2017 guard Mitchell Ballock wants to visit Indiana

  • 07/09/2015 8:05 pm in

Class of 2017 Eudora School (Kan.) guard Mitchell Ballock, who received a scholarship offer from Indiana in early May, wants to make a trip to Bloomington this season for a game.

In an interview with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com at the Under Armour All-American Camp in Charlotte, North Carolina, the 6-foot-4 guard listed Indiana as one of several schools he’d like to visit this winter.

“I’ll probably go to a Kansas game because they’re close,” Ballock said. “I might go down to Oklahoma and watch a game. I want to go to Marquette and Indiana and watch a game. And Notre Dame, I’d for sure like to watch a game there, too.”

The No. 44 player nationally in his class according to the 247Composite, Ballock was a standout in the spring for KC Run GMC on the Under Armour Association circuit.

In 12 circuit games, Ballock averaged 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. In addition to the offer from the Hoosiers, he also holds offers from Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma, among others.

The Jayhawks are the program┬áthat Ballock grew up following, but he said he’s not leaning toward any school at this point.

“I like them a lot,” he told Rivals of his interest in Kansas. “But I wouldn’t say they’re a leader because I’m not really leaning towards anybody. I’m open to everybody and just kind of listening to what everybody has to say and seeing what is the best fit for me.”

As for his interest in Indiana, the relationship he’s building with Tom Crean and Rob Judson seems to be a positive for the Hoosiers.

“I like coach (Tom) Crean and I like coach (Rob) Judson up there,” Ballock said. “When I talk to them over the phone and text, they’re good people. I like the way coach Crean runs his team and the style of play. And I’d just like to go up there and see it because I’ve heard it’s pretty cool to be in.”

Ballock cited style of play and finding a school that likes to get up and down and is guard focused as a couple of factors that could have an influence on where he ends up for college.

For now, he’s enjoying the recruiting process and hopes to begin narrow things down sometime in the fall.

“At the end of the summer and before my school season starts in December, I’ll start cutting my list down and go from there,” he said. “But right now I’m open to everybody and listening to what everybody has to say.”

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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  • hoosier93

    Anyone would love Crean’s style of play as a SG. Fast, shoot at will and no defense. A poor and much less successful version of a Mike D’Antoni team.

  • Robert Golden

    Need another summer to decide. Like both Diallo and Ballock.

  • OhioHoosier

    Honestly just pointless to compare college and professional success imo

  • sarge

    He has some Marshall Henderson to his game shooting off the screen and not afraid of contact. I like guards his size with some touch, and he looks well rounded. Some southpaws can be deadly from range, I hope he visits.

  • hoosier93

    What’s up with all the Under Armour kids? Any foreshadowing there?

  • TomJameson

    Come on hoosier93 … Can’t you seriously think of anything positive to say about the program??


  • hoosier93

    I’ll tell you when it comes along. But there is nothing positive to say about Crean.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Probably the first highlight tape I’ve watched since Jordy Hulls with no dunks.

  • hoosier93

    Yogi? Priller?

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Whoa whoa whoa….are you seriously suggesting that Priller cannot dunk?!?! How dare you speak about Timmy that way! I saw him dunk over at least 7, maybe 8, G.I. Joes in an open gym one time. And that was from just 14 feet inside the free throw line! What are you some kinda West Lafayette interwebs troll?!? And don’t even get me started on Yogi. Anyone with triceps that big can dunk. I saw a TED talk about it one time.

  • IU diehard from CT

    more iso ball, less shot clock, better and bigger athletes, longer game…ya, totally fair comparison lol…cmon man

  • IU diehard from CT

    crean got to a final four…how many did gene keady reach? how many has mike brey gotten to on his own….how many does tony bennet have, or sean miller? yep, you guessed it…..NONE. get on board or don’t. nobody cares, you have the right to spew your aggravation. we all want hoosier glory. but what you say isn’t true.. he won league for the first time in 20 years…plenty to be positive about. you choose not to look

  • TomJameson

    To each his own, and I’m most definitely not judging you for your (to me irrational) dislike of CTC. I just don’t understand why.

    And no, please don’t try to make me understand … LOL … I’ve seen enough of your posts to understand your thinking.

  • hoosier93

    He’s had two good seasons. Wow… so amazing. Apparently good enough to give him a massive contract extension with it. He isn’t a head basketball. He’s someone we should have as an assistant. He was an assistant for Izzo. He was fine their. That’s where he belongs. He hasn’t proven to be able to adjust to his roster or to the game. Those are your worst coaches. He’s made a FF and 2 Sweet 16s. That’s it. He’s only been past the 1st round 4 times total. He doesn’t belong here unless all we want is mediocrity.

  • hoosier93

    In seriousness… I think Yogi can dunk but doesn’t. But he needs to.

  • IUBizmark

    Undeniably sweet neck beard.
    I like that he plays through contact in the paint. Got a bit of a ‘tude. I could easily see him being quite hated by opposing teams.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    If Woody Harrelson can dunk, I’m sure Yogi can given his athletic build. I’d like to see it in a game just one time. But 99.9%, I’d rather him get the 2 easy points off a layup than trying too hard on a dunk and having it bounce off the back iron.

  • hoosier93

    I think even a miss would pump up the team a bit. Just seeing Yogi soar. I’ve been able to dunk in my days with less training. No doubt he can. Even Jordy Hulls could.

  • SCHoosier

    Looks strong..deceptive speed and has a good looking shot. Worth following even if the kid is a Jayhawk at heart.

  • SCHoosier

    In short..no he can’t.

  • IU diehard from CT

    this is a different time…this isn’t the 80’s or early 90’s when there were less good teams and less talent. there are so many good teams and good coaches all across the country. RMK has his pick of the litter, only having to battle ready for talent. now, kids don’t care about nostalgia or candy stripe pants….kids want to play, and play now and play on a national stage and they want to get into the nba. if you can win in these times not named coach k or izzo, or cal and a select few, you’re in good shape