Thursday was the third visit to Bloomington for 2015 Ft. Wayne Carroll guard Chandler White.
The first two were for games against Iowa and Purdue this past winter, but this trip offered White the opportunity to see a bit more behind the scenes.
“I met with their academic advisor (Marni Mooney) and strength coach (Je’Nay Jackson),” White told Inside the Hall. “What stood out to me a lot is their strength coach, instead of injury prevention, he calls it ‘pre-hab,’ which is like training your muscles and joints to not get hurt.
“And I saw how intense the coaches were with the players and how they run their workouts. And then for about two hours, I actually got to play with the team (in open gym). It showed me where I was at and what I need to work on.”
The opportunity to interact and get feedback on what he needs to work on from Tom Crean was also valuable, according to White.
“He’s a straight up guy. He tells you what you need to work on and what your weakness is and what your strengths are,” he said. “He likes how I can play every position and guard a lot of positions. And he told me that I need to work on guarding the one and try to get quicker. I like how intense his workouts are.”
White, who averaged close to 16 points per game as a freshman, is hearing from several Big Ten schools including Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Xavier, Wake Forest and Boston College have also expressed interest.
Chandler White established himself as one of the top guards in Indiana’s class of 2015 after averaging close to 16 points per game as a freshman at Ft. Wayne Carroll. White has early interest from Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Xavier.
We’ve compiled over a minute of high definition quality video of White from last weekend’s adidas Spring Classic, which is available in the embedded media player below:
Inside the Hall continued our spring AAU coverage over the weekend at the adidas Spring Classic at the Fishers Fieldhouse and Fishers High School. The weekend was highlighted by 2013 commits Devin Davis and Luke Fischer, who were both tracked by interim assistant coach Calbert Cheaney and Tom Crean.
Here’s a detailed look at the five prospects we tracked over the weekend:
Class of 2013
Devin Davis, PF/SF, Eric Gordon All-Stars: There’s no question Davis has the potential to be a very good player at the college level. He has supreme athleticism, he’s strong, and he has a good understanding of the game. Davis is also usually good defensively, but he tends to pick up a dumb foul or two during the course of the game.
Davis is at his best when he’s taking the ball to the basket. His ball-handling skills are strong enough that he can grab a defensive rebound and race the ball back to the other end on a fast break. During the weekend’s adidas Classic, Davis scored a good portion of his points on coast-to-coast layups. His moves to the basket are both strong and quick, and he’s an above-average finisher when he gets there.
The only thing really lacking from Davis’ game is a consistent jump shot. If he could develop a mid-range game to go along with what he already has, Davis could be a nightmare to deal with by the time he arrives in Bloomington.
Luke Fischer, PF/C, Wisconsin Swing: This was our first time seeing Fischer in person since July of 2011 and it quickly became apparent that his game has grown tremendously in nine months. With Wisconsin commit Bronson Koenig handling the ball on the perimeter, Fischer caught the ball in position to score regularly and was efficient in doing so.
He showed an ability to finish with both hands and his improved left hand is a result of a broken right hand suffered during the high school season. Fischer also finished well through contact and was effective in blocking shots without fouling. His footwork and hands are both very sound.
Fischer must continue to work on becoming more explosive around the basket and gaining upper body strength. With another year in the weight room before he arrives in Bloomington, he should be able to make significant gains that will allow him to contribute from day one.
One class of 2015 prospect speaking highly of the Hoosiers this spring is Ft. Wayne Carroll guard Chandler White.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore-to-be averaged close to 16 points per game in his first high school season and Inside the Hall has compiled a short collection of video clips from last weekend’s IndyBall.com Shootout of the talented prospect (Jersey No. 42):
Inside the Hall kicked off our spring AAU coverage over the weekend at the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis. Just one IU commitment — Devin Davis — was present, but several 2014 and 2015 prospects (and even a 2016 prospect) the Hoosiers will be tracking in the coming years highlight our player evaluations:
Class of 2013
Devin Davis, SF/PF, Eric Gordon All-Stars: The Indiana commitment put on the type of performance we’ve come to expect from him after two years of following him on the circuit. Davis attacked opponents off the bounce, was outstanding on the offensive glass and played solid defensive in the paint as well as on the perimeter. He didn’t shoot the ball much, but did display a reliable stroke from the charity stripe.
Class of 2014
Aaron Brennan, SF/PF, Fieldhouse Elite: The 6-foot-6 Brennan scored 25 points and led his team to a victory over the 2014 Eric Gordon All-Stars when ITH was in attendance. He showed great savvy in the post with a variety of moves and ways to score from mid-range and in. Brennan also has a reliable mid-range jumper when facing the basket. Two areas where the sophomore forward could improve are his ball-handling and defense.
Bryant McIntosh, PG/SG, 2014 Eric Gordon All-Stars: McIntosh looks to be much improved since we last watched him in July of 2011. The 6-foot-3 guard has a great stroke from deep, can score off the bounce using his craftiness, possesses great basketball IQ and makes heady plays as a passer and distributor. McIntosh has improved his athleticism and even threw down a dunk in a Saturday morning game. He could continue to improve on his strength and quickness.
Sean Sellers, SF, 2014 Eric Gordon All-Stars: Sellers had an impressive weekend while displaying his solid all-around game. He knocked down jumpers from deep, scored against opponents off the dribble, ran the break well, scored using the offensive glass and showed reliability at the free throw line. Like his teammate Bryant McIntosh, Sellers has worked and improve on his athleticism. Selleres also looked to be playing stronger than he did the last time we saw him, but could still stand to improve his strength and add bulk to his frame.
Jacob Johnson, SF, 2014 Eric Gordon All-Stars: Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing from Mooresville, could be poised for a breakout AAU campaign. He didn’t list Indiana as one of the schools recruiting him, but his play will certainly warrant the attention of college coaches this spring and summer. Johnson has great size, strength and athleticism and plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He runs the floor like a gazelle and crashes the boards with purpose. Johnson has a smooth shot from deep, but didn’t shoot much this weekend, appearing somewhat passive at times. He’ll definitely be a player to keep close tabs on as the AAU season progresses.
The Indiana staff will begin keeping closer tabs on several 2015 prospects beginning this spring and one player who is expected to have plenty of eyes on him from across the Big Ten is 6-2 Ft. Wayne Carroll guard Chandler White.
The talented sophomore-to-be averaged close to 16 points per game in his first high school season and talked to Inside the Hall about his recruitment thus far at the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis:
What kind of year did your team have in high school?
“We had an awful start, 0-5, but then we fought back, coach got us in the gym more working harder and we finished pretty good, 8-12.”
Did you play off the ball or point guard during the high school season?
“Both. It depended on who was in the game. We usually started off with me on the wing and then as the game got closer to the end, I played point.”
How did you feel your freshman year went?
“At the beginning I had the jitters kind of, but towards the end I got comfortable with it, and it was pretty good.
What colleges have been in to see you so far?
“Michigan, Michigan State, IU, Purdue, Xavier has been calling and Butler.”
Have you visited any of those schools?
“I’ve been to IU, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State.”
Are there any schools that have been in touch with you more than others?