Bloomington – There will be plenty of interested on-lookers Sunday when Indiana takes on Minnesota Sunday.
In addition to a crowd that is expected to be potentially the largest of the season, a large number of IU basketball recruits are expected to be in town as well. Headlining the list is four members of IU's 2009 recruiting class, as Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls, Bobby Capobianco and Christian Watford have all confirmed that they will be in attendance and seated in the stands behind the Hoosier bench.
While that quartet has already signed on to being part of Tom Crean's rebuilding project, there will be plenty of others who are expected to be in town as well. Indiana's coaching staff has clearly targeted this game as a time to showcase the program to players from the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 classes.
Among those who are expected in town:
Ron Patterson, Broad Ripple H.S. – The ultra-athletic 6'3" freshman guard was offered by both Indiana and Purdue less than two weeks ago and has quickly emerged as one of the top in-state players in the 2012 class. Patterson is averaging 13 points per game for Broad Ripple this season.
Marquis Teague, Indianapolis Pike H.S. - A top-five player in the 2011 class, Teague is a last-minute addition to the list of recruits expected at IU today. Teague was recently a visitor at Louisville and it is believed that the Cardinals are his clear front-runner, but his decision to come to IU Sunday is a positive sign for IU Coach Tom Crean.
Ge'Lawn Guyn, Scott County (Ky.) H.S. – A 6'3", 170-pound Class of 2010 guard, Guyn has been touted by Scout.com's Evan Daniels as the best player in Kentucky in his class. He appears to be emerging as one of Indiana's most coveted recruits in the junior class. Guyn confirmed to HoosierNation.com that he will be in attendance.
Justin Gant, Terre Haute North H.S. – A 6-8, 195-pound sophomore, Gant has already been offered by Iowa, and he's received significant interest from both Indiana and Xavier, among others. Gant is averaging 16.0 points per game this season for North, which is currently 7-5.
Jeremiah Davis, Muncie Central H.S. – The sophomore point guard has already received scholarship offers from IU, Purdue, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ball State, and he's averaging 16 points, five rebounds and five assists per game for Muncie Central. A big, physical point guard, his high school coach has compared his style of play to NBA star Jason Kidd.
Austin Burgett, Avon H.S. – This 6'8" freshman has been making a big impact right away for Avon, which is 7-5 this season. Burgett is long, a very good rebounder, and figures to continue to grow into a 6'10" plus big man over the next couple of years.
Kendall Griffin, Avon H.S. – The 6-5 sophomore swing man is averaging better than 16 points and seven per game for Avon and teams up with Burgett to make Avon a team to be reckoned with over the next several years. Griffin is also a standout football player who caught 28 passes for 503 yards and seven touchdowns in the fall. Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Xavier are among those showing early interest.
Kellon Thomas, Southport H.S. – Another of the state's talented freshmen, Thomas is a 5-10, 160-pound guard who has already cracked his team's starting lineup and has been averaging double figures over the last several weeks. He also plays on the Southport football team, which prevented him from making a trip to Bloomington earlier this year.
Spencer Turner, Bloomington South H.S. – The sharp-shooting sophomore is one-third of arguably the state's best backcourt along with senior Jordan Hulls and fellow sophomore Dee Davis. Turner has been scouted by IU's staff on numerous occasions, and has also been getting heavy interest from Michigan as of late.
Dee Davis, Bloomington South H.S. – An ultra-quick 5'8" sophomore, Davis transferred to Bloomington South from crosstown Bloomington North H.S. and has played a big part in South climbing to No. 1 in the state rankings and into the top 25 nationally.
Mike Ramey, Perry Meridian H.S. – A 6-4, 175-pound wing, Ramey is averaging 5.7 points/game on the varsity and is getting plenty of quality experience on a team that has struggled to a 3-7 start to the season.
Brent Calhoun, Warren Central H.S. – Six-foot-eight freshman big man who should develop into a well-known name in recruiting circles over the next couple of seasons once he joins the varsity.
Mitch Yeagy, Alexandria H.S. – One of four Yeagys on Alexandria's roster (along senior Bobby, junior Zach and freshman Brad) Mitch Yeagy is a 5'10" freshman who is already a primary contributor for his prep team, which is 6-7 this year.
Jeremy Hollowell, Lawrence Central H.S. – A 6-5 freshman guard, Hollowell is another standout newcomer who has already moved up to the varsity and is getting minutes.
Others who I have heard might be attending but have been unable to confirm include 2010 prospect Ricardo Johnson from Covington Holmes (Ky.) H.S.; 2010's Lavonte Dority from Chicago Foreman H.S.; 2012 prospect Mitch McGary from Chesterton (Ind.) H.S.; 2012's D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera from Indianapolis North Central H.S.; and Class of 2012 center A.J. Hammons from Carmel H.S.
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