Bloomington – Like a lot of other coaches around the country, the Indiana coaching staff realizes there's a lot to like about Phoenix, Ariz., standout Daniel Bejarano.
The 6'5", 200-pounder is the 20th-ranked player in the Class 2010. He's built a reputation for his proficiency with his high-arching 3-point shot as well as his ability to use his frame to score around the basket when matched up against a smaller player.
That versatility has earned him scholarship offers from, among others, IU, Marquette, SMU, Arizona State and most recently USC. He's also attracting interest from Arizona, UCLA, Texas, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and Memphis as well.
"I think people see me as a combo, a shooting guard who could also play forward," said Bejarano, who averaged 22.5 points as a sophomore at North H.S. "I feel I can play whatever position they want to put me at. If my coach wants to put me at the 1 I'll play the one, if they want to put me at the 5, or the 4, I'll play there. Whatever they need."
Bejarano impressed coaches and talent evaluators a like during the summer months with both his abilities and his personality. Scout.com has him ranked as the No. 3 shooting guard in the 2010 class, and Nationsl Recruiting Director Dave Telep was among those who was impressed following his performance at the Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis in June.
"Far and way the biggest surprise for us at the camp was the play of Daniel Bejarano," Telep said. "Each camp has its player who meets and exceed expectations and this is the guy for us. A warrior in a guard's body, he smoked 3-pointers, rebounded and shook every hand in the building. Simply put, we didn't see anyone out-play him at his position and there was stiff competition."
Indiana is one of the programs that would like to put that versatility to its advantage. Coach Tom Crean was one of the first to offer Bejarano a scholarship, and he has remained in steady contact with IU throughout the summer months.
"Indiana has been showing a lot of interest," Bejarano said. "They've been talking to not only me but also my mom and my step-dad. I was really happy when they offered. They call when they're supposed to, once a month, but I also call them. They are great coaches, and Bennie, he's terrific."
Seltzer has been Bejarano's primary recruiter, and the first-year IU assistant has impressed him with his approach throughout the process.
"I like that he's a cool guy," Bejarano said. "He doesn't just say he wants me and that's it. He talks to me, he talks to my mom, my step dad. My mom likes him, my step dad likes him. It's as if he's known me a long time."
Bejarano said he told the IU staff earlier this summer that Indiana was in his top three. Since that time more programs have come onto the recruiting scene and that has Bejarano re-evaluating his list of favorites, but he says the Hoosiers remain a program that he's giving very serious consideration.
"There's no doubt I still have a lot of interest in them," Bejarano said.
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