Reuter on IU: “I loved everything about it”

INDIANAPOLIS — At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, Tabor Academy (MA) forward Jarred Reuter is a difficult matchup on size and strength alone.

But beyond bullying opponents in the post, something Reuter admits is a large part of his current repertoire, the 2015 prospect is working to expand his game to make himself more well-rounded this summer.

“I’m always working on athleticism because I lost a lot of it when I didn’t play for a year,” Reuter, who missed the 2010-2011 season and reclassified to 2015, told Inside the Hall. “I’m always working on that. Just developing all around, every part of my game. Skills, shooting, down low, perimeter, defense. I’m still young, so everything’s developing right now. I’m not focusing on one point, I’m just focusing on my entire game.”

Reuter, who is ranked among the top 25 prospects nationally by ESPN.com, already holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Providence, Rutgers and St. John’s.

Kansas, North Carolina and West Virginia have also expressed interest.

Reuter received the IU offer last summer while on campus for an elite camp and is still hearing from the coaching staff regularly.

“I loved the campus, loved the coaching staff. I loved everything about it,” he said. “It’s a great place. There’s not much wrong with it. I liked it a lot. Obviously Coach (Tom) Crean is awesome. He’s a great recruiter. This year proved a lot. Next year is only going to be better with the guys they have coming in. I like him whether the team is what it was last year or two years ago.”

The recruiting process is still in its infancy stages for Reuter, who is playing this summer for ECE Mass. As his development continues to progress, Reuter said he’ll have a better feel of which program and style of play fits him best.

“Once I develop more and know what kind of player I’m going to be, I’ll probably know more of what kind of system I want to fit in and where I want to go,” he said. “But right now, I’m just playing. I’m not focusing on the recruiting part as much.”

  • SCHoosier

    Smart move to reclassify..has plenty of time to let his athleticism catch up with that big body. If he keeps improving his quickness and learns to play the four with a face up shot…I hope the IU offer is one he can’t refuse.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Interesting given IU’s current approach to recruiting, which Crean openly acknowledged they were going after length, athleticism, speed, ability to guard multiple positions, etc. It’s the same reason I scratch my a head a little over Anya……these guys dont have a lot of those abilities at least right now. Dont get me wrong, I like the fact that he is still looking at the burly inside guys you really need to have in the Big Ten. Just find it interesting some of the guys we are still going after that dont fit the stated recruiting philosophy.

  • IUMIKE1

    Anyone know why was he off for a year ? Injured ?

  • MillaRed

    Regardless of our running and gunning, if the opposing team has a beast in the middle we still have to defend him, rebound and make him work defensively. Just my opinion.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    I agreed until I watched this kid’s video. There will always be a place for a banger with hustle and tough skin on Indiana’s team. This kid is a legit 4 year player that bangs as hard as Hansbrough used to at UNC. Who doesn’t want that?

  • VerdellJonesIV

    I agreed until I watched this kid’s video. There will always be a place for a banger with hustle and tough skin on Indiana’s team. This kid is a legit 4 year player that bangs as hard as Hansbrough used to at UNC. Who doesn’t want that?

  • Big Fella

    Reminds me a little of Tyler Hansbrough.

  • calbert40

    Every team needs a big body. Our athleticism won’t matter too much without one or two guys like him when we play slow down teams like Wisky. They will make us bang with them. Guys like Rueter will help with that. I really like this kid.

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