Open Thread: How will the 2013 class shake out?

Recruiting in college athletics is, by nature, highly competitive and very fluid. At the highest level of college basketball, landing the right collection of players can be the difference between a run to the Sweet 16 and a national championship. Prospects add and remove schools from their lists, make and cancel visit plans and change their minds daily while going through the process.

That’s exactly why it is difficult to find a flaw with Indiana’s current approach of never slowing down on the recruiting trail. Will there be misses and situations that don’t work out along the way? Yes. It happens everywhere. But by continuing their relentless approach, the Indiana staff is putting the program in the best position to compete at a high level for years to come.

That brings us to the class of 2013. The Hoosiers have secured four verbal commitments, but our latest recruiting board (updated today) shows several prospects still in play. On paper, scholarships are full for the 2013-2014 season, but early NBA Draft departures or potential attrition by transfer are a possibility in any program.

With that in mind, how would you like to see Indiana proceed with the remainder of the 2013 class? Is a big man like BeeJay Anya, Marcus Lee or Kennedy Meeks the missing piece? Or should a wing like Semi Ojeleye or Troy Williams be the top priority?

Sound off with your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Hack Wilson

    A lot of great comments below; All quality in my opinion. One potential outcome that no one seems to mention: Cody Zeller is at IU to accomplish a few things. Most importantly, to graduate and to win an NCAA Title. Let’s say IU does not win the title next year (unlikely, of course, but possible). Cody will not be finish academically until mid way through his junior year. He comes from a very smart family, heavily focused on education. He is a better player than both of his brothers, yes, but both of them went four years. I think it’s realistic that Cody stays after this year. Remember his comments last year…something about not being ready to grow up. He’s only 19; he might stay. And, if Vic has an “ok” year, he won’t be top 20 NBA material, so he could stay. Then, we’re in a pinch. I love the recruiting that CTC does, and we’re going to go through some very tough “growing pains”. Part of those pains might include “releasing” guys that will see very few (if any) minutes to make room for Anya/Meeks/Semi, etc. Enter Etherington, Hartman, etc. Those guys are great, Indiana boys. But this team isn’t what it was when they committed. They’re talented enough to start at somewhere like Notre Dame, and won’t play all four years at IU. Wrapping up…I don’t think it’s a done-deal that Cody leaves. Likely, yes. Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Absolutely not. Same with Vic.

  • Hack Wilson

    Commenting on my own post, because I forgot: I think Devin Davis and Stan Robinson will both deliver, in a big way. Davis, in my opinion, is highly under-rated. CTC and the coaching staff will take his athletic ability and turn him into a Hoosier we will love to watch. Stan Robinson can get to the basket in a big hurry. Kind of like Yogi, but much more “raw” or “blacktop”. Both Davis and Robinson will contribute, no matter what happens with the other offers we have out there. Hartman, Fisher…I can’t get my thumb on quite yet. Fisher has a very high upside. Hartman seems to be going through an identity crisis after committing.

  • marcusgresham

    I had thought that about Meeks not fitting in with the style, but Arkansas did pretty well with some serious fatboys (Oliver Miller, most notably,) when Nolan Richardson was there, and I think Meeks is better athletically than those guys.

  • marcusgresham

    I had thought that about Meeks not fitting in with the style, but Arkansas did pretty well with some serious fatboys (Oliver Miller, most notably,) when Nolan Richardson was there, and I think Meeks is better athletically than those guys.

  • marcusgresham

    By “Mass” are you meaning Massachusetts? If so, DeMatha is in Maryland.

  • marcusgresham

    Right there with you—I saw Hasheem Thabeet as a freshman and I thought he was the second coming of Constantin Popa.

  • Mel Piepho

    I would not count Cody out for his junior year. He’s academic and wants to get a degree, which will take more than one year. He could get a degree in 3 years, but not 2. Also, Tyler is likely to tell Cody to stay another year in school and work on such and such (?) to cope better in the NBA. Afterall, Cody took very few shots from the basket last year, which would be essential in the NBA.

  • HoosierKen73

    Evidently you have not followed Crean’s press concerences closely. He has stated, Cody, is already halfway finished with class work required for his degree. So unless he stays, to work on a Masters a la Ross, he’ll likely leave after next year. Yeah, I wish he wouldn’t either, but that’s the situation.

  • b_side

    “Let’s say IU does not win the title next year (unlikely, of course, but possible).”

    Time for a quick reality check. I’m as optimistic as anyone about our chances next year, but it is far more likely that we won’t win the championship than we do.

    Sure we’ll have a very deep roster, a great mix of experience and youthful talent in addition to a potential national player of the year, but it still takes a lot of luck during March Madness too. The right matchups, the right bounce of the ball, etc. Just think how fortunate our ’02 team was – not taking anything away from that astounding Duke win, but we also got to play two double digit seeds even after the first round (3 in total) en route to the championship game.

    Currently, Vegas gave us the best odds as 7:1 favorites. In effect, that’s only a 14% chance of winning.

  • b_side

    “Let’s say IU does not win the title next year (unlikely, of course, but possible).”

    Time for a quick reality check. I’m as optimistic as anyone about our chances next year, but it is far more likely that we won’t win the championship than we do.

    Sure we’ll have a very deep roster, a great mix of experience and youthful talent in addition to a potential national player of the year, but it still takes a lot of luck during March Madness too. The right matchups, the right bounce of the ball, etc. Just think how fortunate our ’02 team was – not taking anything away from that astounding Duke win, but we also got to play two double digit seeds even after the first round (3 in total) en route to the championship game.

    Currently, Vegas gave us the best odds as 7:1 favorites. In effect, that’s only a 14% chance of winning.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I never said I wasn’t a Jurkin fan, he’s obviously a talented guy with a lot of size. But isn’t it just slightly self-centered of us to assume all of our players will be in the NBA? Obviously that’s a bit of an exaggeration,but you get what I’m saying.

    Take it or leave it as you will, but Jurkin is raw skills wise, has had health issues that could hinder his mobility, and, while being impressive athletically, has never been overwhelming. While I like PJ a lot, I think there are many more stories of guys like him fizzling out than making it in the NBA.

    Personal opinion. Sorry to offend.

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

    I really enjoyed that Duke game in 2002.

    I put some money down in Vegas a month ago at 6:1 & I think those odds are pretty terrible… I did it anyway.

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

    I really enjoyed that Duke game in 2002.

    I put some money down in Vegas a month ago at 6:1 & I think those odds are pretty terrible… I did it anyway.

  • DannerPerea

    Anyone know Hartman’s GPA? He may be contributing to the team in ways other than starting lineup.

  • DannerPerea

    Three words: Je’nay Jackson conditioning. But I’m still thinking Anya.

  • IUMIKE1

    Good thought, plus they did a full court press pretty much the whole game as well.

  • IUMIKE1

    Thanks for giving me the shout out Milla.

  • MillaRed

    Sorry Mike. You can lay down a mean Pritch screen though

  • IUMIKE1

    Life did become a whole lot easier once the reasoning behind my abnormally colored tongue was revealed to me and what may be the scariest part of all of it is wondering if and how JerryCT is going to end up being connected to all of it. This whole thing is starting to really worry me.

    Please let the season have started when i wake up in the morning so that some small semblance of normalcy might be restored to my life.

  • SCHoosier

    Nicely wirtten..but what does “logic” have to do with IU basketball:)

  • OhioHoosier

    Off topic a little bit but how long do we think Yogi will stay at school? With his talent he could leave after 1 or 2 years….maybe focusing on the 2014 class would be better if Anya doesnt come. I have no idea about Yogi’s plans to stay in school so does anyone else?

  • Jonathan

    Optimistically, that would be great. However, the pull of the NBA was heavy this past year and will only be greater after next season. I have not seen too many players who are going to be a top 3 NBA draft pick go back to school the following year. I would like to say he is coming back but realistically he probably won’t.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I knowwwwww. Come on October!!

  • dan tu

    The Big Ten will always be physical. So, big men are in high demand. Especially in the toughest conference in colleg
    e basketball.

  • Jake

    He won’t be one and done that’s for sure. He’s too small strength and height wise to be a one and doner. I think he’ll stay 3 or 4 years.

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