Hoosiers add Harrison Niego as preferred walk-on


For the second straight year, Indiana will bring in a walk-on who had multiple division I offers.

Last year it was Nate Ritchie and this year, as we noted Saturday afternoon on Twitter, the Hoosiers will welcome Lyons Township (Ill.) guard Harrison Niego.

The 6-foot-2 guard had mid-major and Ivy League offers, but instead opted to come to Bloomington as a preferred walk-on. He explained that decision in an interview with Mike Miller of The Herald-Times.

“This team has a lot of potential to make a great run this year,” Niego told Miller. “(I liked) the culture of winning, and it starts from the top and goes all the way to the bottom. It was irresistible and it’s how I work, too. That was really attractive.”

Lyons Township also produced Nick Zeisloft, who was a key contributor for IU last season and will be a redshirt senior next fall.


Jeremiah April to transfer from Indiana


Freshman center Jeremiah April is leaving Indiana, the program announced today.

April becomes the third Indiana player to transfer this offseason, joining sophomore Stanford Robinson and freshman Max Hoetzel.

Indiana confirmed the news of his departure in a release.

“Jeremiah informed us earlier of his desire to seek a different situation for himself,” Tom Crean said in a release. “He would like an increased role and we are not able to ensure him this would happen. Our hope is that he will reach his potential wherever he chooses to go.”

April, a native of Joliet, Illinois who played at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, Arizona, played in just four games as a freshman.


Indiana remains heavily involved with 2017 guard Paul Scruggs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Class of 2017 Southport guard Paul Scruggs, who landed a scholarship offer from Indiana in July of 2013, remains a recruiting focus for the Hoosiers.

It’s not hard to see why.

As a sophomore at Southport, Scruggs helped lead the Cardinals to a 23-3 record and a No. 1 ranking in the state for much of the season. He averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists and was named to the MaxPreps 2014-2015 sophomore All-American team.

The spring AAU circuit is now underway and Scruggs continues to shine with the Under Armour sponsored Indy Hoosiers team that also features Kris Wilkes, a five-star prospect from North Central.

The 6-foot-3 Scruggs is capable of playing both guard spots, but sees himself as a point guard at the next level.

“I don’t think I’ll grow any more (height wise),” he told Inside the Hall. “I’ve got the ball handling skills and I can facilitate on the floor.”

Recruiting interest continues to pick up for Scruggs. He picked up a scholarship offer earlier this week from Illinois and also has offers from Kansas, Purdue and Xavier.


Major interest continues for five-star Kris Wilkes


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The class of 2017 is shaping up to be a good one in Indiana and Kris Wilkes, a 6-foot-7 wing from North Central, may be at the forefront.

Wilkes is rated the No. 19 prospect nationally in the 2017 class by the 247Composite and earlier in the year, Scout.com ranked him the No. 68 prospect in high school regardless of class.

As a sophomore at North Central, Wilkes helped lead the Panthers to a 16-6 record while averaging 17.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 58 percent shooting.

This spring, he’s once again starring for the Under Armour sponsored Indy Hoosiers team that also features Southport guard Paul Scruggs. Through seven UA Association circuit games, Wilkes leads the Hoosiers in scoring (13.0 ppg) and is second in rebounding (4.6 rpg).

And as a result of his strong play both during the high school season and thus far in AAU, he continues to pick up interest from many of the nation’s top schools.


Q & A: 2016 big man Joey Brunk updates recruitment


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Indiana continues to track class of 2016 Southport big man Joey Brunk closely this spring as both Tom Crean and Tim Buckley were on hand to see the 6-foot-10 center at the Under Armour Association stop at the MidAmerica Sports Center.

Inside the Hall caught up with Brunk on Friday after Crean and Buckley watched him score 11 points and grab seven rebounds in a 81-77 loss to the Houston Defenders.

The No. 109 prospect nationally – according to the 247Composite – discussed a variety of topics, including his interest in Indiana, the schools he’s hearing from most and more. The complete Q & A is below:

On what he’s focusing on this spring and summer:

“Just continuing to get stronger, more athletic, that’s probably the biggest thing. It’s something I’ve been working on a lot for a couple of years. And the other one is continuing to improve my skills all over the floor.”

On which schools have conducted in-home visits recently and who has been to Southport to see him lately:

“This past week I had in-homes with Iowa and IU. And then coach (John) Groce from Illinois was at an open gym.”

On the takeaways from those visits:

“I had good talks with all of them on how they want to use me, how I fit in with their scheme. There are positives to take away from all of them.”


2016 forward De’Ron Davis makes changes to his game

2015 adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — De’Ron Davis is done taking a back seat.

As the 6-foot-10 class of 2016 forward is in the midst of his final AAU season with Colorado Hawks, the rising senior said on Saturday from the adidas Gauntlet in Best Choice Fieldhouse that he has made one major adjustment to his game.

He’s trying to be more aggressive on the court.

“I’ve been trying to show everybody I’m being aggressive this year,” Davis told reporters. “Last year, I took a sideline to a couple players, so I’m trying to come out and be aggressive.”

Throughout 2015 — well before the AAU season started — Davis made that change in his game a priority. Playing in his junior season at Overland (Colo.) High School, the No. 31 rated prospect in the class of 2016 according to the 247 Composite had to adjust his game en route to a state title.

He averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game and scored 15 points with 16 rebounds in Overland’s first-ever state title. But as he recalled on Saturday, that didn’t come easy.


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