Staff // 04/23/2012 12:10 pm
A look at the junior forward from Antioch, Calif. Deer Valley High School that the Hoosiers are coming on strong with, via Yay Area’s Finest:
I like how rangy he is, plus teh athleticism. The shot blocking is a major plus — can you imagine him next to Jurkin or Perea?
But what really intrigues are a couple of plays where he shows good touch outside dunking range, and then one or two passes showing good vision. He’s in Calfornia, which makes this a tough get.
Love what I am seeing here, but I would have liked to see him take a few baseline and elbow jumpers too. Anybody able to offer any insight on that part of his game? I love seeing a big man be aggressive, but he won’t be able to just turn and dunk on the bigs in the Big Ten.
Well, we know he can dunk and block shots impressively. We also know he can move fairly well. I know he is listed at 6’8″ but he appears to have the length and wingspan of a 7-footer (a plus-4 wingspan perhaps?).
There are a ton of West Coast schools we will need to beat to get him but I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to bringing this kid on board. He is ranked in the top 75 by most of the recruiting services I have seen and clearly has the physical tools. Obviously, we haven’t seen his footwork or anything pertaining to the mental part of the game but….I am very intrigued.
So Montee Morris, McKay and Marcus Lee are being heavily recruited. We already have Davis, Hartman and Fischer on board. We know four seniors are off the books after the coming season and given the NBA attention the squad figures to start getting on a regular basis, bringing in stellar players in every class is probably going to be vital. I trust Crean and his staff to do just that.
Not just the left coast we have to worry about. Pretty sure he also got an offer from Kansas.
I don’t know why everyone is pining to see more of his footwork; he hit several turnarounds in that video, and a 17 foot jumper to boot. Also made a couple no look passes. Seems to be athletic and has a high basketball IQ, and with those things in place, it always seems guys aren’t a matter of “if” but a matter of “when”.
To be honest, I like his style in our system more than Anya’s. Not to say I wouldn’t like having Anya, but I think his interest in IU has cooled and I’m not that worried about it.
My best case scenarios for this class (assuming we’re out for Anya): we sign one of Stan Robinson and Monte Morris, and one of Jameel McKay and Marcus Lee. Personally, I like Robinson a hair more for his size, but Morrris has been really impressive and I don’t think there’s much difference there. Between McKay and Lee, I really have no preference. What I do know is that a class of 2 of those 4 plus Davis, Hartman, and Fischer is a surprisingly well rounded and talented class for what is considered a “down year” in IU recruiting.
Likes to dunk. Seems pretty athletic and active. I’m sure CTC knows what he wants to get in this class.
I think the Yay area likes to yell and scream at games.
These are pretty much my thoughts. Crean is making the best of a weak Indiana in 2013.
He plays like anthony davis
Agree with you,….about the fit., Crean wants to run and b e as atheltic as possible. This kid fits the bill..but was I said on another post..pulling him out of CA with all the good schools out there interested will take some doing given that mamas usually like to keep their babies near home??):
I heard his AAU team was the “Bay Area Hoosiers” and that he was “really excited when he heard from IU” maybe we have a shot?
His AAU team is California Supreme. Played previously for Bay Area Hoosiers, I believe.
He reminds me of Larry Nance.
Great hands, good court vision, quick leaper – tough to judge on limited tape, but this kid fits Crean’s system no doubt. Add 30 pounds of muscle and fix his shooting form and he is top 25!
Received a Duke offer apparently. Hope we stay close with him.
Wow… Kid is fierce. It is hard to know the kind of competition he was playing against. But with the way he runs, jumps, and passes, he reminds of an Anthony Davis 2.0.
Runs the floor well and can pass while in the post. Obviously this kid has tons of athleticism. Looks like the sky is the limit for him. Highlight reel blocks A.K.A. blocks the ball as far out of bounds as possible most of the time. Of course I’m being picky here because this kid appears to be the real deal, but blocking the ball 30 feet out of bounds all the time drives me crazy.
Usually this would concern me but Duke is not Duke anymore.
Yeah, I’ve seen enough of this kid to know that I would love to see him in Cream and Crimson!
1) Athletic – check
2) Length – check
3) Apparent quickness (both of his feet and laterally) – check
4) Some thickness with room to grow – check
5) Toughness – he seemed to have a chip on his shoulder of the good variety
This is what we’re going to start to see at IU. Guys from all over the country starting to show interest in a program that will prove to be a perennial power like pUKe, UNC, or Duke. I really think that’s the future of the program and it’ll be interesting to see how things unfold as CTC starts to pull in these recruits from other regions as well as the Indiana talent.
I know its just s highlight film and almost all players look good in them but this kid looks legit. Seems very athletic and who can’t use a good shot blocker. I hope he is as good as he looks and if he is then we need to be after him hard.
Nothing pisses me off more than a player who swats it into the stands when he could have literally just grabbed the ball and started a break.
One thing I have been saying for a while is I think CTC needs to start offering schollies out no farther than 2 years because we are going to be able to get many of the premiere players from now on who don’t even decide until after their senior years are over. I understand wanting to get in early on a player but offering a scholly 4 years early, hence Gordon, just doesn’t make much sense to me sometimes when you really only hope they are going to pan out the way that you want them to. I trust CTC’s judgement but I just think we are going to be able to be a little more picky going forward. That said I do like this guy though and he is within the 2 year span I am talking about so I say go after him and hard since he is in Cali.
Him and Morris or Robinson would round out this class well.
Who are the Bay Area Hoosiers–Richard Mandeville and Joe Hillman?
I find it encouraging in that you have to assume he’s intelligent to receive a Duke offer.
Anyone else concerned about the scholly numbers? I have a feeling that there are some NCAA Clearinghouse issues for Perea and Jurkin.
If we land one more kid, that makes 15 schollys on the 2013-14 team (ws, vic, Mo, cz, ae, remy, Yogi, Hanner, buss, Holowell, Jurkin, Fisher, Hartman, and Davis) CZ can go and then we have 14, still an oversign.
Something ain’t right because CTC is chasing heighth and PF/C players for 2013 class, particularly a Juco with experience.
I am beginning to read between the lines. There is no way CTC is going to overcommitt and force scholly kids out.
Love his athletic ability, speed, length and intensity. I know it is just a short clip but very impressive. Also like that he really likes IU and CTC and our style of play.
Alot of things piss me off much worse than that. He me have to learn that. It may not come naturally for some.
This guy is awesome! He is supposed to grow and be 6-11 maybe even 7-0!
Here’s another video of a tourney game Lee played in.
He had some highlights, was MVP of the tourney, and he plays with a very nice point guard that made several plays.
on max preps they said that he averaged 9.1 blocks a game last season. what a player!! i hope tom crean can land him