After scheduling an official visit for Hoosier Hysteria, it turns out Marcus Lee won’t make it to Bloomington for a look at IU’s campus.
Lee, the No. 27 player in the 2013 class according to ESPN.com, trimmed his list to three schools last night.
“Louisville CAL Kentucky,” Lee tweeted last night. The news was first reported by Jason McCleary.
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.
Indiana will also make an in-home visit with Meeks next week.
As you may have seen on our Twitter account early Sunday morning, the Indiana Marching Hundred schedule for 2012 shows Saturday, Oct. 20 as a tentative date for a “midnight madness” event at Assembly Hall.
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.
· Lee visits Westwood: Marcus Lee, who is scheduled to take his official visit to Bloomington on Oct. 20, took an unofficial visit to UCLA over the weekend according to Evan Daniels of Fox Sports Next.
· 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.
2013 Deer Valley (Antioch, CA) forward Marcus Lee recently trimmed his list of schools to seven and now is beginning to set up his official visit dates for the fall.
According to Adam Zagoria, Lee will visit Louisville on Sept. 20, Kentucky on Oct. 12 and Indiana on Oct. 20.
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.
Marcus Lee told Inside the Hall at the Nike Global Challenge that he planned to narrow his list to seven schools “in the next few weeks.”
It appears the fast rising 2013 forward from Antioch, California has settled on his list of seven.
According to Jerry Meyer of 247Sports, Lee is considering California, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA.
Lee’s performances this spring and summer with California Supreme led to offers from at least 30 schools and he was one of the top shot blockers in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).
Indiana offered Lee a scholarship in late April.
In late July at the Peach Jam, Lee averaged 9.4 points (69.0% shooting), 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game.
In addition to participating in the Nike Global Challenge, he was selected for the NBPA Top 100 Camp, the Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy and the LeBron James Skills Academy.
The next step in the process for Lee will be to set up his five official visits.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Last month at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif.) was largely ineffective in games due to a hip injury.
The 6-foot-9 power forward couldn’t run the floor with his typical explosiveness and had problems beating defenders to the basket.
This past weekend at the Nike Global Challenge, though, was different.
A healthy Lee finished well in transition and in the post, despite his relatively thin stature. Lee also was arguably the tournament’s top shot blocker.
His USA West team finished the three-day event 3-1 as he averaged 12.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.
Lee has offers from nearly every major program in the country, including Indiana, but wouldn’t name the schools pursuing him hardest at this point.
He plans to “narrow it down to seven in the next two weeks.”
“Right now they are pretty much the same,” Lee said. “I’m not really looking at schools, just trying to play basketball.”
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.
The top 50 forward was at Texas A & M on Wednesday, Texas on Thursday and is scheduled to see Baylor as well.
· USA Basketball’s U17 team begins play today at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Men in Kaunas, Lithuania.
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.
· 2014 Mount St. Joseph’s (MD) guard Phil Booth, who we profiled earlier this month, took an unofficial visit to Maryland this week and also picked up a scholarship offer from Xavier per multiple reports on Twitter.
Booth’s father, Phil Sr., said earlier this month that the family planned to make a trip to Bloomington either in late June or August.
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:
+ BeeJay Anya is in the Canary Islands with the 2012 USA Basketball U17 National Team preparing for next week’s FIBA U17 World Championship in Kaunas, Lithuania.
+ Cliff Alexander, Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Lee (pictured) are all participating in the Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy this weekend. Measurements for all three players are available here.
+ Slam Magazine recaps the NBPA Top 100 Camp with detailed scouting notes on Alexander and Kuran Iverson.
+ The father of 2015 Franklin (OH) guard Luke Kennard called a recent unofficial visit to Louisville “awesome” according to Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal.
+ The Indianapolis Star continues its countdown of the top 50 Indiana players of all-time with Uwe Blab at No. 43.
+ Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com looks at 10 potential breakout players for 2012-2013.
+ CBS Sports looks at NBA Draft patterns from colleges and conferences over the past decade and it’s not pretty for the Big Ten.
+ The USSFA High School Shootout tips off tonight at Carmel, North Central and Warren Central.