-brandon-huffman?s=75

Hard call to make on this one. He's a newcomer to our board but has had Indiana interest for some time. Sourced info suggests Indiana has a very good shot at getting him in for a visit but the offer from in-state North Carolina has insiders near him predicting he's a future Tar Heel as long as he doesn't wait too long on that opportunity. 

A lot of schools who need size are trying to jump in late here. 


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/185132-paul-scruggs

His move from the Indy area to Prolific Prep in California didn't go over well with some Indiana media and fans but may not play much of a role in his recruitment. Xavier remains the consensus favorite but no commit to this point has to make you wonder.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/193174-jordan-tucker

Tucker hit the reset button by saying he may wait to spring and by transferring from New York to Wheeler Prep in Georgia. Before that things were looking very good for Indiana as the Hoosiers were the only school he guaranteed would get an official. Syracuse chatter with him has ebbed and flowed and Louisville may be a player now since UL commit Darius Perry is a teammate at Wheeler.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/195659-mohamed-bamba

Bamba backed off plans to cut down to a shorter list in late August and surprised many with an official trip over Labor Day weekend to Michigan. A little less Duke chatter with him but Kentucky prioritized him this month by having him be the first prospect that John Calipari went to see when the recruiting period opened. Harvard hosted him for an unofficial visit this month and are getting a fair amount of buzz.

Looking more like a spring decision.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/191947-nick-richards

Beginning to sound like it will be tough to pull Richards away from Kentucky. Have said that no indication IU is still not in his top four or five.


http://www.scout.com/player/204862-sterling-manley?s=75

Manley is new to our hot board this week but he's been on Indiana's radar for awhile having visited Bloomington last fall for Hoosier Hysteria. The lack of a scholarship offer and lateness of renewed interest have us thinking longer shot situation. But this bears a couple more weeks of watching.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/190148-brian-bowen

We had this one as neutral last time around but really lack of any news and chatter that Michigan State will be hard to top has this one trending down.

Off the board

Commitments to other schools:

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/193446-jaren-jackson


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/200855-luka-garza


http://www.scout.com/college/basketball/recruiting/player/186052-jermain...


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/203262-isaiah-washington


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/192702-alex-barcello


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/201815-nick-weatherspoon


Indiana not on a recent short list:

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/204352-brandon-randolph


http://www.scout.com/player/186218-trevon-duval?s=75


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