Peter Jurkin joins Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class

As expected, Indiana received its first 2012 commitment on Monday night as Peter Jurkin gave a verbal pledge to the Hoosiers during halftime of the adidas Nations Global Challenge championship game in Chicago.

“I have decided to commit to Indiana University. It’s a good college. Good coach. I like it,” Jurkin said on the broadcast.

Jurkin, a 7-0, 200-pound native of Sudan, plays at United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina and for Indiana Elite Team Indiana. He is not ranked by Rivals.com and is listed as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, but that is expected to change based on his play during the July evaluation period.

Here’s Inside the Hall’s scouting report on Jurkin from the adidas Invitational and the Kentucky Hoopfest:

There are a lot of things to like about Jurkin’s size. He’s a legit 7-footer and does a stellar job defending the lane. His length is such that he can often block shots by simply standing his ground with his arms up. He also runs the floor extremely well and shows a pretty nice touch from the foul line. A bit concerning, however, is his lack of upper body strength. It’s no fault of Jurkin’s, but he’ll need to improve in that area to become a real difference maker at the next level. Offensively, he’s still pretty raw and will need to continue developing a go-to post move or two. Still, his ceiling is high enough that it’s a bit surprising he’s not held in a higher regard by the national scouts.

We’ll have more on Jurkin’s commitment later as Ryan was in attendance tonight in Chicago.

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    It’s an oversight or old list because IU is high on Yogi’s list. I think I’ve seen a few instances this summer where he’s been spotted on IU’s campus.

  • Anonymous

    Who’s this Matt Carlino?

  • Anonymous

    Not sure Crean would have it any other way

  • Anonymous

    He’s nobody

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t seen the kid play much so I can’t comment on the skill level he will bring to IU. I think the more important part to this recruit is that “puzzle piece” IU is going to need to be a really good team. I am not sure how many times I mentioned lack of size being a big problem for the Hoosiers as of late. This addresses this. Even more so as someone else mentioned – it fills the need for other taller/bigger players to play their position. IU is on the right track – to win in college basketball – height is real important in every position. Taller guards, forwards, and centers usually beat the smaller ones.

  • Anonymous

    /nods
    /wipes a tear away

  • Anonymous

    With Yogi being one of the exceptions – his smaller size will be his advantage

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/AQZPIQBIMZFMGB6TGVN6X2VB5Y Jeremy

    Looks like a better version of Turdue’s JuJuan Johnson to me

  • SeattleHoosier

    Hardwood83/walton – good point. I’ve officially forgotten him too.

  • acts431

    Concerning age, it is common knowledge in baskeball circles that players from Africa are the equivalent of baseball players from the Dominican Republic. You can’t go by the birth certificate. They are much older than they say. Peter Jurkin is NOT 18 years old…25 would be more like it!!!

  • lady.luck

    Peter Jurkin is most definitely 18 years old. I know him personally.

  • lady.luck

    Peter Jurkin is most definitely 18 years old. I know him personally.

  • Jimmyjj

    are you sure he’s 18? Because he is only a junior in high school

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