Indiana Basketball Recruiting Notebook

Bloomington - As Indiana continues its efforts with the likes of Marquis Teague, Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee with the 2011 class, another player is rapidly emerging as a top-tier priority for IU Coach Tom Crean in the rising junior class. Plus more news on players expected for this weekend's Elite Camp...

Bloomington - As Indiana continues its efforts with the likes of Marquis Teague, Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee with the 2011 class, another player is rapidly emerging as a top-tier priority for IU Coach Tom Crean in the rising junior class.

That player is Gary (Ind.) Wallace's Branden Dawson, the 6'6" wing who averaged 17 points per game as a sophomore. While Dawson hasn't bumped any of the others down in the eye of Crean, a very strong start to the AAU season has elevated Dawson to the point that he's a player Crean has been zeroing in on as of late.

Crean's interest in Dawson should come as no surprise, considering he has many of the traits that the Hoosier coach covets. He has great length and athleticism, which allows him to play both inside and out at both the high school and AAU level. One of Crean's favorite attributes in a recruit is that sort of versatility, so it should come as no surprise that Dawson has seen his stock skyrocket when it comes to the Hoosier program.

Indiana isn't the only school taking notice. Currently listed as a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Dawson's stars and national ranking should be on the rise by the time the next set of rankings come out. He's already drawing interest from IU, Purdue, Illinois, Ohio State, UCLA, Georgetown and Minnesota, among others, and that list only figures to expand once college coaches are able to see Dawson in person next month.

**

June 15th is a very big day for the 2011 recruiting class.

That's the first day that NCAA rules allow college coaches to contact the rising juniors directly on the phone. Beginning Monday, Division I coaches are allowed to place one call per month to members of the Class of 2011, a limitation that stays in place until Aug. 1 before the prospect's senior season. At that point, coaches are permitted two phone calls per week.

There are plenty of ways around the phone call rule, as prospective student-athletes are permitted to place an unlimited number of phone calls to college coaches. Often times, intermediaries pass word to recruits that a coach would welcome a phone call from them, so by the time June 15 rolls around coaches are more than familiar with the big names on their recruiting boards. But June 15 remains a big day because coaches no longer need to involve a third party to make contact with targets.

It's also a big day for recruits, who can quickly get an idea of just how interested college programs are in them. For top priority targets, coaches figure to get in contact with them on June 15 or soon afterwards to let them know that they are one of the first names they called once NCAA rules permitted them to make contact.

**

Purdue has already offered Bloomington (Ind.) South point guard Dee Davis, and now Coach Matt Painter is showing increased interest in another in-state point guard that is also on Indiana's list.

According to sources, Purdue has stepped up its efforts with Princeton (Ind.) sophomore Jalen Packer, the 6'3" lead guard from the Class 3A state champions. While there hasn't been a scholarship offer extended yet, Purdue is clearly intrigued by the standout who is playing alongside Zeller, Plumlee, Carlino and Spencer Turner on the Indiana Elite One team.

In addition to Indiana and Purdue, Iowa and Illinois have also been showing interest in Packer.

**

Speaking of Spencer Turner, the Bloomington (Ind.) South shooting guard is slated to take an unofficial visit to Michigan on June 24, and he'll then stay on the Ann Arbor campus to compete in Coach John Beilein's Elite Camp June 25-26. Michigan has been one of the programs that has been showing the most interest in Turner, along with Wisconsin.

Indiana is also looking to finalize an unofficial visit with Turner, potentially this coming week following Indaina's Elite Camp. Turner is expected to participate in IU's camp, although his schedule might only permit him to attend on Sunday.

**

A couple of Turner's AAU teammates are also expected in town this weekend for the Elite Camp. Cody Zeller and Packer are both likely to be in attendance, although they could also be limited to a one-day appearance for the two-day event. Although he remains very interested in the Hoosiers, it appears unlikely that Marshall Plumlee will be able to attend this weekend's camp.

Peegs.com Top Stories