Recruiting Notebook: Indiana watches Booth, Morgan

142013iTom Crean and Kenny Johnson made the trip to East Baltimore on Wednesday night to watch two of Indiana’s 2014 targets, Phil Booth (pictured) and Dwayne Morgan, square off. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was also in attendance.

Morgan and No. 1 St. Frances edged Booth and No. 2 Mount St. Joseph’s 58-57 and afterward, both players gave updates on their respective recruitments in this Baltimore Sun story.

Morgan:

Morgan, meanwhile, said he has no timeline for his decision. The Terps are “in my top six,” he said. “So if you’re in my top six, that’s good.”

Booth:

Booth, who claims offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, SMU, Temple, Villanova, Virginia Tech and several others, is projected by many recruiting services as a shooting guard. But last night, Booth effectively ran the point and said working on his lead-guard skills has been a major priority.

Booth said he doesn’t have a final list of schools yet. He appreciated Crean and Turgeon — the coach of “the big-time program in the area” — coming out to watch him play.

Morgan had 13 in the win while Booth had nine in a losing effort. Florida is also reportedly close to offering Booth a scholarship.

Fischer leads Germantown to 10-0 start

2013 Germantown (WI) forward and IU signee is off to a strong start to his senior season.

The 6-foot-11 center is averaging 20.5 points and told Inside the Hall on Thursday that his goal is another undefeated season.

“That’s what we said at the end of last year,” Fischer said when asked if Germantown’s goal was going unbeaten again. “We have the talent to do the exact same thing.”

Besides adding strength, Fischer said he’s becoming more aggressive in seeking out the ball this season as Germantown’s leader on the floor.

“Last year, I kind of let the ball come to me and this year, I kind of want the ball in my hands whenever I can get it and have everything go through me,” he said. “That’s what coach has told me to do. Instead of having someone else give me the ball, I try to go get it and it’s been working.”

Edwards says things with Indiana are “great”

In an interview with NY2LASports.com, 2015 East Chicago Central guard Hyron Edwards talked about the top schools on his list and mentioned Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State.

“Indiana is great,” Edwards told Evan Flood of NY2LASports. “The coaching staff is good. They’ve been doing great. All the players are great. ”

Indiana was the first school to offer Edwards last spring.

Lyle nowhere close to a decision

2014 Evansville Bosse guard JaQuan Lyle continues to add interest and doesn’t appear close to making a decision on where he’ll attend college.

According to Bosse coach Shane Burkhardt, Arizona, Duke, Florida and UCLA have recently made inquiries about the Bosse star, who is averaging over 27 points per game.

Lyle trimmed his list of schools to ten earlier this fall, but plans to make official visits before announcing his choice.

“I think it’ll happen sometime around November, but it could stretch out to April of next year,” Burkhart told Matt Daniels of IlliniHQ.com. “I don’t think it’s going to be anytime before (November). After the summer is over and at the first of the school year, we’ll get it to five (schools) where he’ll take five official visits in the fall and hopefully be able to come up with some type of decision by then.”

Bluiett takes in Purdue’s Big Ten opener

According to Brian Neubert of GoldandBlack.com, 2014 Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett was in attendance for Purdue’s 68-61 win over Illinois.

Bluiett has more than ten offers, including five from Big Ten schools. 

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Fischer will not only bring size, but a history of dominant winning along with him. That mindset of winning is hard to come by.

  • BrierBrax

    kind of like the closer’s mentality in baseball. The last three outs of a baseball game aren’t really any different from any other three outs in the previous eight innings but some guys just can’t get people out in the ninth inning when put in a position to do so

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Dwayne Morgan tops my 2014 list… And while I like Booth’s game, I’m not sure how we’d be able to make room for him if we already have Blackmon, seeing as they’re very similar players. Excited to watch it play out.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Dwayne Morgan tops my 2014 list… And while I like Booth’s game, I’m not sure how we’d be able to make room for him if we already have Blackmon, seeing as they’re very similar players. Excited to watch it play out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daren-Patrick-Collentine/1498325427 Daren Patrick Collentine

    Indiana is great,” Edwards told Evan Flood of NY2LASports. “The coaching staff is good. They’ve been doing great. All the players are great. ” Anyone notice how he said everything was great except he said the coaching staff was just “good.” Hope it was unintentional but its weird because He started describing IU using “great” and ended with “great” but threw in the “good” for some reason. Im obviously looking way too deep into this.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i understand the necessity of recruiting beyond state lines, and i really don’t mind. it’s nice to be able to steal some east coast guys from the uconns, syracuses, and dukes of the world. still, i really love it when we can snag the best from our own backyard. it’s pretty cool that 3/5 of our starters were born hoosiers.

  • Benhyoung14

    Thought could all change if he schedules an official visit and there are 25 NBA scouts there.

  • Miamihoosier

    If we just add Dwayne Morgan in 2014 and Hyron Edwards in 2015, we will be Final Four good through 2016. We would obviously add more few guys in there as well, but those two alone fill the critical holes Vonleh and Ferrel will leave. It is looking more and more to me, like next year will be the toughest not to take a dip. Zeller and Dipo will be gone, our best player will be a freshman, and we will have 4 new starters. Right now I’d think: Yogi and Sheehey in the back court, with Hollowell, Williams, and Vonleh in the front. It’s a small team, but it’s our best 5, and everyone of them can score.

  • Miamihoosier

    If we just add Dwayne Morgan in 2014 and Hyron Edwards in 2015, we will be Final Four good through 2016. We would obviously add more few guys in there as well, but those two alone fill the critical holes Vonleh and Ferrel will leave. It is looking more and more to me, like next year will be the toughest not to take a dip. Zeller and Dipo will be gone, our best player will be a freshman, and we will have 4 new starters. Right now I’d think: Yogi and Sheehey in the back court, with Hollowell, Williams, and Vonleh in the front. It’s a small team, but it’s our best 5, and everyone of them can score.

  • twarrior87

    I agree with your last sentence… think we sometimes read too much into things these young kids say.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    Seems to fit the Crean mold doesn’t he? Fischer isn’t ranked as high as Noah, Troy or Robinson, but I hope I’m right that he will contribute solid minutes right away. We will need his size, especially with the foul propensity of our raw current freshman.

  • 415Hoosier

    I’m hoping Perea develops to the point where he starts in the frontcourt with Vonleh and Williams. Add Yogi and Sheehey in the backcourt and you have the most athletic starting five we’ve ever had at IU. We then bring Hollowell, Abel, Robinson and Fischer off the bench for depth.

    Next year, we’ll have an inexperienced team, but with Yogi and Sheehey as leaders and the absurd level of athleticism, I think we can compete with anyone.

  • Charlie

    I like Booth, he’s a great player but he’s small. Our 2014 class would have 2 undersized SG’s the other being Blackmon. I’d much rather have a larger guard like Lyle or Exum if possible.

  • rbhagwat

    so Maryland is in Morgans top six, but is IU?

  • rbhagwat

    so Maryland is in Morgans top six, but is IU?

  • IUMIKE1

    Really want Lyle. Indiana kid that’s very good at all aspects of the game, seems to pretty much be a perfect fit for the kind of player CTC likes and the kind of O that CTC runs. However something tells me that Trey Lyles’ final destination may prove to be a big part of where he ends up at plus Crean seems to be kinda on again off again when it comes to Lyle and recruiting him.

  • SCHoosier

    If Bluiett was at the Purdue game it had to be obvious to him that he could walk on and play big minutes today given his ability to shoot the b-ball. With Bryd leaving..don’t see anybody who is an outside threat for the Boilers next year….expect to have Painter put a full court press on Tevon’s recruitment..and well he should.

  • hgdownunder

    Got the same feeling about Lyle.

  • hgdownunder

    It was a Baltimore newspaper story, so it’s not surprising they didn’t ask about IU’s chances.

  • mh

    Luke will end up being the gem of this class. CTCs best quality is his ability to spot the lesser known recruits as h.s. underclassmen and then develop them into studs. Every time i see Luke im so impressed by how much he continues to improve, you can tell he works very hard. He will bang with anyone, never plays intimidated and i never see it mentioned but hes super athletic.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Yes.

  • http://twitter.com/Odoyouknow O

    Luke Fischer is going to be a solid 4 year player. I really like his game. Another underrated player that Crean has landed. As far as 2014 recruiting goes I think it will be a 4 man class. Dwayne Morgan is priority. I don’t believe Bluiett or Lyle will be Hoosiers. I would like us to get another guard and big. Guards that I like and we can POTENTIALLY get would include Theo Pinson, D’angelo Russell, and Dante Exum in that order. As far as 2014 bigs go, there are not much out there. Andre Walker and Obi Enechionyia are it right now that we have a chance of getting. Looking for a JUCO big for 2014 might be an option.

  • HoosierE

    Lyle is also very good friends with Blackmon. On another note, watched him play the number 1 team in ohio and with his team down late he gave up. stopped trying on defense and didnt run the floor at all. great talent and he doesn’t have a whole lot around him at Bosse but i question his work ethic. Nothing CTC cant fix though

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I agree that Lyle and Blueitt won’t be Hoosiers, and Dwayne Morgan is the priority of the class. Of the guards it goes Exum, Pinson, Russell for me. And as far as bigs… You’re right, not a strong year. I think it might be a stop gap year, get a good player who may not be ready his freshman or sophomore year, and I think Obi might be fine for that. Excited about this class.

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