Five-star Billy Preston adds Indiana to list of finalists

  • 09/14/2016 7:10 am in

Class of 2017 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) forward Billy Preston announced a revised list of finalists on Tuesday, which includes Indiana.

Joining Indiana on Preston’s list of finalists: Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina State and USC.

The 6-foot-10 power forward transferred to Oak Hill over the summer after playing at Advanced Prep International in Texas. Prior to that, Preston played at several high schools in California, where he’s from.

Preston is ranked the No. 12 player nationally in the 247Composite.

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  • N71

    Wow! That’s all I got.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Those are some sick handles for 6’10”. And it’s a highlight video, so I don’t put all that much stock, but he can shoot it. I’m not sure it matters, but my biggest question after watching this is: can he work the post? Can he rebound? Regardless, that’s probably a 1-and-done. All credit to CTC. He sure can pull them out of his gluteus.

  • sarge

    Could you imagine Preston and Wilkes on the same court? There is a ton of talent with IU in mind for this class. We have been consistently getting better, and it really shows in recruiting. I think the next step is consistently getting past the sweet sixteen and playing for a championship. I am really liking our odds with BP, and man can this guy do a little of everything!

  • BL4IU

    247Sports has him at 6’8. Naturally, love to have him regardless.

  • Senor

    Think he still plays “Nothin’ from Nothin’ Aint Nothin”? He and Victor could start an alumni band.

  • Ole Man

    We haven’t gotten “consistently better” if we don’t land Preston and Wilkes.
    Not trying to wet blanket; but you’re putting the cart before the horse.

  • SCHoosier

    Oh please don’t whet my appetite on this guy. With than handle he could be a 6-10 shooting guard. So he’s from CA and USC is on the list. Played some ball in Houston..where are the Longhorns/Shaka? Alex..has IU been on this kid….can’t believe we haven’t heard about him before now. He’s moved around enuff to make me nervous about being “IU serious.” I guess TC’s contacts at Oak Hill might have got IU in the door. Seriously..where’s he been?

  • sarge

    This season and this recruiting class are still in progress. But look at the improvement in coaching, recruiting and the product on the court. It is consistently improving over the years. The number of top talent considering IU seriously is at an all-time high along with expectations for the season. Possibly the most talent on the roster top to bottom that we have seen under CTC. No horsing around.

  • the 5th Beatle (with apologies to George Martin)

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    I hate those highlight videos because all kids look amazing but I took few things few things basketball related from the video. First the kid has really good ball control and he can shoot for a guy listed at 6′ 10″ that is pretty awesome. I am sure he is an all star regardless he seems like a true monster. Tough list but if he is an offense first kind of kid he would like IU. My question is do we really have a legit chance at this kid this late int eh recruiting peopled?

    – Andy Enfield – USC
    – Mark Gottfried – UNC State
    – Bill Self – Kanas
    – CTC
    – Mark Turgeon – Maryland

    The kids can dance and dab as well… for some reason when I do that my kids laughs at me.

  • Donnie Vick

    Looks like he’s dropped the Longhorns, based on the ESPN page. NC St and IU have moved in. He’s moved around enough to make me nervous about eligibility.

  • inLinE6

    Not sure about all-time high though.

  • inLinE6

    How could this kid be completely under our radar (or mine)? I don’t even know we’re actively recruiting him. Since when?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    yeah, sort of appeared out of nowhere! i guess either CTC hasn’t been recruiting him very long, or he’s only recently begun to show interest

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    so is it a good sign or bad sign that this kid all of a sudden pops up on the radar? i mean, isn’t that how it happened with NV? i certainly think iu’s positionless offense would be intriguing to a player with his skills.

  • sarge

    Expectations under CTC, sorry.

  • SCHoosier

    Exactly…his mom’s partner is a former girls b-ball maybe that lends credibility to the final picks.

  • Drew Heck

    Id say we got a shot he put us in his top 5 this late in the game why not sweep in and land him

  • Drew Heck

    Landing a player with his skillset is always positive unless he has eligibty issues

  • Stromboli

    He looks like an NBA player already. Same moves and lazy (looking) command of the ball and court. Also, he was playing against a bunch of 5’10” guys, but still.

    Okay, Mr. Preston! Come on to Bloomington!

  • SilentBob

    Holy cow! Paul George have a little brother his family secretly put up adoption for? I don’t know what kind of ball player he is, but that kind of body and athleticism doesn’t come around often.

    Ever since Lebron came around, the NBA has exploded with nimble giants. Would be sweet to be the first college team to really get that going at a successful rate. Well first college team in this new era of basketball. I know Magic obviously dominated back in the days, and I’m sure you old timers could list off other examples lol.

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, highlight video and all that, but you can tell, this kid knows how to play basketball. Good hands, good blocking (like to see his stat lines, haven’t bothered yet), can move well, and he can jump out of his shoes. Not getting my hopes up, but man would be nice to get him at IU!

  • sarge

    He averaged 13.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg on 46% 2pfg and 31% 3pfg. He seemed to be more consistent offensively as the eybl season progressed and he had some double digit rebound games. It’s encouraging that he hits the glass and has great timing to block shots to go along with his obvious athletic potential. What talent!

  • MPmike B

    I can see him in candy stripe pants.

  • marcusgresham

    When I was at USI we had a guy on the team named Chris Johnson who did that ball-off-the-wall-bounce-off-the-floor dunk in a dunk contest. He did it as a reverse, double-pump, though. Oh, yeah–he was 5’10”!

    This cat is MAN-SIZED, though! Whether or not Bryant is gone after this year, somebody’s 2nd best big man would either have to guard this guy or Davis. I like that thought.

  • marcusgresham

    If you see a 6’10” guy dominating 5’10” guys down low it’s understandable. When he’s breaking their ankles and hitting jumpers off the dribble it’s intriguing.

  • marcusgresham

    No. We old-timers can’t rattle off other examples of guys like Magic because (other than LeBron,) there are no other examples of guys that size who could run the point. Anfernee Hardaway was 6’7″ but he was thin; Adrian Branch was 6’8″ but his NBA career never quite became what I thought it would. They’re the only ones who come to mind with that kind of height.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    He did say under Crean

  • SilentBob

    Hahaha no doubt. Plus there was only like two orinstances with players even remotely close to being that short. This dude was scoring on guys of all sizes.

  • Bill Graham

    Awesome. This kid demonstrates exactly why I am so critical of our big men offers. We are offering sub 100 kids like Deng and Moore. Meanwhile kids like this our on the board. Why don’t I want Deng? Because he’s extremely skinny, hasn’t logged major AAU mins because he backs up Bamba. This kid is the deal! He’s 6-10 and strong. He has the coordination of a 3 man. He can dribble, he can pass, and most importantly he can bang down low (Deng and Moore just simply can’t.. they are too skinny)…I get the whole development thing and I’m all for four year players. But we have to get a guy like this too. We need that guy who can body up an Isaac Haas. We can’t sit around and watch Deng get dunked on all day.

    Love this kids game hope we get him!

  • Bill Graham

    I think you and sarge both make good points. This class makes me nervous b/c its loaded…but its also top heavy. If we end up signing guys like Moore while Maryland gets this kid…I’ll be very critical and unhappy. I love how we consistently get top big guys…lets get this kid and not stray from that for “projects,” or “under the radar guys”

  • Ole Man

    You’re reading my mind, Bill.