Ohio forward Tom Pritchard joins 2008 class

  • 09/17/2007 9:07 pm in

Tom PritchardAccording Dave Telep of Scout.com, Tom Pritchard from St. Edwards (OH) has given a verbal commitment to become the fourth member of the 2008 recruiting class.

Pritchard is a 6’8″, 240-pound forward who is expected to give the Hoosiers some size, scoring and rebounding up front.

Pritchard visited IU this past weekend to see the campus and apparently liked what he saw enough to pick the Hoosiers over Penn State and Miami of Ohio.

I just spoke to Louisville Courier-Journal recruiting guru Jody Demling who got a chance to see Pritchard this past summer in Las Vegas. Here’s what Jody had to say:

“Pritchard is a big, strong and very skilled player that can run the floor. He made a name for himself with a sensational effort in Las Vegas against top junior Renardo Sidney and then backed up that play with some solid play the rest of the tournament.”

Pritchard is rated as a 3-star prospect by Scout and joins Devin Ebanks, Bud Mackey and Matt Roth in the 2008 class for the Hoosiers.

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  • kelin

    Ok Ok no offense TP I don’t know much about you YET so forgive me cause you name just hit me 24hrs ago….BUT….does anyone other than me think someone ain’t comin’ now..hence (K.Jones). I think Tyler still could cause he is a 5/4 man…

  • kelin

    Ok Ok no offense TP I don’t know much about you YET so forgive me cause you name just hit me 24hrs ago….BUT….does anyone other than me think someone ain’t comin’ now..hence (K.Jones). I think Tyler still could cause he is a 5/4 man…

  • Big A

    Not sure how Pritchard’s commitment will effect Kevin Jones, but it’s definitely something to think about.

  • Big A

    Not sure how Pritchard’s commitment will effect Kevin Jones, but it’s definitely something to think about.

  • bootsie white

    quite a class kelvin is assembling.

  • bootsie white

    quite a class kelvin is assembling.

  • kelin

    We are getting a TEAM of recruits, we just need that BIG man…above 6’8 that is…here that TZ.

  • kelin

    We are getting a TEAM of recruits, we just need that BIG man…above 6’8 that is…here that TZ.

  • IU Jimmy

    We still have an excellent shot at Zeller and Jones. KS knows what he is doing. Welcome to IU Tom!

  • IU Jimmy

    We still have an excellent shot at Zeller and Jones. KS knows what he is doing. Welcome to IU Tom!

  • knasmiley

    I have to agree, we are sitting very good with Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones, this just reinforces Tylers thought of having to bang down low. TP will be a SPOT player allowing rest at the 4=5, great pick up IMO………..

  • knasmiley

    I have to agree, we are sitting very good with Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones, this just reinforces Tylers thought of having to bang down low. TP will be a SPOT player allowing rest at the 4=5, great pick up IMO………..

  • Big A

    I have to agree that Jones and Zeller are still priorities for IU. Sampson wouldn’t have had an in-home visit with Jones just last night if they were planning to stop pursuing him.

  • Big A

    I have to agree that Jones and Zeller are still priorities for IU. Sampson wouldn’t have had an in-home visit with Jones just last night if they were planning to stop pursuing him.

  • Bryan

    I thought there was talk about K Jones playing the 3 instead of the 4? I wouldn’t mind more depth in the front court though.

  • Bryan

    I thought there was talk about K Jones playing the 3 instead of the 4? I wouldn’t mind more depth in the front court though.

  • Big A

    I think K Jones would play up front and Ebanks will play the 3.

  • Big A

    I think K Jones would play up front and Ebanks will play the 3.

  • Michael

    I’m going to trust that Coach knows what he’s doing here, but as much as I like Pritchard, I don’t personally think this was a good pick-up. Are we going to have a second straight 6-man recruiting class? Why not hold onto a scholarship for ’09 and spread the wealth. No disrespect to Pritchard, but I’d rather have K-Jones and Zeller.

  • Michael

    I’m going to trust that Coach knows what he’s doing here, but as much as I like Pritchard, I don’t personally think this was a good pick-up. Are we going to have a second straight 6-man recruiting class? Why not hold onto a scholarship for ’09 and spread the wealth. No disrespect to Pritchard, but I’d rather have K-Jones and Zeller.

  • steve

    I can see how you need a banger but I still am mixed on this guy. If you want Jones and Zeller I would think another guard would have been good. I do not like just having five guards a year given injuries, etc.Look what happened so far this year with AJ. We will only have four guards for the first semester and that is assuming he gets his grades up.

  • steve

    I can see how you need a banger but I still am mixed on this guy. If you want Jones and Zeller I would think another guard would have been good. I do not like just having five guards a year given injuries, etc.Look what happened so far this year with AJ. We will only have four guards for the first semester and that is assuming he gets his grades up.

  • kelin

    I think as far as depth, the issue has always been at the 4-5 which is hard to come by….although I don’t know much about pritchard, another big body doesn’t hurt. I think we are ok at the guard spots with Crawford, Armon, Bud, Roth, and with a swing guy like Ebanks. I think in the 09 class PG is a priorty with strickland. If we don’t land K.Jones or Zeller both, I think KS can pull something off….Hence…Jamarcus Ellis and Deadre Thomas….

    This time I will trust the Coach, and his assistants, and trusting Bruce Weber will piss of some recruit and they want to come to IU instead. ( I love picking on him and Painter, it is so so easy)

  • kelin

    I think as far as depth, the issue has always been at the 4-5 which is hard to come by….although I don’t know much about pritchard, another big body doesn’t hurt. I think we are ok at the guard spots with Crawford, Armon, Bud, Roth, and with a swing guy like Ebanks. I think in the 09 class PG is a priorty with strickland. If we don’t land K.Jones or Zeller both, I think KS can pull something off….Hence…Jamarcus Ellis and Deadre Thomas….

    This time I will trust the Coach, and his assistants, and trusting Bruce Weber will piss of some recruit and they want to come to IU instead. ( I love picking on him and Painter, it is so so easy)

  • IU Jimmy

    We are fine at guard. In 08, we will have have Bassett, Crawford, Ellis, Mackey, and Roth to play 2 spots while Ebanks plays the 3. In 09 we are going after strickland and a few other top guards. You can NEVER have too many bigs.

  • IU Jimmy

    We are fine at guard. In 08, we will have have Bassett, Crawford, Ellis, Mackey, and Roth to play 2 spots while Ebanks plays the 3. In 09 we are going after strickland and a few other top guards. You can NEVER have too many bigs.

  • Tim

    The kid is still a year away from campus and some of you are already treating him like some fans used to treat Sean Kline. In case you are unaware, it is always a good thing when a young man says, “I want to play for your school.” (Just ask baby Brucey) Besides, Coach Sampson would not have recruited and offered a scholarship to Pritchard if he was not a good player.

  • Tim

    The kid is still a year away from campus and some of you are already treating him like some fans used to treat Sean Kline. In case you are unaware, it is always a good thing when a young man says, “I want to play for your school.” (Just ask baby Brucey) Besides, Coach Sampson would not have recruited and offered a scholarship to Pritchard if he was not a good player.

  • kelin

    Tim It isn’t we don’t like the kid, but out of ALL the recruits this one is the “least known”….I stay on top of IU recruiting etc. but I only know this kids name up until yesterday. The past few weeks it has been Kevin Jones and TZ, but this one falls out of the sky… Hey I actually liked Sean Cline:)Now Charlie Miller is another issue…..

  • kelin

    Tim It isn’t we don’t like the kid, but out of ALL the recruits this one is the “least known”….I stay on top of IU recruiting etc. but I only know this kids name up until yesterday. The past few weeks it has been Kevin Jones and TZ, but this one falls out of the sky… Hey I actually liked Sean Cline:)Now Charlie Miller is another issue…..