For the second straight year, an Indiana signee will play in the Nike Hoop Summit.
As announced earlier tonight on his Twitter account, class of 2014 Marion guard James Blackmon Jr. has been named to the 2014 USA Basketball Junior Select national team.
“Blessed to have these opportunities, it’s an honor,” Blackmon said on Twitter.
The team is comprised of 11 of the best high school seniors in the country who will compete in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon against a team of the best 19-and-under players from around the world.
It was a highly productive weekend for a future member of the Indiana backcourt.
Class of 2014 Benedictine (Va.) guard Robert Johnson led the Cadets to three wins in the Bullis Holiday Classic in Montgomery County, Maryland and was named the MVP of the three-day event.
In Sunday’s championship game, Johnson scored 28 points and added five rebounds and four assists in a 76-73 win over Genesis Academy. Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson were both in attendance.
In Saturday’s semifinal, Johnson had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists as Benedictine beat the Westtown School, which features Maryland recruit Jared Nickens, 49-48.
In a Friday win over Archbishop Spalding, the future IU guard had 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Class of 2015 Trenton Catholic (N.J.) wing Malachi Richardson is headed to the ACC.
The 6-foot-6, 191-pound five-star prospect announced his decision to attend Syracuse at his school on Friday afternoon.
Richardson is rated the No. 16 player nationally in his class according to the 247Composite. He also considered Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Rutgers and Villanova.
Indiana recruited Richardson diligently for more than a year and offered him a scholarship last December. He visited Bloomington twice for unofficial visits including most recently for Hoosier Hysteria in early October.
Class of 2015 Trenton Catholic (N.J.) wing Malachi Richardson is ready to announce his college decision.
As first reported by Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com last week, Richardson confirmed his plans for a Friday announcement earlier this afternoon on Twitter.
“I will be making my college decision Friday at 2:30 at Trenton Catholic,” Richardson said on Twitter.
The 6-foot-6, 191 pound wing, rated the No. 16 prospect nationally by the 247Composite, is considering Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Syracuse, Rutgers and Villanova.
Class of 2014 Finlay Prep (Nev.) forward Jonah Bolden is headed to the Pac-12.
The 6-foot-9 Bolden, a native of Australia, committed to UCLA during an official visit that began on Sunday, according to reports by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com and Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
Bolden, the No. 49 player nationally according to the 247Composite, also considered Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Methodist and USC.
The Hoosiers began recruiting Bolden, who transferred to Findlay Prep for his final high school season, earlier this fall. His father, Bruce, played professionally in Australia after a collegiate career at Boise State.
Indiana has three players signed for its 2014 class — guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson and forward Max Hoetzel.
Nearly two weeks ago, Indiana’s coaching staff addressed the 2014 recruiting class but had to leave one name out — 6-foot-7 Max Hoetzel — due to the fact that the Hoosiers had not yet received his National Letter of Intent.
Well, on Monday afternoon during his press conference previewing the Hoosiers’ game with Evansville, Indiana coach Tom Crean was able to address the third signee of the class.
Crean confirmed that Indiana has received Hoetzel’s LOI and he officially joins guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson as future Hoosiers.
“Anytime you can get a guy that you can see a little of Steve Novak and Will Sheehey in and a guy that absolutely wants to be here, is a gym rat and you know is only going to get better, it’s a very good get,” Crean said. “There was no doubt that we wanted to improve our ability to shoot the ball from the outside. And when that became an opportunity to get someone at that position with that skill set and future skill set, it was a no-brainer for us.”
Class of 2014 Findlay Prep (Nev.) forward Jonah Bolden announced his list of six finalists tonight and Indiana remains in the mix for the 6-foot-9, 210 pound forward.
Bolden, the No. 49 player nationally according to the 247Composite, is also considering Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Methodist, UCLA and USC.
The Hoosiers are making a late push for Bolden, who is a native of Australia that transferred to Findlay Prep for his senior season.
“I started hearing from Indiana only in the last month,” Bolden told Inside the Hall recently. “My conversations with IU so far have been about my need to the program. Just talking about how they are.
“I like the way they play. It’s a very free style of play with as minimum but as much as needed structure as possible. I feel it suits the way I play and my availability for my position as a small forward.”
Bolden’s father, Bruce, played professionally in Australia after a collegiate career at Boise State.
Indiana has three players already signed for its 2014 class — guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson and forward Max Hoetzel.