Lee has already taken an unofficial visit to California, which is about 45 minutes from his home and an official visit to Louisville.
He was also considering Duke, Kansas and UCLA in his final seven schools.
Indiana already has four commitments for the class of 2013 — Stanford Robinson, Collin Hartman, Devin Davis and Luke Fischer.
The Hoosiers are still pursuing a trio of prospects in the class: BeeJay Anya, Kennedy Meeks and Troy Williams.
Anya will make an official visit for Hoosier Hysteria and Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson made an in-home visit with Williams on Monday at Oak Hill Academy. Williams’ uncle and AAU coach, Boo Williams, told Inside the Hall on Monday that his nephew is strongly considering IU.
Historically, Hoosier Hysteria has been held on the opening weekend of practice, but the chatter we’ve been hearing has the event being pushed to the second weekend of practice. The date on the Marching Hundred site seems to corroborate that information.
· Elite 2015 guard adds offer: Hyron Edwards, one of the top 20 prospects nationally in the 2015 class from East Chicago Central, picked up his third offer over the weekend on an unofficial visit to Illinois.
Edwards also holds offers from Indiana and Purdue.
· Williams targeting November decision: 2013 Oak Hill Academy forward Troy Williams is planning to decide by the early signing period.
In an interview with The Daily Press, Williams says he’s still considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisville, Memphis, Indiana, Ohio State, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and possibly Kansas.
Lee is also considering California, Duke, Kansas and UCLA.
As for the timing of Lee’s visit, the official start of practice for college basketball this season is Friday, Oct. 12, but Indiana has not made an announcement yet on specifics for this year’s Hoosier Hysteria.
Fall break for students is Oct. 12-14, so it’s possible the first public practice could be pushed to another weekend to accomodate the break.
Last fall, Indiana held Hoosier Hysteria on a Saturday night as Gary Harris made his official visit following a Friday night football game for Hamilton Southeastern. And two years ago, a “Night of the Living Red” scrimmage was held on a Friday night during Cody Zeller’s official visit which was two weeks after the start of practice.
Given the importance of having public scrimmages or practices to highlight fan support for the program to recruits, the weekend of Oct. 20 looks like a prime candidate for such an event.
Indiana’s push to add to its current four-man recruiting class for 2013 continued this week as the Hoosiers hosted Semi Ojeleye, a versatile 6-foot-6 forward from Ottawa (KS) on an unofficial visit.
A recent profile of Ojeleye in The Kansas City Star placed Duke at the top of the heap for ESPN.com’s No. 33 player nationally. Ojeleye left Bloomington with an offer and our brief conversation with him Wednesday night seemed to indicate the visit went well. Ojeleye’s trip east also included a Thursday stop at Illinois.
· 2013 Deer Valley (CA) big man Marcus Lee (pictured) is in Texas this week for a trio of unofficial visits, according to reports by Evan Daniels and Dave Telep.
The top 50 forward was at Texas A & M on Wednesday, Texas on Thursday and is scheduled to see Baylor as well.
2013 DeMatha (MD) center BeeJay Anya and 2014 Apple Valley (MN) point guard Tyus Jones, who both have offers from IU, are two members of the 12-man roster that also features Jabari Parker, the No. 1 player nationally in 2013.
Anya’s participation in the FIBA tournament, coupled with his schedule with Team Takeover in July, will likely push any visits to August.
· Collin Hartman and Cathedral carried their strong play from last week’s USSFA Shootout over to Mackey Arena on Thursday by winning the Puccini’s Purdue Shootout. The Fighting Irish are a strong candidate to open the season as the No. 1 team in Class 4A.
This weekend marked the second of two April evaluation periods, and the nation’s top event was session two of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) in Hampton, Virginia. Tom Crean and assistants Steve McClain and Tim Buckley were on hand at different points throughout the weekend tracking various prospects.
Here’s a rundown of how many of the names on the IU radar performed over the weekend:
· Trevon Bluiett, Spiece Indy Heat: It was an efficient scoring weekend for the Park Tudor junior-to-be as he averaged 15.4 points on 55.2 percent shooting from the field. Spiece went 4-1 on the weekend and Bluiett drew the praise of Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi:
The 6-foot-5 sophomore isn’t the most athletic guy, he doesn’t strike you as the best ball-handler or the most dangerous shooter. But, the guy has a commanding feel for the game and is a throwback player with a skill and craft-based game like Mark Aguirre and Adrian Dantley had back in their day. The guy produces at a high level and gets the job done.
· Trey Lyles, Spiece Indy Heat: The 2014 IU commitment put up stellar numbers in Hampton — 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game — and will likely begin next high school season as the best player in the state regardless of class. His play impressed the NBE Basketball Report:
Considering he stands 6’10” 230 pounds, Lyles’ skill level is basically unfair. He has legit 3-point range, a strong handle, and a variety of moves on the block. Lyles is also an excellent rebounder using his wide frame to create space and eat up rebounds. Indiana will be able to feature him as a low post scorer very early in his Hoosier career.
· Jaquan Lyle, Spiece Indy Heat: Lyle didn’t stand out in one category statistically in Hampton, but he continues to build a reputation as one of the best passers nationally in the 2014 class. He finished the weekend with averages of 5.6 points, 4.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.