Indiana leading chase for 2013 forward Troy Williams

Hoosier Hysteria made quite the impact on Troy Williams.

The 2013 recruit had been targeting the spring to commit, but his timetable has been accelerated following his official visit to Bloomington last weekend. Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is the No. 32 prospect in the 2013 class, according to ESPN.com.

Indiana coach Tom Crean traveled to watch Williams play in a scrimmage at Oak Hill following Big Ten Media Day Thursday night, and rumors surfaced that a decision was imminent.

His uncle and AAU coach, Boo Williams, shot that idea down.

“Indiana is leading,” Boo Williams said, “but I don’t think anything is going to happen tonight.”

Troy Williams admitted earlier this week that the Hoosier Hysteria experience had moved Indiana on his list of suitors, but he shied away from saying the visit was better than the one he made to North Carolina a week earlier. But he was certainly blown away by the atmosphere.

“I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse,” Williams told Inside the Hall on Monday. “There’s a fan difference as in who likes their basketball more, but I wouldn’t say there’s a difference in how I liked them.

“I didn’t know that their basketball meant that much to them. It was more people than I thought would show up.”

Williams reportedly finished the scrimmage on Thursday night against Hargrave Military Academy with 16 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.waynescott Kenneth Wayne Scott

    No offense to those guys but I don’t think Jurkin will ever be an above average center. Luke might be by his 3rd year. Anya would be the best bet. Crazy athletic for being that size.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.waynescott Kenneth Wayne Scott

    No offense to those guys but I don’t think Jurkin will ever be an above average center. Luke might be by his 3rd year. Anya would be the best bet. Crazy athletic for being that size.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m not sure I’d classify Davis as a wing as much as a frontcourt guy. He seems more rebounder/banger than perimeter-oriented.

  • marcusgresham

    Luke Fischer is the closest to the mold but it’s going to be a combination of Luke, Peter, and maybe a guy who hasn’t signed yet (BeeJay?)

  • SCHoosier

    Suck it does..but no one thought IU would be in the position they are..before Crean’s 4th-5th season…and given how far we had fallen and the talent available..a couple of offers looked good when IU made them..maybe not so good now. However..Crean has to know that the worst thing he could do for in-state recruiting is to treat a recruit badly. I don’t see anyway..Crean would say no to BeeJay and/or Williams if they commit…that leaves NV still hovering out there. Its why Crean is paid the big bucks…but one mistake and IU takes a big hit in recruiting circles. Just have to have faith that TC can juggle all htis talent if it comes available.

  • SCHoosier

    Suck it does..but no one thought IU would be in the position they are..before Crean’s 4th-5th season…and given how far we had fallen and the talent available..a couple of offers looked good when IU made them..maybe not so good now. However..Crean has to know that the worst thing he could do for in-state recruiting is to treat a recruit badly. I don’t see anyway..Crean would say no to BeeJay and/or Williams if they commit…that leaves NV still hovering out there. Its why Crean is paid the big bucks…but one mistake and IU takes a big hit in recruiting circles. Just have to have faith that TC can juggle all htis talent if it comes available.

  • marcusgresham

    Jurkin is no more awkward than Hasheem Thabeet was his freshman year. There’s plenty of opportunity for improvement.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yep, it’s one thing for a kid to, well let’s just put it this way, kinda scratch their chin and go hmmm a little bit, but with all of the particulars that seem to be surrounding this one I have to think that that isn’t quite the case. I can’t ever recall Crean just cutting things off so abruptly with any other recruit like he did with TL. For things to take the course they did it would be hard for me to be convinced that there was not something major go down.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yep, it’s one thing for a kid to, well let’s just put it this way, kinda scratch their chin and go hmmm a little bit, but with all of the particulars that seem to be surrounding this one I have to think that that isn’t quite the case. I can’t ever recall Crean just cutting things off so abruptly with any other recruit like he did with TL. For things to take the course they did it would be hard for me to be convinced that there was not something major go down.

  • IUMIKE1

    Totally agree.

  • NWI Hoosier

    Any chance that Elston will be out the whole year and can return next season? How will this scenrio affect next years Scholarships. Also, CTC was comparing Zeller to Andrew Luck. He may come back for his junior season.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    waste* and while I see Meeks at UNC, I do not see Vonleh there. I feel like UNC has lost some of their recruiting prowess.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I wish the best for Indiana kids, and I sincerely think some of them would get more time at another school.

  • IUBB#6

    So whats the starting lineup this year? yogi, hulls, oladipo, watford, zeller?

  • twarrior87

    I don’t see any way he will be out all season with a torn meniscus… unless there is something else wrong with him we don’t know about he should easily be back before the B1G season. There are athletes who return within 6 weeks of this type of surgery

  • Swishmac IU

    I have written this a couple times, but it never seems to get passed the approval process – I see Hartman as the odd man out. Great kid and a good player, however things have changed significantly since his commitment – does anyone on here think Collin can help our team given all the other pieces we have. Again, nothing against Collin, but he is better served going elsewhere right off the bat versus coming here and then transferring.

  • HoosierGrad07

    yeah, your gut feeling might be leading you astray on this one. At this point it appears it’s only a matter of when he commits. I mean, he basically says that he was surprised how much more IU fans care about b-ball than UNC fans do. Now sure, everyone posting here knows that we care more but I’m sure that UNC fans were livid to hear something like that from a top recruit.

    This one is all wrapped up…

  • HoosierGrad07

    I suppose there is always a chance but seeing as how this is an injury DE had in HS and he is familiar with the rehab, I’d believe the reports calling for him to return in early January.

  • ChiTownHoosier

    Took the words out of my mouth

  • HoosierE

    Hartman: Probably, Davis No. Davis is the perfect 4 year player for CTC’s system. Great potential and works his tail off. He will make an impact by his sophomore year and leave those who doubted him looking dumb (no offense). Hartman on the other hand i cant really see getting any minutes outside of non conference play, could see him transferring after a year or two to get minutes

  • gerald

    troy is a better pure leaper then MKG

  • Drewp1

    Oh, I agree with you. I want to win a championship.

  • Drewp1

    Oh, I agree with you. I want to win a championship.

  • cml2iu

    + creek also

  • marcusgresham

    It all depends on how he shoots. There’s always room for a 6’6″ kid who is dangerous from the three-point line. He’s no less athletic than Jon Diebler. I’m not saying he’s as good a shooter as Diebler, just making a point as to how he will likely fill a role.

  • marcusgresham

    Elston made it a point at Hoosier Hysteria to mention that he is a grad student because he finished his degree in 3 years, so I’d bet no.

  • marcusgresham

    Elston made it a point at Hoosier Hysteria to mention that he is a grad student because he finished his degree in 3 years, so I’d bet no.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    why you being so hateful like that man…

  • Evansville Hoosier

    why you being so hateful like that man…

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I agree with Davis. On Hartman (and I feel terrible talking about this because I have no reason to believe he is anything other than a great, stand up guy), I don’t see where he would get his minutes. From what I’ve seen he’s less athletic than Etherington who I doubt sees the floor until his senior year at the earliest. I just don’t see a standout characteristic in Hartman; even his trademark outside shooting ability faded a bit last year. Maybe I’m judging too much, I just think his spot would be better used on someone else. Whether that’s a good idea in Indiana or not, I don’t know. But coach Crean does.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    HE’S IU BOUND I SWEAR, IT’S BEEN CLEAR FOREVER!!!!!

    I love when a marquee recruit gets close to committing to IU… when Stan committed this Spring it was awesome watching him tweet about his follower numbers going up.

  • Hardwood83

    That seems to be the consensus. I wouldn’t be shocked to see more variety then last year though. Will seems a likely candidate to start and lots of other possibilities based on match-ups. I love Jordy but worry about the defense with him & Yogi on the court.

  • N71

    Both Hartman and Davis have been playing hurt for the past couple of years. As they get older and bigger I imagine things will change a little. Davis I think is a gem, Hartman could also be great as well. I think its important to keep in mind our formula versus Kentucky. If we load up on 6 5-Star guys each year they all leave after their freshman year. I think that sucks, I like our mixture approach. Therefore you need a few guys that can develop like victor and Will and you get a few things in return. You get a reputation for developing guys which recruits like but you also maintain your team culture more easily. Look at the impact that Will and Victor are having on our program culture…it’s massive. Hartman could play the very same role. I love the fact we are committed to Colin Hartman, an Indianapolis kid, great player, probably a very good student (Cathedral is a very good school). The next in line for this type of responsibility is Trevon. He’s one of us, an Indiana kid, he knows us, we know him, he belongs at IU.

  • Geoff_85

    Very well said. I believe in having great young talent and having some seasoned, gritty role players who have “been there, done that” and are leaders on and off the court. Coach Cream so far has done a good job of finding guys like that (Hulls, Watford, Oladipo, Sheehey, Abell, etc.)

  • Geoff_85

    Very well said. I believe in having great young talent and having some seasoned, gritty role players who have “been there, done that” and are leaders on and off the court. Coach Cream so far has done a good job of finding guys like that (Hulls, Watford, Oladipo, Sheehey, Abell, etc.)

  • MisterSlippery

    I wouldn’t sleep on Etherington. He should benefit a great deal from competing for time with these guys and once Jordy’s gone, he might be looked to more for 3 balls. 3 Balls Austin would make a great nickname.

  • MisterSlippery

    No question. I feel bad for kids who get steam-rolled by parents and coaches into being scumbags.

  • http://twitter.com/hoosiersmitty HoosierSmitty

    You’re forgetting the rest of the 2013 Class. Stanford Robinson, Luke Fischer, Devin Davis, and Collin Hartman. They will all play a key role, too. Probably in that order. Robinson is a pure stud and Fischer and Davis are going to be solid 4 year guys.

  • Michael B.

    Let him go. We don’t need someone who says he wants to come then take back his commitment. We want kids who want to come to I.U.. All I can say is “next.”

  • SCHoosier

    Jurkin is athletic..but Jobe and Bawa couldn’t “catch” the ball either. Can’t score if you can’t catch it..unless you get it off the board and score by yourself…that’s where Jurkin’s future is plus some good active defensive work. Lot of time with good coaching for that young man to develop..so who knows.

  • CreanAndCrimson

    People said that about Remy Abell last year. Hartman has great basketball intelligence, a great shot, great size, and he’s an incredibly hard worker. He doesn’t have Sheehey athleticism, but his size, intelligence, and shot will give Crean a great weapon. And he is an absolutely amazing individual that just makes you want to see the kid succeed in the biggest way.

  • marcusgresham

    That’s why I compared him to Jerome Lane at one point.

  • marcusgresham

    Absolutely. No, neither Bawa nor Tijan could catch well, but Jurkin has a better understanding of the game than either of them had, too. Peter knows where to be without having to think about it, has the ability to anticipate, and can at least be a servicable option on defense if you need to rest Zeller. He also runs the floor a hell of a lot better than either of them. He also has a better than rudimentary concept of executing post movess when he does get the ball. Bawa and Tijan really seemed to be starting from scratch.

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