Trio of 2013 talents grab early offers from IU

As the recruiting game continues to place an emphasis on identifying talent at an early age, the Indiana staff is hitting the ground running with the class of 2013.

A trio of AAU teammates — Hamilton Southeastern’s Zak Irvin, Heritage Christian’s Basil Smotherman and Warren Central’s Devin Davis (pictured) — have been offered scholarships by Indiana.

“No one can say that Coach Crean isn’t putting the emphasis on Indiana kids now,” Matt Green, who coaches the group on the Eric Gordon All-Stars, told Inside the Hall. “He’s going after the top kids in that class.”

According to Green, Davis was offered on an unofficial visit to Bloomington last month while Irvin and Smotherman picked up offers at this past weekend’s Elite Camp.

The 6-6 Davis and 6-4 Smotherman both started varsity on their high school teams this past season, but Irvin, a 6-4 guard, has yet to log a minute above the junior varsity level. Still, the IU staff saw the potential to give Irvin the early offer, which was his first.

“With Irvin, it’s a little different because he didn’t play any varsity. He’s played good in the spring,” Green said. “Coach Crean puts his eyes on him at Elite Camp and likes what he sees. Some could say he pulled the trigger early with him never having varsity time and some could say he winds up being a legit, very-high profile kid and hey, he rolled the dice and got it right.”

Here’s a quick breakdown of the trio from Green:

“Devin Davis is your Mr. Everything. He’s a great rebounder, he’s a slasher. He gets a lot of baskets in the paint. He consistently plays with a high motor.”

“Basil is a perimeter threat. At any point in time he can get it going and start killing you from the outside. His mid-range game is getting a lot better.”

“Zak is a streaky shooter. He gets it going and he can bury you. He’s probably got the best mid-range game of all of them.”

  • Stoneprocaccino

    11-3……why not? ACC challenge team is a weak BC, UK will be tough, but who else will be that good? 2 losses in Maui or Puerto Rico or PNIT, loss to UK and that should be it.

    EVERYONE IS BETTER !!!

  • Wmrobinson

    No, but he can sure shoot better than Rivers. I dont know the last time I saw that bad of form. Just have him practice with any middle schooler in the state and he should improve.

  • Kelin Blab

    Here is the irony of Rondo improving his shooting and JR not…..they both are or should be getting instruction from the same guy….Doc “Rivers”. I know elementary kids who have better form and for JR, Doc, Austin Rivers, John Thompson III, his high school coach, Crean, and AAU coaches not to have changed that I think sucks too. I have a kid who is 4 and we are working on his form now, you don't let this slide for so many years then we, sitting at home or in the stands can see how horrible it is and how to correct it.

    The kid had a transfer year off and kept using that form…come on. Now once again, he has had time to work on it….

  • marcusgresham

    That would be a total of 19-13 or 20-12, and you do that in the Big 10 you skip right past the NIT to the real show.

  • marcusgresham

    I've thought the same thing. There is no excuse in the world that would explain why he can't shoot.

  • Outoftheloop

    OK, so there is NO verbal as of NOW!

  • stonaroni

    Fellas, a player has to want to get better. Kelin listed a ton of coaches better than any average person has played for and an average guard has a better stroke.

    There are issues within Rivers that causes him to not improve his shot because the kid is a physical specimen for a guard.

    Rondo was brutal at UK as a freshman from the floor, but soph year he was serviceable. He has worked his tail off to be great. Has J Rivers?

  • marcusgresham

    Think any of that would have anything to do with the fact he was most likely raised with privilege his whole life, given that his father is a former NBA player, or is it just personality (because it would appear his brother has more drive and desire–and jump shot.)

  • guest2

    Jake's mom said he was asked to play for the Eric Gordon AAU team this summer so people are starting to take notice. He is getting some attention from Michigan and other D-1 schools already. As good of an outside shooter, he is really a point guard that can create.

  • bbfan

    Jake Thompson had 394 point last season, and only averaged 20 minutes a game! His free throw average was over 89%. I watched this kid play and he can.

  • Hambone

    Baylor is on him too.

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