Bloomington – Roger Franklin is focusing on four schools as he prepares to set up his official visits, and Indiana is no longer one of them.
The 6'5", 195-pounder from Duncanville (Texas) H.S. said Thursday night that the Hoosiers – always listed among his favorites in recent months – have pretty well dropped off his list. It was a decision based on the fact he hasn't heard a great deal from the IU staff as of late, and because he didn't receive an invitation to last weekend's Elite Camp.
Franklin said he hasn't heard from the IU staff since a couple of weeks before the Las Vegas AAU events, and he then found out from Stephan Van Treese that IU was hosting its Elite Camp last weekend. He said he's traveled out of state to elite camps at Oklahoma and Arizona so getting to Bloomington wouldn't have been an issue, but he was unaware of the camp until he received a text message from Van Treese.
"If they would have stayed in better contact with me, I think at the end of the day they would have been one of my top priorities," Franklin said. "Tom Crean gave me the first offer. I hope the program is going to do well. But I would have to say Indiana probably won't be making my list. I'm setting up my officials and I think I'm going to be sticking with those four."
Those four schools are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Arizona. Franklin said the Bruins are the most likely program to offer, and they've now been added to his short list. He said he has his officials set up for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and hopes to schedule the other two soon.
All four programs view Franklin as a player who can play either the small forward or shooting guard position, depending on what their specific needs are and who else is on the floor.
"They say with my physical toughness and how I play I can play small forward, but with how fluid I am with the ball and the way I can shoot it and bring the ball up, I can play shooting guard," Franklin said. "Wherever they need me is fine with me. That versatility has really helped me with my recruitment because some might already have a 2 and the need a 3, and others might already have a 3 and need a 2."
Indiana, meanwhile, appears to be focusing its attention elsewhere.