POTB 137: A look at Indiana’s 2017 recruiting efforts

  • 07/14/2016 9:12 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich take a look at Indiana’s recruiting efforts with the class of 2017.

Among the topics discussed:

· IU’s lone 2017 commitment, Al Durham Jr.
· Where things stand with the in-state 2017 class
· What stood out in a recent coversation with Mohamed Bamba
· How many scholarships could be available for 2017
· Other names on the 2017 radar and where the Hoosiers currently stand

And plenty more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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  • Bill Graham

    Great work gentlemen! I think its interesting that we are in the mix with some top 10 kids. It seems like making short lists (5 or 6) isn’t an issue. Maybe its because of our tradition and prestige…but we’ve seemed to have completely missed out on top 10 kids in the past couple years. UK (disgusting) and Duke (equally disgusting) seem to get top 10 kids every year but we haven’t made it past the short lists…Cody was 14th ranked which makes Eric Gordon our last top 10 kid and that was almost a decade ago…

    I for one do not put too much stock into recruiting. Heck Gordon Hayward wasn’t even ranked coming out of high school and look what he’s done…at the same time…its undeniable that top 10 kids have traditionally been head and shoulders above the 20’s and 30’s kids….Ben Simmons (#1) puts Carlton Bragg (#21) to shame…Henry Ellenson (#5) is head and shoulders above Deyonte Davis (#22).
    *Now there are exceptions to this…Thomas Bryant (#21) is just as good (better in my opinion) than Skal at #22….but the fact of the matter is the majority of the top ten kids are in another tier entirely. We need to get a top ten guy again to get back to UK and Duke’s level to where we get a top ten cat every year (I’m not advocating for a one and done factory. I’m just saying one or two top tier kids helps us get back to elite status – we can fill in the gaps with 3-4 year players).

    Lastly in regards to Alex’s point about “should we wait for the spring period if a lesser ranked recruit is ready?” Well, i think it depends on the year and the position. If we have people in place to carry the torch then we can afford to wait and miss out on a Bamba or Porter. For instance, If DD proves that he can bang in the post with the best of them…then wait for Bamba don’t sign a superbly inferior Garza… and if Bamba goes elsewhere then we still have DD to carry the torch…Contrarily if DD is the next Hanner Perea then sign Garza immediately (do whatever it takes – I shiver at the thought of another HP….)

  • inLinE6

    Noah Vonleh was our last top 10, sitting at No. 8 according to ESPN’s final ranking (last time I checked). And, Skal was ranked much higher than Thomas Bryant. I thought he was ranked No. 1 and Thomas was around 33. But I agree that none of those rankings matter much. Those are largely based on athleticism and potential for HS players, which may or may not translate into college games.