GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Class of 2015 forward Derrick Jones does not know much about his own recruitment. And that was his own decision.
Earlier this summer, he told his parents and coaches that he wanted them to handle his recruitment. He wanted to just focus on basketball.
“And once I get that over with,” he said, “then I’ll talk with the coaches.”
Jones, ranked No. 26 in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, has been busy all summer from basketball with his AAU program, WE R1, to participating in this past weekend’s adidas Nations. He still has the Elite 24 Game and another Reebok event on tap for this summer, too.
“But I was psyched to come out here,” Jones said at adidas Nations. “It’s really just such a great experience.”
Jones has averaged 8.5 points per game thus far for Team Howard, which is playing in the third-place game today against Europe. He said he has specifically enjoyed the competition level thus far, which has given him a chance to test out some of the aspects of his game he has worked on over the summer — mainly his defending.
“I’ve been in the gym working on my jump shot and my ball handling, but when I’ve been playing games, I’ve been focusing on my defense,” he said. “I mean, I’m a good defensive player, but you can never be too good. So I want to be a lock-down defender and a bucket-getter when my team needs me.
“It’s great just being able to come out and play against the top talent in America, top talent in Africa and all these different countries.”
Three Indiana recruiting targets announced their lists of finalists on Sunday evening and the Hoosiers remain in the running for two of them.
Shake Milton, a class of 2015 guard from Owasso (Okla.) announced IU as one of his four finalists and Terance Mann (pictured), a class of 2015 wing from the Tilton School (N.H.), has IU among six schools he’s still considering.
Milton has official visits scheduled to all four of his finalists: Oklahoma (Aug. 22-24), SMU (Sept. 5-7), Indiana (Sept. 26-28) and Illinois (Oct. 3-5). Milton’s visit to Bloomington will be on the same weekend as Juwan Morgan, his AAU teammate and friend.
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Dillon Brooks admits he has been through a lot this summer.
The 6-foot-5, class of 2015 forward has played in FIBA Americas, AAU basketball for CIA Bounce, the LeBron James Skills Academy and most recently, adidas Nations.
But for the Ontario native who was struggling with ankle issues at adidas Nations, the past few months have been “great.” The No. 94 prospect in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, said he has added multiple high-major offers recently — including one from Indiana — and additional high-major interest.
And still playing with an injured ankle at adidas Nations, he averaged 23.5 points per game for Canada, which finished with a 3-2 record over the course of five games.
“It means a lot to be here, like just to be with all the NBA scouts, all the adidas Nations people — they all treat us well,” Brooks said. “It’s amazing to be here in California and having a great time.”
Brooks came into this summer with little to no college interest — “I never had it,” he said — but has made a quick rise through the ranks. For those unfamiliar with his game, Brooks believes he brings “a lot of attacking, a killer instinct” to the table, along with skill in the transition game, defending and facilitating.
“I’m a playmaker,” he said. “I love to make plays and just win.”
And colleges have taken notice.
Two of Indiana’s top recruiting targets for the class of 2015 will take official visits to campus together this fall.
Indiana football will be in town that weekend for a game with Maryland at Memorial Stadium. A kickoff time is to be determined.
In addition to the IU visits, both prospects also have dates for official visits to other schools.
According to Perry, the 6-foot-9 Morgan will visit Vanderbilt Aug. 28-30 and Washington on Sept. 12-14. Milton, a 6-foot-3 guard, will visit Oklahoma on Aug. 22-24, SMU on Sept. 5-7 and Illinois on Oct. 3-5.
One of the breakout stars of July, class of 2015 Brewster Academy (N.H.) guard Donovan Mitchell, trimmed his list of schools to 10 on Thursday morning.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-3 guard who is originally from Elmhurst, New York, announced on his Twitter account that he’s still considering Providence, Creighton, Florida State, Indiana, Georgetown, Villanova, Louisville, Kansas, Boston College and North Carolina.
According to a report by Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Mitchell already has visits set up to Villanova and Louisville and is working on dates for trips to Indiana and Florida State.
Mitchell, who received a scholarship offer from Indiana in early June, told NBCSports.com in July that he will take an official visit to Bloomington this fall.
Class of 2015 Duncanville (Tex.) guard Matt McQuaid set out to show coaches he could do more than just shoot in July. Now that the three evaluation periods have come to an end, he feels like he did just that.
“I feel like I played really good,” McQuaid, the No. 67 prospect in the 247Composite, told Inside the Hall. “I showed coaches that I’m not just a shooter. I put the ball on the floor and I thought I just played really good.”
The 6-foot-5 McQuaid averaged 15.6 points on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit for Team Texas Elite. He hit 46 of his 102 attempts from behind the 3-point arc in 16 games.
Since re-opening his recruitment on July 20, McQuaid, who had been committed to SMU, is hearing from several programs, including Indiana.
The Indiana staff watched him diligently at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas last week.
“I’ve been talking to coach (Tom) Crean and coach (Steve) McClain a lot,” he said. “They came to three or four of my games in Las Vegas. They really want me and they think they can develop me into a complete player and a really, really good player.”
That interest has McQuaid eyeing a fall trip to Bloomington.
Andrew Hicks has only been on the job as the basketball coach at Lexington (Tenn.) high school for three months, but he already has a feel for the top player he’s inheriting.
Hicks, who served as an assistant coach at Humbholt (Tenn.) before accepting the job at Lexington, is looking forward to the opportunity of coaching Nick Marshall, one of the top rising big men in the country.
“One of the best things that I’ve noticed about him in just the little time I’ve been around him is that he’s a great kid as far as interacting with people and being around his teammates,” Hicks told Inside the Hall on Wednesday. “He’s a team guy. He considers his teammates his brothers in a sense.”
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Marshall had an outstanding summer for Team Thad. As a result, he’s picked up several new scholarship offers, including one from Indiana.
The Hoosiers appear to be prioritizing Marshall in their class of 2015 recruiting efforts and Hicks said IU, along with Clemson, Mississippi State, Memphis, Tennessee and Florida State, have been in contact with him frequently. Connecticut and Florida are two other schools that have been mentioned frequently with Marshall in recent weeks.
The recent offer and increased interest from the IU staff seem to be resonating well with Marshall, according to his high school coach.