2012 Intro: Peter Jurkin

  • 06/02/2010 7:31 pm in

The Essentials: 7-0, 195-lb center for United Faith Christian Academy and Indiana Elite

The Schools: Clemson, Indiana and South Carolina have offered scholarships. Memphis, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee have expressed interest.

The Leaders: Indiana, with its ties to Jurkin via Director of Operations and Video Coordinator Drew Adams, is believed to be in great position with the Sudanese big man. Jurkin, however, has not named a leader publicly.

The Ranking: ESPN.com ranks Jurkin the 16th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Scout Says: “Jurkin is thin but very long. He runs well and covers a lot of ground with each step. He is best on the defensive end right now as he is an excellent shot blocker. He shows good touch on the offensive end and can shoot face up jumpers to 15 feet but needs to be more aggressive with his offense. He obviously needs to improve his strength and girth. He also needs to improve the strength of his hands. He is a solid rebounder with his length and bounce but needs to get stronger in order to hold his ground in the paint. Great upside on this kid.” – ESPN Scout’s Inc. on Jurkin.

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  • Lucasgarcia20

    I didn’t know JaJuan Johnson had a twin. lol This guy has a reallllllly high ceiling and if IU is able to get a package deal with him and Perea it would be much bigger than people realize.

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    You know this thing with Jurkin needs to get bigger is legit, however….he is 200 as a junior to be in High School……Jajuan Johnson is 215 pounds as a senior to be in college. The weight thing may not be that big of a deal and will happen gradually.

    On a side note…I did not realize Bawa is 260 pounds. Damn if he could help us this year with Guy. We would be one of the only teams in the big ten with two 7 footers to throw into the middle of the lane….Please Bawa, I need three things from you rebounds, hands high on defense with feet planted, and 5 fouls.

    mmm What if Bawa goes double double on our ass this year….what do you do with Cody Zeller? Ok its late…good night.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    The kid is thin, but if he can get up after the hard fall at the 1:45 mark, I'm not going to question his toughness. If he can put on 20 pounds and get better hands, he'll be dangerous for sure. Seems like the kind of kid that would fit very well into Crean's system.

  • Bucky

    He's probably a great kid, and I hear only positive things about him as a person. But as a Big Ten basketball player, I just don't see it in this video. Footwork not great, he seems awkward, and he's blocking shots of kids who look to be 6'2″.

    My vote is for a good fast 6'7″ player vs. a 7'0″ project.

    But hey, I could be wrong. I thought Alford would be too slow for the Big Ten…

  • i hear what youre saying but for some reason i just like this kid. I have no specific reasons or X and O type stuff I just think he has some potential. I will say i hope folks dont see these type of 7 footers as the same “projects” as guys in the past. When it comes to the 2012 class Im just excited to see all the possibilities we have. Get a few of these guys and things will be looking up.

    And by the way dont feel bad about saying Alford was too slow for the big ten my father claimed that Isiah Thomas was too little for the NBA and that nobody would ever pay for cable television

  • aceman07

    Yeah, this video didn't change anything . . . I would still like to have Jurkin more than Hammond or any other big man in the 2012 class. I think he'll get bigger and he is quicker, a better leaper, and seems to have pretty good hands.

  • aceman07

    I also don't think he's a project because he doesn't seem like a project to me! By the time he gets to college he's going to have been in the states developing for four + years so he's really not going to be a project. That and the fact that IU may be able to get him and Perea as a package deal makes him super enticing.

    He's going to fill out and if you've seen other videos of him he can run and jump as well. He's more athletic than Hammonds and if he fills out a little bit he's going to be a force!

  • Kelin Blab

    There are alot of things to like about Jurkin and one is his youth. He has two more years to continue to be bigger and improve. This is one instance playing on the AAU circuit is helping a kid. The project label does not fit him given his experience here in the states. I believe he was on the team that beat one John Wall for the state championship….

  • Kelin Blab

    Jurkin knows who he is as a player. Most big men these days don't want to be big men and instead 3pt shooters and PG's. He is built exactly like JaJuan Johnson

  • HoosierChan77

    If him and Perea are a package deal then Im all for it. He def needs to add weight and strength, and im sure he will. Also I beleive he could block shots against guys around his height aswell hes a 7' footer c'mon!

  • GFDave

    I like Hammons better than Jurkin, but would take Peter if AJ went elsewhere. I think Hammons projects to be bigger and stronger (from what I see on the vid.) Maybe AJ isn't quite as athletic, but he's gaining, imo.

    Peter is not a project like Tijan or Bawa. I say that because he appears to understand basketball and can mentally keep pace with the game. He also did a nice job of keeping the ball up high on the catch or board. I liked that.

    But he is rail thin and needs a massive body makeover. Right now Pritchard could knock this kid out of the gym with a hip check.

  • marcusgresham

    I love that he can move, I love the long arms, gets off the floor, runs the court, I don't know if I ever saw the ball come below his chest when he got it. Hands looked pretty good, had a couple of nice passes to cutters.
    Obviously he's not Big 10 ready at 195 pounds, but he has two years of high school to gain some weight; and if he makes it to IU he should (any time he's not in class) be shuttled frequently between the Cook Hall weight room and Steak 'n' Shake.
    I see Bucky's point about him blocking the shots of shorter guys, and he'd need to add strength to bang down low, but I think he'd be a terror as weak-side help.
    Besides, I've said it before, “Peter Jurkin” would be the greatest name in the history of college sports!

  • grllin

    With the scholly situation in 2011, anyone feel like the coaching staff is almost waiting for a 2012 class of Perea, Jurkin, and DSR/Patterson/Hollowell (1 or 2 of the 3?)

  • MillaRed

    Yes he will do just fine.

    Sign him right now.


  • MillaRed

    Project? The kid is a top 20 recruit. Every major program in the country will be all over him.

  • Bucky

    Good comments above. I didn’t know this was from his freshman year. If we get him, I hope he turns out to be a great player. Does anyone know what his stats were last year?

    By the way, I didn’t mean “project” above in a negative way – just that there is a higher degree of uncertainty involved than with more developed players.

  • OhioHoosier

    This confuses me. If he is one of the 20 best 2012 players in the country, why have only IU, Clemson, and South Carolina offered? He seems like a nice player and I would love to have him but is he really a blue chip prospect? I don't think he's even the best player on his high school team.

  • dphattybrown

    I dont know if anyone notice this, but this video was from his FRESHMAN year!!!! If you have ever watched HS bball and you think this kid will not be a star you are crazy!!! A 7' freshman usually cant walk and chew gum at the same time and this kid is running the floor and timing jumps and making pivot moves that he shouldn't be able to do. He will put on some weight and strength by the time he heads to the college game. Here is a little bit of a clip from this past season from what i can gather, already looks to have gained on the athletecism a bit………….


  • MillaRed

    Great points Kelin. This would also be the reason JJ bailed on the NBA draft. At 215 pounds he would get squashed like a bug. He obviously was not on the DJ White weight gain program. In general, JJ looks lazy to me and college hoops is his ceiling. Sure he'll get drafted but to play where? He can't keep up with an NBA small forward (see the Richard Jefferson, Paul Pierce, Antawn Jamison types) and at PF? Not gonna happen.

    Double double? Heck I would take 5 points, 6.5 boards and 2 blocks. A double-double means I have died and gone to heaven.

  • Diesel

    Was completely thinking of JJ the whole time I was watching the video, difference is this kid is a sophmore and JJ wasn't quite that developed around the basket. Both long and lanky with good hops and can get out and run the court. Wouldn't it be nice to win the jump ball every game? Wouldn't it be nice to never say, “Just go up and dunk it! Geesh!”

    Also tired of the “not B10” comments. The kid won't graduate for 2 more years, and even at that point most freshmen aren't B10 ready, evidenced by our season last year.

  • Kelin Blab

    I have seen that video before and I like the fire he plays with. Good point on that first video being his frosh year. It also helps he is playing with about 3-4 other division one guys.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    My opinion = what Diesel said.

  • OhioHoosier

    This confuses me. If he is one of the 20 best 2012 players in the country, why have only IU, Clemson, and South Carolina offered? He seems like a nice player and I would love to have him but is he really a blue chip prospect? I don't think he's even the best player on his high school team.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    My guess is because he's only been in the U.S. for a couple of years, so some of the major programs are holding out to see his development (I'm not sure how long he's been playing basketball). Hanner Perea only has offers from Baylor and IU … but that doesn't mean that he's not a blue chipper, it simply means he's picky (I'm not saying Jurkin is a blue-chipper, but maybe he's also being selective with whom he talks?). My guess is he'll get more offers the closer he gets to being a senior (unless he makes it clear that he's not interested in expanding the field).

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I didn't pick up on the fact that it was an '08-'09 clip. Thanks phatty!

  • MillaRed

    Not the best player on his team? I don't get that one. Plus he's only a junior-to-be.

    Jurkin is #16 on ESPNUs Terriffic 25 (AJ Hammons is #14 by the way). He is rated as the 5th best Center in the 2012 class.

    The question often surfaces ITH, “If he is so good why have only a few offered.” There are many reasons to consider. Many of these schools will reach out by phone to determine a level of interest and if it isn't there they won't waste there time. Perhaps they have talked to their high school coach or parents in the same regard.

    Some are just later in the game because they are looking ahead and don't see the need with their current roster. Some are just plain late. Especially when they are recruiting locally or in this case they have another solid year to evaluate the kid.

    Some just don't like the player. At any rate, to judge a kid solely based on the number of scholly offers isn't a good barometer. There are many five star kids that may only have a handful of offers because they are telling schools not to waste their time.

    I like Jurkin a lot. We haven't had a shot blocker like this in many moons.

  • OhioHoosier

    Hanner Perea looks to be a better prospect, but maybe Hanner is just a better highlight.

    I see your point about number offers being a poor barometer of a player's skill level. But it's not like Peter's 3 offers are from Duke, Kansas, and Michigan State.

    I also found some more recent vids of Peter where he is more coordinated (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6OQ8DrJfJM&feat…). I do really like Jurkin. He definitely seems like a better fit for Crean's system than Hammond.

  • MillaRed

    I agree on Hanner. In fact he is my #1 recruit regardless of the class. I think the team will be well developed in 2012 and he can be a Draymond Green type of guy that gives us enough depth to make a decent tourney run. The downside on him is I think he may be one and done. He's a beast.

    Peter doesn't have offers from majors like Duke…..yet. It's still early. Don't worry, there will be more competition to land this kid than any of us are looking for.

  • aceman07

    I think this is definitely the case. A class of Perea, Yogi, Jurkin, Patterson or DSR would be a top five class and provide everything IU needs!!!

  • aceman07

    Right there with you man. I remember back about 15 years ago Kokomo had a legit 7 footer by last name of Johns. As a freshman he didn't even start on his freshman team because he couldn't walk out to the court after the lineups were announced without falling down. By the time he was a senior he was dominant, although he was also unable to stay on the court consistently because of his problems with the police and in the classroom, but my point is that a freshman at this size normally trips and gets hurt by the cracks in the sidewalk so anyone who doesn't think that this kid is going to be a superstar is crazy!!! You're looking at a potential Dwight Howard or JJohnson at the least!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Also, according to Rivals, Jurkin has received “interest” from some good programs: UNC, UTenn, Memphis…

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I'd be completely OK with it if Jurkin didn't get any more offers and it was down to IU vs. Clemson and South Carolina (esp. when coupled with the relationship between he and Perea).

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I'll take Bawa's double double as 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. 🙂

  • fldwtch87

    His talents and everything aside, I can already hear the chants and taunts from opposing fans about his name. I feel sorry for him already.

  • Outoftheloop

    Let's bite the “transfer” bullet: 2011 Etherington and Thomas: 2012 Perea, Jurkin, Patterson, DSR AND Yogi. That is 7 new guys in 2 years and we have 5 leaving “naturally”: Rivers, Roth, Pritchard, Jones and Michael. Two guys won't make it, or, two guys will be in the NBA. Either way IU will be VERY GOOD in 2012-13!

  • Kelin Blab

    You may be considered a prophet outoftheloop……There is something in me that believes this:

    + 2012 is more important to Crean than 2011
    + A 2011 class of Etherington and (Zeller, Davis, or Thomas) would be good, and would not surprise me if it was Etherington and Thomas
    + A two man 2011 class would light the fury of many in IU nation, however Crean's gamble this year is, keep the cards you have, add Guy and win in 2010 to tamper the “if we don't get Zeller or Davis” fury.
    + I would love a poll that says who would you rather have?
    Etherington, Zeller, Davis or Perea, Jurkin, Patterson, DSR (we won't get all 7)

    I think you may be on to something big time, good post.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I'd rather have the 2012 guys, but wow, waiting that long is going to kiiillllllll me. I've been saying “patience, patience” for 2 years and I plan on saying it for 2010, but I hate to say it for 2 more years (although I think we could, with the talent we have now, make it to the tourney in 2 years). But I WOULD wait for Perea, Jurkin, Patterson, & DSR (or one of the many talented '12 guys) … that's got to be a top 5 class (with Perea being Crean's first five-star recruit–based on my own speculation).

  • marcusgresham

    Steve Downing probably wasn't the best player on his high school team, either, but he was pretty f'in' good!

  • Outoftheloop

    Thanks Kelin!

  • aceman07

    PEREA, JURKIN, PATTERSON, DSR in a freaking heartbeat!!! I think Etherington, Zeller, Davis is a good recruiting class but I don't think it even compares to those 2012 guys! That 2012 class is loaded and the guys you named I believe are the cream of the crop in that class. I would be happy if we got 2 in 2011 (Etherington & Thomas/Zeller – I think Davis is a no chance) and then five in 2012 like outoftheloop said above: Perea/Jurkin/Patterson/DSR/Yogi – that would make me a true CTC believer once and for all. It would also put IU back on the map for good!