Recruiting roundup: Spring evaluation period underway

  • 04/21/2012 12:21 pm in

Friday marked the first opportunity of the spring for college coaches to watch AAU events and Indiana had a presence across the country with staff in Merrillville, Minneapolis and Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from day one of the April evaluation period:

· The Spiece Indy Heat 17-and-under group with Trevon Bluiett and Jaquan Lyle dropped their opener 66-52 to the Texas Titans in the EYBL Session 1 event in Minneapolis. Lyle scored a team-high 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists while Bluiett chipped in seven points and six rebounds. The Titans are led by Julius Randle, one of the top prospects nationally in 2013 and Matt Jones, a Duke commit. Trey Lyles also plays for this Spiece team, but it appears travel problems prevented him from playing in the opener.

· Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Calbert Cheaney was in Minneapolis bouncing between the EYBL event and the NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza being held in nearby Minnetonka. Cheaney is acting as an assistant coach on an interim basis as the position left vacant by Bennie Seltzer’s departure remains open.

· Team Takeover (DC) also dropped their EYBL opener 60-57 to CP3 All-Stars. 2013 target BeeJay Anya (pictured) plays for Takeover and finished with eight points, four rebounds and four blocks in 25 minutes. Tom Crean checked in on Anya last week at DeMatha on a trip to Washington D.C.

· 2013 guard Stanford Robinson, who also plays for Takeover, is sitting out this weekend with a broken nose.

· Luke Fischer and his Wisconsin Swing team are participating in the aforementioned Spring Extravaganza event and won their opening game over MBA Elite according to Demling. Fischer had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Here’s a little more on the IU commit:

Fischer has improved his all-around game and looks like he’s stronger than he was last summer. He’s not as talented as Cody Zeller but he does have some similarities to his game, including a nice turn around.

· Out in Las Vegas at the adidas Exclusive VIP run, Indiana was keeping close tabs on 2013 Flint Beecher (MI) guard Monte Morris according to Dave Telep of ESPN. While not specifically reported in that tweet, the Indiana presence in Vegas was likely assistant coach Tim Buckley. Telep also reported that Morris will take an unofficial visit to IU on May 4 and that he “likes the Hoosiers chances here.” Here’s a link to our recent Q & A with Morris.

· In Merrillville at the Nike Spring Showdown, Crean watched 2014 Chicago Curie big man Cliff Alexander, who took an unofficial visit last summer. The five-star big man also drew Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein.

· Among the other teams participating in Merrillville are the Eric Gordon All-Stars (Collin Hartman, Devin Davis), Fieldhouse Elite (Aaron Brennan) and Spiece Indy Heat Lands (Jalen Coleman). Crean has moved on to Minneapolis as of this morning.

(Photo credit: ESPN)

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  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Go get em coaches , good job , the hard work is paying off and is appreciated .

  • Twbiu

    We have Oladipo, Abell and Patterson already plus Yogi.We need one more good guard for 2013-2014. Out of 13 schollies and since college is guard dominated-5 guards would be OK.

  • Drarmstrong88

    Where will the IU prospects be playing tomorrow in Merryville/Highland Ind area?

  • iumadman

    hey Alex, I’m trying to figure out who we have extended offers . Check my list:

    Jameel McKay   2013  offered
    Devin Davis        2013 verbal
    Luke Fischer      2012  verbal
    Colin Hartman    2013 verbal
    Stanford Robinson   2013 ?
    Bo Zeigler         2013  ?
    Beejay Anya     2013  offered
    Monte Morris    2013   ?
    Trey Lyles        2014   verbal
    James Blackmon   2014  verbal
    Jaquan Lyles     2014  offered
    Cliff Alexander   2014   offered
    Aaron Brennan   2014  ?
    Bryant McIntosh   2014  ?
    Hyron Edwards    2015    offered
    Eron Gordon       2016    offered

    Thanks

  • iumadman

    hey Alex, I’m trying to figure out who we have extended offers . Check my list:

    Jameel McKay   2013  offered
    Devin Davis        2013 verbal
    Luke Fischer      2012  verbal
    Colin Hartman    2013 verbal
    Stanford Robinson   2013 ?
    Bo Zeigler         2013  ?
    Beejay Anya     2013  offered
    Monte Morris    2013   ?
    Trey Lyles        2014   verbal
    James Blackmon   2014  verbal
    Jaquan Lyles     2014  offered
    Cliff Alexander   2014   offered
    Aaron Brennan   2014  ?
    Bryant McIntosh   2014  ?
    Hyron Edwards    2015    offered
    Eron Gordon       2016    offered

    Thanks

  • Geoff_85

    Here is a link that shows the new Rivals 2013 top 150 http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/rankings/rank-2752

    Here are some notable guys within the rankings: #20 Beejay Anya; #68 Byron Zeigler; #88 Stanford Robinson; #107 Devin Davis (committed to Indiana); #110 Collin Hartman (committed to Indiana); #134 Luke Fischer (committed to Indiana)

    If McKay commits is Indiana out of the race for adding anyone else to the 2013 class? It looks like McKay will take the last spot if he commits…

  • Geoff_85

    According to Rivals, Indiana has not offered to Robinson, Morris, Brennan, or McIntosh. Indiana has offered to Zeigler though.

  • Kelin Blab

     For the 2013, 2014, 2015 guys check out the recruiting board….it should have all the info.

  • 888

    According to alot of people well sign 5 for 2013. Theres a real possibility that Vic will go to the NBA next year. If the draft commitee says hes a first rounder hes gone. He wasnt seen as an automatic NBA talent when he arrived. Dont think hed take a chance on coming back and either have a bad senior year or getting hurt. If one of these happened hed lose his one chance at a guaranteed contract. I think CTC will tell him to go and not take that chance. If Wat would have been a first rounder CTC would have told him the same. Codys a different story. He will get his shot in the NBA.

  • Tolly1

    Regarding next years big ten schedule. We played @ Wisky @ Neb. home vs ILL and NW. Does that mean we play these teams twice next year????

  • Tolly1

    Regarding next years big ten schedule. We played @ Wisky @ Neb. home vs ILL and NW. Does that mean we play these teams twice next year????

  • No. Will play Wisconsin and Nebraska at home only and Illinois and NW on the road only.