IU, Duke Among Those Now Interested in Hulls

Thanks to a big weekend in Pittsburgh, Jordan Hulls has gone from a player with a handful of mid-major offers to a player who's getting inquiries from some of college basketball's biggest programs - including IU. Find out who else is showing interest and about Hulls recent unofficial to IU...

Bloomington – It's been a week to remember for Bloomington (Ind.) South guard Jordan Hulls.

After a big weekend at the Pitt Jam Fest, the 6-0, 170-pound point guard has gone from a player who had a handful of mid-majors courting him to someone who is now fielding inquiries from some huge names. "This whole week has been pretty crazy from one weekend," said Hulls, who plays for the Indiana Elite AAU squad. "It's nothing I've ever experienced. It's a lot of fun – I'm not going to complain about it." Hulls has received recruiting calls this week from Indiana, Purdue and Duke, all of whom have said they plan on watching him closely throughout the AAU season to determine if they might be interested in offering a scholarship. Hulls made an unofficial visit to IU on Monday, meeting with IU Coach Tom Crean and getting a tour of the basketball facilities. "He's a really good guy, and really good coach, and I'm interested," Hulls said. "He compared me to (former Marquette star) Travis Diener, which was a huge compliment." Hulls said he's familiar with Purdue's staff because they've shown some recruiting interest in the past, and the interest that Duke Assistant Coach Steve Wojciechowski has shown has been particularly exciting. "That's been my dream since I was a little kid to go play for Coach K at Duke," Hulls said. "Luckily, I'm getting the opportunity to perform in front of him." Hulls is coming off a solid junior season at Bloomington South, leading Coach J.R. Holmes team in scoring (16.0) steals (2.2) and 3-pointers (52) while shooting 91 percent from the free-throw line. That success had helped him land offers from Evansville, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ohio, Vermont and Fairfield, but his recruitment may now be going to a whole new level. "It's a big, big accomplishment for me and it's really exciting," Hulls said. "It's always been a dream to play big time like that, a Duke, IU, Purdue." While Hulls played well all weekend in helping Indiana Elite to the Pitt Jam Fest title, he was particularly good in a showdown against the DI Sports squad that features the nation's top-ranked point guard, John Wall. Hulls said his performance in that game came in front of a slew of coaches who came away impressed with his play. "I got some open looks from my teammates and knocked down some shots, but I also rebounded and got some steals and had a lot of assists," Hulls said. "That was probably my best overall game. I took some charges and got the ball where it needed to be." The chance to play against Wall, meanwhile, was a golden opportunity for Hulls to show he is capable of playing at the highest level. "When I heard we were going to play against the No. 1 point guard I was really excited because I wanted to see how I'd react to that level of competition," Hulls said. "I think we all stepped up to the challenge. It was great, a great experience." Hulls realizes how valuable it's been for him to play with the Indiana Elite squad. It's one of this year's top AAU squads in the country, one that features a handful of high Division I recruits such as Bobby Capobianco, Mason Plumlee, Stephan Van Treese, D.J. Byrd, Jordan Prosser and Reggie King. "I've never really gotten that much attention other than when I play with these guys, and all the coaches come to see these guys and they eventually see me and my other teammates," Hulls said. The coaches have been impressed with what they've seen from Hulls, and the recent recruiting phone calls are evidence of that. Hulls said he always had the confidence in himself that he could play at the highest level of college basketball, and it's starting to look like he might end up getting that chance. "In the back of my mind I've thought I could play at that level, but not a lot of people think that," Hulls said. "I've thought about it and it's been a goal of mine, and hopefully my hard work will pay off."

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