2011 guard Kelvin Amayo claims offer from Indiana

  • 12/13/2010 9:49 pm in

Update: According to Hugh Kellenberger of The Herald-Times, Amayo has not been offered a scholarship by Indiana. A source close to the situation also confirmed Hugh’s report with Inside the Hall. Adam Finkelstein at ESPN.com had also reported the Amayo offer on Dec. 10.

Kelvin Amayo, a 6-4, 200-pound guard who plays at NIA Prep in Newark, N.J., is a relatively new name to surface on Indiana’s recruiting radar.

The 2011 guard, who has played at three different high schools — Hillside, St. Benedict’s and now NIA Prep — told Inside the Hall on Monday night that the Hoosiers have started to recruit him over the last two months.

“Coach (Tim) Buckley says they have a high interest in my style of play,” Amayo said, adding that IU has offered him a scholarship.

That style of play, based on Amayo’s own scouting report, is predicated upon attacking off the dribble.

“I’m a fast, up-tempo player,” he said. “I like fast breaks. I can play in a half-court set or a fast break. I can shoot, go to the rim, I can do a lot of things. I can go to the rim mostly at will.”

Amayo reeled off a list of high-major schools that are in regular contact, including Auburn, Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa State, Mississippi, Rutgers and UNLV. He’s not nationally ranked by either Rivals or Scout, but said that he’s not necessarily a late-bloomer.

“I don’t know (if I’m a late-bloomer), but definitely, I still have to show my talents because all the scouts don’t have me ranked,” Amayo said. “But after high school, the rankings are going to be out the window.”

The next step in the process for Hillside, N.J., native will be narrowing down his list of schools in February while also mixing in some visits. The Hoosiers appear to be in line for one of those trips.

“I think Indiana will be one of the schools I take a visit to,” he said.

Check out a couple of YouTube videos of Amayo after the jump.

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  • BaseballBuc

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  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    This Amayo story broke for me about Friday or so. I was intrigued and happy but wanted to know more….72hours later….Alex comes through…yet again. Which is why I just made a donation of thanks because when you have a quality product, you don’t mind supporting it…..

    I expect the list to get longer for Kelvin, but glad IU is on the list. Love the quote…”I can go to the rim mostly at will.” Based on his list of schools IU should be right in there with the new Hall of Awesome, not to mention coming on an upperclass team with two big time recruits….Kelvin…you could be part of the 1st NCAA team IU has had in a few years and oh how would you be loved.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    If I were you I would not do any crossovers in front of Kelvin, they haven’t worked in two videos…

    mmmm name change possible Kelin Kelvin Harris?

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    seems quite different to me than Thomas

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  • BaseballBuc

    Not talking about the way he plays, the fact that he kind of came out of nowhere, not highly ranked (doesn’t mean he isn’t any good) and claims he has a scholarship. Where Thomas obviously didn’t.

  • BaseballBuc

    Not talking about the way he plays, the fact that he kind of came out of nowhere, not highly ranked (doesn’t mean he isn’t any good) and claims he has a scholarship. Where Thomas obviously didn’t.

  • jgongora86

    great handles. How old is he? He looks so big for a guard. Like I said before, if we get this kid it makes cody’s life a lot easier.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    It does have a nice ring to it.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Thats what I thought too. He looks like he could just truck right through dudes.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Can anyone else picture this dude and Buss flat out ripping defenses to shreds in the open court, and being able to stop just about anyone else’s fast break???

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    not to forget VO and Yogi being there with them. All I have to say is Daaaaaaaang.

  • jgongora86

    I do wonder if he understands what great recruiting classes we have coming to help his game. Also I get the vibe that he as of right now doesn’t understand how big basketball is in IU. When I lived in New York prior to college, I had no idea of the magnitude of how people in Indiana love the game of basketball. I hope he comes, I know he would appreciate it.

  • He understands. He talked about the 2012 class and also Cody Zeller a bit.

  • Anonymous

    Part of me thinks that if he were to committ that probably takes us out for Harris and Hollowell. He looks like he could be a very solid player but I really think we need to bring in more SIZE than another guard.

  • SeattleHoosier

    Might be a good player, but I wonder whether we shouldn’t be focusing on our bigs. I understand we have Cody coming in (and Jurkin the next year), but we’ve got guards galore now and coming in the near future. Definitely have a hole in the paint that needs to be filled.

  • jgongora86

    Thanks Alex that’s great to hear.

  • jgongora86

    All, I’m going to say is that if this kid comes along are chances of going very deep into the tournament increase a lot. It all starts with the point guards, and it would relieve Yogi of so much stress. Instead of being relied upon being the guy, Yogi can take his time in learning the system.

  • Anonymous

    I would put IU low on this list. I don’t think many of you have been to Newark, NJ but the change to Bloomington, IN is drastic to say the least. This kid is staying on the East Coast. I would go with St.Johns, Seaton Hall, then Rutgers if the Rivals list is accurate. If UCONN offers up throw them in there too.

    On a side note…Coach Wilson may want this kid as a Safety or Linebacker.

  • BaseballBuc

    Exactly what I’m wondering.

  • jgongora86

    Thats why I think getting him here on his first visit is key. I lot of east coasters are or were raised rooting for the big east (if there was a second team behind IU it would be St. Johns). As soon as comes to IU, I know he will love it.

  • Anonymous

    I can understand the allure of a guard like Amayo. Reminds me of what VO brings to the game.

    Whether we get this kid or not, I’m just impressed by Crean and Co and how relentless they are on the recruiting trail. Seems like they’ve turned it up a notch since the Guy decision. Besides the obvious names (mostly start with H) we’ve all heard the chatter about McGary, Chandler, Bail, Amayo, etc… they’re not resting on their laurels.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    St. Johns has a nice recruiting class coming in too but they are in a bigger rebuilding mode than IU. I think we are further ahead. The one difference in all these schools is kids know about ‘Hoosier Nation’ they know about other recruits too and good to know Kelvin is aware of our 2011 and 2012 class. Lets not forget he is a D-Wade fan….any chance of meeting D-Wade going to Rutgers or Seton Hall.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    KraigIU….I truly believe if Harris wants to come to IU he would get a scholly even if one of Crean’s kids wanted to come as well. I think Hollowell ship is sailing and I do believe there is room for both. They play two different types of games, Kelvin and Gary Harris and would compliment each other well.

  • Anonymous

    Not to rip on Jordy…but when have you EVER seen him drive/finish at the rim like that or dish to a teammate once he draws all the defenders toward him? I think we’re better with this kid even if we are “guards galore” at the moment. We have a hole at the point that needs to be filled too.

  • Anonymous

    I was just thinking about VO being an east coaster too. Amayo also reminds me a little of a bulkier Jordan Crawford. What’s the latest on Bail?

  • kentuckyhoosier

    With us offering him a scholly this late in the game , does this mean we are not going to target a recruit to play the 5 ?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe he’s stealth. Hope he can shoot, then we could call him “the Stealth Bomber”

  • Anonymous

    He’s reminiscent of some of the bruisers Ben Howland used to have at Pittsburgh. The chin-up on the rim was scary–dude just basically caught the rim to stop the momentum of his entire body weight and snatched himself back like those big cables on aircraft carriers that stop the planes after they land.
    Four years in Cook Hall and he’d look like Ndamukong Suh.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Chandler?

  • kentuckyhoosier

    I just think we have a bigger need at the 5 spot than we do at the guard . Ill leave which big man to ctc , since he and McGary have baggage .

  • I don’t think I’m ready to accept a guy named Kelvin yet. In fact I would stay away from anybody named after a temperature scale just to be safe

  • If Buss and this kid team up, we can call them “Mustard and Amayo” (sorry, it’s early).

  • BFowler

    Let me start by saying, I know absolutely nothing about this kid other than the highlight videos and this interview. Of course everyone will tout their own strengths in an interview, or when talking about themselves, so him saying those things makes sense to me. He looks strong and big, but not overly quick. He looks athletic enough, but not way above the rim athletic (like Buss). Reminds me of McCamey in a way, but not exactly, maybe just body type. Judging by the tape, I can not say he would be a MAJOR upgrade over who is on the team already. Maybe I am missing something….

    Now, with that said, he has a scholarship offer (so he says), and Coach Crean has built a reputation on developing guards. Coach likes a guard deep line-up and this signing would increase that depth. There is also some consensus on this site that we need an upgrade at the point. I can’t tell from this highlight that he is a true point – his handles do not seem that tight to me (high dribble, slow crossover, etc.) – but perhaps he has other moments where he shows more ball handling prowess. He also seems like he uses his size to get over and through people which will not happen on the next level. This is why I hate to evaluate on a highlight.

    Overall, if he signs or not, I don’t think I would be heartbroken either way. Unless it causes us to miss out on an Indiana kid who can really play HarrisHollowell. For me, I think this team lacks an interior defensive presence that can go up and erase mistakes by the guards. When the 2012s get here, that will change, but in the mean time. Either way with Amayo, meh.

  • I’m not so sure our need at the 5 is bigger than our need at point guard. I think they’re both huge needs, especially next season when we lose Rivers. I know Hulls and VJIII are the point guards and we don’t rely on Rivers to run the point much anymore (although he’s done it more the last few games), but he’s an extra experienced ball handler we lose next season and there’s no replacement.

    Also, IU’s offense gets so stagnant at times, a lot of that is due to not having a point guard that can get deep into the paint draw the defense and dish or finish at the rim for easy shots. Currently our offense is such a struggle, even still this season IU’s offense rarely gets easy baskets.

    Imagine late in the UK game or even the BC game if we had a big strong point guard that could penetrate and dish or finish at the rim to break the opponents runs. Pritchard would look a lot better and have a lot more confidence if he was getting 2-3 wide open dunks/layups a game from our point guards.

  • I’m not so sure our need at the 5 is bigger than our need at point guard. I think they’re both huge needs, especially next season when we lose Rivers. I know Hulls and VJIII are the point guards and we don’t rely on Rivers to run the point much anymore (although he’s done it more the last few games), but he’s an extra experienced ball handler we lose next season and there’s no replacement.

    Also, IU’s offense gets so stagnant at times, a lot of that is due to not having a point guard that can get deep into the paint draw the defense and dish or finish at the rim for easy shots. Currently our offense is such a struggle, even still this season IU’s offense rarely gets easy baskets.

    Imagine late in the UK game or even the BC game if we had a big strong point guard that could penetrate and dish or finish at the rim to break the opponents runs. Pritchard would look a lot better and have a lot more confidence if he was getting 2-3 wide open dunks/layups a game from our point guards.

  • Anonymous

    Aha! There have been a lot of comparisons in the comments but that’s the first one I like. He’s got that Pitt bruiser feel to him. Lots of bulk, can run people over, but still a great passer. Those typical Pitt guards are always a little smoother than you expect and Amayo has a similar feel.

    I’m a fan and it’s mainly b/c of the passing. Gotta love seeing a kid’s highlights made up mostly of passing (while still being a guy who can get to the rim).

  • N71

    These videos are hard to really understand. They are only a slice of the player. If you watch Colin Hartman for example in a real game versus a high light video so much is lost. Same thing with stat lines. A really good all around player doesn’t show well on the videos. Therefore I can’t make heads to tails of this latest guy. I do know though there is a real benefit of adding an Indiana kid versus an out-of-stater. Plus the Indiana kids may be better (Harris, Hollowell, etc.). There is a relationship between Indiana high school basketball and Indiana University, as well as Purdue, that is hard to quantify but there is a special connection that is important to at least recognize even if it isn’t completely understood. In summer, lets lock up Harris and Hollowell and pass on Kelvin.

  • JerryCT

    Really agree with you. Furthermore perhaps this kid gets into the lane w/o any high ball screen. This would enable bigs to camp on the weak side for the dump as opposed to the roll off the screen …………..where it is rare they get a look.

    His body reminds me of a 5″ bigger Tweety Carter and should be difficult to bump off the ball.

    I too am in favor of a guard like this ……….. I think of him as Rivers with ball pressure defense and a finishing touch at the rim or on the dish.

    Right now we have too many guards that have major weaknesses in getting to the lane and playing ball pressure defense

  • Plane1972

    He reminds me of a guy who just recently graduated from Oklahoma State and played alongside James Anderson. You may not be familiar with him, but his name was Obi Muenelo. He and Amayo have remarkably similar builds and games. Guard height, but strength to defend multiple positions. Muenolo played the 2 and 3 primarily but had enough strength and quickness to guard all 5 positions in a pinch. He was a disruptive guy on defense, a strong 3-point shooter, a tremendous rebounding guard, and just a great utility infielder to have even though he was not afforded the opportunity to specialize. If Amayo can be those things, sign him up.

  • JerryCT

    I agree on the video highlights concept but disagree on the Indiana kids.

    + CTC has had success recruiting in the east , no reason to lose that
    + To be a “national” team we need some % of national players ( eg KY, K, UNC )
    + NYC/Balt/Wash area players play differently than Indiana kids, different attitude

    If I were CTC I would target 60% Indiana and 40% east coast/national recruits

  • SB_Hoosier

    Reminds me of slightly more athletic Demetri McCamey. I’ve always questioned McCamey’s quickness, but his size helps him get into the lane when he needs to. I think Mr. Amayo could be a similar player, possibly better under the direction of CTC.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully you’ll be on board when his brother Fahrenheit graduates. Supposedly, he is way better than Kelvin.

    Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

  • Anonymous

    He is also much like Nick Williams who transferred after his freshman year to Mississippi. I don’t see that he adds much, whereas McGary or Chandler do add a lot! He is no BJ Young or Aaron Thomas.

  • Anonymous

    Echoing other sentiment:
    Would be nice to have a guy at the point who can:
    Drive with his head up
    Get bumped and finish
    Score or pass
    Be a threat close and at a distance
    Control his body on the drive and avoid the charge

    Like everyone else, I’m only looking at these highlights, but I see a lot of good things that we don’t have in just one player right now. Amayo could go a long way in improving our offensive game (and possibly defense.) This just looks like a kid that wants his teammates to score and does his best to make the whole team better. I don’t give a rat’s behind if he is 2, 3, 4, or 5 stars as long as he plays well at IU. If we offered, CTC sees something worth going after, and I’m good with that.

  • Anonymous

    Is Amayo going to be better than Victor or Will at defense, scoring and dribble drive in September of 2011? I don’t think so. Is he going to be better than Austin in perimeter defense, shooting and rebounding in September of 2011? I don’t think so. Will McGary or Chandler be better at rebounding, post defense and scoring than either Capo or Pritchard in September of 2011? I do think so.

  • Anonymous

    I saw both he and Verdell hit great extended sweep lay-ups against KY. Sweet!

  • Anonymous

    I would rather have Harris and Hollowell than Harris and Amayo.

  • Anonymous

    I, for one, would be excited if Aaron Thomas were joining Austin and Cody in B-town. I think that Thomas will score like Jordan Crawford did at Xavier while at FL St.