The Essentials: 6-8, 210 lbs forward for United Faith Christian Academy and Indiana Elite
The Schools: Alabama, Baylor, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee have all offered scholarships. North Carolina and Wake Forest have shown interest.
The Leaders: Perea said at the adidas May Classic that Indiana and Baylor are sitting at the top of his list. Indiana Director of Operations and Video Coordinator Drew Adams coached Perea on Indiana Elite before joining the Hoosier staff.
The Ranking: ESPN ranks Perea No. 25 in its “Terrific 25″ for the 2012 class.
The Scout Says: “The 6-foot-8 forward is a physical specimen, and someone with absolutely freakish athletic ability. More than that though, Perea has a solid feel for the game and good hands around the rim and on the break. His skill set is still a little raw on the post, but his strength and athleticism make him a very difficult matchup for most forwards, especially at his age level.” – Rivals.com analyst Brian Snow on Perea’s play at the adidas May Classic.
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s a slow news time, so I figured I’d switch things up and begin profiling some of the 2012 recruits on Indiana’s radar. We’ll kick it off with Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris, who might be the best prospect in the state in this loaded class.
The Essentials: 6-4, 195 lbs guard for Hamilton Southeastern and D3 Heat
The Schools: Butler, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, IUPUI, Miami (FL), Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Xavier have all offered scholarships. Florida, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon State and West Virginia have shown interest.
The Numbers: 14 points and five rebounds as a sophomore for Hamilton Southeastern, which finished 17-4.
The Scout Says: “Harris is more athletic than we’ve given credit for and he looked flat out explosive soaring for rebounds and dunks in the open court. He showed the full scoring package on Sunday, scoring off deep jumpers, mid-range pull-ups for drives to the rim.” – Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels on Harris’ play at the adidas May Classic.
I needed a few days to gather my thoughts on this topic, but since it seems be a frequent point of discussion in the comments, I figured it was worth addressing.
On paper, the signing of Guy-Marc Michel has left Indiana without any additional scholarships for the 2011 class. (Scholarship numbers are available here.) At this past weekend’s adidas May Classic in Bloomington, Herald-Times beat reporter Dustin Dopirak asked several 2011 recruits, including Aaron Thomas, Austin Etherington, Jeremiah Davis and Cody Zeller, for their thoughts on the scholarship crunch.
While I felt the question was fair, I’ve steered clear of asking recruits about it because my point of view is that it’s the job of the coaching staff to figure out how to best allocate scholarships. It’s safe to assume that if Zeller or Davis decide they want to play at IU, they won’t be paying their own way, right?
If you flash back to March of 2009, the scholarship numbers would have indicated that Indiana only had one scholarship to give for 2010. Malik Story and Nick Williams then transferred, freeing up two additional grants.
It’s not inconceivable a player could become homesick or unhappy with their role and leave the program. It happens every year at a lot of programs across the country. ESPN’s Outside the Lines ran a story last January where it looked at the roster turnover in college basketball with a specific focus on John Calipari and Kentucky. And the fact is scholarships are renewable each year.
“I have to sit here and look ahead into the future and figure out OK, how are we going to have to not do this again. That’s what’s hard because there’s a lot of good young players that we’re recruiting that we want and we’ve gotta make sure that we get those and we’ve gotta make sure we have the ability to sign them when they’re ready to come.”
After a big summer for Team Southern Indiana in 2009, Jeffersonville guard Darryl Baker was regarded as one of the top incoming freshman in the state. But a broken leg sidelined Baker for the entire 2009-2010 season and the 6-1 guard could only watch as his teammates knocked off No. 1 Bloomington South in the Seymour regional. Inside the Hall caught up with Baker at the adidas May Classic to get an update on his injury and his recruitment:
The state of Indiana continues to produce top-level talent and the class of 2013 is no different. Watch what a trio of sophomores-to-be — Warren Central’s Devin Davis Jr., Hamilton Southeastern’s Zak Irvin and Ft. Wayne Northrop’s Bryson Scott — had to say at this past weekend’s adidas May Classic in the embedded media players below:
Negedu told The Associated Press he has signed a scholarship offer to play with the Lobos and coach Steve Alford, has been cleared by New Mexico doctors. He is waiting to find out if he will receive an NCAA waiver that will allow him to play in the 2010-11 season.
“I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do,” the 21-year-old Negedu said. “I want to chase my dreams to play basketball. I want to do what makes me happy, and that’s what makes me so happy.”
Meanwhile, Offutt chose a full ride at Ohio University, where he’ll play for John Groce, over the opportunity to walk-on at Indiana. Groce recruited Offutt as an assistant coach at Ohio State.