Can Indiana stay involved with the top targets from the senior (2017) and junior (2018 classes)?
We begin to tackle the question this afternoon, passing along reactions and notes on over a half dozen prospects that have been on the radar the past few months
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We big with a look at the senior class. The Hoosiers could be looking to add several more players for the spring signing period that kicks off on April 12.
Targets: 2017 Class (Seniors)
Reaction Quote: "I wouldn't say (Indiana is) off the list, but definitely took them out of the lead," Tucker said this week.
Notes: Indiana was the favorite to land the four-star forward before the coaching change. Tucker is from White Plains, New York originally, and another Chuck Martin connection. Oregon and Georgia Tech have jumped in with him.
Comments: Tucker didn't have the big senior season but his shooting prowess would help this team next year. He's a solid athlete with good enough strength to be coached into a good defender.
Notes: Smith's season just ended and he's about to get serious about his recruitment. Missouri may have jumped into the lead when it hired Cuonzo Martin. When Cuonzo was at California he was recruiting Smith and Martin is from the East St. Louis area where Smith is at (Edwardsville).
Comments: Smith is a ball handler with a college ready body, he was exactly what Indiana could use next season. That's why Tom Crean offered him last month.
Notes: Walker was recently scouted again by Indiana assistant Chuck Martin. He's a smallish point guard but really quick and very good with the ball. Nearby Seton Hall is strong with him and Indiana had yet to offer.
Comments: Walker was obviously being recruited to help with the ball handling issues. He's a nice player but undersized and often defers to his teammates including five-star big man Nick Richards.
Notes: Gunn was still being recruited by Indiana but was waiting on a firm scholarship offer. he was down to IU and Ball State and when the Crean firing news came out, Gunn committed soon after to Ball State.
Targets: 2018 Class (Juniors)
Here are the reactions of a few of the top junior targets on the Indiana radar:
Reaction quote: From Romeo's father Tim Langford: "We felt Tom Crean was an excellent coach. That is all we want to say about Indiana's decision."
Notes: Langford is arguably the best guard in the nation in his class. Reaching out to him and his family should be the day one priority for the next Indiana coach. Those in the New Albany area believe he may want to stay near home for what will likely be just one year of college.
Reaction quote: "I was very impressed with how coach Crean always stayed positive through any situation," Fredrick said this week. "He is a first class man. I was very glad to have the opportunity to create a relationship with him he's a great man. I'm keeping all my options still open and focused on getting better everyday and having a great summer."
Notes: Fredrick was recently offered by Indiana. He made a couple unofficials for games this year including one of the final home contests.
Reaction quote: Hunter said this to the Indy Star this week: “I couldn’t say we had a solid relationship, It was on and off. (Tom Crean) came into open gym during the school year and we texted back and forth but (Martinsville) was the first time he’d ever seen me play.
Notes: Indiana had not offered Hunter but had assistants watch him and Tom Crean saw him at the Martinsville Regional. Offering Fredrick before him did not sit well with the Hunters but IU now could have a reset here with the high scoring combo guard.