IU conducts in-home visit with Randolph’s parents, visits Diallo

  • 09/22/2016 9:48 am in

It’s been a busy 24 hours for the Indiana coaching staff on the recruiting trail.

On Wednesday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean conducted an in-home visit with the parents of class of 2017 Westtown School (Pa.) guard Brandon Randolph. And on Thursday morning, Crean and assistant coach Chuck Martin visited with five-star prospect Hamidou Diallo.

Randolph, a 6-foot-6 guard, had previously announced a final four of Arizona, Oregon, Syracuse and Wake Forest. But the Hoosiers have jumped back into the mix, sources say.

Rated as the No. 37 prospect in the class of 2017 by the 247Composite, Randolph received a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers back in the spring. Randolph is originally from Yonkers, New York, which is where Indiana conducted the in-home visit with the parents of the four-star prospect.

Indiana has recruited Diallo, a Queens (N.Y.) native who plays at Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) for more than a year and a half.

Crean and Martin met with Diallo at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning, sources told Inside the Hall.

Diallo is rated the No. 10 prospect nationally in the 247Composite.



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  • Donnie Vick

    I don’t know who will be in our 2017 class, but it seems like we’re going to have a good one.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    Waters, Justin Smith, Wilkes, Durham.

  • N71

    Never been less confident in my understanding of what our class is going to look like but I’m ok with that…makes things interesting and therefore kind of fun.

  • HardRockHoosier

    I hope you’re right… That would be a pretty good class… Now if we could just add Deng Gak and Nick Richards… or even Clifton Moore and Billy Preston.. That would be a GREAT class.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    THAT would be amazing, but the only guy on there that I can see as well would be Clifton Moore, just given the competition. Some are not willing to take a chance on him, but I think he would be a really solid final piece.

    Nick Richards seems like UK and doesn’t seem interested. Gak has some tough competition and we may be a second tier school to Billy Preston. Who knows though!

  • SilentBob

    Yonkers, New York. Now that’s just fun to say. On a serious note I want to ask a question. I’m not sure all will find it appropriate at this time, but oh well.

    If we are to assume the worst with Collin, and he is out for the year, how does that effect our recruiting for this class? Or does it? I’m sure coach was banking on having his scholarship available.

  • HardRockHoosier

    You’re probably right. But, if we could just get some of these guys to the new Assembly Hall for a visit and to see a good game.. Let TB and company sell them on coming to IU. Plus maybe if we can play well and win some of these early four big games.. like against Louisville and NC.. I don’t know. Maybe I’m dreaming, but wouldn’t it be great? Did you listen to that latest POTB? Man that kind of got me ‘hyped’.

  • Bill Graham

    Here’s how I view our current targets. This is just my opinion.

    There seems to be 3 tiers of skill:

    Top tier (no work – college ready can start immediately)
    1. Preston
    2. Wilkes
    3. Diallo
    4. Waters
    5. Tucker

    Middle Tier (work needed but could easily become a major contributor)
    1. Smith
    2. Randolph
    3. Beatty
    *all of these guys have the length, polish, and skills they are just missing a crucial component (for Beatty its explosiveness, for Randolph its strength, for Smith its consistency and being assertive)

    Lower Tier (these guys need work before they get to BIG level)
    1.Durham (bad shooter, not the most polished ball handler needs strength)
    2. Gak
    3. Moore (I dont see the short term (key words -short term) appeal in either of these guys… They are incredibly skinny and lack an array of post moves. Most of Gak’s highlights are blocks….ya great he’s lengthy…but he’s skinny enough that Collin Hartman could eat him alive in the block) and Moore…besides a turn around jumper and a hook I don’t see the appeal? We need a big that can bang like Bryant, Zeller, and Vonleh… Leave the low ranking 6-11 skinny kids to schools like UNC Asheville and Rutgers.

    We need to priortize the top dogs first. Get any 2 of those top tier kids and then fill the gaps. I’ll be happy with a Gak signing…but only if he can grow and learn next to a polished NBA bound center…If we sign Preston and Gak. Gak becomes a lethal weapon by his senior year. If we just get Gak…well we might as well put a hoosier shirt on Nnana Egwu…

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    based on yesterday’s podcast, AB still feels good about our chances with KW. so assuming we get him, that leaves 2 more spots? with a pool of 7 – 9 players currently on the radar? i think it would be huge to land one of the top 20 guys and TW, who has pretty much every major school interested.

  • Bill Graham

    Yonkers NY. has to have some bar with shirts that say, “I went bonkers in yonkers!” If they don’t I’ve got a great business idea!

  • inLinE6

    Sounds like we don’t really have a good grasp on who we’re recruiting hard. There may even be some surprise when announcement comes.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    Yeah it would be very helpful to have good showings on a big stage with a lot of guys that are on the fence. It would be great to get a few of the key guys out there for the UNC game.

    i also did listen to the POTB and it got my excited as well. Literally after listening I heard the Colin news though.. bummer

  • Ole Man

    Word is that KW might commit to pUKe before he visits IU this weekend.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I hope the word is wrong….. I am so sick of UK cherry picking.

  • Donnie Vick

    UK isn’t in the picture with him, according to his list of schools

  • Donnie Vick

    And he’s going to UCLA this weekend not IU

  • HardRockHoosier

    Yes,definitely, the Colin Hartman news really bummed me out as well. He seems like such a nice kid, and to have something like that happen. It’s really too bad.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I think the person you are referring to is Tremont Waters, not Kris Wilkes. I could certainly be wrong but I’ve read the rumors regarding Waters to UK and he is scheduled to visit IU this weekend, Kris Wilkes is not.

  • HardRockHoosier

    There is always a surprise in recruits announcing. Remember the JBJ announcement? Tell me one recruit recently that anyone knew, for sure where he was going prior to announcement? I don’t know of one. Actually may times they really don’t know themselves until the last minute. that’s the name of the game..

  • TomJameson

    C&C, you are correct. The word is about Waters and UK. I think if Waters makes it to IU this weekend, he’ll be an IU commit, but he has to make it here this weekend first!

  • BL4IU

    Randolph and Smith are every bit as college ready as the others.

  • TomJameson

    Hahaha … JBJ said that even he wasn’t sure until he reach to pick up the hat off the table … Now that’s cutting it close. lol

  • HardRockHoosier

    That was a really exciting announcement though wasn’t it? I remember jumping out of my chair and yelling.. I was so happy.

  • inLinE6

    “Tell me one recruit recently that anyone knew, for sure where he was going prior to announcement?”

    Ah yea, his name was Trey Lyles.

  • HardRockHoosier

    I guess I meant it as more of a rhetorical question. But you are right. that jerk did pretty much make it clear where he was going. BTW, is he still in the NBA? You never hear much about him anymore.

  • TomJameson

    It really was exciting, and his hesitation wasn’t to increase the drama, he was still making the decision! That was a great commitment, we need a couple more like that this year.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Do we know if CH was an ACL or MCL yet?

  • SCHoosier

    TC and staff obviously have irons in the fire for which there is no smell of smoke for the fan base. As it should be! Just hope we end up with a good mix which meets the staff’s needs to continue growth in the program. Simple as that.

  • SilentBob

    I’d personally bump Randolph up a tier. And I think you must have Beatty mixed up with someone else. Explosion is his game. Not Russell Westbrook (who is besides Russ?) but I’d put him maybe just a notch or two below that Bruce Brown guy from last years class.

  • SilentBob

    In terms of explosion of course.

  • Bruce Clark

    Always some nail biters! Looking at how TC recruits, going a bit deeper in the talent pool has worked out pretty well: OG immediately comes to mind.

  • HardRockHoosier

    Not that I have read or heard. All they’ll say is ‘He’s being evaluated. And, I guess that does allow for But, if you’ll recall they said the same thing last year when JBJ tore his knee up. Then after a couple of weeks, keeping us in the dark, they slammed us with the announcement, ‘James Blackmon to undergo knee surgery’. That’s just the way they do things like this.

  • Justin Beard

    I’ve seen that shirt actually

  • Bill Graham

    Smith confuses me. Because his highlights are basically the same as Tucker’s yet his EYBL stats are weak. So thats why I put him in the middle. As for Randolph, I couldn’t really find a flaw in his game from the highlights (other than a slow release)…but he is pretty skinny. I wonder if he’ll struggle if we have to move him onto a stronger SF….i.e. Bridges.

  • Bill Graham

    Good points. I really like Beatty’s game he reminds me of Robert Johnson. Most of his highlights are cool, calm, and collected. Maybe we’ve watched different highlights but I just haven’t seen an explosive dunks, rebounds, or drives. His game appears half IQ and half strength. I like the Brown comparison but Brown’s highlights were a bit more flashy (which isn’t necessarily a good thing)

  • SilentBob

    Maybe we just have different definitions of explosive. As I don’t think those are the be all, end all qualifications for explosion. I’d vote few players last year were more explosive than Yogi. But you can catch plenty of the explosive dunks and impressive track down blocks in transition in some of his longer highlight reels. Even one with dunking over the head of a much taller teammate for a dunk competition.

    What I see is someone who takes his shots in stride. Powerful legs which allow great separation on step backs. Great first step that can be better improved with mechanics. Also speed to get to angles others can’t. His body is no doubt college ready.

    Honestly to me it’s about technique for him. Looks to have a tendency to drop his head too much and get caught up in one on one. Although he does have the makings for a powerful cross over, ya gotta keep your chin up more and looks to use screen and direct the offense. Also seems to be heavily ball dominant. My assumption is he would really have to work on his off ball game to fit well as a freshmen here.

  • Ole Man

    Thank you. Too many initials to keep up with! LOL!

  • CreamandCrimson

    I completely understand! I try to follow recruiting somewhat closely (although not nearly as much as I used to because it’s exhausting and life has so much more to offer…mainly just stick to actually watching local high school games in person and knowing about those kids a little bit) but I’ve realized that 100 names will pop up between 2015 and whenever we actually lock up the recruiting class so it’s fairly fruitless to get excited or nervous about each guy that comes along. That being said, I quite like the potential Waters could have in our system, it’d be a bit of a blow to lose him, particularly if it is to UK.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I haven’t seen Smith play any full games so I won’t offer an opinion on his game but I’ll venture to say that 99% of the small forwards in college, particularly the freshman, would struggle to deal with Miles Bridges…he’s really, really good. After consistently seeing what our strength program does with guys (and the work the players puts in deserves the credit as well), I’ve kind of decided that “skinny” won’t be something I necessarily worry about with incoming freshman…that’s just my opinion though.

  • Ole Man

    I agree. At first I was only lukewarm about Waters, but the kid has really grown on me.
    I’d love to see him in an IU uniform!

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’ve seen him play two full games. Hardly enough to make definitive and informed conclusions but…for whatever it’s worth, he’s what I saw: His height (or lack thereof) is a mild concern but he has decent length and a very good frame so I don’t think he’d be overwhelmed by all but the biggest guards. In those cases, and in almost all other matchups, his quickness and agility will shine. He’s a very good ball-handler and he looks like a decisive and sure passer. He looks like a darn good outside shooter (and his numbers back that up) and I liked his on-court demeanor (again, only two games so I may be entirely wrong). I think he is a really good match for our program and would be flourish in candy stripes as a long-term point guard. The only minor concerns I have are perimeter defense (because of lack of size) and his finishing around the rim (only because I saw him barely attack the rim when I watched him).

    In short, he didn’t commit before visiting IU (which he is now doing) and I hope he ends up at IU. I’m fairly confident we end up with Durham and Justin Smith, mildly confident we get Kris Wilkes and completely unsure of what backup options we have for a point guard after Waters so I think he’s a pretty important target.

  • b_side

    That’s what I’m taking about!

  • Ole Man

    Thanks for that inside info! In person is always better than tapes.