Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Hot Board: First look at Class of 2019

With most of spring play behind us, it's a great time to take a first look at the top IU targets from the Class of 2019.

This class has only had one full Scout100 ranking so the trending section below shows "even" for each player right now. That will change in the many future iterations for this hot board.

Scout100 Rankings: Class of 2019

2019 Targets


http://www.scout.com/player/204537-keion-brooks?s=75

AAU Team: Spiece Indy Heat (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 18.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 topg, 48.7 FG%, 30.4 3FG%, 72.3 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even: (14)

Offers of note: Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Kansas, Ohio State, Xavier, Kansas State, Memphis

Quote of note: From April 2017: I think that’s pretty cool to have the coach who coached my dad now recruiting me. I did know (IU assistant) coach Schilling before. I think I met him when I was in third grade, but we didn't really talk lately with him being at UCLA. I know Coach Schilling and my dad kept in contact and in stayed in touch over the years.".

@KeionB_12

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Always a smooth shooter with a nice handle for his size, Brooks really began to live up to his vast potential his sophomore season, helping lead his North High to the 4A state title game. The fact that he still needs to gain a lot of strength testifies to how much better he'll probably be getting before college. Showing much more explosiveness off the floor and learning how to play with more emotion or passion. Capable of shooting the three but has shown growth by not hunting the shot as much this spring in EYBL play.

RECRUITING NOTES

Michigan State probably jumped out to the early lead but his father has long history with Indiana assistant Ed Schilling, so Hoosiers have probably moved into his early top two. He has said he's a Kansas fan and Jayhawks offered here recently.


http://www.scout.com/player/206789-james-wiseman?s=75

AAU Team: Bradley Beal Elite (Nike)

AAU Spring Stats: 10.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.7 topg, 1.4 bpg, 62.5 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 60.0 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even: (8)

Offers of note: Indiana, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Texas

Quote of note: From April 2017: "He (Archie Miller) said that I’d make a great fit for their program. he talked about me visiting in the next couple months. I think I can fit into his system really well. I’ve talked to him a couple times."

@BigTicket_JW

EVALUATION (Scout.com)

Just a sophomore, James Wiseman is pushing 6-foot-11 and boasts a lengthy set of arms. He's mobile, athletic and consistently looks to run the floor. His length impacts the game defensively and although he lacks strength he's a fine rebounder. Wiseman has an impressive set of hands and very good touch around the basket. Although not necessarily consistent, Wiseman is capable of knocking down short and mid-range jump shots, as well as left-handed hook on the block. He'll need to add strength, which will come in time, and get more polished on the block, but Wiseman is oozing with upside.

RECRUITING NOTES

This is a five-star power forward that the new staff has targeted right away. EYBL teammate of our top 2018 board prospect, Darius Garland. He's the No. 8 overall player at a hard to find position, to look for most of the elite schools to try to make a run.


http://www.scout.com/player/214499-trayce-jackson-davis?s=75

AAU Team: Team Teague (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Spring Stats: N/A

Ranking History: Trending even (NR)

Offers of note: Purdue, Iowa, Butler, IUPUI

Quote of note: April 2017: "I am an athletic big. I need to expand my range to where I can hit that 12 foot jumper. So I can get people jumping with the pump fake instead of just playing off of me and waiting for me to come inside."

@Trayce_jackson3

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Jackson-Davis is the son of former Pacer Dale Davis and like his father, he focuses on scoring inside. At the same time he's begun to show an effective mid-range shot here in the spring which will only expand his game. Solid fundamentals make him a very efficient and valuable big man who should only get better.

RECRUITING NOTES

Purdue has the early lead here thanks to providing Trayce with his first big school offer. Iowa, Butler, Indiana and Notre Dame are the other schools that should stay in the mix. Indiana liked what they saw this spring and we expect Hoosier interest to only pick up.


http://www.scout.com/player/201005-trendon-watford?s=75

AAU Team: Nike Team Florida (Nike EYBL)

AAU Stats: 13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.9 topg, 0.8 bpg, 52.8 FG%, 30.4 3FG%, 61.4 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (12)

Offers of note: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Iowa, Ole Miss, TCU

Quotes of note: "I was up there (Indiana) like every weekend. So I basically grew up there, like my second home."

@Trendon_2

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Watford shoots it like his older brother Christian but is a little more explosive and better at putting the ball on the floor. We also saw some post-up ability this spring, so he could even help at the four spot. But a natural wing. Has played against top level competition for a long time and should be ready to help any school right from his first game. Has shot a very respectable 53 percent from the floor in EYBL play despite playing up a year.

RECRUITING NOTES

Alabama head coach Avery Johnson has really made him a priority, so watch out for the Crimson Tide. Family likes the early attention from the new IU staff and already know everything about the program. Heavies like Kentucky, North Carolina and Arizona showing interest. 


http://www.scout.com/player/210396-isaiah-stewart?s=75

AAU Team: The City Rocks (Nike EYBL)

AAU Stats: 11.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 0.4 apg, 2.1 topg, 0.8 bpg, 54.5 FG%, 0.0 3FG%, 51.2 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (56)

Offers of note: Indiana, Pitt, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Florida, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Tennessee

Quotes of note: On visiting IU soon: "I would love to get a chance to visit campus and meet all the coaching staff and then just go from there. I definitely want to set up an unofficial real soon.”

@Dreamville_33

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Stewart is a bit raw still but really gets after it on the glass and is developing an offensive game. Already physically stronger than most power forwards his age, Stewart should be a beast when he finally gets to college. Very nice lift off the floor for his size. Has to learn to convert from the line better as he'll often get there. Has not taken a 3-pointer during the EYBL circuit.

RECRUITING NOTES

Too early to say a lot about his recruitment but one of his mentor's is former Indiana center Thomas Bryant, who is also out of the Rochester, New York area. That area is in prime Syracuse recruiting territory.


http://www.scout.com/player/203860-matthew-hurt?s=75

AAU Team: D1 Minnesota (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Stats: Injured this spring

Ranking History: Trending even (10)

Offers of note: Indiana, Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA, Oregon, Ohio State, Marquette, UCLA, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Xavier

Quotes of note: On taking early visits: "I'm going to try to maybe set some stuff for the fall. I want to mostly be open before the high school season starts. That's when I want to take most of my visits.”

@HurtMatthew

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Outstanding shooter for his size but also puts it on the floor where he can drive for big dunks. Once he adds strength he should be a monster. Nice feel for the game. Broken hand injury has sidelined him this spring but he should be back for July games in front of the coaches.  

RECRUITING NOTES

No shortage of offers for Hurt after he performed well last summer on adidas circuit despite playing up two classes. Older brother Michael plays for Minnesota. Indiana assistant Tom Ostrom is from the Minneapolis area and has signed players from the D1 Minnesota program.


http://www.scout.com/player/204816-jordan-mitchell

AAU Team: All Ohio Red (Nike EYBL)

AAU Stats: 6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 topg, 58.5 FG%, 0.0 3FG%, 50.0 FT%

Ranking History: Trending even (26)

Offers of note: Ohio State, Xavier, Iowa, Florida

Quotes of note: On his junior season: "I feel I had a pretty good high school season, but I felt I could have done better. Still I feel that I got better each game, and improved as the year went on.”

@jay_mitch23

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Mitchell has nice size, length, athleticism and handle for a small forward. He's just one reason why All Ohio Red has been so successful this spring. Not a big scorer this spring for that team but was efficient, shooting just under 59 percent and has been producing a positive assist to turnover ratio. Outside shot has to improve. Did not take a 3-pointer this spring and was just 50 percent from the charity stripe.

RECRUITING NOTES

An Ohio native who moved on to the powerhouse Montverde Academy down in Florida near Orlando. Likes nearby Ohio State but Archie Miller offered him while at Dayton, so there's some familiarity. 


http://www.scout.com/player/216693-alex-hemenway?s=170

AAU Team: Indiana Elite 2020 (adidas Gauntlet)

AAU Stats: N/A

Ranking History: Trending even (NR)

Offers of note: Evansville, Valparaiso, IUPUI

Quotes of note: N/A

@jHemenwayAlex

EVALUATION (Peegs)

Hemenway is a very versatile or all around type combo guard who can knock down the long shot or help run the team. Showed improved leadership in helping Caste make a run to the 4A semistate including an upset of defending champ New Albany in the Regionals.

RECRUITING NOTES

Why he has mostly mid-major offers at this point, Hemenway has  had a solid spring and is starting to hear more regularly from Indiana, Xavier and Purdue.


On the Radar:

http://www.scout.com/player/207931-francis-okoro?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/204896-jeremiah-francis?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/210338-david-johnson?s=170

http://www.scout.com/player/210022-elias-king?s=75

http://www.scout.com/player/208415-isaiah-thompson?s=170


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