Reynardo Bluiett, the father of 2014 Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett, said at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam in early May that his son would need to begin thinking about the next step of his recruitment soon.
Conversations to begin narrowing down the process have started between father and son, who were in Bloomington on Tuesday on an unofficial visit.
“The things we’ve talked about on narrowing down a list are how we see the coach interact with the players, how we see the players interact with each other,” Trevon Bluiett told Inside the Hall. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a low DI or a high DI (program), just whatever fits best for me. I would say the academics would be a huge part to it, too.”
Bluiett has offers from IU, Illinois, Florida, Kansas State, IUPUI, Butler, Purdue, Virginia and Xavier and interest from Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan.
Tuesday’s visit to Bloomington included a comprehensive tour of the campus and a reminder from Indiana coach Tom Crean on why the rising junior is such a high priority for the program.
“He (Tom Crean) just kind of refreshed on why he wants me at IU and what he can see me playing as and how much I can contribute to the team. He really refreshed me up on that,” Bluiett said. “We went around and saw the sciences building, physical education, the arts school and the math department. We basically just toured the whole campus, the Kelley School of Business. It was just showing us around.”
Reynardo Bluiett said last month that his son learned a lot from his Park Tudor teammate and McDonald’s All-American Yogi Ferrell on how to best manage the recruiting process.
“I think just sitting there watching some of the stuff that went on with him, I think he got an understanding,” the elder Bluiett said. “I’m just there to support him. There will definitely become a time where he’s gotta step up and face the madness.”
That time may be rapidly approaching, although Bluiett stopped short of putting a timetable on when he’ll narrow down his list or declare a leader.
Jeremy Hollowell and the Indiana Senior All-Stars got the better of Collin Hartman and the Indiana Junior All-Stars on Monday night at Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium at Seymour High School. The Seniors led 63-44 at halftime and held off a second half run from the Juniors to prevail 104-97. Hollowell finished with five points, four rebounds and four assists and Hartman had five points and two assists.
Watch high-definition quality footage of both players from the exhibition in the embedded media player below:
It was a strong showing for class of 2013 Warren Central forward and IU commit Devin Davis on Monday night at Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium at Seymour High School. The Junior All-Stars fell short — 104-97 — but Davis was one of four players in double figures with 14 points and led both teams with 13 rebounds.
Watch over a minute of high-definition quality of Davis from the exhibition in the embedded media player below:
Check out 30 photos by Jamie Owens from the Indiana All-Stars exhibition game on Monday night at Seymour High School in the embedded photo gallery after the jump.
SEYMOUR, Ind. — It wasn’t easy, but the Indiana All-Stars got the job done on Monday night at Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.
After leading the Junior All-Stars 63-44 at halftime, the Senior All-Stars weathered a second half run and won the first of two exhibition games, 104-97.
Michigan signee Glenn Robinson led all scorers with 21 points and Michigan commit Zak Irvin led the Juniors with 20 points.
Ron Patterson led a trio of IU signees on the Senior All-Stars with 14 points (6-of-9 shooting), four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Yogi Ferrell, runner-up for Mr. Basketball, added 11 points (5-of-11 shooting) and seven rebounds and Jeremy Hollowell chipped in five points (1-of-7 shooting), four rebounds and four assists.
For the Juniors, IU commit Devin Davis had a double-double with 14 points (6-of-14 shooting) and 13 rebounds and Collin Hartman had five points (2-of-8 shooting) and two steals.
Inside the Hall caught up with Ferrell, Hollowell and Patterson for postgame reaction:
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:
+ Jordan Hulls is among the ten most important seniors in college basketball next season according to Andy Glockner of SI.com.
+ Class of 2015 prospects Jalen Coleman and Ryan Fazekas will be in Bloomington on unofficial visits today.
+ HickoryHusker has a rundown of all of the Indiana All-Star week information including dates, times, admission costs and rosters. Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star also takes a look at the Indiana All-Stars.
+ Terry Hutchens of The Indianapolis Star has a nice feature on Yogi Ferrell putting the disappointment of not winning Mr. Basketball behind him.
+ New IU walk-on point guard Jonny Marlin talks about his decision to leave IPFW for Bloomington.
+ The Champaign News-Gazette takes a look at 2014 Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett.
+ Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com asks the question: With the late addition of Montrezl Harrell, should Louisville be preseason No. 1?
Jameel McKay, a class of 2013 junior college prospect from Indian Hills Community College (IA) with an offer from Indiana, has given a verbal commitment to Marquette according to JucoRecruiting.com:
McKay, a Milwaukee native, said being back in his hometown near family was also a major factor in his decision. He said, “Nobody is getting any younger and to have the opportunity to have my family see my play during my final two years was very important.”
Indiana had scouted McKay, an All-American last season at Indian Hills, heavily in April and offered a scholarship on April 18.
But given their high interest in BeeJay Anya and Marcus Lee and four verbal commitments already secured, it’s unclear how hard the Hoosiers had been recruiting McKay in recent weeks.
McKay will be one of the top returning frontcourt player in the JUCO ranks following his freshman season where he averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Inside the Hall’s 2013 recruiting board has been updated to reflect McKay’s commitment.