Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Hot Board update: Class of 2018

The spring live period is behind us and that means big changes to our 2018 hot board for Indiana basketball prospects. This is one update you don't want to miss as we include quotes, spring stats, recruiting outlook and more.

Scout100 Rankings: Class of 2018

2018 Targets


http://www.scout.com/player/194436-darius-garland?s=75

AAU Team: Bradley Beal Elite (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 17.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.2 topg, 55.6  FG%, 40.7 3FG%, 86.7 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even: (12, 11)

Offers of note: Indiana, Duke, Louisville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Ohio State

Quote of note: From April 2017: "I like Indiana a lot. I’m a hometown kid. Of course I grew up being a Hoosier, liking the Hoosiers. I like them a lot. I think they can do really good this year."

@dariusgarland22

EVALUATION (Scout.com)

One of the premier lead guard prospects in the 2018 class, Garland possesses good size, length and quickness for the position. Garland plays at a good pace and changes his speeds well. Garland is a quality passer that can whip pinpoint passes with either hand. Although young, Garland has already shown a strong ability to operate in pick and roll situations. The 6-foot-2 guard makes good decision coming off screens and is a threat to find an open teammate, step behind a screen and bury a shot or make a play from the mid-range area. One of Garland's biggest strengths is his ability to make shots from three. He has deep range on his shot, good shot preparation and a fairly quick release. He's also developed a comfort level from mid-range, where he's capable of connecting on pull-ups or dropping in floaters.

RECRUITING NOTES

Kansas has kind of pushed in here to join Indiana, Duke and Vanderbilt among those most mentioned. Duke is also hot after another small point guard in Tre Jones, brother of former Duke star Tyus Jones. Garland said in April that he doesn't have a timeline for his decision yet. 


http://www.scout.com/player/204382-musa-jallow?s=75

AAU Team: Team Blaze Select (NY2LA)

AAU Spring Stats: N/A

Ranking History: Trending up (NR, 95)

Offers of note: Indiana, Butler, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern,

Quote of note: April 2017 on his first unofficial with new IU staff: "It was weird seeing all the new coaches. I knew how to get down to the gym and they didn't even know how to do it. I had to lead the way. But they're all good people and I really enjoyed being there."

@mjallow21

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Jallow has great length and potential to be a very good defensive player. Shot needs work but can be very effective from mid-range and now does have games where he hits multiple threes. Good athlete with nice strength. Versatile. This spring he showed off a more chiseled body. Physically reminds you of shorter OG Anunoby, just not quite as explosive off the floor.

RECRUITING NOTES

Indiana seemed to prioritize Jallow this month so we've moved him up the board. Virginia might have been the early favorite but didn't see of much of the Cavalier staff as expected. Wisconsin watched him in Minneapolis at the end of April and Ohio State extended an early May offer. Stanford is one to watch here as Jallow is an excellent student who made an unofficial to Stanford. His family has ties out west.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/209614-cole-swider

AAU Team: BABC (Nike EYBL)

AAU Stats: 20.3  ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.1 topg, 49.6 FG%, 42.1 3FG%, 79.3 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (NR, NR)

Offers of note: Indiana, Xavier, Syracuse, Villanova, Miami-FL, Boston College, Creighton, Providence

Quotes of note: "He (Miller) liked my toughness and my shotmaking ability, and he thought I would fit in perfectly to what he’s going to do at Indiana."

@coleswider21

EVALUATION (Peegs)

This was a guy a lot of coaches were talking about. They knew he was good but not this good.  Might be the best shooter in the class, his stroke is that pure. And you get that in a 6-foot-7 to 6-foot-8, 210 pound body that can get you some boards. Shows a lot of positive emotion on the court.

RECRUITING NOTES

Indiana got involved just in time as Swider cut his list after the spring live period to these eight programs: Indiana, Xavier, Providence, Michigan, Creighton, Villanova, Syracuse, and Miami. Look for him to make one of the biggest jumps when the new 2018 rankings are out.


http://www.scout.com/player/204174-robert-phinisee?s=75

AAU Team: Indiana Elite (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Stats: 11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.2 topg, 35.7 FG%, 37.5 3FG%, 73.3 FT%

Ranking History: Trending slightly up (70, 61)

Offers of note: Indiana, Butler, Purdue, Virginia, Ohio State, NC State

Quote of note: April 2017: "I'm still very interested in Indiana, but I also have to build a relationship with them like I did with the last staff. I feel like as long as they stay in contact we will have a chance to build that relationship."

@robphinisee1

EVALUATION (Peegs)

About as pure of a point guard as you'll see on the prep circuit. Phinisee is a very efficient player. Not a lot of forced shots and takes the jumper when the defense sags off. Appeared quicker and stronger this summer which may shore up his ability to finish. An improving shooter, so you can no longer sag off him defensively.

RECRUITING NOTES

This still looks like an in-state battle between Indiana, Butler and Purdue. Xavier, Ohio State and possibly Virginia are potential spoilers. Phinisee was a bit slowed by tendonitis in April and didn't play consistently to his normal level. We'll be looking to see if he can get healthy and play more like he did the opening night of the eval period over the rest of the spring and summer.


http://www.scout.com/player/198048-romeo-langford?s=75

AAU Team: Twenty Two Vision (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Stats: 21.4  ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 3.3 topg, 1.0 bpg, 43.1 FG%, 21.7 3FG%, 74.2 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (2, 3)

Offers of note: Indiana, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, Kansas, UCLA, Vanderbilt

Quotes of note: On whether it helps IU, UL and UK to be near home: "Somewhat, yeah, because my family will be able to watch me play."

@yeahyeah_22

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Langford is one of the smoothest players we've seen in the prep ranks, just an effortless scorer. Has a way of slithering to the basket to make easy finishes against taller players. Streaky shooter but has a terrific pull back shot. The way he shoots his jumper is similar to former NBA star Kobe Bryant. Showed unselfish play at key times in helping lead New Albany to the 4A state title when he was a sophomore. Since that time he's faced a lot of double teams both in high school and AAU, making it hard to evaluate where he stands versus the other top five contenders in his class.

RECRUITING NOTES

Looking more and more like Langford could wait until the spring to decide. He did say he may cut his list down to five at the end of the summer. Main players are bluebloods --  Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas and Duke. Certaiinly looks like a one and done college player.


http://www.scout.com/player/204608-race-thompson?s=170

AAU Team: D1 Minnesota (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats: 14.4  ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 topg, 1.1 bpg, 51.2 FG%, 25.0 3FG%, 66.7 FT%

Ranking History: Trending slightly up (71, 67)

Offers of note: Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa State, Marquette, Baylor, Creighton, Northwestern, Arizona State

Quotes of note: April 2017 - On his decision timing: "I am still letting it all sink in. I will probably make my decision after AAU sometime. Probably before football season."

@RaceThompson1

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Thompson was Mr. Consistency in April, scoring in double figures all but one time in eight games this month. He might be a short power forward but his big upper body and length lessen that issue considerably. Surprised with his passing and his shot shows potential, so he could become a small forward in time.

RECRUITING NOTES

His father played at Minnesota but Gophers already have a commit from 6-foot-9 local Daniel Oturu, ranked slightly ahead of Thompson. Hoosier assistant Tom Ostrom grew up in Minneapolis area and has already made a trip to see Thompson in person. Iowa State and Marquette are two other program mentioned a lot.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/206004-jalen-carey

AAU Team: NJ Playaz (Nike EYBL)

AAU Stats: 17.9  ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 topg, 49.5 FG%, 44.4 3FG%, 63.6 FT%

Ranking History: Trending slightly up (79, 74)

Offers of note: Indiana, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Florida, Miami-FL, Notre Dame, Pitt, Texas, Rutgers, St. John's

Quotes of note: After IU offer in April: "I am hoping to set a visit to go there there soon. I don't know a lot about Indiana, but I know it is a great program and that Victor Oladipo went there. I feel that I play like him in terms of athleticism and scoring, so that is good."

@yungswae5

EVALUATION (Peegs)

His length helps him play bigger than 6-foot-3 and he has the potential to be a very good defender in college. Shot it well in April but watching him in Indy this week we liked how he drove it so effortlessly to the basket. A bit similar to former Hoosier Greg Graham.  Can play some point but view him as more of a two guard. Carey needs to add some strength but sure looks like a player that should shoot up the rankings.

RECRUITING NOTES

There was a explosion of offers for Carey in April, so a bit of a reset for him. Seton Hall gets mentioned the most but have to think Syracuse, Indiana, Notre Dame, Texas and Florida can muscle in here.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/204893-jerome-hunter

AAU Team: Ohio Nova (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats: N/A

Ranking History: Trending even: (77, 75)

Offers of note: Michigan, Xavier, West Virginia, Pitt, Illinois, NC State, Rutgers, Penn State, Butler

Quote of note: From April 2017: "I went to a team camp there and he offered me when he was at Dayton. Now that he has the new job at Indiana, he has started talking to me and said he'll start talking to me more. I was in Italy for a minute and he just told me when I get back we're going to talk more."

@j_hunter35

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Hunter has great strength for a high school player and uses it well on the blocks. But also can pop out and successfully shoot over defenders on the perimeter.

RECRUITING NOTES

While at Dayton Archie Miller was one of Hunter's first offers. Since then Michigan, Xavier, West Virginia, Rutgers and Pitt have followed suit. Nearby Ohio State is interested but holds multiple in-state commitments already. Hunter attended camp at Dayton when Miller was the coach there.


http://www.scout.com/player/195163-eric-ayala?s=75

AAU Team: WE R1 (Under Armour)

AAU Spring Stats: 11.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.7 topg, 43.5 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 52.4 FT%

Ranking History: Trending up (75, 62)

Offers of note: Indiana, Syracuse, Maryland, Oregon, Illinois, LSU, UNLV, UConn, Miami-FL, Seton Hall, Temple, USC, Penn State

Quotes of note: "I've had a relationship for about two years with coach Archie Miller when he was at Dayton. As my recruitment started to change, other schools came in, but once he got the head coaching job at Indiana, they were in contact from day one."

@EA_Glo

EVALUATION (Peegs)

When we saw Ayala last summer his issues were shot selection and turnovers. He looks to have matured in managing the ball but still needs to get a bit better in choosing his shots. True combo kind of guard who has the potential to be tough defensively. We've seen him shoot it well from deep in the past but he made just five treys in seven games and shot poorly from the free throw line. Excellent athlete who plays hard.

RECRUITING NOTES

Indiana hits the ground running here since both the old IU staff and Archie had been involved with Ayala. Maryland, Syracuse and UConn should be strong contenders.


http://www.scout.com/player/200309-robby-carmody

AAU Team: Ohio Basketball Club (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats: 19.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 2.1 topg, 44.1 FG%, 35.5 3FG%, 79.5 FT%

Ranking History: Trending slightly down: (60, 75)

Offers of note: Michigan, Pitt, Purdue, Syracuse, Xavier, Notre Dame, Butler, Maryland, Penn State, Cincinnati

Quote of note: From April 2017: "I was talking to them before and once Archie got there it started to pick up a little bit because I’ve known him my whole life. He’s from around my area. I’m good friends with his dad, work out with him all the time. It’s a good connection.."

@robbycarmody23

EVALUATION (Peegs)

A tremendous shooter with nice two guard height. Carmody's best attribute, however, may be his terrific motor. He's physically stronger than most kids his age and knows how to use it to his advantage. His father is his high school coach, meaning he really knows the game.

RECRUITING NOTES

As a product of western Pennsylvania like the Miller family, there are a number of family connections here that should help Indiana join the mix quickly. Notre Dame, Michigan, Purdue, Syracuse, Penn State, Pitt and Butler are among the schools that have been heavily involved. Despite the family ties, some catch-up here for Indiana as Carmody has visited several campuses already.


http://www.scout.com/player/207936-eric-hunter?s=75

AAU Team: Indiana Pros (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats: N/A

Ranking History: Trending up (NR, 86)

Offers of note: Purdue, Xavier, Nebraska, Minnesota, Butler, Creighton

Quotes of note: In mid-April on new IU coach Archie Miller: "He's a serious guy to me. He won't be like the previous IU staff, kind of wishy-washy. If he likes me, he's going to let me know, if he doesn't, I am going to know."

@ebuckets13

EVALUATION (Peegs)

The swift lefty has a wicked crossover which helps him get easily to the basket. Nice pull-up jumper but form from long-range, while improving, is still work-in-progress. Has a chance to develop into a point guard but scoring oriented. Had 50 plus in one game as a soph and was more point guard oriented as a junior and that helped lift Tindley to a state title. Keep in mind he plays for a smaller school with a mixed level of competition. Very skinny, especially in the legs. Once he fills out some, watch out.

RECRUITING NOTES

Purdue and Butler offered in late July to join Xavier, Toledo, IPFW and Ball State. Indiana, Iowa and West Virginia among those who picked up interest after his big July.No Indiana offer yet but new staff watched him several times in April.


http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/202789-louis-king

AAU Team: Team Final (Nike EYBL)

AAU Spring Stats: 17.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 3.3 topg, 0.5 BPG, 41.3 FG%, 35.3 3FG%, 81.5 FT%

Ranking History: Trending slightly up: (18, 16)

Offers of note: Indiana, Louisville, Syracuse, UConn, Maryland, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John's, NC State, Cal

Quote of note: From April 2017 after re-offer from IU: "He said I would fit very well. He said if I committed, I would fit into their program right away. It’s a great spot for me. He said I would start right away."

@SweetLouu2

EVALUATION (Peegs)

King is just scratching the surface right now. He's long as anybody, quick and wiry strong. A small forward with height and ability to play the two or the four spots as well. Still a bit raw in finishing off moves to the basket but that will come with great strength and experience.

RECRUITING NOTES

King was recruited and offered by the prior IU staff. Syracuse has priortized him and other nearby Big East schools have as well. Maryland, UConn and Louisville are others to watch out for here.


http://www.scout.com/player/206325-moses-brown?s=170

AAU Team: New Heights (Under Armour)

AAU Spring Stats: 13.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 0.8 apg, 2.6 topg, 2.0 BPG, 54.7 FG%, 0.0 3FG%, 46.8 FT%

Ranking History: Trending up: (32, 6)

Offers of note: Indiana, Kansas, UConn, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Louisville, Minnesota, UCLA, St. John's

Quote of note: From February 2017: "I’ve improved a lot since the summer. I feel like this summer was a breakout for me, and during the season I feel like I can score with ease in the post. I think with our team we should win the state title."

@Moses_Graham1

EVALUATION (Scout)

Moses Brown, a 7-footer out of New York, emerged during the spring in between his sophomore and junior seasons as a potential high major recruit. At his size, Brown has good length, mobility, hands and touch. Because of his size, length and instincts, Brown is a good rim protector and there's value in his defensive presence. He's also a good area rebounder on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Brown has some potential, as he has quality hands and nice scoring touch around the basket. Although he doesn't have counter moves, he is comfortable going over his left shoulder for a right jump hook. Brown is inconsistent, but he oozes with potential and progressing at a good rate.

RECRUITING NOTES

Prior staff from Indiana showed interest but lots of catch-up here for new staff. Brown played himself into the top 10 and that brought on interest from on heavyweights like Kentucky, Kansas and Duke. Maryland, however, might be the early leader. Louisville also to be watched here.


http://www.scout.com/player/207139-luguentz-dort

AAU Team: Brookwood Elite (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats: 21.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 3.3 topg, 1.1 bpg, 51.3 FG%, 28.6 3FG%, 67.8 FT%

Ranking History: Trending up: (70, 30)

Offers of note: Indiana, Louisville, Oregon, Michigan State, Arizona State, Baylor, West Virginia, Florida, Washington, Texas A&M

Quote of note: From last summer: "I've been working hard on my game this summer and I think I've improved. I really like to drive and pass the ball. Coaches say they like how physical I am and how coachable I am. They also say they like the fact that I can dunk over people and they say that's something they can't teach.."

@luguentz

EVALUATION (Peegs/Scout)

Dort was among the leading scorers on the adidas circuit in April and did it shooting above 50 percent from the floor. Here' what Evan Daniels of Scout had to say about him after seeing him in February at the Basketball without Borders event:

Daniels: A strong, tough and physical player, Dort played both on and off the ball and was effective in both roles. Dort is quicker than he looks and consistently got into the paint, where he would either get to the rim or kick to teammates for open shots. Dort also made his fair share of the catch three-pointers over the course of the three-day event.

Dort impressed on the defensive end as well. He picked up the opposition full court and genuinely made life difficult for opposing players, as he made them work and competed every play.

RECRUITING NOTES

Dort is one of the hottest names on the circuit. This week alone he's picked up offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Washington, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He's visiting Arizona State soon and Oregon, Louisville, Florida and  Baylor get a lot of early mention in a recruitment that is just getting going. Dort is actually from Montreal and playing the adidas circuit with fellow Canadians from Quebec area.


On the radar:

http://www.scout.com/player/204415-damezi-anderson

http://www.scout.com/player/196996-kevin-easley

http://www.scout.com/player/204895-darius-bazley?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/216801-nahziah-carter

http://www.scout.com/player/194437-brandon-johns?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/203725-nate-roberts?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/210463-t-j-moss


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