Class of 2018 forward Damezi Anderson commits to Indiana

  • 07/17/2017 2:05 pm in

Indiana picked up its third commitment in 24 hours on Monday afternoon when South Bend Riley forward Damezi Anderson committed to the Hoosiers.

The news was first reported by Brian Snow of Scout.com.

Anderson, the No. 91 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, was offered a scholarship by the Hoosier staff during an unofficial visit in June.

He joins Jerome Hunter in Indiana’s 2018 recruiting class. Race Thompson, who committed on Monday, plans to enroll in August and redshirt next season.

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  • Steve Shoda

    Romeo wears #1

  • Guyton25

    I know how I’ll be pronouncing it when he’s scoring with ease during a game. Dam-EZ!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    There it is!!! Every Mr Basketball in Indiana high school that plays for IU wears #1.

  • Guyton25

    Steve gets a cookie!

  • pcantidote

    This is so huge. I’ve always thought of SB, Gary, etc. as Purdue, MSU, Michigan territory. If Arch can stake a claim up there along with the rest of the state and some national talent as well…..look out. Phinisee and Romeo, where art thou?

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, don’t worry man, pretty sure it irks most IU fans just a tad, how could it not? Be like somebody always getting your name backwards. lol But, like you said, innocent mistake and let it slide. 🙂

  • TomJameson

    Hi Fifer, actually there are several good reasons.
    ** He can get a head start on his college credits and make graduating in 3 years easier.
    ** He can play and practice against top D1 talent.
    ** He can learn Archie’s system at an easier pace, no hurry up mode.
    ** The weight and strength conditioning is huge (pun intended)
    ** All this is to do what you said, make him more ready.

    As for the relevance of how long he’ll play, I’m pretty sure he is a 3-4 year player. Might go after 3, but if he does I’ll bet he credits this first redshirt year as one of the factors. Smart and mature move on Race’s part, shows his good character for sure.

  • TomJameson

    Hi Arch, haven’t been responding to you much because all I’d be adding is “yeah, what he said”. lol

    But these athletic forwards seem to be Archie’s type. By that I mean the competition is open a little bit more because Archie wants more of them. Instead of 2-3 on a team Arch wants 3-4. Of course the numbers I just pulled out of the air to make my point. I think there is room for Keion.

    My biggest worry is that there won’t be many open spots for the 2019-20 class. I would really love to get 3 from that class, because I think Archie’s message will be loud and clear, and the truly elite talent will be giving some serious attention this direction. Would hate to be restricted to 1-2 open slots in that case.

  • Hoosier Hall

    If Archie can land Romeo and Phinisee on top of these 3 this will be one of the best classes in IU history. I guess that begs the question, what is the best IU class in history? Most underrated? That has to be Sheehey and Oladipo…

  • Gashaus Gorilla

    Calbert Cheaney’s Sensational Seven class.

  • Arch Puddington

    Oh, there’s room at the Inn for Keion! The question is, does he want to check in? I was just pointing out that we now have a lot of good players who seemingly play a similar position. I don’t know enough about his game relative to Smith, Thompson, Hunter, and Anderson, but at least according to 24/7 sports he is a small forward. Hunter and Anderson in particular seem to be that as well, so CM will have to convince him that there are minutes to be earned on a team with a veteran center and 4 top 100 forwards already on board.

    Having said that, I just looked at Michigan State’s roster and 2018 recruiting commits, and they will have several players in that range as well. Probably not as good as ours, but still. I’m sure Izzo is recruiting others as well. So unless Brooks goes to Kentucky or Duke, places that will have likely cleared out most or all of a roster of NBA picks, maybe the story will be the same everywhere. In any case, I hope he comes here. CM is on a roll, so onward and upward we go.

  • AndyCapp

    Indeed you are correct sir! 😀

  • Jermhoosierfan

    Funny thing about that class was that Funderburke and Pat Graham were the 2 big recruits while Cheaney and Greg Graham were supposed to be the role players. Calbert and Greg turned out to be the best from that group. Funny how things work out.