Recruiting notebook: New offers, final class of 2015 rankings

  • 05/14/2015 9:12 am in

The two April evaluation periods have concluded, but it has still been an active week on the recruiting front for Indiana.

According to multiple reports, the Hoosiers have offered three new scholarships this week. The new offers include class of 2016 forward Tony Bradley of Bartow (Fla.), class of 2017 forward Justin Smith of Adlai Stevenson (Ill.) and class of 2017 guard Mitchell Ballock of Eudlow (Kan.).

Bradley (pictured) is ranked the No. 31 prospect in his class according to the 247Composite and Ballock is ranked No. 30 in those same rankings for the junior class.

According to his profile on 247Sports, Bradley has more than 20 scholarship offers. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man is averaging 12.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for E1T1 Elite in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) this spring.

Ballock, a 6-foot-4 guard who plays AAU for KC Run GMC, is averaging 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds this spring on the Under Armour Association circuit. Ballock also has offers from Kansas, Iowa State and Creighton, among others.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Smith is playing up a year on the Mac Irvin Fire Nike EYBL team and is averaging 9.9 points and 3.3 rebounds through 12 games.

Final class of 2015 rankings

Final rankings for the class of 2015 have been issued by all of the major recruiting services and here’s a look at how each of Indiana’s signees checked in:

2015 rankings

Indiana’s recruiting class is ranked No. 24 nationally in the 247Composite rankings behind Ohio State (10), Illinois (16) and Michigan State (17).

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  • N71

    The rankings are one thing but I gain much more comfort in the feeling that we’ve plugged a giant gash in the hull of the USS Indiana. This assumes at the moment that DD and HMP will be eligible and available for duty.

  • At the Quarries

    I don’t think DD would be such a big loss, simply because I don’t think he would be at the level he was at before the injury, even if he is back in the game. HMP would not be a big loss either, if we can find a last-minute recruit of Emmitt’s caliber.

    What I’m more worried about is that we might have not seen the end of our team dramas yet.

  • weasel

    Is RJ our only viable PG once Yogi is done? We don’t have anyone in training that I can think of…?

  • CreamandCrimson

    We now have a preferred walk-on that will be on the roster and could be used at PG but yes, Robert Johnson is probably going to be the only potential point guard on the roster currently on the roster. I know Blackmon is working on point guard skills but it’s quite a jump to say he’d be ready to be the primary ball handler (although, as I’ve pointed out before, Johnson had a team high TO % and has quite a bit of work to do before we could feel good about him as the primary ball handler).

    I think it’s very, very likely that there will be multiple guards signed for the 2016 class and it appears that Tom Crean and his staff are focusing on bigger guards (most of our backcourt targets are currently in the 6’2″-6’5″ range).

  • At the Quarries

    If a scholly opens up, I bet TC brings in Hyron Edwards.

  • Not going to happen. He’s likely headed to a JUCO.

  • At the Quarries

    Phew! I wasn’t keen on the idea of a 5-11 guard, as much potential as he might have.

  • robmac10

    I have a feeling HMP will just be unofficially benched the first couple games as a last chance warning from TC. DD, it wouldn’t shock me if at the end TC lets him go. But like you mentioned I don’t think it’d be a big blow because 1. We played all year last year without him so we know what to expect and 2. I agree, I don’t think he’d be at the same level immediately. But from the looks of it, his shot and perimeter game became much better while he was doing his Rehab, which woulda been nice.

    Then again this could all be wrong if I missed some update concerning the status of the two.

  • SilentBob

    Hey now our best player is a 5’11 guard lol

  • marcusgresham

    Jeff Newton just retired after a great career in Japan.
    I’d be happy to see him come back to IU to take that open assistant coaching position. I think it would be helpful to have a big guy on the staff to work with the interior players.

  • At the Quarries

    Yes, but he came in as a 5-star McD. It happens.

    5-11 + McD + 5-star = solid 4-year-player. Ha.

  • SilentBob

    I too rather have them a bit taller but I just checked and scout has him listed at 6’1?

  • SilentBob

    Ya know if there are some kind of academic concerns there? Or is he just not satisfied with the offers he has? I know he had a Purdue offer early in high school career and everyone knows they could really use some PGs

  • At the Quarries

    As far as I’m concerned, everyone on the team has had their last chance warning. A team is a team. One player’s successes are every player’s successes. A warning for one player is a warning for every other player. IMO, we should go into zero tolerance mode. There will be no end to this cycle if every player gets to have his quota of transgressions.

  • TomJameson

    Zero tolerance modes are bad ideas IMHO. They are arbitrary and take thought and reason out of the equation. For example a young boy getting suspended fron the 2nd

  • Gregory Spera

    “East Chicago Central senior guard Hyron Edwards is headed to Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.”

  • At the Quarries

    Ha, I must have channeled him, but to the wrong program!

  • Hoosierkamp

    Example Dez wells…… XU blew that one badly.

  • At the Quarries

    But you could argue it’s what he needed to wake up.

  • hoosier93

    He was a legend in Japan.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I think he said he wasn’t interested in staying the game. Maybe that’ll change after he’s out of it for a little bit.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Totally agree. With few exceptions, zero tolerance policies are just a bad move.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Anybody have an opinion on which ranking service tends to be the most accurate?

  • At the Quarries

    If you had an argument, you spoiled it with this silly example. How are 2nd graders comparable to young adults signing up for one of the top basketball programs in the country?

  • At the Quarries

    What are the exceptions, and how are we not that exception at this juncture in our program?

  • Gregory Spera

    ‘247 Composite’ probably gives the best view across the board.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Exceptions would be for things that are so incredibly disgusting, detrimental, and despicable that nobody could even consider a situation where the behavior could be justified in any way.

    Zero tolerance policies leave any rational thought out of the process of determining punishment. Should a player who gets arrested for battery after punching a guy who was beating up his girlfriend be kicked off the team the same as a player cited for battery for getting in a bar fight? With a zero tolerance policy toward criminal charges, you would have to treat them both the same.

    All they need is consistent application of principles. The coach and administration are rational adults that are capable of determining the proper course of action in response to some transgression. That is what they are paid for. That is part of their responsibility.

  • SilentBob

    Hmm accuracy wise I’d say 247composite or scout. 247 goes more in depth with their rankings in the sense that they rank numerically through like 400. Site to site comparison I’ll take Scout hands down. Better layout and decently in depth scouting reports for just about every player they give a number rank to. Gotta pay for that with ESPN. Although 247 keeps far better track of heat of the relationship between school and player. But since you’re concern is accuracy I’d say it’s a toss up, all have their flaws.

  • At the Quarries

    Maybe we have different conceptions of zero tolerance in this case. I’m am thinking of zero tolerance of the familiar transgressions: drunk driving, possession and use of drugs (including marijuana. etc. etc.)

  • marcusgresham

    He may just want to stay in Japan. They still listen to good 80s-era hair bands over there.

  • marcusgresham

    I could be wrong (someone will correct me if I am,) but I thought one of them–247 Composite, possibly–just took the other sites and averaged them.

  • And One

    Am I the only long-term Hoosier fan for whom “zero tolerance” has somewhat negative echoes? I recall a certain figure of some stature running afoul of a zero tolerance policy…

  • SCHoosier

    Apparently the one Izzo uses?):

  • SCHoosier

    If IU can not recruit a top PG with the potential of immediate playing time when Yogi leaves..it would shock me.Lot of great guards in the ’16 class. (see recruiting board)

  • Considering you are a big time insider on the team, what happens if the team doesn’t really consider this to be a big deal? Would that mean it’s a huge “slap in the face” to the team itself, or simply to reactionary hicks in Indiana?

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree with Tom. It certainly didn’t work the last time we had one.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I have a feeling (and this is simply an opinion with NO factual background) that HMP & DD will both be dealt with harshly.

    For DD, there was that mystery no playing time period in his Freshman year. If that was related to the same issue at hand, then I can’t imagine CTC will have very much tolerance for the problem.

    For HMP, he is a senior, he has a prior OWI and suspension. He should know better by now and realize what is at stake.

    CTC has just this spring managed to hop off a searing hot seat where Glass had to twice reaffirm his faith publicly in him. CTC, in my opinion, will have very little tolerance for anything that may get him back on that hot seat.

    And truly, its likely that not having either player on the roster will effect the 2015 W/L totals.

  • TomJameson

    This “silly” example wasn’t comparing a 2nd grader to an adult, it was giving an example of a zero tolerance policy that is out of control.

    If you weren’t trying so hard to debunk others, you might be able to find the time to actually try to understand what the others are writing. But if all you are wanting is to make your point over-and-over-and-over again, without making an attempt to understand what others are saying… then go ahead and just spout off at will.

  • Barleyman

    Did someone say zero tolerance? Anyone heard from Leary

  • SilentBob

    Devin and Hanner were dismissed. Bummer. Hope them the best of luck

  • TomJameson

    Preferred walk-on Harrison Niego can really play. I’m hoping he gets some of the “garbage” minutes just so he can show people what he’s got. I really like his attitude.

  • eville87

    Coach had no other choice.

  • At the Quarries

    That’s what I meant by “zero tolerance”, and people are crucifying me for it. Maybe “zero tolerance” has such a defined, rigid meaning to some that they can’t understand the spirit of my intent, which is that CTC has to take drastic action to get kids to understand that we simply cannot afford the price of suspensions and other punitive action that CTC has no choice but to take.

  • At the Quarries

    You insinuating that I’m a hick would be like me calling you a blue-haired hipster, ha. If you had any “insider” knowledge of who I am, you would laugh at yourself for thinking I’m a hick. But personal stuff aside …

    It doesn’t take insider knowledge to get a sense of the pressures these transgressions are putting on our program and on our coach.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Just got back from my son’s track meet and read the article. Sorry to see that it came down to a dismissal for two players. All involved must be devastated because to me the relationship between a coach and his players is the strongest in basketball. Damn shame.

  • Outoftheloop

    I doubt that Coach Crean is finished recruiting for 2015. Not much to argue with in the dismissals of Devin and Hanner. They need to look in the mirror to assign blame. Very sad! Can Jeremiah decide to stay at IU? That might be a good thing.

  • Outoftheloop

    There is a very good walk-on from the Chicago suburbs..

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I’m sure CTC’s message has now been received. I think he made the difficult, but right choice. Some times you have to make these choices, which may hurt your overall talent level, but may improve your team. I think this is an example of that. We shall see.