INDIANAPOLIS-While IU's 2006 recruiting efforts took a big hit last week when Lawrence North H.S. teammates Greg Oden and Mike Conley pledged to Big Ten neighbor Ohio State, there are still plenty of promising talents at this week's Nike All-America Camp who'd like nothing more than for a school like IU to show interest.
Among those players is James Inge, a 6'3", 170-pound guard from Camden, N.J., who has been getting some interest from the IU coaching staff this summer. As Inge prepared for the start of the Nike Camp, he said he'd love to be getting even more attention from Coach Mike Davis' program.
"I'd like for them to show me some more interest," said Inge, who said he has been receiving mail from the IU program. "I'd like for a team to come out and get me, so I don't feel like when I get there that I was chasing them. I'd love for a school like Indiana to come and get me."
Inge, who has already made a visit to Georgetown and has also been receiving plenty of interest from nearby Temple, said that he remains wide open. It also appears that distance won't be an issue as well.
"My options are real open right now," said Inge, who averaged 18 points and four assists as a junior. "I don't care where the school is – I don't care if it's in Brazil – I'll play there. As long as it's a school that wants me and is high Division I, I'll be very happy, wherever it is."
Inge said he's enjoying not only first experience at the Nike Camp, but also his time in Indianapolis. He said that the Circle City reminds him of Philadelphia, which is right next to his Camden, N.J. home.
"With me down here in Indiana, it reminds me of Philly a little bit - it kind of has that Philly vibe to it," said Inge.
While Inge is making his first appearance at the Indianapolis All-America camp, he received plenty of words of wisdom before his trip to Indianapolis from his brother, Semaj, who participated in the camp a year ago. Semaj is going to be a freshman at Temple this fall.
"He just said ‘when you get there play hard and let the game come to you,'" said Inge. "He was here when (recent NBA second-round draft pick) Louis Williams was here, and he shut Louis Williams down. He didn't even know who he was until afterwards. He just had the mentality of just play everyone hard, and that's what I've been trying to do- play everyone like they are regular players."
By doing so, Inge hopes that his stock will continue to rise in the eyes of not only Indiana, but high Division I programs around the country.
"I want to get as much exposure as I can get, as many colleges and teams – I don't care how far away it is from my home – I'll play for them," said Inge. "I want to get exposure and see my stock go up."
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