Bloomington – Tom Crean had some interested on-lookers seated behind the Hoosier bench for Sunday night's game against Lipscomb.
At least five recruits were among the 14,000-plus fans in attendance for the Hoosiers' 74-69 loss to Lipscomb. In some cases they are players who could be potential immediate additions, while in most they are future prospects who have caught the collective eye of Crean and his staff.
Among those who were in attendance:
Beas Hamga – The seven-footer announced his intentions to transfer from UNLV in mid-December, and he has hopes of enrolling at another D-I school before the start of the second semester so he can begin playing in January of 2009. There have been rumors of him having interest in a variety of schools, but it's now become clear he has some significant interest in IU. The Hoosiers recruited him before he originally picked UNLV, and he'd be reunited with AHOPE founder Mark Adams, who helped bring him to the U.S. from Cameroon and coached him as a member of the Indiana Elite. The biggest question figures to be whether or not it works for IU from a scholarship standpoint. As has been frequently discussed as of late, IU is up against the 13-man scholarship limit, having oversigned by one in the fall.
Robert Goff – The 6'9" athlete from Indianapolis is currently enrolled in Cowley College, where he's averaging 7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks while shooting 60 percent (36-of-60) from the field for the nation's fourth-ranked junior college team. He's been picking up his play as of late as well, averaging 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in his last two games. Goff played his high school basketball at Broad Ripple H.S, and he appears to have hopes of enrolling at a D-I school next fall. If he's unable to do that academically, then he'll spend a second year at Cowley and then be a part of the 2010 class.
Deng Leek – Another one of Mark Adams AHOPE protégés, the 7'0" Leek is from the Sudan and is currently enrolled at Veritas Sports Academy in Greensboro, N.C., where he's averaging 5.7 points per game. He's a Class of 2011 recruiting target who is apart of the Indiana Elite AAU program as well.
Jordan Hulls – The Bloomington (Ind.) South point guard has been a regular behind the IU bench at home games, having attended each of the Hoosiers' first six home games this season. A member of the Hoosiers' 2009 recruiting class, Hulls is averaging 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists for South, which is the top-ranked team in the state in Class 6A. South returns to action Jan. 3 when it takes on Evansville Harrison. The Panthers had their Dec. 23 game against Center Grove postponed due to icy road conditions.
David Nyarsuk – Another Sudanese product, Nyarsuk is a 7'1" Class of 2010 prospect who is also part of the AHOPE program. Nyarsuk is currently playing at prep school powerhouse Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C. Nyarsuk played against soon-to-be Hoosier Maurice Creek earlier this season, as Patterson School handed Creek's Hargrave Military squad its only loss thus far this season. Nyarsuk is a good athlete for his size, has tremendous length and runs the floor well, so he'll be another name to keep an eye on for 2010. He's mentioned Indiana, Kentucky, Tennesee and Ohio State among those that have been showing interest in him to date.
Hamga Among Handful Of IU Recruits At Game
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