Often times coaching staffs can put in three or more years recruiting a player before it results in a commitment.
In the case of Sagemont (Fla.) Upper School wing Will Sheehey, Coach Tom Crean is hoping they can get it done in about three weeks. The 6'6", 190-pounder will be in Bloomington this weekend for his official visit, and it appears to be within the realm of possibility that he could consider committing before his weekend stay wraps up.
"I learned a long time ago not to be surprised anything (with recruiting)," said Sagemont Coach Adam Ross, who also will be making the trip to Bloomington. "I think there's a possibility (he'd commit), but I'm not really expecting it. I expect him to come home and give it some thought. He has another 1 ½ weeks until the end of the signing period.
"But anything is possible. If he feels comfortable and is impressed with everything with it all, it is possible."
If that does in fact happen, Indiana would be adding a player that IU assistant coach Tim Buckley told Ross compares to former Kentucky star and NBA talent Rex Chapman as far as athleticism. Even though he averaged 24.4 points and 10.0 rebounds as a junior at South Fork H.S., Sheehey is thought by most to be undervalued when it comes to the national recruiting rankings because of his absence from the AAU circuit. He played his one and only year of summer travel basketball this past summer, keeping him off the radar of most of the national recruiting gurus until the last several months.
But whether he eventually winds up being a two, three or four-star prospect on the recruiting boards, Ross has no doubt that he be an impact player at the collegiate level.
"He's a freakish big-time athlete," Ross said. "He has tremendous talent."
Sheehey, his father, and Ross will arrive in Bloomington late tonight and have a full weekend planned before returning to Florida Sunday afternoon. On Saturday they'll join the IU staff for breakfast, go to Indiana's football game against Wisconsin and be on hand for an IU basketball practice. Ross said Sheehey also has a meeting scheduled with representatives from the IU Kelley School of Business, and he'll spend some time with members of the basketball team as well.
"Like other visits, I think it's important to get a good feel for the program, get to know the kids on the team," Ross said. "Seeing practice is important, and it's a great opportunity to spend some time with the staff and see how the program is and how it works. He's never been to IU before, so it's a great opportunity to take it all in and see if it fits."
Commitment A Possibility for Sheehey?
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