After Raymond Spalding’s decision to commit to Louisville on Sunday, Indiana has moved on quickly with other frontcourt options remaining on the board.
The latest prospect to receive a scholarship offer is Lexington (Tenn.) center Nick Marshall, according to Brian Snow of Scout.com.
The Indiana staff scouted the 6-foot-10 center at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta, where he was playing with Team Thad, this past week during the second July evaluation period.
Rated the No. 123 prospect nationally by the 247Composite, Marshall told reporters in Atlanta that Indiana is among his top five schools:
Via our friends at UMHoops.com, here’s a look at four Indiana recruiting targets — Kenny Williams, Jalen Coleman, Tyus Battle and Prince Ali — from the Nike Peach Jam in North August, South Carolina:
Five former Indiana players — Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Noah Vonleh, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford — participated in the NBA summer league, which concludes later today in Las Vegas.
Oladipo played in the Orlando summer league, while Watford played both in Orlando and Las Vegas. Zeller, Vonleh and Sheehey played in Vegas. Here’s a look at how all five players performed:
· Zeller, Charlotte: 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals in 27.7 minutes per game.
The sample size was small — just three games — but the results were encouraging for Zeller, who may be in line for a bigger role following the departure of Josh McRoberts to Miami via free agency. Most impressive about Zeller’s play was his shooting from the field (58.6 percent) and the fact that he got to the line 20 times over three games.
His play was enough to draw the praise of Amin Elhassan at ESPN Insider:
Zeller has looked a lot more assertive on the floor this year and more sure of himself, and that confidence has definitely manifested itself in the box score, where he has shot an impressive 63 percent from the field (over his first two games). His combination of size and speed makes him an extremely tough cover, and he’s finding ways to get open looks around the rim by being active and taking full advantage of his physical gifts.
Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is among the group of players selected to compete against the USA Basketball men’s national team players at a three-day training camp in Las Vegas later this month, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Oladipo, who was the runner-up in the NBA’s rookie of the year voting this past season, averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his first professional season.
According to reports, Oladipo is expected to be joined on the select team by New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr., Phoenix’s Miles Plumlee, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee, Boston’s Marcus Smart, Orlando’s Tobias Harris and Chicago’s Doug McDermott.
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Since his freshman year of high school at Lawrence Central, 6-foot-2, class of 2016 guard Kyle Guy has noticed a shift in his game.
“I’ve become a lot more confident in the rest of my game,” he noted on Thursday to Inside the Hall. “My freshman year I just sort of shot a lot of threes, and now I’m trying to expand my game, be more of a point guard.”
On Thursday, at the Battle at the Beach, thousands of miles from Indianapolis, Guy was able to showcase his newfound confidence in front of many college coaches — including Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley and coaches from California and Oregon State, among others — for Indiana Elite.
In their 61-59 win over Inland (CA), Guy scored eight points and recorded three assists and two rebounds. But Inland featured a rising 6-foot-1 guard, Derrick Bruce, who scored more than 30 points.
“I had actually never heard of him before this, but he can play,” Guy said. “It was surreal to be out there playing like that. It was great competition.”
It was in front of colleges who have shown significant interest, too.
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — During an interview on Thursday following a game at Battle at the Beach, 2016 power forward Aurora (Colo.) De’Ron Davis was asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
His face lit up.
The 6-foot-9, No. 22 prospect in his class rattled off a list of high-major programs that included Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas, UCLA, Duke and California.
“It’s pretty much all I can ask for,” he said. “I’m just taking it all in and enjoying it right now.”
Davis and the Colorado Hawks flew into Las Vegas on Thursday and drove five hours to Redondo Beach, making it just in time for a late-evening game against the Las Vegas Knicks.
And utilizing his physical advantage, Davis scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in front of Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley and other college coaches for a 60-56 Hawks win.
“I’m always having a good time out there, but at the same time you’ve got to look at the big picture,” Davis said. “Like if I play a team without a big man, post up. But if I play a team bigger than me, I’ve got to show my outside game. It all depends, really.
“I just like helping my team and doing whatever I can to get the win.”
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — 2016 forward and longtime Indiana target T.J. Leaf has recently seen an explosion in his recruitment. Just in the past week, the 6-foot-9 junior, the No. 18 prospect in the 2016 class according to the 247Composite, has received offers from Florida and Louisville.
On Thursday, Inside the Hall caught up with Leaf at Battle at the Beach after he recorded 31 points, five rebounds and three blocks in two evening games for Compton Magic Elite in front of multiple college coaches — including Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley.
Our full conversation with the Foothills Christian (Calif.) forward is posted below:
Earlier this summer, you talked about hoping to become more of a wing player. How do you feel that adjustment has gone, so far?
“I think I’m definitely evolving my wing skills to be more of a 3-4 instead of a 4-3. So I think I’m doing a pretty good job of that.”
What other parts of your game have you been working on recently?
“Just continuing to get healthy, a consistent jump shot, those are pretty much the main things. And then just continuing my wing skills and dribbling.”
Your first game tonight, your team won by 20 points. How were you feeling out there?
“I felt pretty good. I mean all our guys got to play a lot, so it’s good for everyone to get looks out there in front of the college coaches.”