Recruiting roundup: Monte Morris shines in Vegas

  • 04/22/2012 12:02 pm in

The first April evaluation period continued Saturday with IU coaches present again at events in Merrillville, Minneapolis and Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from day two of the April evaluation period:

· 2013 Flint Beecher (MI) guard Monte Morris (pictured) continued his stellar play at the adidas Exclusive VIP Run in Las Vegas and drew the praise of Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels:

2013 guard Monte Morris is having a terrific game so far for the MI Mustangs. Has a pair of threes, a pull-up from 18 & a nice finish at rim

Morris scored 26 points in an 81-80 overtime win over Team Bradley on Saturday night. Fans in the Indianapolis area may get a chance to see Morris next weekend as his Michigan Mustangs are scheduled to be at the adidas Spring Classic at North Central.

· 2013 Antioch (CA) Deer Valley power forward Marcus Lee is a name to keep on the radar as Tom Crean watched Lee in Minneapolis per The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling. Lee is playing this spring and summer with California Supreme. (Update: Here is Demling’s update on Lee.)

· Luke Fischer‘s Wisconsin Swing team is 3-0 through two days of the NY2LA Spring Extravaganza. Fischer and Swing are also expected at next weekend’s adidas Spring Classic in Indianapolis.

· Crean was also around for day two of the EYBL event where he got a chance to see BeeJay Anya, Jaquan Lyle, Trevon Bluiett and Trey Lyles. Here’s a rundown for each of those guys from Saturday:

— Anya: Seven points, two rebounds and two blocks in a 54-51 Team Takeover loss to CIA Bounce and 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks in a 68-60 loss to Meanstreets. Team Takeover is 0-3 through Saturday’s games.

— Lyle: Nine points, five assists and four rebounds in a 73-64 Spiece Indy Heat win over Meanstreets and seven rebounds and three assists in a 42-40 loss to Boo Williams. Spiece Indy Heat is 1-2 through Saturday’s games.

— Bluiett: 13 points and one rebound in a 73-64 Spiece Indy Heat win over Meanstreets and nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 42-40 loss to Boo Williams.

— Lyles: 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal in a 73-64 Spiece Indy Heat win over Meanstreets and 12 points, four rebounds and a steal in a 42-40 loss to Boo Williams.

· In Merrillville, N.D. Kendrick of the Recruit Recon reported Indiana assistant Steve McClain scouted 2014 Chicago Curie big man Cliff Alexander, the 2014 Greensburg duo of Bryant McIntosh and Sean Sellers, 2015 Marquette Catholic wing Ryan Fazekas, 2016 Ft. Wayne Luers guard Vijay Blackmon and 2015 Cathedral guard Jalen Coleman. Alexander ripped down a backboard at the event.

Here’s video of Alexander taking down the backboard, via Ball is Life:

· Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that 2014 Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle wing Dorian Pickens is hearing from the Hoosiers.

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  • superhoops

    Time to stop recruiting Anya.  He will be a bust.  Go for the Juco kid instead.  Anya has never once impressed me in the times I’ve seen him and would not be a good addition to the team.  Have no idea what everyone sees in him except he’s friends with Vic. 

  • IUFAN87

    Seems to me with Jaquan Lyle playing with this AAU team that consist of Trey and Bluiett that his mind is made up to come to IU be really big to get verbals from those two this summer and would be great addition to the 2014 class and take pressure off the 2015 class

  • MopLady

    Don’t like hearing that OSU and UL are hollering at Lyle the most…

    http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120421/SPORTS11/304210111/recruiting-JaQuan-Lyle?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I don’t really think Anya fits in our system really well. However, that Marcus Lee from California seems to fit perfectly. He’s athletic and he runs well.

    If Monte Morris keeps playing like this, I’d say he’ll jump to the top of our list in 2013. I like him and Stan Robinson a lot. If we could get one of those two and Marcus Lee or Jameel McKay, I’ll consider this class a resounding success considering the relative lack of talent in Indiana this year. If that kind of class is a down recruiting year… Look out, rest of the nation.

    Keep up the good work CTC and staff.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I don’t really think Anya fits in our system really well. However, that Marcus Lee from California seems to fit perfectly. He’s athletic and he runs well.

    If Monte Morris keeps playing like this, I’d say he’ll jump to the top of our list in 2013. I like him and Stan Robinson a lot. If we could get one of those two and Marcus Lee or Jameel McKay, I’ll consider this class a resounding success considering the relative lack of talent in Indiana this year. If that kind of class is a down recruiting year… Look out, rest of the nation.

    Keep up the good work CTC and staff.

  • Kennydescombes

    I have not seen Anya in person, but I have watched one of his games that was televised on ESPN networks last year.  I was impressed with his physicality, and abilities to rebound and block shots more than anything else.  His offensive game, outside of putbacks, I have no idea about.  However, after watching that game, I firmly believe the kid could have stepped in and played very well in the Big Ten at the beginning of his Junior year in H.S., he appeared to understand the advantage that he has and plays to those advantages, while not trying to prove anything else.  I will grant you that this was just one game, and against other H.S. kids who are not Big Ten ready players, but in the context and at the competition he was playing against, he was a man playing against boys.  Certainly in two years, he will be even stronger, and still have an edge on other incoming freshman big men. 

    Will he be a big time player in College, or a possible NBA player?  I cannot say for sure, but he will without a doubt in my head be a solid recruit, and could be much more and much better than that.  Certainly, he will not be a bust, unless you think he is the next Shaq or something similiar.  I don’t hold anyone in those sorts of expectations, especially not a 6’8″ or 6’9″ Junior in H.S.!

  • IUWereAllForYou

    Good thing you are a couch coach and not a real coach. Bust I don’t think so.

    Here is an idea why don’t you let CTC do the recruiting and you sit back and watch the team develop.

    By the way do you ever think that maybe sometimes these kids read what you uneducated people right on these boards? 

  • IUWereAllForYou

    People need to get up to date on Lyle. He is not coming to IU. IU has backed off as  have a lot of other schools. Great talent, but a major head case.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m not sure how Crean and Co. keep all this personnel recruiting straight by year, position, eligibility etc. X’s and O’s are easy compared to this stuff. Alexander’s gonna make it on a few more lists after than dunk. Morris is gonna be a player…hope he is a top target for the Hoosiers.

  • naked samurai

     He’s a hell of a shotblocker.  I’m not sure that would translate 100% to the next level, but he’s deceptively long.  My questions about him all along have been his speed and conditioning.  He seems awfully slow, especially for Crean’s system.

  • naked samurai

    Just watched the Marcus Lee video on youtube.  Tall and rangy, springy, looks like a real talent.

  • naked samurai

    Just watched the Marcus Lee video on youtube.  Tall and rangy, springy, looks like a real talent.

  • Would be awesome if we somehow got Alexander. Dont see it though. Lots of talent out there right now though.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    doubtful the hoosiers will land anya or alexander but CTC is a tireless recruiter so i think he will get good enough kids to keep this train rolling. 

  • Verdell Jones IV

    Just watched a Marcus Lee highlight tape. Dude is the real deal.

  • Miamihoosier

     How many times have you met Jaquan Lyle? Do you know anyone from his immediate family? Maybe had some conversations with his teachers or coaches?     I know you wouldn’t refer to a 16 year old boy as a “major head case”  without hearing it from these folks, unless of course you were a total A-Hole….

  • With the limited number of schollies left for the next few years, it’s time to commit now or forever hold your peace.

  • shime

    Agree we cannot wait forever for this guy. Not saying he isn’t that good which I think he is. I like that big man from JC we are after he seems to have a passion for the game and respects that IU is after him hard. Just my opinion but Anya looks at IU like any other school. He just narrowed it down to sixteen teams. SIXTEEN TEAMS COME ON. We cannot let top notch players go and wait on a player that put us in his final sixteen teams. Now as far as Lyle is concerned. I have seen him play a few times  being that I am from Evansville. My perception of this kid is he is an unbelievable talent with maturity issues. He argues every call and appears to let his emotions get the best of him at times and get mentally taken out of it. With that being said if he can control his mental aspect he will be a top twenty player in his class and possibly be in the NBA. The kid has that much talent.

  • shime

    Agree we cannot wait forever for this guy. Not saying he isn’t that good which I think he is. I like that big man from JC we are after he seems to have a passion for the game and respects that IU is after him hard. Just my opinion but Anya looks at IU like any other school. He just narrowed it down to sixteen teams. SIXTEEN TEAMS COME ON. We cannot let top notch players go and wait on a player that put us in his final sixteen teams. Now as far as Lyle is concerned. I have seen him play a few times  being that I am from Evansville. My perception of this kid is he is an unbelievable talent with maturity issues. He argues every call and appears to let his emotions get the best of him at times and get mentally taken out of it. With that being said if he can control his mental aspect he will be a top twenty player in his class and possibly be in the NBA. The kid has that much talent.

  • shime

    Man why are you so angry with what superhoops said. What he said is absoloutly right. And who are you to call somebody uneducated? This board is for people to talk IU Basketball. And if people disagree with you they are uneducated? I personally agree with everything he said, and disagree with you . I can do that without calling you a name. By the way I doubt you are a ral coach either. HAVE A GOOD DAY.

  • Derbus

    it’s ‘write’ btw (acronym for by the way), and who cares what they read – its called the internet and that is the world we ALL live in.  It is what it is.  lol 

    He is merely stating his opinion, which I agree with btw!  lol

    Enjoy . . .

  • Geoff_85

    Exactly what I was thinking. IU is offering to a ton of recruits in the upcoming classes. I’m all for it. People can say what they want about offering to a kid that’s a freshman in high school, but someone is going to if you don’t and likely even if you do anyway, so why not try to get that recruit interested in the program as early as possible? I think there are only 2 potential problems when you offer early: 1. the kid doesn’t mature the way you thought they would 2. the potential for a lot of recruits to open up their recruitment. For Coach Crean and his staff, I don’t think the first one is really a problem. He is a phenomenal talent evaluator. Not to mention even if a recruit doesn’t reach the athleticism or ability that we as fans hoped for, Coach Crean will still find a way to use that player because he recruits guys that fit his system and that he knows he can use. As for the second potential problem that I mentioned, I think as this program gets back to national prominence, you’ll see less and less Matt Carlino’s. Let’s hope so anyway. It has been said a thousand times recently, but it truly is a great time to be an Indiana fan.

  • HoosierGrad07

     No, no one in their right mind thinks any of these top 50 recruits ever wander onto these message boards. I’ll agree that guy is very wrong about Anya but irregardless, no big time recruits or players are reading what we write.

    And superhoops, seriously man, don’t insult Coach by making it seem like he would waste our school’s time on a player not worthy of his attention. He obviously knows what he’s doing and let’s just roll with it ok?

    As for other recruits, it seems like Monte Morris is a real stud and Dave Telep (national recruiting analyst) says he really likes our chances of getting a commitment from him. Also, I think Fischer and Devin Davis are just gonna end up being great at IU.

    IU’s 2013 class is going to be EXTREMELY underrated. It’s going to have a similar talent level to 2012 (i know that sounds crazy now), just watch these guys develop over the next year. The 3 guys we have now are solid and we are gonna add 1 and maybe even 2 more.

    It’s all good in HoosierLand!

  • Geoff_85

    Two things though…”He doesn’t plan to pick a college anytime soon.” and “IU coaches watched him at a recent open gym and have been at all three of his games at this weekend’s Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event, where he’s playing for Spiece Indy Heat.” I’m ok if Coach Crean isn’t nagging him constantly. He knows IU is there and is very interested. This is part of what makes the recruiting process fun for fans — it’s up and down all the time. Mostly up for us IU fans recently! 🙂

  •  Wow.  You rip superhoops for calling a kid a possible bust, then you call a 16 year old kid a major head case… Nice.  It seems to me that you, my friend, are the ‘couch coach’.  You are also a hypocrite.

  •  Agree with you here.  I think Cliff A and BeeJay are looonnggg shots.  I also agree with Evansville Hoosier.  If we could get Stan Robinson or Monte Morris at the Guard position, and Jameel McKay or Marcus Lee at the Forward position, I would consider this class a HUGE success.  I just read about Marcus Lee today… He seems really interested in IU, said he likes our style of play and has for a while, under Crean and “was really excited when he heard from IU”. 

  • plane1972

    I smell a troll.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Just saw that Marcus Lee’s AAU team is called the “Bay Area Hoosiers”. He’s halfway there.