2018 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board

The 2018 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board is a collection of information on recruits that Indiana is believed to be recruiting for its 2018 class.

Information that appears on school lists is collected from public recruit profiles on ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and various news outlets. School lists only denote reported interest, not offers. The board should not be considered a complete list of prospects being recruited and is not endorsed by Indiana University.

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Projected class size: 4 or 5

Last updated: May 22, 2017

Darius Garland

Guard, 6-0, 160 pounds, Brentwood Academy (Tenn.), Bradley Beal Elite
247Composite ranking: 5-star (6)
Schools: Auburn, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest, Xavier
Twitterdariusgarland22

Notes: The top point guard nationally in the 2018 class, Indiana watched Garland closely this spring and also visited him last month at his high school. He has strong ties to the state as he was born in Gary.

Robert Phinisee

Guard, 6-0, 165 pounds, McCutcheon, Indiana Elite
247Composite ranking: 4-star (97)
Schools: Butler, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Virginia
Twitter: robphinisee1

Notes: Undervalued nationally, Phinisee is an in-state point guard that the new coaching staff has hit the ground running with. Phinisee is a pass-first point guard and will be a building block for the program that lands him.

Musa Jallow

Guard, 6-5, 190 pounds, Bloomington North, Team Blaze Select
247Composite ranking: 3-star (143)
Schools: Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia
Twittermjallow21

Notes: Jallow is very familiar with the Indiana program as he’s from Bloomington. Like Phinisee, he’s undervalued nationally and is a tough minded player who can guard multiple positions.

Cole Swider

Forward, 6-7, 210 pounds, St. Andrews School (RI), BABC
247Composite ranking: 3-star (141)
Schools: Creighton, Indiana, Miami (FL), Michigan, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova, Xavier
Twitter: coleswider21

Notes: Swider was one of the breakout stars of the first Nike EYBL session in Hampton, Virginia and quickly received an IU offer from Archie Miller. He recently trimmed his list of schools to eight and the Hoosiers made the cut.

Romeo Langford

Guard, 6-5, 175 pounds, New Albany, Twenty Two Vision
247Composite ranking: 5-star (3)
Schools: Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Ohio State, Purdue, UCLA, Vanderbilt
Twitteryeahyeah_22

Notes: The top prospect in the state for the class of 2018, Indiana coach Archie Miller made it a priority this spring to visit Langford at his school and then watch him closely in both April evaluation periods.

Race Thompson

Forward, 6-8, 215 pounds, Robbinsdale Armstrong (Minn.), D1 Minnesota
247Composite ranking: 4-star (72)
Schools: Baylor, Creighton, Kansas State, Indiana, Iowa State, Marquette, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern
TwitterRaceThompson1

Notes: Thompson earned an Indiana offer shortly after the second April evaluation period concluded. He’s a versatile forward who can shoot it from the perimeter, but can also operate in the post and on the glass.

Eric Hunter

Guard, 6-3, 170 pounds, Charles A Tindley Accelerated School, Indiana PROS
247Composite ranking: 4-star (110)
Schools: Butler, Creighton, Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota, Nebraska, Xavier
Twitterebuckets13

Notes: A smooth lefty, Hunter led Tindley to the Class A state championship this past season. He doesn’t have an IU offer yet, but the staff watched him this spring and also visited him at his school in April.

Robby Carmody

Guard, 6-4, 185 pounds, Mars Area (Pa.), Ohio Basketball Club
247Composite ranking: 4-star (86)
Schools: Butler, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue, Syracuse
Twitterrobbycarmody23

Notes: Carmody has known Archie Miller since he was a child and said in April that his relationship with Miller was a major positive for the Hoosiers. Carmody is a hard nosed guard who can fill it up from the outside, but can also get into the paint and draw contact.

Jalen Carey

Guard, 6-3, 170 pounds, Immaculate Conception (N.Y.), Playaz Basketball Club
247Composite ranking: 4-star (82)
Schools: Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Temple
Twitter: yungswae5

Notes: Carey was dominant this spring on the EYBL circuit and as a result, picked up a ton of new offers including Indiana. He told reporters at the EYBL stop in Indianapolis that his high octane game is inspired by Russell Westbrook.

Louis King

Forward, 6-8, 205 pounds, Hudson Catholic (N.J.), Team Final
247Composite ranking: 4-star (26)
Schools: Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, Seton Hall, Syracuse
TwitterSweetLouu2

Notes: King’s Indiana offer was recently reaffirmed by the new Indiana coaching staff and he’s one of the top forwards in the country for the class of 2018.

Jerome Hunter

Forward, 6-7, 195 pounds, Pickerington North (Ohio), Ohio Nova
247Composite ranking: 4-star (108)
Schools:Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Xavier
Twitterj_hunter35

Notes: Hunter had an offer from Archie Miller while at Dayton and was watched during the April evaluation periods by the IU staff.

Eric Ayala

Guard, 6-5, 180 pounds, Putnam Science Academy (Ct.), We-R1
247Composite ranking: 4-star (107)
Schools: Cincinnati, Dayton, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Miami (FL), Oregon, Providence, St. John’s (NY), Syracuse, Villanova
Twitter: EA_Glo

Notes: Ayala had his IU offer reaffirmed this spring, but it’s still not clear if he will move up into the 2017 class or stay 2018.

Luguentz Dort

Guard, 6-4, 200 pounds, The Conrad Academy (Fla.), Brookwood Elite
247Composite ranking: 4-star (65)
Schools: Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, St. John’s (NY), UNLV, Utah, Washington
Twitter: luguentz

Notes: Dort, a native of Canada, added a scholarship offer from the Hoosier staff following the second April evaluation period.

Others to watch: Moses Brown, Kevin Easley, Damezi Anderson, Darius Bazley

  • A look at some of the top recruiting targets for Indiana University basketball in the class of 2018.

  • SCHoosier

    Great work..and some great potential Hoosiers. Archie et al have some hills to climb given their late start… but I have every confidence that they will make some inroads..especially in state.

  • N71

    Great list of targets, talent galore. A little concerned though, if DeRon gets featured like we’re thinking he’ll be lured into the draft leaving us undersized. Otherwise Clifton will need to put on 40 pounds.

  • TomJameson

    I’m hoping that DeRon really does get better like Archie described, but that he’ll stay to play through his Junior year. No guarantees though.

    I’d bet that Moore starts the season with an extra 20 pounds. Hopefully that will be even better at the start of his Sophomore season.

  • Pianoroark

    And even if De’Ron does stick around for his junior year (which I expect he will), we have no true backup in the post when he a) needs a rest, b) gets in foul trouble, or c) gets injured for any stretch. Moore isn’t a post player, from what I’ve seen and read on him, despite his size. Maybe he’ll develop into one. Anyway, I, too, am a little concerned and surprised not to see more post player recruitment news. But we have time, and I trust our new coaching staff. We’ll see!

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I’m with you. I think we need to get a big this year. The frontcourt is already thin and it’d be nice to have Davis take a younger big guy under his wing for a year or two before he passes the baton. Heck, let’s get 2 bigs. Hard to remember the last time we’ve had an abundance of skilled big guys.

  • VOXAC30

    You make a solid point I wonder what Race Thompsons and Louis King’s true interest in IU? We may need them both at this point… which is something I could live with. They are Juniors so they may grow a little more.

  • John D Murphy

    I saw a couple of nice bigs in the 2019 names, but yeah none in 2018 yet.

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    Is Carmody the only recruit on the board who is currently without an offer?

  • viaswiss

    For the first time it actually feels like we are specifically targeting certain players and have a real shot at them instead of just throwing out random offers and hoping something sticks. Very excited about the Indiana kids…Garland, Phinesee, Jallow, Hunter, Romeo. If we can land just 2-3 of them and then round it out with a big or two from “outside” then we are sitting very pretty!

  • The 2018 class is very thin nationally with big men. Only nine guys in the country who are considered a four-star or higher in the 247Composite rankings at the center position. Three of them have already committed:

    http://247sports.com/Season/2018-Basketball/CompositeRecruitRankings?InstitutionGroup=HighSchool&Position=C

  • N71

    Looking at this list and suspending reality for a moment I’ll take David McCormack, 4-star, 6-10, 290 pounds. Would love to have a guy like this on our team as we were headed up to East Lancing to battle it out for first place. Hard to believe he’s in high school, looks like Lasalle Thompson when he was with the Pacers but thicker.

  • Outoftheloop

    This is a great list for a Head Coach and staff in month 2! Go get 4-5 Archie!

  • Vernon Aldrich

    I’d love to see us get Robby Carmody. He looks like he’s cut out of Tom Coverdale cloth, and he’s bigger!!

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    Hey Alex, I know this doesn’t address the question of big men, but do you expect IU to extend Carmody an offer? Curious given his connection to Miller family, if IU is waiting to see where other chips might fall or if there will be an offer soon.

  • HoosierDom

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Davis was 40ish or lower in every ranking coming out of high school, he averaged 6ppg as a freshman and he isn’t particularly athletic. What about that makes people so worried he will go pro after next year? I’d love to come back and eat my words, but this talk doesn’t seem at all realistic. Even if he does excel next year, he’s still not a plus athlete and hasn’t shown much outside touch that I’ve seen – not many big men in the NBA that meet that description. I think he’s a 4 year player.

  • Ole Man

    If you ever see Moore in the post, he is lost! LOL!

  • TomJameson

    I don’t think he’s going to play the post like DD, but Moore does have his own skills. I think it’s possible that he’ll be a big help this year. I would rather see Moore get those relief minutes for DeRon, than to see Juwan or Collin playing center.

  • SeeingRed

    Agree. We’re sitting here speculating that DD is a leave early guy with very little evidence to suggest that. He’s shown some smooth post moves, a will to get better and a great attitude, which makes him easy to like. But he hasn’t shown (yet) that he can get in great shape and play heavy minutes. He plays below the rim and isn’t a quick jumper. To me, he’s the defintion of a 4 year college program building block guy whose route to pro ball will be about effort and maximizing his physical and technical potential.