Friday roundup: Top 50 players in college basketball, recruiting visits, more

  • 07/29/2016 9:50 am in

The Big Lead released its annual preseason list of the top 50 players in college basketball and two Hoosiers made the list.

Sophomore Thomas Bryant is the highest ranked Big Ten player on the list at No. 6. Sophomore OG Anunoby isn’t far behind in terms of Big Ten players on the list at No. 27 overall and the fourth highest from the league.

Other Big Ten players in the top 50: Ethan Happ (10), Melo Trimble (14), Caleb Swanigan (29), Miles Bridges (32), Nigel Hayes (41) and Peter Jok (45).

James Blackmon Jr., who suffered an ACL injury in December of 2015, was on the “just missed” portion of the rankings.

It’s worth noting that Bryant came to Indiana as the No. 20 player in the final 247Composite rankings for the 2015 class and Anunoby was No. 280 nationally in those same rankings. Indiana sells player development on the recruiting trail and Bryant and Anunoby are the two latest examples of guys outperforming their national ranking in Bloomington.

Wilkes sets pair of official visits

Class of 2017 North Central forward Kris Wilkes has set dates for two of his official visits, according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.

Wilkes will visit North Carolina on Aug. 26-28 and UCLA on Sept. 22-24.

In addition, Wilkes is expect to announce a firm list of schools this weekend. He’s currently ranked the No. 14 prospect nationally in the 247Composite.

Scruggs sets visits

Paul Scruggs, an AAU teammate of Wilkes with the Indy Hoosiers and a guard for Southport, also has a plan for upcoming visits.

According to Indy Hoosiers AAU coach Mike Peterson, Scruggs will take an unofficial visit to Indiana next week followed by official visits to Xavier, Michigan State, UConn and Illinois.

Scruggs is ranked the No. 31 player nationally in the 247Composite.

McSwain completes summer school

Neosho County Community College forward and Indiana signee Freddie McSwain is finished with summer school and is expected to be in Bloomington next month.

McSwain tweeted on Thursday afternoon that his academic work is now complete:

McSwain, along with De’Ron Davis, have not been in Bloomington this summer for offseason workouts and summer school.

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  • N71

    Dear Kris and Paul – Think big, come to Indiana University.

  • Bill Graham

    What an injustice to JBJ wow. They select a guy in O.G. who didn’t even avg 5 points a game and they leave off JBJ who averaged 16 points a game!?? What? Even with his injury he still has almost 4 times as many college mins as O.G. Thats ridiculous no way James should been left off that list!

  • Bill Graham

    any chance we could disguise some of those guys as senior transfers?…especially the big fella 3rd from the right.

  • Hoosier Hall

    If they were looking at college experience and production rather than potential they wouldn’t have 4 freshman in the top 5. It’s like that every year man. Skal Labissierre was a consensus top 3 guy and he stunk. I do think OG will be incredible and likely end up a 1st round draft pick. JBJ will end up as one of the top scorers in college this season. I’m predicting 18ppg or more.

  • Bill Graham

    Ya my intent was not to knock O.G…I was just trying to point out how ridiculous it is that JBJ was left off…I think I’d be even more mad if I was Malcolm Hill though. 18 ppg 6 rbs and 3 assts per game…I mean what else does a guy have to do?

  • Gregory Spera

    Damn, that team was badass.

  • SCHoosier

    More fuel for Mr. Blackmon’s personal “fire”. He has a lot to prove

  • TomJameson

    He really does. I think he’s been really working on his shot, since it was the only thing he could do for a long time. I would absolutely love to see somewhere in the realm of 48% (or more) from three. I know, I know, Tony, it’s just what I’m hoping for. 🙂

  • FKIM01

    Why not? He was 46% last year before getting hurt.

  • BruceA

    Love this pic!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    best photo ever. 😉

  • marcusgresham

    This picture is the basketball version of the KISS “Dressed to Kill” album cover.

  • marcusgresham

    OG guarded people, too.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Yes, it kills me about JBJ being snubbed but it is probably for two reasons. This is his 3rd knee injury and it will be tough to come back from. He is also has gotten the label of not being a good defender. What is missed is that he is a pure scorer an excellent rebounder and he is pretty good with the ball in his hand or moving w/o the ball. He has become one beefy kid I do not think he will be intimidated and he wants to prove the doubters wrong… which I am rooting for him to do.

  • iubase

    great shot…remember everyone of these guys….