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2017 Hot Board: Big overhaul

We have major changes to our new 2017 hot board highlighted by additions of two point guard prospects that Indiana has scouted in the last week.

Player Rankings: 2017 | 2018

 

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2017 Commitments

http://www.scout.com/player/200833-al-durham?s=170

AAU Team: Southern Stampede (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 15.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.6 topg, 31.1 FG%, 26.9 3FG%, 72.8 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: NR, NR)

Key Dates: Durham committed to Indiana on October 26, 2015

@aldurham01

EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Durham is a lefty who can be a blur with the ball. That's what makes him a great slasher and the reason he was one of the top guys in drawing fouls this spring on the EYBL circuit. Has to improve his shot selection and watch the fade on his jumper. That may explain the lower shooting percentage in the stats above. Defensively he has great potential thanks to that quickness and his ability to play hard on each possession. Shows some good passing instincts and could help at point guard down the road.

LATEST NEWS

Durham had 21 points in his season debut earlier this month.

In between July recruiting periods, Durham and his father Al Sr.. sat down for this video interview with our Jeff Rabjohns.

http://www.scout.com/player/196000-justin-smith?s=170

AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 39.1 FG%, 20.0 3FG%, 55.9 FT%

Ranking History: Slight downturn after trending up (Most recent: NR, 79, 91)

Key Dates: Smith became IU's first 2017 official visit when he rolled into town with his family on Saturday morning, September 10. He committed about two weeks later.

@justinsmith3_

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Smith goes through good and bad stretches but has all the tools including a great combination of athleticism and strength for the three spot. Shot has nice form but his perimeter numbers show it needs some minor refining. Aggressive play is his key. Excellent student.

LATEST NEWS

Smith and Stevenson open the year Thanksgiving week in a multi-day tournament at Buffalo Grove High.

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

AAU Team: Hoop Dreamz (Elevate Hoops)

AAU Spring Stats: N/A

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: NR, NR)

Key Dates: Moore committed to Indiana on October 2, 2016

@CliftonMoore16

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Moore's role at Indiana seems ticketed for a "stretch four" type position seen so often in today's game. He has small forward skills but is 6-foot-10 and growing with good length for his size. That should help make him difficult to shoot over in the post. Young for his class, Moore desperately needs to bulk up but that happens quicker nowadays thanks to advancements made by full-time trainers in college. A-student who will being those type intangibles to Bloomington.

LATEST NEWS

Moore's senior season doesn't begin until the weekend of December 9-10.

2017 Targets

http://www.scout.com/player/193174-jordan-tucker?s=170

AAU Team: NY Rens (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 14.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 39.0 FG%, 39.3 3FG%, 70.0 FT%

Ranking History: Trending down some (Most recent: 34, 50, 79)

@Therealjtucks

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Tucker is a scorer and a true wing. Shoots it from deep and then drives past you if you come out too high on him. Has good strength for a three. Sometimes a bit trigger happy with the jumper but have to like his aggressiveness. Has to learn to play more in fifth gear and handle has to get better to play more in a two guard role.

RECRUITING NOTES

After narrowing things down to Indiana and Villanova, Tucker has added Oregon and Georgia Tech to the mix. This one looks more iffy for Indiana than it might have around year end.

LATEST NEWS

Tucker expects now to visit Oregon after the season and obviously before his decision. Georgia Tech also gaining with him thanks to his friendship with Tech signee Jose Alvarado and the proximity to his new spot in the great Atlanta area.

http://www.scout.com/player/213529-mark-smith

AAU Team: Ramey Jets United

AAU Spring Stats: N/A

Ranking HistoryTrending even (Most recent: NR, NR)

@Mark_Smith_13

EVALUATION (Brian Snow)

When breaking down Smith, it is a tough evaluation. He is a big bodied 6-foot-3 guard with a good IQ, average athleticism, and a solid feel for the game. Also Smith has the look of someone who in time should be a pretty good shooter.

Right now it is clear that Smith is most comfortable playing on the ball as a point guard. Smith is someone who definitely is best when he is creating and initiating the offense, and he uses his strength to get to spots on the floor.

RECRUITING NOTES

Smith was a one time Missouri baseball commits (pitcher) who took a new look at basketball after elbow issues. Now he's played himself into high major offers from the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Butler, California, Utah, Northwestern and others. He's already taken three official visits to smaller schools not expected to be a player in the end -- SIU-Edwardsville, Wright State and Northern Illinois.

LATEST NEWS

New offers just this past week from Indiana, Butler, California and Utah. Smith is nowhere close to a decision and his team could go on a long tourney run, further delaying his recruitment. This one could go well into April or possibly into May.

http://www.scout.com/player/204722-jordan-walker?s=75

AAU Team: New York Lightning (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats:8.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.7 apg, 46.1 FG%, 30.6 3FG%, 0.8 spg

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: NR, NR)

@ShiftyJordan

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Walker is smaller than ideal at point guard but he's ultra quick with a quite capable handle. Improving shot and has been clutch is some big games. Tendency to play too quick at times but that should be able to be curbed at the next level. Can use his quickness to create turnovers at the other end.

RECRUITING NOTES

Walker is still deciding whether to go 2017 nor 2018. Right now he's considered 2018 but with the high major offers rolling in now, there are many who think he will jump on one of those and return to 2017 class. Friendly with Indiana signee Al Durham Jr. who once lived in NYC area.

LATEST NEWS

Indiana watched him again last week but hasn't yet offered. Hoosiers like him for either class. Big East programs have offered with Seton Hall and Providence leading that charge. Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State other high majors jumping in this winter.

http://www.scout.com/player/195096-curtis-hollis?s=75

AAU Team: Pro Skills (Texas) (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 16.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 48.6 FG%, 24.3 3FG%, 1.5 spg

Ranking History: Trending even (Most recent: NR, NR)

@Curtakasticks0

EVALUATION (Pony Stampede)

Hollis impressed the most in transition. He’s a little better there than he is in the half-court because he doesn’t score a lot off the dribble or base his game off 3-pointers. He’s still an athletic wing who’s best when he’s running and using his length to score. He possesses a solid three-point shot off the catch. In the half-court, he scores with a lot of cuts and actions, as opposed to off the dribble or in isolation spots. He has functional handles, but not top-notch handles that allow him to consistently dribble through traffic.

Hollis’ high motor and length make him a good rebounder on the wing and a good rebounder as a small forward-type player. He would be best in a zone defense because he can move laterally and has good length. He would have a tougher time guarding bigger, stronger wings in man-to-man situations.

RECRUITING NOTES

Hollis is from the Dallas area and was originally a 2016 prospect who committed to North Texas. But he opened things up after reclassifying to 2017 and played well on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring, He led Pro Skills in scoring which is saying something as he played alongside the No. 6 overall player in the class is big man Mitchell Robinson. Some of the schools that have been involved include Memphis, SMU, TCU, Tulsa and USC. He's now at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and will play a national schedule there.

LATEST NEWS

Indiana began poking around with Hollis during the fall so this one is in its early stages. Interest level may be dependent on how he looks over the winter at IMG Academy in Florida.


Others on the Indiana 2017 radar:

http://www.scout.com/player/202416-shamiel-stevenson

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/189916-alfred-hollins

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/210523-jacob-epperson

Dropped off from last update: 

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/195220-hamidou-diallo

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

http://www.scout.com/player/186027-matur-maker?s=170

http://www.scout.com/player/193069-daniel-mading?s=75


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