A look at the prospects Indiana offered this week

  • 04/28/2017 9:00 am in

It’s been a busy week for scholarship offers from the Indiana coaching staff. The new staff offered several 2018 and 2019 prospects this week following the first April evaluation period.

The second April evaluation period begins tonight with the Nike EYBL and Under Armour Association both in Indianapolis and the adidas Gauntlet in Atlanta.

Here’s a look at some of the prospects that were extended scholarship offers this week:

Class of 2018

Eric Ayala, Putnam Science Academy (CT) and WeR1 (Under Armour)

Ayala had a scholarship offer from the previous coaching staff and is rated the No. 102 prospect nationally in the 2018 class, according to the 247Composite. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 13.3 points per game in the first Under Armour Association session last weekend in New York.

Louis King, Hudson Catholic (N.J.) and Team Final (Nike EYBL)

King is a 6-foot-8, 200 pound small forward who is rated the No. 26 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite. Like Ayala, he also had a scholarship offer from the previous coaching staff. In the first EYBL session last weekend in Hampton (Va.), King averaged 16 points per game.

Jalen Carey, Immaculate Conception (N.Y.) and NJ Playaz (Nike EYBL)

In addition to the Indiana offer, Carey also added offers from Syracuse and Texas following the first EYBL session in Hampton, where he averaged 13.2 points per game. He’s ranked the No. 81 prospect nationally by the 247Composite.

Class of 2019

James Wiseman, Ensworth (Tenn.) and Bradley Beal Elite (Nike EYBL)

The 6-foot-11 Wiseman is one of the top prospects nationally in the 2019 class. The 247Composite ranks him as a five-star and No. 9 overall. He’s a teammate of IU target Darius Garland in the EYBL. In the first EYBL session, Wiseman averaged 11.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

Isaiah Stewart, Mc Quaid Jesuit (N.Y.) and City Rocks (Nike EYBL)

Stewart, a 6-foot-8 forward, is ranked the No. 43 prospect nationally in his class by the 247Composite. In the first EYBL session in Hampton, he averaged 10.8 and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Matthew Hurt, John Marshall (Minn.) and D1 Minnesota (adidas Gauntlet)

Hurt is a five-star prospect and the No. 7 player nationally in the 247Composite. He’s already compiled a strong list of scholarship offers that includes Arizona, Kansas, Louisville and North Carolina, among others.

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  • iugradmark

    No Indiana kids yet. Little surprised by that.

  • Arch Puddington

    It is not difficult at all to see that Archie has “type”. He likes players who are capable of playing really physical basketball. CTC loved athletes, and obviously when things went well it produced great results (Zeller, Oladipo, Williams, Anunoby). I’m sure CM loves that type as well, but most of the guys he has pursued thus far are notably big, strong players (although Hurt, not so much). If he gets his way, I suspect we will no longer be beaten up every year by Wisconsin, Butler, Michigan State, etc.

    And more to the point, we will be much better suited for tournament play. The things we have lacked in March — tough, physical defense, and the ability to play half-court offense against tough, physical defenses — seem like the very things he is recruiting for. That, and shooting. I like.

  • TomJameson

    I really like Isaiah Stewart. He plays a lot bigger than he is, even though he’s 6’8″. Man, what a motor. Give him an outside shot and he’ll double his offense. I feel he can play with anybody. I know it’s a highlight reel, but still impressed.

    Matthew Hurt looks pretty good as well, skill-wise. Needs to eat a few Big Macs though Hahaha.

    Archie has a good list going, pretty impressive.

    Alex, thanks for putting this together, it’s just fantastic that you can bring this kind of content, in this really busy recruiting time. I really appreciate it.

  • N71

    Great talents for sure. Isaiah Stewart’s video made me smile, kind of a Emmitt, Juwan, OG, Draymond type of player, my favorite type. He had one blocked shot that probably knocked a spectator unconscious.

  • N71

    Yep, Isaish Stewart.

  • viaswiss

    Archie already has offered all the important Indiana players over the past few weeks. He is now onto the “out” phase of “inside-out”.

  • TomJameson

    Well, he has at least 3 offers out to Indiana kids for 2018, and that’s just off the ESPN’s recruiting board which (I think) is out of date for Archie’s offers. Arch is getting to the Indiana kids … and the Indiana HS coaches. Building bridges, man…. building bridges.

  • TomJameson

    Looks like the perfect player for Archie’s team. I think Eric Ayala is the only other player that looked physically dominant. The rest, to me anyway, looked a bit thin and in need of a few steak-n-potato dinners. 🙂

  • inLinE6

    All the top Indiana kids are offered and heavily tracked, unless you’re talking about lower ranked.

  • inLinE6

    Trendon?

  • John D Murphy

    Stewarts video is from his freshman year. Wow! Is Hurt officially the first player that Archie and Sean are fighting over?

  • Bill Graham

    *first let me start by saying that 1. most of this is subjective to each player being compared…. and 2. Most of my observations are based off of mixtapes which do not always accurately reflect talent.

    Disclaimer dismissed….Maybe I’m wrong here and I’ve closely followed recruiting in the past…but is it just me or do the next two classes (the class of 18 and 19) seem much weaker than past classes???…..TJ Leaf was 6’9 as a sophomore and was ranked very similarily (in all indexes) as Matthew Hurt…but youtube Leaf’s mixtapes at 16 and compare them to Hurt’s…and its no competition Leaf would appear to be much much better. Another example would be to compare Wiseman’s mixtape to past top 15 ranked centers and its still no competition. Guys like Stephen Zimmerman, Bam Adebayo, Harry Giles, Diamond Stone, Ivan Raab etc etc etc….All of their high school highlights blow Wiseman’s out of the water. Its the same for the class of 2018… Compare Quentin Grimes to Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball or Malik Neman…etc. etc. there is no comparison. Maybe we were just spoiled with 2 strong recruiting classses in 15 and 16.

    Last point (and I probably catch criticism for this)….I’m not completely crazy about any of the guys Miller has offered…except for Langford and Garland…Miller’s offers seem to be towards niche players. Maybe I’m used to Crean offering the best athletes…not just the best players for his system….but it was exciting to see flashy mixtapes and wonder if we were in the running for guys like Thon Maker, Stephen Zimmerman, Malachi Richardson, James Blackmon, Bruce Brown….etc.etc….I guess its going to take some getting used to watching (not as) athletic guys like Robby Carmody pick up IU offers while other 6-8 athletic slashers are still out there.

  • VOXAC30

    I love Isaiah Stewart he is a one dribble monster.

  • Rick Hendrickson

    Has he looked at Chris Darrington of Vincennes U? This kid is a good young man and a scoring machine and distributor.

  • Arch Puddington

    Bill, I will admit that I am surprised at your dismay. Not critical, just surprised. Yes, Crean went down the 5 star path, and it even paid off a couple of times. But he not only missed on far more than he got, even those that came didn’t take us where we wanted to go. Cody came closest, but then he was an Indiana guy and recruiting him was vital. I would argue that his preference for athleticism was ultimately detrimental to the program. We can’t get enough elite players to simply reload if they leave early, and as we saw pretty consistently, even CTC’s best teams just were not able to play the kind of tough, physical basketball that is necessary in March.

    For those reasons among others, I have been absolutely thrilled to see highlights of players who look slightly less athletic, but rugged and fundamentally skilled. I had actually come to dread the highlights of guys like Mohamed Bamba; we weren’t likely to get them, and if we did they wouldn’t be here long enought to build around. If I go to a recruit’s page and see offers from schools like Villanova and Xavier but DON’T see names like Kentucky and Arizona, I am pleased. Obviously we will have to get some of the top players to compete for a national championship, but at least for now I believe CM is entirely right to spend more time on those solid, 3-4 year guys who we can be the foundation of our long-term success (and who we actually have a chance to get….).

    Like you say, though, just my opinion!

  • iugradmark

    Really thoughtful conversation here. I think there are a few things to consider. First, Archie was not recruiting 5 star players to Dayton and now he is behind in the relationship game. Some of the best players have been recruited for years and it is difficult to make that much ground up.

    I agree with Arch in that some of Crean’s problems with offering the “best” athlete did not work out that well. We had unbalanced classes, missed classes, foreign center busts, Texas big men busts, movement busts, etc. One more consideration is our graduating class after this season. After this year the one advantage IU has is that we can offer playing time. That isn’t something that matters to 5 star kids because everyone is going to assure them that they will play but for the kid that is a notch down, playing time often matters and with all the kids leaving after our next season, we have something valuable to offer these kids.

  • calbert40

    I won’t speak to the first point, but the second point, I guess I would say wait and see. I was seemingly one of the posters most willing to give Crean the benefit of the doubt, but I think it is safe to say that while he was willing to go after players like Maker and Zimmerman (neither of whom he landed), he seemed more of a coach who tried to accumulate talent instead of a coach who tried to build a roster.

    Miller seems to have a very different idea in recruiting/roster building. What I am hoping that we see is that his recruiting is more targeted than what Crean’s was.

  • The Lights Go Down

    When you went back and looked at HS mixtapes of those prior top recruits, were you looking at their entire HS career reel, or reels from all 4 years separately? These guys still have another year or two to create all new highlight reels that may (or may not) justify an offer. Also, maybe CM is seeing something in these kids that we might not see or deem important because we’re not privy to his inner thoughts (or gut feelings) on assessing potential recruits.

  • BruceA

    Matthew Hurt reminds me a little bit of what maybe Larry Bird looked like at 16. Pretty skilled for size and age.

  • Spooky

    Wow, bring on Mathew Hurt!!! He HURTS the competition! !

  • Spooky

    Hurt isn’t strong??? He sure was muscling players around in the post repeatedly. I agree he needs to get stronger, but the kid is the real deal and he goes hard.

  • Piker

    I disagree. I think TC was a good recruiter who balanced his expectations with 5 4 and 3, many under the radar, and hoped for the best. The best did not materialize but we have had rosters with the talent to win. That’s where it went wrong. CM has confirmed this with going after the commits and future guys TC already was going after. Lot for CM to prove before you can make this type of comment.

  • weitrhino

    One thing I noticed in Stewart’s video is there was nobody near his size on any of the opposing teams, at least not that defended him and that made his play look all the more dominant. I’m always a little cautious over highlight reels.

  • calbert40

    I never said Crean was not a good recruiter. You are looking for something that just isn’t there in my comment.

    I don’t think it is a controversial opinion to suggest that Crean seemed to offer a lot of players each class. When you do that, it is a logical assumption that roster construction is of secondary importance to the accumulation of talent. Notice that I didn’t say it was of NO importance.

  • Piker

    I did not mean you thought TC was not a good recruiter. My point is CM is doing the same as TC did. He will offer 5 stars and back it up 3 deep with other were he needs it like all coaches do. I guess my disagreement with your statement is TC recruited differently than other coaches. Maybe I am missing something that shows a difference.

  • calbert40

    I think it is too early to get a full read on Archie’s strategy at IU (which I alluded to in my original comment); however, based on his public statements and history at a mid major, he didn’t offer as many players as Crean did. I take that as a more targeted approach than Crean, because I’d think logic would dictate that the more prestigious school wouldn’t have to offer as many players as the mid major to build a roster.

    We saw a few rosters during Crean’s tenure that were not very balanced: they were really good and deep in the backcourt, but thin and not as talented in the front court or vice versa. I think those are some of the reasons why I believe Crean and Archie differ in their recruiting strategies. JMO, of course.