2014 forward Yante Maten excited by Indiana offer

  • 03/25/2014 4:20 pm in

Indiana’s recruiting efforts for the class of 2014, which already includes James Blackmon Jr., Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson, are still ongoing.

With three scholarships now available for next season, IU extended an offer to the Gatorade player of the year in Michigan, Yante Maten. The offer came during an in-home visit.

“They’re interested in him as basically a stretch four,” Bloomfield Hills coach Duane Graves told Inside the Hall. “A little bit inside, a little bit outside. Yante is a phenomenal young man. They like his character, he’s actually a really good student as well.”

Maten, who led Bloomfield Hills to the Class A championship game,¬†averaged 19.8 points, 15.2 rebounds, 6.6 blocks, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals through his team’s first 26 games.

Bloomfield Hills fell to Muskegon 91-67 on Saturday at the Breslin Center as Maten scored 13 points despite battling foul trouble.

The 6-foot-8 forward is a three-star prospect according to the 247Composite and Auburn, Georgia, TCU and Michigan State are also involved in his recruitment, according to Graves.

“He was excited about (the IU offer),” Graves said. “He was really happy.”

Graves said Maten doesn’t have a specific timetable for making a decision and added that he plans to take an official visit to Indiana as early as next week.

“His recruiting is picking up,” Graves said. “He got a bad rap because people were thinking he was holding out, waiting for something better, but that wasn’t it. He was just focused on his season and that’s what he wanted to do. He wanted to get his team to the state championship and that’s exactly what he did.”

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  • drewheck

    On 247 sports it said he showed interest in iu before we offered him

  • drewheck

    Or they could try to steal him to leave us in a bind

  • drewheck

    Put Darius Latham in the middle he played on the Indiana all star team

  • kaponya44

    Thank ya !

  • kaponya44

    Your view makes sense but I see FB and NFL dreams being the only real issue.I would still take him over a 6-7 guy with length and inferior athleticism.

  • JJ

    Read about it, but the link goes in depth. My question: this kid is barely ranked…how?

  • If his defensive numbers can translate to the college game, we wouldn’t even need him to score. But like you said, comp must be suspect if he’s only 3 star with 15 boards, 6.6 blocks!!, and 5 assists per game.

  • ForeverIU

    What do you all know about Trevor Thompson, transferring from Virginia Tech, and an Indianapolis native? Did we ever try to recruit him?

  • Shaggy_C

    Thanks for the links. Top 606 players in the nation won’t have many shaking in their boots but at least we know he’s on the radar.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Sounds like it would require an entry pass to get him the ball where he could do anything with it….that hasn’t exactly been something we excel at.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Thanks for your input on here…it’s always nice to hear from someone that has actually seen him play and knows about who he’s played against. It sounds like you are a Sparty fan so good luck this week!

  • CreamandCrimson

    He went to Ben Davis in Indianapolis but finished his high school career at a prep school (a disappointing trend in the Indianapolis area!). I don’t think he ever had any interest in IU and I don’t remember us ever having any interest in him. Virginia Tech was dreadful this season and he didn’t exactly stand out but he is a legitimate 7-footer so I am sure he will generate a lot of interest from high-majors. I don’t think IU will be getting involved though (I don’t know why but there’s no mention of us being involved with him at all).

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t know if Yante Maten is going to be a good player or not. Same thing for Cunningham. The only thing I think we can all agree on is that bringing in at least one (and probably two) capable interior players is an absolute must. I don’t care if they’re graduate transfers, JUCOs or incoming freshmen that the staff likes…they are going to have to contribute next season to avoid another season with results like this past one. If CTC doesn’t find some interior guys (either the ones currently on the roster step up big time and/or he brings a couple in that can fill the void), well, the wolves at the gate will only get louder.

  • Couldnt get any worse. Right?

  • Ole Man

    Not being mean, but Coach calls almost every prospect “a late bloomer.”
    Also, I think he’s only a 3 star because he barely plays above the rim.

  • As we’ve come to learn the last few years, offers “excite” every kid but it doesn’t really mean anything until they sign on the dotted line. These kids are excited just to collect as many high major offers as they can. This kid seems like a MSU guy all the way. I dont get excited about kids being offered anymore. That’s not me being a Debbie Downer, its just me being realistic after learning from whats been repeated over and over again since I started following recruiting TOO closely. Am I the only one who feels like we are going after guys that don’t really fill the most need? Maten is understandable since Hollowell left, but we should be throwing ourselves at Miles Turner’s feet in order to get a visit. That guy could take a LOT of heat off of Crean.

  • hoosierfan2336

    depends. the rumors surrounding izzo heading for the pistons are only increasing, and I think they just signed a power forward for next year anyways. i don’t put much thought into recruits anymore. so incredibly hit or miss. just because a group of guys puts a number or a star next to a player’s name does not guarantee anything at the next level.

  • AssemblyBall

    Let’s not get caught up in the number of stars. HMP and JH were both 4-stars and ranked in top 50 for goodness sake.

  • I’d say he wins just about half the battles against Izzo on the recruiting trail. Izzo just wins the most important ones, and essentially the war. i.e. Gary Harris, Brandon Dawson.

  • I dont know about you guys, but I really dont want to load up on 6′ 6″ – 6′ 8″ kids that are going to occupy schollys for 4 years. Lets get Anthony Lee and maybe one of these kids and be able to go balls to the wall for the OUTSTANDING bigs in the 2015 and 2016 classes. I love that 2016 C Thon Maker has Boo Williams ties. That kid is amazing. Kevin Durant-esque. I have a feeling Coach Crean will be putting the full court press on him much like he did with Noah.

  • I dont think there is a chance in h*ll that Izzo leaves MSU for the Pistons under Joe Dumars.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Myles Turner has never had any interest in IU and I don’t see how spending resources (time, effort) and “throwing ourselves at his feet” would change that. He’d be a great addition but I don’t think he is even close to realistic at this point.

    I agree with you that a kid being “excited” shouldn’t get anyone to expect anything more than for him to now list “Indiana” as a school that offered him.

  • If the Lakers offer him a job, that may be another story.

  • Maybe we never recruited him hard enough. Maybe a strong pitch and constant contact could change his mind. Maybe at least get a visit. The kid gave OSU a visit.

  • Kevin Ollie thought highly enough of Fuchs, that he offered him a full ride bball scholarship at UCONN. I’d say your comment is invalid.

  • marcusgresham

    The way he jumps we’d rename the position “high 5”

  • marcusgresham

    Thank you for making me not have to search for his name. Whatever happened to him walking on the basketball team? I thought that was a go.

  • calbert40

    Harris hurts, no doubt about that one, but I don’t think we ever had a chance on Dawson. We have always struggled to recruit “The Region.” We typically can get most players we are in on that are located south of an imaginary line drawn from Lafayette to Fort Wayne. Above that line is the realm of UM, MSU and PU.

  • calbert40

    Thanks. I didn’t know where his school was located. So, for a comparison in Indiana, would he have played against larger schools, but not Indy schools, right?

  • drewheck

    I imagine he wanted to possibly get ahead in his classes and being a two sport athlete in college would have been to difficult to do that. That’s a guess so don’t hold me to that

  • ForeverIU

    Talent is important, but to me paramount is work ethic. I want a player with initiative who just wants to win and will do whatever it takes to do so (and whose athletic capabilities/ceiling won’t stand in the way). I don’t want attitudes or entitlement or ego-centered Twitter types. Just old-fashioned hard work and grit.

  • William Hagenmaier

    he went with izzo

  • David Macer

    C’mon Cal. We got Dakich !!!!

  • David Macer

    Forever, you and I are both old school. With IU, it was always kids that worked hard and were good students that made our past teams so tough to beat. That’s why I like to get kids that are somewhat under the radar.
    Question for you and everyone else….How many teams are left that have so called “one and done’s” besides Kentucky ????

  • SCHoosier

    Maten’s coach said that about a late bloomer..not TC.

  • calbert40

    I think DD is always the exception to every rule!!

  • SeeingRed

    I just don’t know if this mentality gets results anymore, at least not the kind we are all hoping for — deep runs in tournament. What you are talking about seems to be the IU equivalent of PU’s hard hat, lunch pal ethos. It is, IMO, a feel good notion left over from the RMK/Keady eras that may no longer truly apply.

    In today’s college basketball world, give me a class full of really talented kids. If the other stuff is there, that’s some tasty gravy but the main course better be talent if IU wants to hang another banner.

  • CreanFaithful

    Did he choose to walkon? Because he hasn’t been offered a scholarship by MSU yet… Oh wait, I didn’t look at the username. More nonsense…

  • ForeverIU

    I don’t think this is nostalgia. Explain Marvin Clark at MSU. We might also see the same in Max Hoetzel. We also saw it in Victor (Of course Victor had talent, but unrefined and very under the radar). The one-and-done’s are going to be stopovers; we adapt to them, not they to us. We still go after them, but we keep a balance, similar to what Syracuse has been doing.

  • hoosierfan2336


  • ForeverIU

    LOL, how could you not look at the username? It’s longer than the post.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Arizona with Aaron Gordon plus a lot of other high-profile recruits.

  • SeeingRed

    What is the end game? Teams that consistently at least contend for league titles or teams that have a legit chance to win an NCAA championship? Your focus is excellent for option 1, but I believe that in 2014 the recipe for option 2 may look a bit different. Now I will stop making food allusions.

    As for MSU, if they win a title this year it will probably be because Gary Harris delivers it. Next level talent.

  • Kenneth234

    If Izzo was going to leave, he would have done so years ago. He’ll be at Michigan State until he is done coaching.

  • BraxstonandKatie Hughes

    So is William Hangnerhjewkri, or whatever his name is, known for providing false info? If so…..kick’em! I think we need all the help we can get. We don’t need a powerhouse lineup. We need a team! Above average basketball IQ, 35-55% shooting and a strong work ethic. We see what Noah Vonleh did/ did not do. He was fun for the year but then Hoosier Nation and the coaching staff starts the scramble for bodies.

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks, yeah. I actually thought about that as I was writing and forgot to clarify.

  • Daniel M

    Bloomfield Hills High School is massive, It’s the high school’s first year as Andover and Lahser high school in Bloomfield Hills consolidated to make a mega school at the beginning of the school year.

  • gman

    I’m really feeling that PJ will get minutes this year… IMO I feel CTC has that in his pocket if he don’t land a big… The way it seems he let people go it maybe that he really believes that PJ will at some point give the team something. I don’t believe CTC would just let that scholarship be wasted and get nothing out of it…We may need it in 2015… Maybe just hoping… But I wish this would be the case…

  • drewheck

    He’s met with crean

  • kaponya44

    The Detroit News confirmed MSU offered Maten today.