Evan Daniels, Scout.com

6-8 forward Jake Forrester discusses IU offer, visit plans

Six-foot-8 class of 2018 forward Jake Forrester of Westtown (PA) talks with Peegs.com about landing an Indiana scholarship offer, being watched by IU coach Tom Crean and his upcoming visit plans.

Jake Forrester, a 6-foot-8 forward from Westtown (PA), continues to get recruiting attention from Indiana.

The class of 2018 forward was offered a scholarship by IU coach Tom Crean earlier this month after Crean watched him in the National High School Hoops Festival at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md. Crean watched Forrester again on Tuesday at the City of Palms Classic in Florida.

Forrester tells Peegs.com that he is going to make an unofficial visit to Indian after his high school season at Westtown (PA) concludes. Forrester said the IU unofficial visit likely will be in April during his spring break.

"I'm probably going to be visiting Providence and Indiana," Forrester told Peegs.com.

Forrester was offered a scholarship by IU coach Tom Crean during a phone conversation following the National High School Hoops Festival, he said.

Forrester will be playing AAU with the PSA Cardinals, the same program as IU sophomore center Thomas Bryant.

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"That offer was the best offer I have so far," Forrester said. "It's high major, a great school, great academics. My first reaction was, I put in work (that) weekend, so I wasn't shocked, but I'm very thankful for it, very happy for it. I can't wait to build a relationship with them.”

Forrester was one of the breakout players over the weekend.

"Jake had a really strong weekend at the National High School Hoops Festival," Scout.com national recruiting analyst Even Daniels said. "He was among the breakout players because he played with tremendous energy, got on the glass and played a tough brand of basketball.”

Indiana and Providence both offered scholarships after watching him this weekend. Richmond, St. Joseph's, Penn State, Temple, Rice and a number of mid-major schools had previously offered.

Forrester said he had a really good conversation with Crean.

“He talked about the program, the gym time, how the program works and how I’d fit in great with the big men they’re recruiting and how he’d turn me into a stretch four man who can shoot the ball. That really got my attention because that’s what I’m trying to make my game into,” Forrester said.

“My game right now has definitely changed. I’m more of a face-up guy. I have a high motor. That’s what coach said he liked, how I run the floor non-stop, how I rebound.

“I’m really working on my 3 ball. Coach gave me the green light to shoot 3s this year. Coach (Crean) said he would develop my face-up game, putting the ball on the floor, working on my dribble, being able to drive and make moves to the basket.”

Forrester, who has been one of the breakout 2018 players in December, said IU’s player development program and 24-hour access to Cook Hall are very intriguing.

“That’s definitely big. Playing basketball after college definitely is one of my goals, whether that’s overseas or the NBA. Player development is definitely a big key, getting coached by one of the game’s great coaches and gym time 24-7 got my attention,” Forrester said.

“I don’t want to stop at being good. I want to be one of the greats. He talked about how he loves to work with players individually.”


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