Class of 2016 Bartow (Fla.) forward Tony Bradley, who received a scholarship offer earlier this month from Indiana, is putting together a strong spring for Each 1 Teach 1 in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound post player is eighth in the EYBL in rebounding at 8.6 per game and is third in scoring for E1T1 at 11.9 points per game.
But even as the scholarship offers pile up for Bradley – he has more than 20 – he’s in no rush to make a decision on where he’ll play at the next level.
“(I’m) just taking my time,” Bradley said last weekend at the fourth EYBL session in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I’m not going to cut my list until after AAU season.”
The Hoosier offer came for Bradley, the No. 31 player nationally according to the 247Composite, a little more than two weeks ago.
It continues to be a busy spring for recruiting for Indiana basketball as the Hoosier staff extended two scholarship offers on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
Josh Gershon of Scout.com reports that class of 2017 Findlay Prep (Nev.) point guard Markus Howard received an IU offer on Wednesday and VerbalCommits.com reports that class of 2016 Katy (Texas) wing Kameron McGusty (pictured) picked up an offer from the Hoosiers.
The 5-foot-11 Howard, who is originally from Gilbert (Ariz.), is ranked the No. 41 prospect in his class according to the 247Composite. His father, Chuck, played running back for IU football and attended the university from 1981-86.
Howard, who plays AAU for the Las Vegas Prospects, is currently the third leading scorer in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) at 20.2 points per game.
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One of the breakout players from this spring’s Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) has become a recruiting target for Indiana.
Class of 2017 Reading (Pa.) guard Lonnie Walker, who plays with Hoosier targets Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr on Team Final, averaged 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists this spring and received an offer from the Hoosiers on May 21.
Last weekend in Minneapolis, Walker had 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting as Final fell to CP3, 96-87.
At 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds, Walker has the ability to score from both the perimeter and while attacking the rim, which makes him a difficult cover.
Scout.com named him one of the top performers of the EYBL stop in Minneapolis and wrote that “there is no doubt” he is one of the best wings in the country.
“My speed, agility and jumpshot makes it a lot easier for me to attack the rim or take a jumper,” he told Inside the Hall. “I’m working on aggressiveness and post moves, so I’m still a work in progress.”
Ranked the No. 48 prospect nationally in his class by the 247Composite, Walker also holds early offers from Holy Cross and Villanova. Maryland, Penn State, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona are among the programs who have expressed interest.
2015 Orangeville Prep big man Thon Maker, the top available prospect remaining in the class nationally, continues to be courted by Indiana.
Last week, Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com reported that Indiana and Arizona State were the two schools most involved with Maker. Over the weekend, Maker’s guardian, Edward Smith, told SNY.tv that he’s discussed plans with both schools for the five-star recruit to enroll in December.
“I deal mostly with (assistant coach) Chuck (Martin of Indiana) and Chuck says mid-year or next year (fall 2016) is all good and they have a plan in place for (Maker),” Smith told SNY.tv. “So that’s his basic plan with that. If he came in mid-year, they would ease him into it, knowing that he has a year-and-a-half plan.”
Maker, along with his brother Matur and Smith, visited Bloomington in early March for IU’s final regular season game against Michigan State.
Class of 2017 Stevenson (Ill.) wing Justin Smith, who received a scholarship offer from Indiana earlier this month, is planning a visit to Bloomington this June.
The Hoosier staff has tracked the 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward closely this spring and his strong play has helped attract several new suitors in his recruitment.
“They told me that they like me and I’m planning on visiting there during June,” Smith said over the weekend at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “I don’t know much about them, but it’ll be good to learn more about them.”
In 17 EYBL games this spring, Smith averaged 8.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game for Mac Irvin Fire.
Along with the offer from IU, Smith also has early offers from Illinois, DePaul, Wake Forest and Rice with interest from Duke, Georgetown, Iowa, Stanford, Wisconsin, Villanova and Nebraska.
As he prepares for his junior season at Stevenson, he’ll have to adjust to a more prominent role as Jalen Brunson (Villanova) and Connor Cashaw (Rice) both graduated from a team that won the state championship.
Smith averaged 10.3 points and four rebounds as a sophomore and scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Stevenson beat Normal, 57-40, to win the IHSA Class 4A title.
Michigan graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt has eliminated one school from his list and will take the weekend to make his decision, according to multiple reports.
Bielfeldt told Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com that he’s no longer considering DePaul, which means he’ll choose from a final three of Indiana, Iowa State and Nebraska. He visited each of those schools.
The 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game last season for the Wolverines and will be eligible immediately. He was granted his release from Michigan in late April after it was announced that Caris LeVert would return for his senior season.
Indiana has two open scholarships for next season following the dismissals of Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea.