Bloomington – Now that Lawrence Central H.S. sophomore Jared Drew chose to come to Bloomington last Friday for Hoosier Hysteria, the Indiana coaching staff is ready to return the favor.
The 6'4", 180-pound wing has caught the eye of IU Assistant Coach Tim Buckley and Head Coach Tom Crean, and both let Drew know that they'll be keeping close tabs on his development during the next season. Dre
"They said they're very interested in me," Drew said of the IU coaching staff. "They said they're going to keep an eye on me they want me to come back down to a game this year."
The Indiana staff became well versed about Drew's abilities after watching him play at a handful of events this summer. Drew was one of a handful of players on the Spiece Indy Stars 15-and-under team that the Hoosiers are keeping tabs on, along with Ron Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell, Kellon Thomas and Austin Burgett.
Playing on the Indy Stars helped Drew not only as far as exposure, but also because it gave him top-flight competition to go up against every day in practice.
"(The competition) helped me get a lot better, playing with guys that are top ranked and go hard every day in practice. We challenge each other to get better. It's a challenge every day – it makes you get better," Drew said.
Like Patterson and Hollowell, Drew has great length for a player his age. He combines that with the ability to not only knock down shots from behind the 3-point arc, but also to attack off the dribble and finish at the rim.
"I think I'm a player that's always going to play hard, because I want to win and I'll do whatever it takes to do that," Drew said. "If my team needs me to score 20 points to win, I'll score 20 points. If my team needs me to get 10 rebounds, I'll get 10 rebounds. If you need me to lock up their best player, I'll do that.
"I'm not going to just go out and score 30 points just because I can – I want to win more than anything else."
Those are attributes that Indiana has seen – along with a handful of other schools. While Drew is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, he's getting additional interest from Notre Dame, Illinois, Iowa, Western Illinois, Delaware and Western Michigan. He's recently taken an unofficial visit to Iowa, and he's planning on stopping by both Notre Dame and Illinois later this month.
A college decision isn't imminent by any means, but Drew is excited that his recruitment has been picking up as of late.
"Last year I wasn't really getting recruited yet, and now I'm hearing from a lot more schools," Drew said. "It's exciting, and I've been taking it all in. Hopefully I'll start to get some offers here pretty soon.
"I'm anxious for that to happen, waiting for it to come. I'll just keep working hard every day and try to get my offers."
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