2011 forward Jamari Traylor looking at four

According to information published earlier this week by The Lawrence Journal World, 2011 IMG Academy forward Jamari Traylor is down to four schools: Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi State and St. John’s.

Traylor took an unofficial visit to Bloomington on Mar. 28, but has yet to take an official visit to any of his finalists. He played in Sunday’s NeXt All-American Classic at the Sears Centre in Chicago and finished with 11 points.

The 6-8, 215-pound senior told the Journal World that he doesn’t have a favorite among his final four schools, but added that he plans to make a visit to Lawrence in the coming weeks.

The potential early departures of the Morris twins — Marcus and Markieff — to the NBA Draft could open immediate playing time for the Chicago native at Kansas.

But despite rumors last week that the Morris twins would opt for the draft, the Journal World reported today that both Marcus and Markieff are still undecided. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Apr. 24.

Update: The Morris twins will enter the draft and have signed with an agent.

Here’s a link to an in-depth Q & A we did with Traylor last month.

The spring signing period begins on Apr. 13.

  • Anonymous

    Next year Capo will have virtually zero minutes.

  • Anonymous

    Maurice Creek is a trrue warrior!

  • Anonymous

    Read one of Mo’s tweets that says, “I am that soph that suffered 2 knee back to back..I am that soph who ppl said I will never be the same guess what. I will return as a junior”
    Mo Creek has true toughness. He also has three things that are very important… Effort, Heart, Determination. He will be back.

  • IU_Fan_99

    Amen! There is a reason him and Vic are so close besides where they grew up… they’ve got heart…

  • Bryan

    Also, let’s not forget – let’s *not* forget, Dude – that keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city – that aint legal either.

  • Anonymous

    St. John’s had like 300 seniors this season, so there are lots of spots to fill. Seriously, I don’t remember the number, but it was a huge amount of seniors.

  • Anonymous

    The power of the unibrow.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think why many don’t talk about the scholly situation is because you get into the “who should transfer” “who will transfer” or “who will pay their own way”….without dealing in facts. The one consistent thing I have always heard is “If Gary Harris wants to be a Hoosier, there is room for him”. Which makes sense to me. I am for certain the coaching staff/Crean have a plan in place that makes all the scholly talk trivial once it plays out.

  • Anonymous

    I agree Paul. When you look at the numbers we really only have two spots left thru 2014. That is including someone transferring out of the 2009 class to make room for the 2012. With the kind of talent we have coming in, I really don’t want any of these guys leaving. I trust that Crean knows what he is doing but when I look at the numbers, it sure seems like we should focus on one more 2013 guy and one more 2014.

  • Kelin Blab

    From your list Harris is the only one IU is still recruiting and in comparison, Traylor fills more of a need than Harris. To the 2012 class Harris is ‘gravy’ but if you add him you still have a huge hole to fill in the interior. I think Harris is great but he does not fill a need for IU if we are honest. Guys like Traylor dominated IU all year long.

  • JerryCT

    Looking at the ESPN top 100 I don’t see Traylor listed. St John’s has 6 recruits on the list followed by KY, Duke, OSU, IL , Arizona, Texas all w 4.

    How is ST Johns doing this ? They have players from NC, NV, Ca , TX coming in to NYC. Must be blowing their travel budget.

  • millzy32

    I respect his drive to get back as soon as possible but did his tweet say a true Junior or Redshirt Junior? There is a difference. Realistically I just want to see him back at full strength no matter how long it takes. Don’t rush him back he looked and played awful last year. He is a great talent when healthy. Health is all that jmatters.

  • millzy32

    I have those sometimes too. It’s because for some reason when typing in these boxes I can’t see the second half of my text. I get about five lines down and then I am on my own trying to figure out if I flubbed a key or not.

  • millzy32

    The Nova team won a title on that stuff. Dwayne McClain and Gary McClain and maybe even Ed Pinckney were big fans of it.

  • Anonymous

    Keep letting us that don’t ” tweet ” know what Mo is saying. Gives us somewhat of a window into how he is seeing things and how his rehab is going.

    I seriously challenge anyone to find anything not to like about this guy.

    Mo if you are reading this the Hoosier Nation has your back and we are all pulling for you hard. Keep up the good work.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly, Harris has more stars by his name and is ” ranked ” higher than Traylor, but Harris is just that, gravy, don’t get me wrong now, he is very high end gravy made with very expensive sausage, but none the less gravy, and as odd as it seems Traylor helps us more in the big and long term picture. If CZ is going to make TP look a lot better than think what we would look like with CZ making Traylor look better. Plus Harris probably stays one year and leaves. Normally I would like having a player like that but with what we will look like when he would get here a one and done is not that big of a deal IMHO.

    I think Traylor ends up at Kansas anyway with the Morris twins leaving. He more than likely wants to play the 4 and when he looks at IU and sees CZ there he knows that to see the floor for major minutes he will have to play the 5 more than likely his whole time at IU or at least until CW isn’t at IU anymore.

  • Anonymous

    What is your source? Alex says that Bail and McGary are still on the list. Rivals says that Tarczewski and Hamnmons plus Bail and McGary are all still on the list. Coach Crean is silent. Spill your source big Kelin.

  • Anonymous

    I always thought Lavin to be an excellent recruiter. Combine that with the buzz of rebuilding St. John’s tradition, NYC spotlights, the high profile of the Big East, and immediate playing time (9 seniors!, only two returning players, neither with big roles). How many kids would turn that down for anything other than their childhood favorite?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Tough to say he’s “not a good Big” when Kansas and Lavin at SJU are going after him! Kansas tends to avoid recruiting the scrubs. They are one of the programs who only recruits the best because they can afford to.

    Come on Loop, you know that.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Tough to say he’s “not a good Big” when Kansas and Lavin at SJU are going after him! Kansas tends to avoid recruiting the scrubs. They are one of the programs who only recruits the best because they can afford to.

    Come on Loop, you know that.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    He has effort, heart, determination and a wicked skill set! Mo has the most upside of anyone on the team. CWAT, Mo and Cody are the three players we need to play at a high level to win in the B10.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    so was reggie lewis – you know he is the player that died a bit prematurely (when he was a Celtic) and helped his coach to go on the bigger things…that was Calhoun who coached reggie at northeastern before he left for UConn.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    I agree with you Kelin. A athletic big that can do what we hoped Elston was going to do this year. We need a lock down defender, and someone who doesn’t mind mixing it up down low. He will occupy a few defenders trying to get position down low. He will rebound. Then CWat and Cody are free to distribute and score. Gotta have this guy or someone like him.

  • Anonymous

    He may be a very good 6’7-6’8 forward, but that is NOT a Big in my definition. A Big is a guy who can play, every game, against a 7′ player, and win the battle! That is why neither Pritchard, Capo, nor Elston are Bigs. Even Sullinger, who is a Big, had a hard time against a taller Big in Harrellson.

  • Kelin Blab

    My source…..
    + McGary…said IU isn’t calling him much. I read that today somewhere.
    + Hammons, Bail, McGary, and Tarczewski I do not believe have stepped foot on campus last season. No reason to believe they are even interested.

    I think IU has moved on from all of them…..

  • Kelin Blab

    Kansas is loaded with guys that play Traylors position along with recruiting two others, I think we are in great shape with him.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree. The scholarships will work themselves out one way or another. Transfers happen. Just look at the past few years here. Story, Williams, Minuru, etc. I’m not suggesting that we should hope some of these guys leave, but that one or two probably will over the next couple years if we consider the law of averages.

    I think if we can get a post player who fits our system, we get him. We can’t really wait on guys to say yes in the future, because they might say no to us instead.

    Also, I think next year is the year that CTC starts getting pressure if we don’t win some games. I’m not saying he’d get canned, especially with the class he has coming in ’12, but I think some more tangible improvement is needed. A player like Traylor would go a long way to making next season look better…at least on paper.

  • Anonymous

    Except each has listed “interest” in Indiana at “medium” on Rivals, and none has any “high” interest school.

  • Anonymous

    That definition would eliminate most players in the NCAA. Let’s hope that you are right though…that makes CZ’s presence even more important.

  • Anonymous

    That definition would eliminate most players in the NCAA. Let’s hope that you are right though…that makes CZ’s presence even more important.

  • Anonymous

    Do think Melsahn Besabe of Iowa was a decent post player this season?
    Besabe averaged 11 points, 7 rebs, and 1.3 blocks. All Freshman team this year. He is 6’7″ 220 and was ranked as an 89 by ESPN and the 62nd best player at his position in 2010.

    Traylor is listed at 6’8″ 215 and is ranked by ESPN as an 89 and the 36th best PF in the nation. Rivals has him as a 3 star. Besabe was a 3 star on Rivals also.

    Would IU be a better team with Besabe? I’m not saying Traylor is going to be as good as Besabe, but I am saying that rankings aren’t everything. If CTC thinks Traylor makes us a better team and fits the plans, I’m on board too.

  • Anonymous

    That is exactly my point: Zoubek at Duke last year, Harrellson at KY, Sampson and Iverson at MN and Lauderdale at OH St this year-yes all Bigs. Johnson at Purdue, Leuer at WI, Davis at IL (but Leonard Meyers is a Big and Tisdale is a half of a Big), Morgan at MI, Roe, Nix and Green at MI St, Cole at Iowa all good forwards. Why do you think that Orton of KY last year was a top 15 pick in the NBA when he only played 15 minutes/game in college? The answer is that talented Bigs are HARD to find!

  • Anonymous

    You vote by videos?? Lots of luck there. We had no front line in 2010-11. For the second straight year Watford was the only guy averaging over 5 rebounds/game. If you noticed, with no Big but with 3 pretty good forwards, MI St, Izzo, tied for 4th-7th in the Big 10, when everyone thought that they were Final Four bound at the beginning of the year. U Conn had two Bigs this year, Duke had Zoubek last year. It is hard to win a Championship without a Big!

  • Anonymous

    No. He was a very good forward. Yes, IU would be better with him on our team. But not at the expense of Harris in 2012. And with good coaching, hard work and Zeller next to him, I think that Elston can guard Besabe next year. I do not think that Besabe can guard Zeller!

  • Diesel

    I’ll take some Besabe sauce on my 12 win season, please.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it is an either-or proposition with Traylor and Harris. I also agree with Kelin that we need a PF more than another 2 guard. I hope you are right about DE! I have my doubts, though.

    I don’t know if Besabe could handle CZ either, but he is a 6’11” 5 star C too. Hopefully, there will be very few who can! Thing is that not every player is nearly 7′ and a 5 star recruit. You have to have those glue guys, and Traylor might be a darn good one!

  • Anonymous

    I think that it is an “either or situation”. If you add a 3rd to 2011 plus the 5 currently set for 2012, plus the 5 in 2009 plus the 2 in 2010, that makes 15 in September of 2012. You can only have 13. Two must go. If you add a 6th to 2012 then 3 must go. IU has zero early NBA type of players right now. Where is the integrity in that type of program? (“I love you, I want to marry you, but only until a prettier girl is available”. I would prefer “I love you, I want to marry you, as long as you work as hard as I do to make it good, we are together for the long haul.”) Sooner or later no one wants YOU!

  • Anonymous

    If you don’t want to be “that type of program,” why do you want to sign Harris? If you sign Harris, we will have to dismiss someone, or someone will have to transfer. If you truly have an issue with “that type of program,” you should not want us to sign either player.

    I would also suggest that CW will at least test NBA waters at this time next season. He is an NBA 3 man all the way. Not saying I hope that happens, or that I’d draft him myself, but I bet he at least dips his toe in the NBA pool.

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t care what the NBA thinks about what makes a good post player. I don’t know the stats, but I am going to guess that there are fewer than 25 players in the NCAA that are 6’11” or taller. A few of those guys only got a scholly, because they are so big and not because they are good.

    We are fortunate to have one. That doesn’t mean we don’t try to add 6’8″ athletic forwards to the roster. We can’t wait for another 7 footer to grace our presence.

  • Anonymous

    I want Harris. IU is way closer to getting Harris than Traylor. But you answered your own question. You take Harris in 2012-that is IU has until November 2011 to make room. Capo must know that transfer is inevitable. So now we are only one over the 13 limit. The Big Ten allows one oversign. So IU has one more year to work out the one space. Watford going Pro is one possibility. There are countless other things that could happen that will not result in running someone off without a real chance to develop. I can live with this scenario.

  • Anonymous

    Elston is an athletic 6’9 forward with 2 years experience and a love for Indiana! There are NO guarantees. And we have added two 6’7-6’8 athletic forwards: Perea and Hollowell!

  • Anonymous

    Last I checked, loop, Perea and Hollowell aren’t suiting up for IU in the fall. If they were, we wouldn’t need another big.

    I am not terribly comfortable with Elston, TP, Capo and CZ as our front line. That is one (young) stud, and 3 guys who are role players. And, yes, I am feeling charitable with that last definition.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to have Harris too. Any source you have that I don’t that tells you “IU is way closer to getting Harris than Traylor?”

    Not trying to bust your chops, but I’d love to know the info. Not polite not to share with the rest of the class!

  • Anonymous

    Pritchard is solid but very limited. Elston has to show tremendous improvement, but he does have the ability. Zeller will be outstanding. If you add Traylor then you cannot add a 6th in 2012, and I want Harris.

  • Anonymous

    You and I have the same public sources. Harris has spoken very highly of IU for two years. Traylor has 4 choices and Kansas sems ahead of the other three.

  • Anonymous

    I agree Kelin. Did you see Alex’s retweet today that 2011 forward Braeden Anderson just committed to Kansas? I think that puts IU in even better position now.

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