July evaluation period set to kick off on Monday

The July evaluation period kicks off Monday for college coaches and their assistants. And with coaches being unable to attend AAU tournaments in the month of April, July’s evaluation period has even more importance in 2009.

In no particular order, here are the storylines we’ll be tracking this month:

+ Is David Williams a high major talent? Before he committed to Indiana in late April, Williams was relatively unknown nationally. He is not among the top 100 prospects in the 2010 class on either Scout.com or Rivals.com and many wonder if offering a scholarship to Williams was a stretch for the IU staff. Playing on a stacked roster for the Atlanta “J-Smoove” Celtics that includes N.C. State commit Ryan Harrow, Tennessee commit Jordan McRae and former Ohio State commit Trae Golden, Williams is often overshadowed and perhaps under appreciated by scouts. We’ll get our first look at the Jacksonville native on Monday.

+ Can Indiana secure an official visit from Kyrie Irving? The Hoosiers appear to be in a favorable position for their top 2010 target after he said Indiana was at the top of his list in early June. However, Irving has established himself as one of the top players nationally in his class and Duke, Virginia, Kentucky and Notre Dame are all believed to be making a strong push. He will participate in the LeBron James Skills Academy this week and IU coaches will be able to watch him on Wednesday and Thursday.

+ Will Matt Carlino return to form after a tough April and May? After being slowed by injuries this spring, Carlino hopes to get his shooting stroke back and display the talents that led to an IU offer last summer. With his recent move to Bloomington, he should be more familiar with his Indiana Elite teammates. Look for IU’s lone 2011 commitment to have an impressive summer while playing both guard spots.

+ Is Indiana a major factor for Marquis Teague? Publicly, the stance from the Indianapolis Pike point guard is that he loves Indiana and Tom Crean. At the same time, Louisville has been recognized as the team to beat since last winter. There’s no doubt IU has been able to make up considerable ground in his recruitment. But can Crean sell Teague that he’ll be able to compete for a national title his freshman season?

+ Who is the best player from Indiana in the 2012 class? The 2012 class is loaded with talent and IU is actively recruiting four of the top players: Bowman Academy’s Dejuan Marrero, Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson, Lawrence Central’s Jeremy Hollowell and North Central’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera. To this point, Smith-Rivera has garnered the most national publicity, but Hollowell’s length, Patterson’s versatility and Marrero’s athleticism are all things to keep an eye on.

On Monday, July 6 we’ll be at the adidas It Takes Five Classic in Cincinnati and on July 10, 11 and 12 we’ll be at the Kentucky Hoopfest in Louisville. Follow us on Twitter to receive updates throughout the day from both events.

  • hoosierboy

    David Williams- I am as optimistic as one can be. I often try and distort unlikely scenarios into optimism when it come to IU basketball. The more I think about David Williams the more I scratch my head. Yes we need role players but not know with the situation we are in with limited schollies. I hope TC wasn't toooo risky on this one.

    Kyrie Irving- This one is gna b a roller coaster. IU has a great chance, and I think he will choose IU becase of the outstanding journalism degree he can get at IU. His parents seem really into IU and his dad has been spotted numerous times in Cream and Crimson shirts.

    Matt Carlino- He is very intriguing. Due to injury he was out of shape this spring. He is a kid that grew and matured very young. I only hope he hasnt peaked because he has a lot of potential and a lot of work to do. He really needs to work on his perimeter defense and lateral quickness if we wnts to be at all effective at the Big Ten level. He was a 5 star on scout at one time. He is a 3 star on rivals.

    Marquis Teague- I am as lost as anyone could be with him. I think IU has a chance, but from talking to people including his best friend IU is pretty equal with a couple other schools. He is very quick and would fit perfectly with creans system but he definatley has an attitude problem at times. I hope we land him but I doubt we will.

    2012- Rivera is a great fundamental player with exceptional upper and lower body strength. He is a great passer and high character kid. His one drawback that really will hurt him and is keeping him from being a top national prospect is his quickness. He often plays heavy on his feet and on defense will use his hands because his lateral quickness keeps him back. He also has no hops at all. He lacks quick explosion speed. I would compare him to Malik Story without the turnovers. Marrero is very high potentially. Great frame with good speed. Needs to work on his shot and open court dribbling. Often takes plays off. Could be really good. Ron patterson is very quick with a wiry frame. Can jump out of the gym and runs the court like no other.

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  • Kelin Blab

    I am looking forward to this July for a few reasons…..

    David Williams – He is turning into Bawa. No footage, No info, No nothing. My personal thoughts I like what he offers….6'7 wing, strong academics, strong AAU program, and versatility. Not to mention, I like the kids confidence. NO he isn't ranked nor has the fanfare as Kyrie, but he knows his game….I say give him a shot.

    Kyrie Irving – My confidence is improving the more I hear and I like the interest in IU's academics. I think he is at minimum a 3year guy for IU and I really really want his committment.

    Marquis Teague – The opposite of Kyrie Irving. Confidence fading. I think we have a shot, I would put it at 50/50, but I put L'Ville at 75/25! I plan to go see him this week at the hoosier shootout.

    Chrishawn Hopkins – WHO!!! Oh you know the kid who says he has always been an IU fan and went to IU's elite camp and Crean talked to him. He is an Indy kid who is flying under the radar…..athletically sick….a youtube legend….moved back to Indy from Vegas, turned around his academics…..according to some, he would be a steal for anyone who signs him. Plan to see him play this week if I can..

    2012 class – Crean take your pick….the list is getting long. Hoosierboy, you are 100% dead-on with DVR….an unathletic stud, who I believe has stopped growing. I like Hollowell and Patterson in that class, but there is a ton of talent in that group all over the state.

    Recruiting the Region – Will we land one of the kids from the Gary Area? Ideally…..Branden Dawson.

    Extras -
    Anyone over 6'8 – Will Crean find a BIG MAN. Yes we have had this debate, I like both sides of the debate, BUT I still want a BIG MAN……..at least one

    Are we done recruiting Dom Fergunson or are we still in the mix?

  • http://www.myspace.com/Wojt MemphisHoosier

    Can't wait to see how some of this stuff works out. I have been worried about Kyrie since I've heard him saying some good things about kentucky. I think he is the key to our future.

    I'm looking to you guys to keep me updated on how its all shaking down up north.

  • Ron in Jeffersonville

    Oh Boy! Let the fun begin:
    Kyrie Irving – I have been trying to keep up with Irving. And I think we have a good shot and getting him. But one thing concerns me. Last month he was talking about playing with his high school team mate Michael Gilchist. ( who has Kentucky high on his list). Plus Kentucky is recruiting Irving. So it is a question of a better education of following a team mate. My question is why are we not recruiting Gilchist?

    Marquis Teague – I think we get Teaque. He mentioned how close it is to home. Plus I would like the Indiana player to think of all the fans that followed them in high school, a chance to watch them in collage

    David Williams- Dont know a lot about him. But have to believe coach saw something in him to let him come. And I have faith in coach.

    Dominique Ferguson- Not a big fan of Ferguson. Was going to Kentucky, then tuck and ran first chance he got. I don't see him as a team player. This is the first player I hope goes to Purdue

  • Kelin Blab

    Ron that is a bold statement but one I agree with …..I hope he goes to Purdue…wow…

  • hoosierboy

    David Williams- I am as optimistic as one can be. I often try and distort unlikely scenarios into optimism when it come to IU basketball. The more I think about David Williams the more I scratch my head. Yes we need role players but not know with the situation we are in with limited schollies. I hope TC wasn't toooo risky on this one.

    Kyrie Irving- This one is gna b a roller coaster. IU has a great chance, and I think he will choose IU becase of the outstanding journalism degree he can get at IU. His parents seem really into IU and his dad has been spotted numerous times in Cream and Crimson shirts.

    Matt Carlino- He is very intriguing. Due to injury he was out of shape this spring. He is a kid that grew and matured very young. I only hope he hasnt peaked because he has a lot of potential and a lot of work to do. He really needs to work on his perimeter defense and lateral quickness if we wnts to be at all effective at the Big Ten level. He was a 5 star on scout at one time. He is a 3 star on rivals.

    Marquis Teague- I am as lost as anyone could be with him. I think IU has a chance, but from talking to people including his best friend IU is pretty equal with a couple other schools. He is very quick and would fit perfectly with creans system but he definatley has an attitude problem at times. I hope we land him but I doubt we will.

    2012- Rivera is a great fundamental player with exceptional upper and lower body strength. He is a great passer and high character kid. His one drawback that really will hurt him and is keeping him from being a top national prospect is his quickness. He often plays heavy on his feet and on defense will use his hands because his lateral quickness keeps him back. He also has no hops at all. He lacks quick explosion speed. I would compare him to Malik Story without the turnovers. Marrero is very high potentially. Great frame with good speed. Needs to work on his shot and open court dribbling. Often takes plays off. Could be really good. Ron patterson is very quick with a wiry frame. Can jump out of the gym and runs the court like no other.

  • Kelin Blab

    I am looking forward to this July for a few reasons…..

    David Williams – He is turning into Bawa. No footage, No info, No nothing. My personal thoughts I like what he offers….6'7 wing, strong academics, strong AAU program, and versatility. Not to mention, I like the kids confidence. NO he isn't ranked nor has the fanfare as Kyrie, but he knows his game….I say give him a shot.

    Kyrie Irving – My confidence is improving the more I hear and I like the interest in IU's academics. I think he is at minimum a 3year guy for IU and I really really want his committment.

    Marquis Teague – The opposite of Kyrie Irving. Confidence fading. I think we have a shot, I would put it at 50/50, but I put L'Ville at 75/25! I plan to go see him this week at the hoosier shootout.

    Chrishawn Hopkins – WHO!!! Oh you know the kid who says he has always been an IU fan and went to IU's elite camp and Crean talked to him. He is an Indy kid who is flying under the radar…..athletically sick….a youtube legend….moved back to Indy from Vegas, turned around his academics…..according to some, he would be a steal for anyone who signs him. Plan to see him play this week if I can..

    2012 class – Crean take your pick….the list is getting long. Hoosierboy, you are 100% dead-on with DVR….an unathletic stud, who I believe has stopped growing. I like Hollowell and Patterson in that class, but there is a ton of talent in that group all over the state.

    Recruiting the Region – Will we land one of the kids from the Gary Area? Ideally…..Branden Dawson.

    Extras -
    Anyone over 6'8 – Will Crean find a BIG MAN. Yes we have had this debate, I like both sides of the debate, BUT I still want a BIG MAN……..at least one

    Are we done recruiting Dom Fergunson or are we still in the mix?

  • http://www.myspace.com/Wojt MemphisHoosier

    Can't wait to see how some of this stuff works out. I have been worried about Kyrie since I've heard him saying some good things about kentucky. I think he is the key to our future.

    I'm looking to you guys to keep me updated on how its all shaking down up north.

  • Ron in Jeffersonville

    Oh Boy! Let the fun begin:
    Kyrie Irving – I have been trying to keep up with Irving. And I think we have a good shot and getting him. But one thing concerns me. Last month he was talking about playing with his high school team mate Michael Gilchist. ( who has Kentucky high on his list). Plus Kentucky is recruiting Irving. So it is a question of a better education of following a team mate. My question is why are we not recruiting Gilchist?

    Marquis Teague – I think we get Teaque. He mentioned how close it is to home. Plus I would like the Indiana player to think of all the fans that followed them in high school, a chance to watch them in collage

    David Williams- Dont know a lot about him. But have to believe coach saw something in him to let him come. And I have faith in coach.

    Dominique Ferguson- Not a big fan of Ferguson. Was going to Kentucky, then tuck and ran first chance he got. I don't see him as a team player. This is the first player I hope goes to Purdue

  • Kelin Blab

    Ron that is a bold statement but one I agree with …..I hope he goes to Purdue…wow…

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