2014 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board
The 2014 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board, inspired by the Football Recruiting Board on mgoblog and the Hotboard on UMHoops, is a collection of information on recruits that Indiana is believed to be recruiting for its 2014 class.
Information that appears on school lists is collected from public recruit profiles on ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and various news outlets. School lists only denote reported interest, not offers. The board should not be considered a complete list of prospects being recruited and is not endorsed by Indiana University.
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Last Updated: 5/9/2013
Projected Class Size: 4
James Blackmon Jr. (Committed on September 3, 2010)
Guard, 6-1, 175-pounds, Marion (IN), Spiece Indy Heat
ESPN: 4-star (47); Rivals: 4-star (48); Scout: 4-star (68)
Notes: Blackmon Jr., the son of former Kentucky standout and McDonald’s All-American James Blackmon, gave a verbal pledge to the Hoosiers a little over two months prior to playing his first varsity game at Luers. Known as one of the best shooters nationally in his class, he’s capable of connecting from well beyond the 3-point line, has an efficient release and nice mechanics. With his father, James Sr., recently accepting the head coaching job at Marion, Blackmon Jr. will finish his high school career there.
Forward, 6-6, 180-pounds, Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC), CP3 All-Stars
ESPN: 5-star (13); Rivals: 5-star (11); Scout: 5-star (18)
Schools: Duke, Florida State, Georgetown, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest
Notes: Pinson took an official visit to Indiana for the Hoosiers’ 81-73 win over No. 1 Michigan and the IU staff has tracked him closely this winter, including stops on Feb. 21 and 22 and also this spring. The official visit was Pinson’s second stop in Bloomington following an unofficial last summer.
Guard, 6-5, 185-pounds, Canberra, Australia, Australian Institute of Sport
ESPN: NR; Rivals: 5-star (17); Scout: 4-star (NR)
Schools: Boise State, Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Southern Methodist
Notes: Indiana was the first school to host Exum for an official visit in early January and following the trip, he spoke highly of his time in Bloomington: “The facilities are great and Assembly Hall on Saturday was on another level. I have never seen anything like it before and enjoyed it very much.” Exum was a standout in the Nike Hoop Summit in April, scoring 16 points as the World team prevailed over the U.S.
Center, 6-9, 220-pounds, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA), Mass Rivals
ESPN: 5-star (20); Rivals: 4-star (71); Scout: 4-star (37)
Schools: Connecticut, Gonzaga, Indiana, Marquette, Minnesota, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UCLA
Notes: One of the top shotblockers in the country, Okonoboh has the attention of a lengthy list of high-major schools and was offered by Indiana on April 11.
Guard, 6-4, 180-pounds, Mount St. Joseph’s (MD), Team Takeover
ESPN: 4-star (35); Rivals: 4-star (84); Scout: 4-star (55)
Schools: Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, Miami (Fl), North Carolina State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida, St. Joseph’s, SMU, Syracuse, Villanova, Virginia, Xavier
Notes: Booth, another talented guard from the Maryland area, has an offer from the Hoosiers and took an unofficial visit for IU’s 81-73 win over Michigan. IU is expected to receive an official visit from Booth in the fall. His father, Phil Sr., is a former standout at Coppin State.
Guard, 6-4, 195-pounds, Potomac (MD), Team Takeover
ESPN: 5-star (22); Rivals: 4-star (49); Scout: 4-star (42)
Schools: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, Miami (FL), North Carolina State, Rutgers, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Notes: Indiana is the latest school to offer Wiley, who has raised his national profile with strong play this spring in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. He’s from Oxon Hill, Maryland, also the home town of Maurice Creek and assistant coach Kenny Johnson.
Guard, 6-4, 180-pounds, Aquinas (GA), Southern Stampede
ESPN: 4-star (25); Rivals: 4-star (25); Scout: 4-star (26)
Schools: Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Marquette, Miami (FL), Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Villanova, VCU, Virginia Tech
Notes: Hill, who picked up an IU offer in early May of 2012, has more than 15 scholarship offers. The Hoosiers traveled to watch Hill workout on Monday, September 10 and Hill says he is “very interested” in the IU program.
Forward, 6-5, 185-pounds, Park Tudor (IN), Spiece Indy Heat
ESPN: 4-star (45); Rivals: 4-star (46); Scout: 4-star (49)
Schools: Butler, DePaul, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, IUPUI, Kansas State, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Texas, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Xavier
Notes: Indiana was the first school to offer a scholarship to Bluiett, who helped lead Park Tudor to back-to-back 2A state titles. Bluiett is a strong wing that can knock down shots from the perimeter and possesses a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Guard, 6-4, 187-pounds, Evansville Bosse (IN), Spiece Indy Heat
ESPN: 5-star (16); Rivals: 5-star (16); Scout: 5-star (12)
Schools: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA
Notes: Lyle is streaky at times from the perimeter, but can get into the lane at will and is one of the country’s best passers. He was recently suspended from the team at Bosse, but has since returned. Indiana had an in-home visit with Lyle on April 24.
Guard, 6-5, 200-pounds, Arlington Country Day (FL), Florida Elite
ESPN: NR; Rivals: 3-star (NR); Scout: 3-star (NR)
Schools: Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Carolina, Southern Methodist, USC, Washington, West Virginia
Notes: After an MVP performance at the adidas Exclusive Run in Dallas in April, Francis picked up several high major offers, including Indiana.
Forward, 6-9, 240-pounds, Chicago Curie (IL), Mac Irvin Fire
ESPN: 5-star (8); Rivals: 5-star (4); Scout: 5-star (5)
Schools: DePaul, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Tennessee, Wisconsin
Notes: Alexander is regarded as one of the top big men in the country in his class. The Hoosiers have offered a scholarship and hosted him on an unofficial visit last offseason, but Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan State are considered the top three schools.
Guard, 6-3, 175-pounds, Montverde Academy (FL), E1T1
ESPN: 4-star (24); Rivals: 5-star (11); Scout: 5-star (11)
Schools: Cincinnati, Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Notes: Russell’s list is long at this point, but Indiana was among his early offers and has already hosted him for an unofficial visit and then visited him at his school on April 23.
Others to keep an eye on: B.J. Taylor (Orlando, Fla.), Dante Buford (Jacksonville, Fla.), Jordan McLaughlin (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Lourawls Nairn (Bel Air, Kan.), Therence Mayimba (Montrose Christian, Md.).