It didn't take Coach Kelvin Sampson's staff long to let fall signee Xavier Keeling know they were still very interested in having him in Bloomington this fall.
According to Keeling's high school coach at J.O. Johnson H.S., the new IU staff was in Huntsville, Ala., last week to meet with the 6-6, 218-pound forward and his family.
"They came down real quick," said J.O. Johnson coach Kenneth Betts. "They're ready to roll with him. They wanted to reaffirm their interest, and he's trying to reaffirm his interest in coming up."
Keeling is coming off a senior season where he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds, earning him honorable mention Class 5A All-State honors.
In the wake of former IU Coach Mike Davis' decision to step down, there has been plenty of speculation about the future of the members of IU's 2006 recruiting class as well as current members of the team. Indications are that sophomore guard Robert Vaden will transfer to UAB to play for Davis, while the futures of people such as Keeling, fellow fall signee Armon Bassett and sophomore D.J. White remain up in the air.
"When they come after these kids, a young guy has to like the coach," Betts said. "I'm sure Mike Davis did a good job of convincing him to come there. I'm sure when a coach steps down, a kid has to be scared."
Some time as passed since Davis' decision, though, and now Betts is hoping Keeling does follow through and wind up in Bloomington.
"There's no doubt this kid can play at Indiana," Betts said. "Regardless of who coaches Indiana, Indiana is probably the best place for him, in my opinion.
"I hope he still goes to Indiana. As far as I know, he's going to Indiana. I pray everyday he makes that decision."
Is Keeling Coming or Going?
Peegs.com Top Stories
Video: Lemonis, players talk NCAA RegionalEarlier this afternoon Indiana coach Chris Lemonis along with veterans Craig Dedelow and Tony Butler met with the media as Indiana drew a No. 2 seed today and will be heading to…
Indiana heads to Lexington for NCAA baseballIndiana was given a No. 2 seed for the Lexington Regional where the Hoosiers will open with No. 3 seed NC State at Kentucky's Cliff Hagan Stadium on Friday night.
Video: Point guard Davide MorettiGet to know Italian point guard David Moretti, who is scheduled to make an official visit to Indiana. Take a look at this package of scouting video from his play as well as a video…
Hoosier Newsstand, May 29Get the latest articles on Indiana basketball, football and other sports in today's edition of the Hoosier Newsstand.
adidas: Phinisee talks top schoolsHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill - Four-star point guard Rob Phinisee helped Indiana Elite clinch a bid in the adidas Gauntlet Finale with a big showing in suburban Chicago, and talked about…
Scout HoopsYesterday at 4:31 PM