What to watch for: July evaluation period

The first of three five-day July evaluation periods begins next Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Inside the Hall takes a look at what we’ll be watching for as college coaches hit the trail to evaluate prospects:

· How will IU proceed with the 2013 class? With four verbal commitments already secured, Indiana is technically full on scholarships for the 2013-2014 season and that doesn’t include Maurice Creek, who is entering his fourth season but will have eligibility beyond the upcoming season.

The IU staff, led by Tom Crean’s relentless approach to never stop improving the program, continues to recruit for the class. BeeJay Anya, Semi Ojeleye (pictured) and Marcus Lee have all been heavily courted. With all three prospects — and 2014 commit Trey Lyles, 2014 target Trevon Bluiett, 2013 center Kennedy Meeks, 2014 point guard Tyus Jones and 2014 wing Theo Pinson — participating in the Nike Peach Jam during the second evaluation period, expect a heavy Indiana presence at the summer’s final EYBL event in North Augusta, South Carolina.

· How will Hartman fare in July? Fair or not, 2013 commit Collin Hartman has been one of the hottest topics of discussion amongst Indiana fans since the end of the high school season. A lot of that chatter comes from Hartman’s fall from the top 25 in ESPN’s initial 2013 rankings to no ranking by any of the three major scouting services (ESPN, Rivals and Scout/Fox Sports Next).

Hartman has an opportunity to regain stature on a national level this month as the Eric Gordon Central Stars will play in the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, the NY2LA Summer Jam in Milwaukee and the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. With the spring concussion that caused problems for the Cathedral senior out of the way, will July be his time to shine?

· Who will emerge as the top priorities for 2014? Our 2014 recruiting board is still fairly lengthy, but July should afford the opportunity for the Indiana staff to lay eyes on just about every recruit listed. Trevon Bluiett currently lays claim to the top spot on the board of the uncommitted prospects due to the strong interest from both sides. But not far behind is Phil Booth, a guard from the Baltimore area who is expected to take an unofficial visit to Bloomington after the July period wraps up.

The two highest listed prospects on the board without offers are Malek Harris and Shane Hall, who have both spoken very highly of Indiana. Perhaps a strong July could lead to further movement with Harris and Hall.

· How will trio of young guards progress after strong spring showings? Indiana has placed an emphasis on getting in on the best in-state prospects very early. With the 2014 class, it paid dividends when Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr. committing before ever playing a high school game.

The same strategy with the 2015 and 2016 classes seems to materializing as Indiana offered 2015 Cathedral guard Jalen Coleman last summer and 2015 East Chicago Central guard Hyron Edwards and 2016 North Central guard Eron Gordon this past spring. Coleman and Edwards are already tracking in the top 25 nationally in ESPN’s first rankings and Gordon is in the top ten of the only 2016 rankings we’ve been able to find.

All three had strong springs and should use that momentum to play even better in July. Coleman should be more comfortable after playing with his Spiece Indy Heat-Lands team for the first time this spring, Edwards should continue to make strides as a better defender and Gordon’s strength should continue to make him difficult to keep out of the lane.

  • Kevin Tolliver
  • IU87

    Tell me where Blueitt fits in at IU? No way he can play the 2 and the 3 not quick enough. Nice player, but I will take booth all day long over Trevon.

  • charles leolus

    Re: hartman’s early commit, it’s a bit like Etherington, who was ranked around 40-50th in his class when he first committed, then was entirely out of all rankings by time he graduated. Will he ever get signif. PT? Sheehey, Hollowell are ahead of him. I doubt it. Hartman may fall into the same mold, although you never know. But early commits are oftena gamble.

  • marcusgresham

    If you listened to the interview with him, Elston said he just graduated and will be in grad school this season.

  • marcusgresham

    Etherington and Hartman are both shooters. They’ll get their spots to play. They’ll have PT similar to what Roth got—some games not much, some games, in the right match-ups, they’ll go off.

  • Kelin Blab

    At 6’4 Bluiett can play either spot at IU the 2 or the 3. VERY good shooter, good rebounding wing, and does not need the ball to get 20pts. Plays with some toughness. I also don’t discount the coaching he is receiving at the High School and AAU levels, coached by some very very good guys.

  • IronHoosier

    Is CTC still recruiting deangelo russel

  • DannerPerea

    My bad Marcus..i didnt’ listen to the interview (slow connection means video and audio are choppy and annoying..kinda like someone who posts w/o having fully investigated available information;) I doubt then that Mr. Elston will transfer for another year of grad school elsewhere.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t listen to most of them for the same reason but I’ve been on vacation and I’ve had time to kill. (Actually, I should reword that—I’ve been on vacation and, while I have a bit of a slow connection at home, the videos aren’t blocked like they are at work.)

  • Geoff_85

    Spread. The. Floor. That will give some IU’s great drivers some room to work, and when they get around the man in front, it will be an easy 2 or an open 3 when the double teams come. With the shooters IU has next year – Hulls, Yogi, Hollowell, Sheehey, Watford, Oladipo (just kidding), Etherington – they are going to space the floor extremely well. It will be pick your poison for defenses. Man, IU should be very, very good next season.

  • CreanFaithful

    Yeah, but was it in person???

  • http://twitter.com/DrainDaMainCain Ryan Cain

    I have a question. Why don’t we ever go for the best of the best talent? Jabari Parker, Jahil Okafor, Dakari Johnson, Anthony Bennett, Julius Randle, Chris Walker, Karl Towns Jr?

  • CreanFaithful

    Tom Crean’s record at Indiana: 55-75 (.423) — I think we should be pretty happy with recruiting thus far.

  • jahhoosier

    Re: Ojeleye or Anya, here is a succinct way to put your dilemma, I think: Anya looks to me to POSSIBLY be slightly overrated, while Ojeleye looks like he is DEFINITELY vastly underrated; Anya plays a position of greater need, though IU will certainly have good post players, while Ojeleye has the potential to play positions plural, possibly 1-4 and certainly 2-4, which is a premium need in Crean’s system.

    Personally, I hope we sign neither this fall, as I hate over-signing, and we are already over-signed. However, of the two, I would take Ojeleye without question, if he is willing to wait to see how things shake out in the spring. To me, he should be the #1 uncommitted target. He looks to me like he’s going to be a true great.

  • jahhoosier

    Re: Ojeleye or Anya, here is a succinct way to put your dilemma, I think: Anya looks to me to POSSIBLY be slightly overrated, while Ojeleye looks like he is DEFINITELY vastly underrated; Anya plays a position of greater need, though IU will certainly have good post players, while Ojeleye has the potential to play positions plural, possibly 1-4 and certainly 2-4, which is a premium need in Crean’s system.

    Personally, I hope we sign neither this fall, as I hate over-signing, and we are already over-signed. However, of the two, I would take Ojeleye without question, if he is willing to wait to see how things shake out in the spring. To me, he should be the #1 uncommitted target. He looks to me like he’s going to be a true great.

  • CreanFaithful

    His situation is a little different having achieved his masters already.

  • CreanFaithful

    His situation is/was a little different having achieved his masters already.

  • CreanFaithful

    It’s a lot of money regardless. And it wouldn’t be Tyler “dishing out money for his bro.” It would be Tyler dishing out money for some guy he doesn’t know to be on the squad. Cody’s spot on the team is solidified and he will be a competing for a title regardless of whether the 13th guy is on the bench…

  • marcusgresham

    There could be times where the offense resembles the Orlando Magic’s 1 in 4 out format, but I hope that doesn’t come at the expense of attacking the basket.

  • marcusgresham

    There could be times where the offense resembles the Orlando Magic’s 1 in 4 out format, but I hope that doesn’t come at the expense of attacking the basket.

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