Bloomington – Chris Braswell doesn't know where he's going to play his college basketball just yet, but he's been reassured that Indiana wants him as part of its 2009 recruiting class.
The 6'8", 225-pound power forward from Hargrave Military Academy made his official visit to IU's campus this weekend, one day after the Hoosiers appeared to fill up on its 14 scholarship slots with the commitment from 6'11" center Bawa Muniru. But Braswell said Sunday night that IU Coach Tom Crean made it clear he wants him in an IU uniform.
"Coach Crean said he'd talk with (Hargrave Military Academy) Coach (Kevin) Keatts about the situation with the scholarships," Braswell said. "So we didn't talk about it too much, but they definitely want me and they'd want me to sign in the fall."
This was Braswell's third official visit, coming on the heels of trips to Xavier and Maryland. He was originally slated to take an official to Virginia Tech this coming weekend, but said he'll instead visit UNC-Charlotte this weekend for his fourth and final visit. From there, Braswell said he'll sit down with Keatts and his mother and work toward making a decision in time to sign in November.
While he said there was a lot to like about his IU visit as well as his stops at Xavier and Maryland, there wasn't any real possibility of committing to any of those places while he was in town.
"I knew I wasn't going to commit until after I took all my visits," Braswell said.
He might not have committed to IU, but he said there was a lot to like about his time in Bloomington. He was joined by his AAU and prep school teammate Maurice Creek on the visit, and said he was able to get a good feel for the players, the coaching staff and how IU would use him.
"Coach Crean, he's a good dude," Braswell said. "The No. 1 thing he talked about was education. The second thing is I could come in and have a role right away. Next year, they say they're going to be good if guys like me and (Creek) are there. He thinks I can come in and be a big contributor right away."
While Crean thinks Braswell can help IU, Braswell thinks Crean can help him as well.
"I think he could help me prepare to get to the next level," Braswell said. "He's a real person. He's out-going, he really wants me at Indiana, and it's a goal of his to get me there."
Crean isn't the only one who wants Braswell in an IU uniform. Braswell said IU fans recognized Creek and Braswell when they arrived at the airport and let it be known that they wanted him at IU as well. Creek, meanwhile, has also planed the seed about Braswell joining him at IU next fall.
"He's put a buy in my ear about coming to Indiana with him," Braswell said. "I don't mind him doing that at all. Mo has been around me for a long time. He's trying to get me to his school, and he thinks I can help them."
Crean obviously feels the same way. He's been targeting big men with his 2009 recruiting efforts, and Braswell is someone who could fill a variety of frontcourt roles. The Washington, D.C. native averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds last season at Hargrave.
"They see me as a ‘4'," Braswell said. "We talked and they see me as a strong ‘4', probably not someone who would play the ‘5' much. I could maybe even play some ‘3'."
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