Bloomington, Ind. – The spring signing period hasn't wrapped up just yet, but according to IU Coach Kelvin Sampson, odds are the Hoosiers have signed everyone they are going to this spring.
"In all likelihood, we probably will not (sign anyone else this spring)," Sampson said Wednesday.
Since taking over as IU's head coach in March, Sampson has managed to keep fall signees Armon Bassett and Xavier Keeling in the fold, while also signing junior college forwards Mike White and Lance Stemler this spring. In addition, he's welcomed Pendleton Heights guard Vaughn Duggins to town for an official visit late last month and Indiana is expected to host 6-11, 260-pound Lauringburg (N.C.) Institute center Phil Jones for an official this weekend.
Duggins – who wasn't offered a scholarship by Indiana – has since signed with Wright State to play for Coach Brad Brownell, while Jones is expected to make a couple more official visits before making a decision.
"We still have a couple irons in the fire," Sampson said. "If they work out they work out, but if they don't, we'll go with what we have."
With the addition of Mike White and Stemler this spring, the Hoosiers are expected to have 11 players on scholarship next season, meaning they could still sign two more players this spring if they so desired. But Sampson said doing so might not be in the best interest of the recruits or the program.
"I think one of the things you have to be careful of – and this is where the APR (Academic Profress Rate) rule comes into place (with) retention points, graduation points – is making sure you do what is right for the kid you are recruiting," Sampson said. "The last thing you want to do is sign a kid to be signing a kid at this time of year, knowing that in a year or so you may recruit past him."
That sort of scenario is often a recipe for players deciding to transfer, something that can have a negative impact on a team's APR, which measures the academic eligibility and retention of a program's student-athletes. Potentially, that could have on the number of scholarships a team has at its disposal.
"That's part of the new rules that you have to pay attention to," Sampson said. "In past years you may not have thought about it. But with the new APR rule, you have to be conscious of those things.
"And, at the same time, you want to do what's right for the young man. You don't want to put him in a position where, they're going to play me this year, but they go out and recruit past me the next year or the following year."
Sampson: IU Likely Done With Spring Signings
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