Recruitment growing for class of 2015 wing Gavin Block

  • 05/01/2014 9:52 am in

Class of 2015 Lincoln (Ill.) wing Gavin Block is looking at this spring and summer as an opportunity to grow his recruitment.

After leading his high school team to a 34-3 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament, the 6-foot-6, 195 pound Block now has four scholarship offers and growing interest from a number of mid-major schools.

The biggest name to express interest, however, is Indiana. The Hoosiers took notice of Block during Lincoln’s run to the state championship game and recently hosted him for an unofficial visit.

“Coach (Kenny) Johnson and coach (Tim) Buckley were at the state tournament and watched me there,” Block told Inside the Hall. “I went on the visit on April 11 and met with coach Johnson and the whole coaching staff. Went on the campus and through Assembly Hall. I also got a chance to sit down with coach Crean and talk to him quite a bit and just get a feel for Indiana basketball.”

Johnson’s recent departure from the IU staff hasn’t had an effect on Block’s interest. He’s maintained contact with Buckley and director of basketball operations Rob Judson, who is filling in until Johnson’s position is filled.

Judson was in Kansas City last weekend at the Jayhawk Invitational during the April evaluation period and watched Block compete with Net Gain Elite.

“I’ve stayed in touch with coach Buckley and coach Judson,” Block said. “And even a few days after the visit coach Crean texted me and asked how I liked the visit and told me he was really interested and that he really liked how I play the game.”

As a junior at Lincoln, Block averaged 15.9 points and 5.7 rebounds. His four offers to-date are from Bradley, SIU-Edwardsville, UMKC and South Dakota State.

Besides IU, schools like Evansville, Northern Iowa, Loyola-Chicago, Illinois State, Bucknell, Dartmouth, American and Valparaiso have also taken a look.

The Big Ten, however, is a league from which Block hopes to draw more interest.

“Playing in the Big Ten has always been a dream of mine and hopefully that may come true,” he said. “I’ve always watched Big Ten basketball. Hopefully in the next year or so, some more Big Ten schools will get a little more interested in me.”

Unranked by the major recruiting services, Block says he tries not to look at the rankings and is focusing on continuing to improve. He gave up baseball this spring to get more work in on the hardwood.

“I kind of like not being on top,” Block said. “It gives me something to work for and it makes me realize that I’m not the best out there, of course.

“If I want to succeed, I’m just going to have to put that much more work in than everybody else.”

(Photo credit: Carlos T. Miranda, The Pantagraph)

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  • Kyl470

    From Illinois and wants to play in the Big Ten. IU offers a scholarship and he doesn’t accept even though he is unranked by most recruiting services. I’m guessing he is waiting for his home state of Illinois to make an offer.

  • downtownhoosier10

    Well it’s a name to follow over the next year

  • Nelson Hauber

    I’m pretty sure IU hasn’t offered yet

  • IU hasn’t offered.

  • marcusgresham

    As evidenced by the photo, “one thing I could do, was finger roll.”

  • Bradley is involved … No way we get this kid.

  • MK

    if he is a rising player why would he accept an offer this early in the game? (if we did offer) He wants probably wants to explore this process, which is smart.

  • MK

    What I like: How we get in early and identify some of these rising recruits.
    What I don’t like: How other teams jump on their bandwagon after we express interest.

    Let’s win some of these guys!

  • RMK

    2 things. 1) this video looks like it highlights of the early 90’s. 2) I like the cut off the screen at he :30 mark where he popped out to the top of the key and stepped back. Paul George runs that same kind of play all the time.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Lmao! Good stuff bro!

  • Hoosier Hall

    Reminds me a lot of Sam Dekker only a little smaller. Appears to have a nice outside shot and good use of shot fakes and pivots.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Yeah, weird how the video had a nostalgic look to it. I felt like I was watching a Damon Bailey highlight or something. Lol!

  • inLinE6

    Well, I believe the kid is rising and has a chip on his shoulder. But why are we always the first high-major (and probably the only blue blood) to look into unranked players?

  • Gregory Spera

    Just hate that Kenny Johnson’s name is still the first one out of the mouths of all our recruits and will be for a while yet. Need to try to wipe that slate clean and replace him ASAP.

  • RMK

    Sam Dekker is much more athletic. He doesn’t always use it during games, but the guy can bounce.

  • SCHoosier

    There are alleged shooters..and shooters. This kid appears to the the latter. Has the same excellent release on h is jumper and FT..moves well to the ball..not afraid to go inside. If he’s worth IU’s attention it will be evident if/when Groce gets on him big time. Looks like last year’s “gang that couldn’t shoot straight” has convinced the IU staff to go after shooters with a vengeance..

  • CreanFaithful

    Agree. Nice shot. Dips with the ball before rising up on the long shot, but that is something that can be fixed.

  • TedHightowerSucks

    Too soon!

  • JWaltFTW

    Probably to be that guy who says, “Remember, I believed in you first!”

  • Snookafly

    Is this video taken from ESPN Classic? I feel like I’m watching tourney footage from 1989.

  • Kelin Blab

    Better offer him soon, this kid can play….won’t be a mid major guy for long. Reminds me of a bigger Mark Price. …and Sam Dekker

  • William Hagenmaier

    we need to replace johnny marlin first