HUGE Number of Recruits Expected for Hysteria

Bloomington – IU Coach Tom Crean knows recruiting is getting younger and younger these days, and proof of that will be on display Friday night at Assembly Hall. Sources say IU could have more than 40-50 recruits in town for the event, and looks at a bunch of the ones we've heard have been invited...

Bloomington – IU Coach Tom Crean knows recruiting is getting younger and younger these days, and proof of that will be on display Friday night at Assembly Hall. has heard the IU basketball program could be welcoming 50 or more current or potential future recruits to Assembly Hall for the official start to practice for the 2008-09 season. Among the anticipated on-lookers are 2009 commits Bobby Capobianco, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Derek Elston and Maurice Creek., but it's the slew of players from the 2010, 2011, 2012 and even 2013 classes that will be filling up the courtside bleachers.

The youngsters come from as near as Bloomington South H.S. (2011 guards Spencer Turner and Darwin Davis) and from as far away as Gilbert, Ariz. (2011 verbal commit Matt Carlino). There are names that from the younger classes that IU fans are already becoming familiar with (such as Cody Zeller, D'vonte Smith Rivera and Jeremiah Davis), and others that are new to most.

So who's coming? has compiled a list of players it has heard have been invited and are expected to attend. It's not a complete list, and there are a couple of players who might wind up being unable to attend. But it does give a taste for the quantity and quality of players who are expected for Hoosier Hysteria…

Jordan Hulls, PG, 6-0, 170, Bloomington, Ind. (South) – The ninth-ranked point guard in the 2009 class is already IU-bound, and it's a 10-minute drive from his southside home to Assembly Hall. Hulls is no stranger to Assembly Hall, since his proximity has allowed him to be a frequent open gym participant with the members of the current IU team.

Bobby Capobianco, PF, 6-8, 230, Loveland, Ohio (Loveland) – Capobianco is another 2009 commit who was actually the first player to pledge to Tom Crean after he became IU's head coach, regardless of class. Capobianco will most likely still be sporting a protective boot after undergoing surgery Oct. 1 for a broken pinkie toe. But the injury isn't supposed to impact his availability for the upcoming season.

Christian Watford, SF, 6-8, 215, Birmingham, Ala. (Shades Valley Technical Academy) –'s 72nd ranked player in the 2009 class, Watford was a huge get for Indiana earlier this fall. Like the other members of IU's '09 class, Watford has been to Bloomington on numerous occasions, coming for the Adidas May Classic, IU's first elite camp, and finally an unofficial visit earlier this fall. This is his fourth trip to town, but his first where he'll have an opportunity to witness the Hoosier crowd first hand.

Maurice Creek, SG, 6-4, 185, Oxon Hill, Md. (Hargrave Military Academy) – The high-scoring wing has already made his official visit to IU, having come along with AAU teammate Chris Braswell last month. Braswell has since committed to Charlotte, but Creek said shortly after the visit that he planned to return to Bloomington for this weekend's Hoosier Hysteria festivities.

Derek Elston, PF, 6-8, 205, Tipton, Ind. (Tipton) – This will be Elston's second consecutive Hoosier Hysteria event, as he was in attendance last October shortly after he had verbally committed to former Coach Kelvin Sampson. A lot has changed since then, including a chance in coaching staff's and knee surgery for Elston. But Elston is still IU-bound, and he's been cleared to resume practicing his high school team.

Aaron Cosby, SG, 6-3, 180, Jeffersontown, Ky. (Jeffersontown) – A lot of people – myself included – thought Cosby was going to verbally commit to IU during an unofficial visit to IU last weekend. The commitment didn't happen, and Cosby told us this week that he's going to visit Minnesota next month and that he's going to take his time before committing. Regardless of that fact, Indiana would appear to be in very good shape with this 2010 combo guard, considering this is his third trip to Bloomington in the last two months.

D'Vonte Smith Rivera, SG, 6-2, Indianapolis, Ind. (North Central) – Coach Doug Mitchell's program has turned out some special guards over the years, including Mr. Basketball's Jason Gardner, A.J. Ratliff and Eric Gordon. Smith-Rivera has yet to play a high school game, but appears to be a candidate to add his name to that list of elite talents. He's a Class of 2012 standout who will play alongside Purdue commit Terone Johnson in North Central's backcourt this season. Smith-Rivera was also an attendee at IU's second elite camp in August.

Matt Carlino, G, 6-2, 165, Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland) – We've heard this elite Class of 2011 commit has actually been in Bloomington for a couple of days already, having come along with his family since his high school is on fall break this week. He's the first member of a 2011 class that figures to be very big class for IU and Crean, considering the abundance of top-flight in-state talent in the sophomore class.

Ralston Turner, 6-5, 190, Muscle Shoals, Ala. (Muscle Shoals) – IU assistant coach Bennie Seltzer has established the Hoosiers as a recruiting player in Alabama, evidenced by Watford's commitment and Turner's interest. Turner plays for the Alabama Challenge AAU program combines a very good long range jump shot with a physical frame and a tenacity on defense. He's not ranked in's top 75 for 2010, but he some consider him to be the best player in Alabama in 2010.

Brandon Mobley, PF, 6-9, 200, Savannah, Ga. (Windsor-Forest) – IU Coach Tom Crean has told recruits he's looking for one big man and one guard in the 2010 class, and Mobley appears to be very high on the big man list. Mobley was offered after the summer AAU season, and the IU staff went and watched him workout in late September. Mobley averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds as a sophomore and confirmed to us last week he'd be in town for Hoosier Hysteria.

George Fant, SF, 6-6, Bowling Green, Ky. (Warren Central) – Fant is the sort of wing Tom Crean covets – an athlete with a 7-foot wing span who can play a variety of positions. Considered one of the top sophomores in Kentucky, Fant averaged eight points and seven rebounds as a freshman and is already getting interest from Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati and Xavier, among others.

Spencer Turner, SG, 6-3, 180, Bloomington, Ind. (South) – The IU coaching staff has watched Turner in open gym a handful of times since they've been able to go back out on the road this fall, and Turner made an unofficial visit to IU Sept. 27. He's considered one of the elite shooters in the 2011 class, and he's someone that IU, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin, among others, are already showing a lot of interest in.

Darwin Davis, PG, 5-10, Bloomington, Ind. (South) – Davis' presence makes it a clean sweep for the Bloomington South backcourt, as Spencer Turner and Jordan Hulls will also be seated courtside for the event. Davis was a standout freshman at Bloomington North a year ago, playing alongside Ray McCallum, Jr. But Davis' family moved to the southside of town, and Davis will now team with Turner and Hulls to give South the best backcourt in the state.

Cody Zeller, F, 6-7, 170, Washington, Ind. (Washington) – Zeller has been busy this fall playing No. 1 doubles for the Washington H.S. tennis team, but his attention now turns basketball where he's expected to play a much bigger role for the Hatchets with his brother, Tyler, gone to North Carolina. The IU staff can't make direct contact with Zeller yet, but they have talked with Washington H.S. coach Gene Miller about him, Zeller was in Bloomington to play open gym with IU's players earlier this month, and his decision to attend Hoosier Hysteria is a positive sign. Past IU coaches missed out on Cody's older brothers Luke and Tyler, and Crean is hoping to end that trend with the 2011 prospect.

Jeremiah Davis, PG, 6-2, 180, Muncie, Ind. (Central) – Davis averaged 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a freshman and has been drawing comparisons to former Illini star Deron Williams for his style of play. Davis is a big, physical point guard who only needs to polish up his perimeter shot to round out his game. He's already shown off enough skills to land scholarship offers from IU, Purdue, Kentucky and Ball State, and he's among the best in a very deep and talented in-state class for 2011.

Alvin "PJ" Boutte, PG, 5-8, 145, Indianapolis, Ind. (Howe) – Boutte ranked in the top 20 in the state in assists as a freshman with 5.4/game, and he did that while playing alongside Larry Stone, who ranked second in the state with 8.0 assists and was first with 4.4 steals. Stone is now a freshman at IUPUI, which will free up Boutte to become one of the marquee players in the Indianapolis Public League.

Isaiah Hill, C, 6-9, 270, Indianapolis, Ind. (North Central) – A monstrous big man, Hill will be a part of a very talented North Central H.S. squad that also includes Terone Johnson and De'Vonte Smith-Rivera, among others. Conditioning is a concern with Hill, but those who have seen him say he has excellent hands and the potential to be a special player if he works at it.

Mitch McGary, PF, 6-8, Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton) – McGary did most of his damage on the junior varsity as a freshman, but the Class of 2012 recruit did see some time with the Chesterton varsity and figures to play a prominent role this fall. Chesterton has turned out a couple of Big Ten power forwards over the years (IU's Matt Nover, Purdue's Brett Buscher) and McGary has a chance to follow in their footsteps if he continues to progress during the next three years.

Bryson Scott, SG, 6-0, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Class of 2013) – Bryson and his brother, Brenton, will be two of the youngest basketball players invited by the IU staff, since they are both just now entering the eighth grade. While each is still a year away from playing in high school, they are both being watched closely by the in-state schools as potential Class of 2013 shooting guard recruits. How far away are the Scott brothers from playing college basketball? The players in IU's yet-to-be-signed 2009 class will have graduated (presumably, unless anyone redshirts) before the Scotts are college freshmen.

Brenton Scott, SG, 6-0, Ft. Wayne, Ind. – see above.

Raphael Davis, SF, 6-5, Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Wayne) – Another one of the elite Class of 2012 prospects who has grabbed a lot of attention with his performances on the AAU circuit at the junior high level, Davis will be watched closely during his debut season at Ft. Wayne Wayne H.S.

Dedric Griffin, SF, 6-4, Indianapolis, Ind. (North Central) – Griffin is one of at least three players expected from Coach Doug Mitchell's team, and all of them are underclassmen. Freshman D'vonte Smith Rivera is probably the most celebrated of North Central's youngsters and 6-9, 270-pound sophomore Isaiah Hill might be the most intriguing, but Griffin is another one to watch as well.

Zavier Turner, Indianapolis, Ind. (Class of 2013) – For those who are involved in ranking kids at a very early age, Turner has been tabbed as a top-10 caliber player in his age group. He has another year of middle school basketball before arriving at Pike H.S.

Colin Hartman, C, 6-5, Fishers, Ind. (Class of 2013) – A blossoming big man in the 2013 class, Hartman can handle the ball but is expected to continue to grow and fill out into dominant low post player at Fishers H.S.

Jermaine Morgan, C, 6-8, Chicago, Ill. (Whitney Young) – Morgan is only a freshman at the high school level, but he's already been identified as a player to watch in Chicago for the 2012 class. He will play alongside elite Class of 2011 recruit Sam Thompson to make Whitney Young a team to be reckoned with for the next three years. Top Stories