Hoosiers sit 5th in ESPN’s updated 2013 recruiting rankings

ESPN.com: Class of 2013 Team Basketball Recruiting Rankings

The Hoosiers are steadily branching out. After Tom Crean laid the foundation of his program with players from the Hoosier State, he’s now spreading the word and rebuilding the brand nationally. Half of IU’s current four-man class aren’t Indiana natives, and that’s a new twist. The Hoosiers are highlighted by ESPN 100 recruits shooting guard Stanford Robinson (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI), who owns a lefty stroke that extends to 3-point range and is a rangy defender, and power forward Luke Fischer (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) who might have the most momentum of Indiana’s four commits heading into the summer.

  • Todzilla

    How Sweet it is!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I doubt we maintain a top 5 spot in this ranking, and top 10 may be in jeopardy. The only way I see that happening are Anya committing, and a decommit from Davis or Hartman combined with a commit from Lee or Ojeleye.
    And truth be told, I’m fine with that. This whole class is kind of weak to be honest, not just the state of Indiana. We’ll do what we can in 2013, and have a top 3 class in 2014. I’m fine with that.

  • HoosierKen73

    Would love to get Lee and Ojeleye… You’re probably right on needing that to maintain a position in the top ten. I kinda like what I’ve read from Davis…guess question Hartman just a little.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    From a national perspective, I believe the general thought is that the 2013 group is stronger than 2012.

  • Watford

    Definitely like davis over hartman

  • Watford

    Definitely like davis over hartman

  • Mr_Howard8h

    Davis and Hartman aren’t going anywhere, which is a good thing. Accept it. The way Tom Crean is building his team, we NEED guys like Hartman and Davis on it.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    I keep hearing analyst talk about the depth of superior talent nationally in the 2014 class. Living in the era of one and done’s, that makes for one hell of a year of college basketball. It’ll be interesting to see where all that talent goes.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I should clarify…. I am not rooting for anyone to decommit. I am merely speculating that we will most likely not maintain this impressive of a ranking. I’m fine with our current class, and I like Davis’s game.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I should clarify…. I am not rooting for anyone to decommit. I am merely speculating that we will most likely not maintain this impressive of a ranking. I’m fine with our current class, and I like Davis’s game.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    2012 isn’t particularly strong either, there aren’t as many one and dones as there were in year’s past. I’m basing this assumption on Telep’s comment in his chat today that “2013 does not have as much star power as some other classes. That being said, it’s a purely objective analysis, so I understand either argument. I’m just saying I’m ok with not having an extremely impressive 2013. We’ll fill needs, and that’s all that’s necessary.

  • Miamihoosier

    I love our 2013 class. Hartman, Davis and Fischer are all 4 year guys. We will always need upperclassman to anchor the stud freshman, teach them how hard they have to work, keep them out of trouble etc…..the “all freshman” approach might of worked for a title this year, but I’m guessing it will be a looong time before we see a team of super-freshman win it again.

  • ScoopGeoff

    I hate UK as much as the next guy, but let’s deal with the truth here… They didn’t use an “all freshman” approach last year. Their 2nd and 3rd leading scorers were sophomores, and their team leader and dagger-producer was a senior. Hate UK based on facts so they can’t dispute what you say about them. Don’t perpetuate myths and lies, we don’t need to when they are so morally flawed as a program.

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    UK had 3 Freshman heavy teams in a row…and they got an Elite 8, Final 4 & National Title out of it. It’s always great to have a 1 & done stud or two on a squad.

  • Miamihoosier

    And that is what we have lined up Erik. One or two. Not four or five. That is the point, the one or two we got in classes like 11, 12, and 14, blended with the blue collar classes like 10 and 13 is what will ensure we always have a lethal mix of talent AND experience. From this point on, “elite 8″ appearances aren’t good enough. Just like they aren’t good enough for UK fans. I’m just saying for winning titles, I like the IU model’s chances a little more long term, than the UK approach of losing your whole squad to the draft each year, and then needing to lock up 4 of the 20 best freshman, to have a chance to be a contender. We will see this year, but to me, this is Calipari’s weakest class since he took over at UK. I think they will finish third in the SEC, which would be like IU finishing 6/7 in the Big Ten.

  • Miamihoosier

    And that is what we have lined up Erik. One or two. Not four or five. That is the point, the one or two we got in classes like 11, 12, and 14, blended with the blue collar classes like 10 and 13 is what will ensure we always have a lethal mix of talent AND experience. From this point on, “elite 8″ appearances aren’t good enough. Just like they aren’t good enough for UK fans. I’m just saying for winning titles, I like the IU model’s chances a little more long term, than the UK approach of losing your whole squad to the draft each year, and then needing to lock up 4 of the 20 best freshman, to have a chance to be a contender. We will see this year, but to me, this is Calipari’s weakest class since he took over at UK. I think they will finish third in the SEC, which would be like IU finishing 6/7 in the Big Ten.

  • twarrior87

    Do you think will IU get to the point eventually where we don’t offer anyone early unless they’re a top 50 player?

    It seems we are in a situation now where it would be nice to have some scholarships for guys like Semi Ojeleye and Marcus Lee. Not saying anything bad about the current 2013 class b/c we do need glue guys, but anyone that says they’d rather have Hartman than Ojeleye or Lee is kidding themselves.

    It seems alot of the top recruits in the nation wait until april or may to commit. The way IU has been recruiting there are no scholly’ left at that point.

    I fully trust CTC and the coaching staff when it comes recruiting. I’m just curious if it will get to the point where we only offer early to players of a certain caliber.

  • twarrior87

    Do you think will IU get to the point eventually where we don’t offer anyone early unless they’re a top 50 player?

    It seems we are in a situation now where it would be nice to have some scholarships for guys like Semi Ojeleye and Marcus Lee. Not saying anything bad about the current 2013 class b/c we do need glue guys, but anyone that says they’d rather have Hartman than Ojeleye or Lee is kidding themselves.

    It seems alot of the top recruits in the nation wait until april or may to commit. The way IU has been recruiting there are no scholly’ left at that point.

    I fully trust CTC and the coaching staff when it comes recruiting. I’m just curious if it will get to the point where we only offer early to players of a certain caliber.

  • Reggie

    RT @grosenstein JaQuan Lyle on #IUBB: “I haven’t talked to them in a while.” about an hour ago

    Now who the heck is going to be our next pg after Yogi?

  • stroot

    VIjay Blackmon?

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    I’m glad we are and stay there. Keep knocking on that final four door with good teams year in & year out. Sooner or later you will break through and win the thing. Especially since the tourny is lose once & out so the best team doesn’t always win.

    UNC lost a bunch of guys to the draft & missed the tourny the following year a few years back, so I ideally only 1 to 2 one & dones.

    As for UK, they’ve knocked on that door the last 3 years. Their worst finish was ending the season ranked 5th 3 years ago. I don’t like them, but I can’t overlook that. I hate to remind people of this, but we finished 5th in the Big 10 last year. If we had just 1, one & done guy on last years team, maybe a stud PG (Teague for example) on the team…yikes. Hopefully Yogi can be that great this year.

    We share very high expectations for Indiana basketball.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Once again, perpetuating myths instead of looking at the facts… Oh well, I guess you’re fine with sounding biased and a little foolish. UK doesn’t lose their entire team “every year” to the NBA. You are a prisoner of the moment.

    I like the comment about this being Cal’s weakest class. Well yeah, the last 3 years he’s had the #1 class in the country. This year he fell all the way to #2! Definely slipping.

    I think you may be right about them finishing 3rd in the SEC next year, but it’s for a couple reasons you failed to mention (or understand?) 1. Two very good teams – Mizzou and Texas A&M -joined the conference, creating a more competitive atmosphere. 2. They don’t have quality RETURNING players like they have the past few years – most prominently last year with Lamb, Jones, and Miller. So next year they truly will be depending on freshman primarily.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Other than that though, UK can go eff themselves.

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