Recruiting Notebook: A busy week for unofficial visits

  • 06/29/2012 8:59 am in

Indiana’s push to add to its current four-man recruiting class for 2013 continued this week as the Hoosiers hosted Semi Ojeleye, a versatile 6-foot-6 forward from Ottawa (KS) on an unofficial visit.

A recent profile of Ojeleye in The Kansas City Star placed Duke at the top of the heap for ESPN.com’s No. 33 player nationally. Ojeleye left Bloomington with an offer and our brief conversation with him Wednesday night seemed to indicate the visit went well. Ojeleye’s trip east also included a Thursday stop at Illinois.

· 2013 Deer Valley (CA) big man Marcus Lee (pictured) is in Texas this week for a trio of unofficial visits, according to reports by Evan Daniels and Dave Telep.

The top 50 forward was at Texas A & M on Wednesday, Texas on Thursday and is scheduled to see Baylor as well.

· USA Basketball’s U17 team begins play today at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Men in Kaunas, Lithuania.

2013 DeMatha (MD) center BeeJay Anya and 2014 Apple Valley (MN) point guard Tyus Jones, who both have offers from IU, are two members of the 12-man roster that also features Jabari Parker, the No. 1 player nationally in 2013.

Anya’s participation in the FIBA tournament, coupled with his schedule with Team Takeover in July, will likely push any visits to August.

· Collin Hartman and Cathedral carried their strong play from last week’s USSFA Shootout over to Mackey Arena on Thursday by winning the Puccini’s Purdue Shootout. The Fighting Irish are a strong candidate to open the season as the No. 1 team in Class 4A.

Hartman’s teammate Jalen Coleman visited Illinois on Wednesday and picked up a scholarship offer.

· 2014 Mount St. Joseph’s (MD) guard Phil Booth, who we profiled earlier this month, took an unofficial visit to Maryland this week and also picked up a scholarship offer from Xavier  per multiple reports on Twitter.

Booth’s father, Phil Sr., said earlier this month that the family planned to make a trip to Bloomington either in late June or August.

· A pair of 2014 five-star prospects with Indiana offers took unofficial visits to Kentucky earlier in the week. D’Angelo Russell was in Lexington on Monday and JaQuan Lyle was there Tuesday. Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star caught up with Lyle and the update includes quotes on both Kentucky and Purdue and also reveals that the Bosse guard plans to visit IU and Michigan State “soon.”

· 2014 Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett took an unofficial visit to Michigan on Monday and left with a scholarship offer. Bluiett is just the third 2014 prospect to receive an offer from the Wolverines. As noted in our mailbag earlier in the week, Bluiett is up to 11 offers which includes four Big Ten schools (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Purdue).

· CBS Sports performed an interesting exercise earlier in the week by compiling a mock draft using current high school prospects. 2014 commit Trey Lyles received a mention.

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  • Geoff_85

    Can someone please tell me how to pronounce Semi’s name? I’ve been pronouncing it like sim-ee oh-jah-lay. Also Trevon’s name? I’ve been pronouncing it tray-von (though it could be truh-von) blue-et. Please excuse my ignorance, I’ve never heard their names actually said out loud.

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  • mrjonessodaandme

    Alex, if this is inappropriate to post here, please delete. Long time poster here, not trying to cause any problems.

    I have claim to 2 tickets for this season. I am not going to purchase them. I would love to allow someone here to take advantage and claim them.

    The best fans are on here and they should get the tickets. If you’re interested, please email me, mrkdwll629@gmail. They are balcony seats. $537 a seat. I have 2 seats. Priority ends at 6pm today.

    Not looking to make profit, just want to get them to great fans.

    Thanks!

  • SCHoosier

    Hope we press hard on Booth. Our kind of guy. Hate to say this, but after watching some of the NBA draft last night..it apears Calapari will be able to continue his one and done recruting of great players and be a final four contender each year. When he can point to his team./draft success..those great players…looking only to satisfty the NBA’s “one year of college rule”..can not find a better place than UK.. which has the environment/ coach thriving on this approach to college b-ball. While I much prefer the way TC is building IU’s program..Coach C takes “me first” kids..has been successful in molding them into a cohesvie team and paves the way to make them instant millionaires. Yea I know the bad raps on him..but when JC can tell a ’14 five star “We not making offers right now because we usually send 4-5 players each year to the NBA and need to focus oun filling our ’13 roster”..that is one powerful damn tool. I guess one jughead with a bad attitude could ruin the UK forumla..but if..as a high schooler..you are rated 4-5 star..and think you are ready for the NBA…the UK siren song is one that will seduce.. Just saying..those recruiting wars are tough..and I think TC is targeting the right kids.

  • oldfan

    Calapari recruiting only one and done players who have no interest in academics or graduation is not good for college basketball. There needs to be a rule change so that the number of scholarships a program gets is based on percentage of recruits actually graduate. For example, if 50% of recruits get a degree you can have 13 scholarships. If only 40% of recruits graduate you get 12 scholarships, if 30% graduate you get 11 scholarships, etc. That way a program can still have a few one and dones without penalty but programs like Kentucky would lose scholarships.

  • oldfan

    Calapari recruiting only one and done players who have no interest in academics or graduation is not good for college basketball. There needs to be a rule change so that the number of scholarships a program gets is based on percentage of recruits actually graduate. For example, if 50% of recruits get a degree you can have 13 scholarships. If only 40% of recruits graduate you get 12 scholarships, if 30% graduate you get 11 scholarships, etc. That way a program can still have a few one and dones without penalty but programs like Kentucky would lose scholarships.

  • oldtimehoosier

    Agreed that this is a recipe for success in the short term. There is, however, a built in bomb to this approach. It goes like this; “I’m going pro next year, so all I have to do is get C’s to remain eligible.” – The player. “Damn, our kids’ grades are slipping badly, I better bump a few of them up a notch.” – The admin, and occasional unscrupulous prof. “Why in the hell is that kid playing? He never even took the exams. Pure F.” – The player’s Biology prof. “We got reports of Coach Calapari fudging his players’ grades again.” – The NCAA investigator.
    Well, you see where this is going.
    Just like at Memphis and UMass, this will blow up in Coach Cal’s and Kentucky’s faces.
    And why? Because Calapari treats college basketball for what it really is, the minor league of the NBA.
    Do I blame Coach Cal? No, he’s doing the job he’s paid to do. Do I blame a kid like Anthoney Davis? No, he knew that he was a lottery pick straight out of high school, and who needs a BS in accounting to get a job for 65K a year when you can make that in a week in the NBA. Do I blame that admin, no, I wouldn’t want to crap on a kid’s dream either.
    It’s a mess.
    I’d really like to hear the opinion of a certain Purdue prof on this one.

  • slojoe

    It appears that Larry Brown wants to repllicate Calapari’s model at SMU. Of course, SMU is not Kentucky. I guess we’ll see.

  • marcusgresham

    They had “one jughead with a bad attitude.” His name is DeMarcus Cousins. It didnt’ affect Kentucky negatively one iota (but it’s not doing much for Sacramento.)

  • marcusgresham

    I believe it’s “SIM-e o-juh-LIE-uh”

  • Geoff_85

    Ask Antoine Walker or about 50-60% of former NBA players why they might want a BS. They’re all filing bankruptcy after they retire.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Which has nothing to do with a college degree. It has to do with a lifestyle that they are surrounded by and constant pressure from family and friends. None of which a 22 yr old college grad is taught about or prepped for. NFL players graduate at a much higher rate than NBA players, but still file bankruptcy at an extremely high rate as well.

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to the Hoosiers you three with offers!

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to the Hoosiers you three with offers!