Are Hoosiers Coming Up Empty?

With the November signing period now just a couple of weeks ago, IU Coach Mike Davis sits with five scholarships to offer, but only one taker to date. So what gives? Scout.com's National recruiting director Dave Telep offers his thoughts on the state of IU basketball recruiting.

With the November signing period now just a couple of weeks ago, IU Coach Mike Davis sits with five scholarships to offer, but only one taker to date. So what gives? Scout.com's National recruiting director Dave Telep offers his thoughts on the state of IU basketball recruiting.

HoosierNation.com: Are recruits shying away from Indiana because of questions about Mike Davis' job security?
Telep: College basketball at the highest level can be a very gossipy sort of industry. I think anytime there exists a grey area, rival recruiters are going to pry open the door and make it a big deal to recruits. I think most of the chatter comes from the other coaches who will use any angle they can to try and wedge into a situation. In that respect, it comes into play with recruiting.

HoosierNation.com: From what you've seen and heard this summer, how hard do you think IU has been working on this year's class?
Telep: Indiana is out and about just like the rest of college basketball. Remember now, Mike Davis is the head coach because of his recruiting efforts and he's a passionate guy in that arena. Mike Davis is a smart guy. He knows there is work to be done and prospects to be seen.

HoosierNation.com: Why have there been so many Indiana kids, such as Josh McRoberts, Luke Zeller, Greg Oden and Mike Conley, who have been opting to go somewhere other than IU?
Telep: That's a great question. First of all, McRoberts was probably going to leave the state regardless. He had a tremendous Duke lean early in his high school career and the Blue Devils saw an opening and busted down that door. As for the rest of the guys, it would be fair to say that Indiana does not have momentum in the state right now and that's an area they must address. Whether that's through the state coaches or the AAU guys, they need a high profile player to validate them again in state to get the momentum going their way much like Thad Matta generated in-state momentum last year.

HoosierNation.com: How bad a shape do you think Indiana's recruiting is right now? Is too much being made of the misses in the 2006 class?
Telep: That answer lies in what they can do in the Class of 2007. I say this because the Big Ten region as a whole, which has been down in recent years, will see quite a spike in 2007 and 2008. I would think that Indiana's likely success this season will "heat" them up again and at that point there will be a window to make the play to the underclassmen. At this point, that's where Indiana can best make up some ground and get back that valuable recruiting momentum.

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