In no particular order: Indiana, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas, UCLA, Wake Forest and Florida.
Ferguson, the No. 9 player nationally on Scout.com, says he plans on having a list of five by the end of school year and hopes to make a decision either at the end of the summer or by the fall.
Notably absent from the list? Our friends in West Lafayette.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the Tom Crean press conference from earlier today, it’s certainly worth your time to do so. There was a lot of Twitter talk and he also talked at length about next year’s schedule, which I’ve transcribed below:
We’re close. We’re close. We have one game to go. What we do with that remains to be seen. I can promise you that you won’t be looking at the Sagarin ratings at the end of the year and see Indiana had the number one strength of schedule the entire year. That didn’t do us any good. I like to have a nice schedule, but we’re not trying to play the hardest schedule in the country. We’ve gotta get some confidence and we’ve gotta get our guys built up and we’ve gotta get it home.
We’ve got some very challenging games. I think Puerto Rico is going to be an excellent event. So many good teams there. Obviously Maryland, it wasn’t like they matched us up with somebody that will be picked to finish last in the league like we probably will be again. We’re playing against a NCAA Tournament team. A team that should be ranked in the top 20 especially if Vazquez comes back. And Kentucky is Kentucky. And it’s not like he’s not going to have very good players in there. So we’re going to have a very hard schedule.
Not to mention the Big Ten will be even better I think next year than it was this year. And it was really good this year. Because so many players came back. You’ve got guys like JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Evan Turner and those guys coming back. All the Michigan State guys are back. The Michigan guys are back. I mean the list goes on and on. It’s gonna be a great league. So We’ll have a very hard schedule and we’ve gotta figure out what we’re gonna do with the last game.
Normally, I’m not big on a cupcake schedule because it does little to prepare a team come March. But I totally agree with Crean’s line of thought that he needs to build confidence and more importantly, a winning attitude with a group that hasn’t won much at this level to date. As much as we’d all like to believe that the wins will be plentiful come next November, there’s still going to be plenty of bumps in the road during this rebuilding process.
It’s certainly looking that way. Morgan indicated the Hoosiers were leading in a piece penned earlier in the week by John Decker of Hoosier Nation and a short blurb in this morning’s Las Vegas Review Journal has the Hoosiers on top:
Though he doesn’t expect to make an oral commitment until summer, Moses Morgan said Indiana tops the list of schools he is considering.
“The tradition they have there and coach (Tom) Crean, I love,” said Moses Morgan, who has made an unofficial visit to Michigan and plans to visit Indiana in June.
Indiana is followed on Morgan’s list by Michigan and Marquette. He also has offers from UNLV and Texas Tech. Utah, Texas and Oklahoma recently expressed interest.
Moses, of course, is the son of Winston Morgan who played at IU for Bob Knight in the 80’s. I’ve scoured the Web looking for more info on the younger Morgan and came across a couple of scouting reports from UMHoops.com, a brilliant Michigan hoops blog. You can read those reports here and here.
Since I haven’t watched Morgan play myself, I can only go by an opinion of a national recruiting guru who told me last night that he wasn’t sure that Morgan is the caliber of player that IU should be coveting. But logical thinking should suggest that it’s best to sit back and let Crean work his magic. We’ll continue to keep a close eye on the situation.
Thanks to ITH reader Jake for the tip.
St. Patrick’s (NJ) guard Kyrie Irving still has a sizeable list of schools to sort through — ten to be exact — but the good news for the IU coaching staff is that the Hoosiers appear to be in excellent shape.
Irving, who sat out the first part of this past high school season due to transfer rules, is viewed as one of the top priorities in the 2010 class and told Adam Zagoria of the Zagsblog that IU will definitely get a visit this summer:
Irving listed the following schools in a text message Tuesday morning: Georgia Tech, Duke, Indiana, Seton Hall, Texas A&M, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Florida, Marquette and Kentucky.
Noticeably absent were Rutgers, Villanova and UConn.
Irving will also take a couple of visits this summer.
“I’m taking one to Texas A&M and one to Indiana,” Irving said. “I don’t know the dates.”
One school to keep an eye on with Irving is Kentucky. Rod Strickland, who was recently named the Director of Basketball Operations in Lexington, is a close family friend.
Previously on ITH:
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If you need any more convincing that Marquis Teague should be the No. 1 target for Indiana’s 2011 recruiting efforts, I’ve got just the video clip for you. These clips are from the Boo Williams Invitational a couple of weeks ago in Baltimore. Prepare to be entertained: