Who might the new Indiana staff be pursuing as they get started on next year's senior class? Today we take a look at the best of the "nearby" prospects in the Class of 2018.
In this review "nearby" will be defined by players from Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
The good news is while the Class of 2018 is considered a weak one nationally and in other Midwest states, Indiana has a solid class with a half-dozen players already holding early Big Ten offers.
The No. 3 overall player in the nation, Langford is a program changer. He took New Albany to the 4A state title as a sophomore. An athletic shooting guard with point guard skills, Langford made strides with his defense in his junior season. He's open to the Indiana staff despite long interest from the nation's elite programs and the Hoosiers will have the advantage of being near to home. Langford has made several trips to the IU campus but none recently.
Point guard is an obvious need for the current Indiana roster and Phinisee is about as pure of a point guard as you'll run across. He's bulked up a bit which some which helps fight the argument he's hurt by his lack of size. Also has become a better shooter. This four-star prospect is right in Purdue's back yard but has made several recent trips to the Hoosier campus. Xavier, Virginia and now Ohio State have joined IU and Purdue with offers.
Jallow has tremendous potential as a college defender and therefore could be a nice fit for the 'pack-line' Archie Miller defense. This year he improved his jumper, the big knock on his game. Jallow is a borderline four-star guy with offers already in from Purdue, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Butler and Northwestern among others.His first offer was from the prior Indiana staff.
Hunter got himself a state championships medal this weekend as Tindley won the 1A title. A combo guard who can score but is pretty good about not being selfish with his shot selection. Skinny frame but has decent height/length and a crafty dribble game. Xavier may have been the first to offer but now has long had Butler and Purdue offers. Indiana's prior staff did not offer but Tom Crean did scout him earlier this month in the state playoffs.
Anderson just picked up a Purdue offer after an excellent junior season that saw him average over 24 points a game as Riley went undefeated for much of the season. Anderson shined in Riley's pressing, up tempo system where he could get a lot of his patented pull-up jumpers.
Commitments: Kevin Easley (VCU)
Sleeper: Nike Sibande (Crispus Attucks) is a 6-foot-3 athletic guard who was the leading scorer in 3A title game. There he showed off a jumper with range to go along with his slashing skills. Currently a senior but likely headed to prep school and reclassing to 2018
A rare big point guard who has the length to finish and eventually become a very good defender. Solidified his ranking by leading Morgan Park to 3A state title in a season that saw him average 22 points and nine assists a game. Dosunmu has a host of high major offers and said February that the schools recruiting him the hardest were Northwestern, Creighton, Xavier, and Illinois,
Four-star small forward from Champaign area. His older brother Michael has started 24 games in two seasons at Illinois, so he may be tough to keep out of his hometown university. More than just a good spot-up shooter.
Versatile wing has helped Simeon go on a long tourney run again this season, falling in 4A title game to Whitney-Young. Not a uber athlete but has nice skills and basketball instincts. Biggest early offers came from Northwestern and Iowa State.
Sleeper: Dannie Smith (Chicago Orr) is a 6-foot-5 wing who led Orr to the 2A state title. Skilled and was under the radar until the playoff run.
Top 60 nationally ranked point guard from the Cleveland area. Ohio State hot on his trail but Buckeyes already have three commits from his class. Has taken campus trips recently to Butler, Virginia Tech and Penn State. A long way from a decision.
Son of Larry Nance and older brother Larry Jr. had an excellent career at Wyoming. Has averaged a double-double much of his high school career. Schools in the Midwest don't want to make the same mistake of passing as they did with Larry Jr. Getting looks from Purdue, Ohio State, Xavier, Notre Dame and attended Michigan's camp last summer.
Powerful wing for his age. Nice high release jumper with range. Dayton was was one of his offers and Flyers have stayed involved. Holds other offers from Michigan, Pitt, West Virginia, Xavier and was recruited by prior Indiana staff.
Committed: Darius Bazley (Ohio State), Justin Ahrens (Ohio State), Dane Goodwin (Ohio State)
Sleeper: Mark Mayle (Malvern High) - approaching 6-foot-9. Has A-10 and MAC offers.