NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Anyone who follows Indiana high school basketball knows the state is producing a feast of talent in the Class of 2017.
Within the state’s borders are two players in the 247 Composite top 30 national rankings in No. 16 Kris Wilkes (North Central) and No. 29 Paul Scruggs (Southport). Joining that duo in the 247 Composite top 100 are Park Tudor’s Jaren Jackson at No. 66, Fort Wayne Snider’s Malik Willams at No. 67, and La Lumiere’s Tyler Plummer at No. 97.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – The last time Inside the Hall spoke with high priority Indiana target Lamar Stevens, a Class of 2016 wing out of Roman Catholic (Pa.), he and his Team Final AAU teammates were in Lexington, Ky. trying to qualify for the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.
“We’re out here and we don’t have the biggest name players, but we think we’re all good and we think we can compete with all the best players around the country,” Stevens said at the time. “So we’re just out here to prove that we’re also one of the best teams in the country.”
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – A little more than a year ago when Indiana hired Bronx native Chuck Martin to fill the assistant coaching position vacated by Kenny Johnson, Martin’s familiarity with the New York basketball scene was viewed as a positive.
“It certainly factors in, but I think it would factor in if there were a player in Bloomington that we were recruiting,” Tom Crean said at Martin’s introductory press conference. “Because I think if you can deal with people, geography matters because maybe you’re more comfortable there, you have more contacts. You know the streets. You don’t need a GPS or a map maybe. But the bottom line is where can you go in and develop real relationships and be a connecter.”
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – At 6-foot-10 and 265 pounds, class of 2016 Plano (Tx.) and Nike Pro Skills Elite center Schnider Herard is already equipped with a college-ready frame, a fact that’s obvious from the moment he walks into a gym.
Even when on the floor with the country’s highest profile players at this week’s Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam, the native of Congo stands out among the crowd.
One of the storylines that has emerged through the first two days of the July evaluation period is Thon Maker’s dominance at the Under Armour All-American Camp in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The 7-foot Maker, who recently announced he would remain a class of 2016 recruit rather than graduating this December, won the MVP at the NBPA Camp last month.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – As a class of 2017 recruit still a long way from choosing where he’ll play college basketball, there are quite a few uncertainties remaining for Reading (Pa.) wing Lonnie Walker.
This much, though, is certain: when it comes time to decide, the athletic 6-5, 180-pound rising junior will have plenty of options and won’t take any of them for granted.
Class of 2017 Eudora School (Kan.) guard Mitchell Ballock, who received a scholarship offer from Indiana in early May, wants to make a trip to Bloomington this season for a game.
In an interview with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com at the Under Armour All-American Camp in Charlotte, North Carolina, the 6-foot-4 guard listed Indiana as one of several schools he’d like to visit this winter.