Bloomington – Hoosier fans will be treated to more than a basketball scrimmage on Halloween night at Assembly Hall. One of Tom Crean's top 2010 recruiting targets plans to be courtside for the event as well.
Brandon Mobley, the 6-9, 200-pound power forward from Savannah, Ga., is planning to make the trip Oct. 31 for IU's Halloween scrimmage at Assembly Hall. Mobley was originally scheduled to come to town for Hoosier Hysteria, but a death in the family as well as his sister's birthday prompted a change of plans.
"They were pushing me to come last weekend, but my mom decided it wasn't a good time to go," said Mobley, who averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds as a sophomore at Windsor Forest H.S. "So we talked to Coach Crean to find a good date. He didn't talk about whether or not it would be packed, but he said it would be a good time for me to come."
The Indiana visit is one of a couple upcoming stops for Mobley, who has already been offered by IU, Kentucky and Cincinnati. He's also planning an unofficial visit to Cincinnati in the next two weeks, and he'll travel to Auburn Nov. 15 to see the Georgia at Auburn football game.
Mobley has tabbed the Hoosiers as his early front-runner, thanks in large part to the presence of Roshown McLeod on IU's staff and the relationship he's already been able to build with Tom Crean. But it doesn't appear as if Mobley will be looking to make a college decision when he's in Bloomington or anytime in the immediate future.
"My mom wants me to hold out until after my junior season is over, which is in March," Mobley said.
That's not a problem for Mobley, who said he's been enjoying the recruiting process. In addition to the three scholarship offers, he's had plenty of others showing interest and he wouldn't mind seeing what else materializes in the coming months.
"I love the recruiting process, and that's one of the good things about not committing early," Mobley said. "You only get to do this once in your life, so you should enjoy it."
While Indiana might not be close to getting a commitment from Mobley anytime soon, it is clear that the Hoosiers are the team to beat at this point. McLeod and Mobley have a relationship thanks to their ties to the Atlanta Celtics AAU team, and Crean made a big impression Mobley when he traveled to Savannah last month to watch him workout.
"I like how he coaches and how much he knows," Mobley said about IU's coach. "He's up front with me. He'll tell me the negatives and the positives about Indiana."
A couple of the biggest positives about IU are the level of fan support – which Mobley will have a chance to see at the scrimmage Oct. 31 – as well as the opportunity he could have to make an impact early in his career.
"He says I'd have a chance to play a lot, maybe even start as a freshman," Mobley said.
Top '10 Recruit Plans Halloween Trip to IU
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