2014 guard Ahmed Hill “very interested” in Indiana

  • 09/11/2012 8:17 am in

Indiana tracked 2014 Augusta, Georgia guard Ahmed Hill closely during the July evaluation period.

The interest has continued as Tom Crean watched the 6-foot-4 guard at his high school Monday night.

“It was very nice they came the second day (of the recruiting period) and that Tom Crean came to see me work out,” Hill told Inside the Hall. “They were the first school to come.”

Indiana offered Hill a scholarship back in early May after watching him in the Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton, Virginia.

According to ESPN.com, Hill is the No. 25 player nationally in his class. He said his interest in the Hoosiers is high.

“I’m very interested in them. I like their style of play,” he said. “They set a lot of picks, rolls off of picks and they shoot it. That’s the kind of player I am so I think I would fit in.”

Crean’s stop to watch Hill followed a trip earlier in the afternoon to visit with 2013 forward Troy Williams at Oak Hill Academy.

Hill is expecting Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Florida State to watch him later this week and mentioned Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, VCU, Clemson, Florida and Marquette as other schools recruiting him hard.

He said at the Peach Jam that he’d like to make a decision next summer and is now starting to get an idea of the factors that will be important in his choice.

“The style of play, a place that feels like home and just somewhere I can come in and be a big time player,” he said.

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  • HoosierTrav

    I know this is off topic but does anyone else think CTC is sending Trey Lyles a message by seeing Vonleh before Trey? In the indianapolis stars interview with Trey, he sounded upset by the fact CTC wasnt there. “It really hurt that they didnt come today. Hopefully I’ll get on the phone with Coach Crean in the near future and see whats going on.” Something tells me that he was telling the truth in his reasoning for re-opening. Unfortunetly “Hoosier Nation” is relentless in bashing this kid on social networks and it is DEFINITELY starting to bother him. We can land this kid still and I hope the fans dont lose this one for CTC.

  • I think Lyles sent Indiana a message by opening up his recruitment last month.

  • HoosierTrav

    Yeah I can see that. Maybe he’s just looking for every opportunity to completely eliminate IU as a potential destination. I don’t agree with the out lash from the fan base. Maybe the kid really wants to go through the recruiting process for a while and commit with his friends. Who knows! I’m not sure what to think. Kids are definitely immature. I don’t think him reopening should warrant us writing him off completely. I also don’t think we should be salivating over this kid at all but at the end of the day, CTC built the relationship before any coach and it definitely will play a role when he commits. I see him in a UK uniform at the end of the day but who knows.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    trey sent his message loud and clear. lets go get marcus lee!! GO HOOSIERS!!

  • Like this kid Hill. Look forward to learning more about his game over the next year. Couple of major talents seen in Hill and Williams. Would love to get Vonleh too.
    As far as Trey I’m not sure what he wants IU to do. YOu committed and then you backed out, so Indiana has to also open up its view a little more to all the players out there and see what other options might present themselves. In the end we wanted you really bad, Hoosier Nation was excited you were in the fold. You wanted the attention and you are getting it. If you liked what you had you should have stuck with it. Crean wants kids that want to be at IU. When you stiff arm us it only makes sense that we arent going to crawl up on our knees. I’m betting Crean knows something was going on here with other teams at the same time he was committed and he’s probably not thrilled about it.
    Would still love to get Trey, but something about a kid backing out and then wondering where the attention is at bothers me to the point I wouldnt care if Crean said you had your chance and wanted out so good luck to you.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Regarding Hill: Any kid that can look like the son of Jamie Foxx gets a thumbs up in my book. 😉 😀

  • Kris

    Exactly. And I think Crean is starting to send some messages back to Trey.

  • Laffy

    True. Screw him. And, if he’s pouting because Crean didn’t show up, how bad will he whine if Crean ever yells at him in practice?

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Ok, jokes aside: Does he fit in at point? Off guard? Anyone know his game? He sounds like a damn good guy to help out in the top-of-the-key part of Crean’s variant of the dribble-drive offense, but I haven’t bothered to go find any video on him.

  • HoosierTrav

    good points!

  • John Calipari would love nothing more than to “steal” Trey from Indiana. I know it technically wouldn’t be stealing him because he is an open recruit, but in his eyes it would be.

  • cdog

    I think CTC would love to have Lyles. However, he has to be realistic that Lyles is looking hard at other schools. Therefore, CTC is reviewing his options (Vonleh) at filling a need in the 2014 class. This is like running away at the marriage alter and then expecting your ex-fiance to show up at Thanksgiving dinner. If Lyles was still committed to IU, then CTC would have visited his game before Vonleh. Lyles needs to grow up and understand the new dynamics of recruiting. I am sure Crean will speak to him and let him know what is going on. It could be a simple as we have stopped recruiting him. There are too many recruits out there to see every one of them and you must spend your time wisely on the recruits you think you have a chance at landing. Vonleh seems very interested in IU and is perfect for the system CTC runs. He is now either priority 1A or 1B.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Trey wanting IU to show up at his first open gym is like breaking up with someone and then expecting them to show up at your birthday party a few weeks later. Not gonna happen. I would L-O-V-E for Trey to recommit, but that possibility grows more and more remote.

  • Rob

    People need to relax with the tweets being sent to Lyles, he retweeted one yesterday by some idiot completely bashing his decision for reopening recruitment & his comments about being upset. We may be out of the running for him, but show some class HoosierNation. We don’t want to be known as the school who verbally attacks a kid because he chose to play basketball somewhere else. You think Blackmon isn’t rethinking? come on.

  • Kris

    I completely agree with you Rob. No matter what we think of Trey, his decision, his behavior… we need to treat him with dignity and respect. Sending him nasty tweets turns me off 100 times more than anything Trey could ever say or do. IU Basketball is much bigger than any one player and our fans should act accordingly.

  • skotchie

    “Whats going on” Coach has a job to do and he’s out doing it, plain and simple.
    I also disagree with bashing this kid, let him go through the process and make an informed decision about his future.

  • Arch_Puddington

    I have defended Trey’s decision to re-open his recruitment, and I still have no philosophical objection with him wanting to consider all his options. But the comment that it bothered him we wern’t there on the first day is troubling. As you say, if Crean said to him “We think you are a great basketball player who could really add to our program, but if what you want is someone to tell you how great you are, this is probably not the right place for you,” I wouldn’t mind. I hope this impression of him is wrong, and that he is as thoughtful and mature as he has seemed at other times. But if not, there are plenty of other good options.

  • Buddy

    I still hope that Trey Lyles comes to Indiana. He’s very talented and could help right away! To commit at such an early age, I believe is a mistake. I have a son that’s a freshman, and I wouldn’t want him to commit anywhere until his Jr year. I know I didn’t know what the heck I wanted at that age! Things change all the time. Hopefully he’ll see what’s out there and realize IU is the right place for him. If not, I wish him good luck! IU is still on the right track and will be a major player for years to come. Keep up the GREAT job CTC!

  • marcusgresham

    He gets to dunkin, when we’re in need….

  • marcusgresham

    I knew exactly what I wanted at that age—fortunately no one would give it to me!

  • SCHoosier

    If Trey and his daddy..despite the kid’s interest in IU..believe or are led to believe that Trey is a one and done talent (I doubt it at this point)..but if THEY beleive it..he’ll never see Assembly Hall.

  • DannerPerea

    Even as a HS Freshman, what Indiana kid wouldn’t want to be part of an IU NCAA Championship team?

  • Kelin Blab

    I won’t waste an Ahmed Hill article on a former recruit who needs to move just as IU has…

    Hill via Youtube, looks very athletic and is a big guard. Not sure the level of competition he is playing against but he would be a very good get. Can shoot, good handle, and reminds me of Victor with a better jumpshot.

  • smartybucket

    The only reason I can think is if you want to study engineering or architecture or something IU doesn’t have or is not known for academically. If you want to study liberal arts or business or education or communications, etc. IU is a great place.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I, too, have defended Lyle’s decision, and I too think it’s best for him to really look deeply at every program he’s interested in. He’s got to be really, really sure about what he wants before he makes such a big commitment. But that said, like Arch here, I too was a bit flabbergasted by his comment.

    Look, I don’t think he meant it to be hurtful; he was expressing his honest disappointment and confusion. At the same time though, it had the vibe of a bride-to-be breaking off an engagement, then wondering why the prospective groom wasn’t still courting her. Asking “where was he at my debutante ball?” may be innocent confusion, but at the same time it should be obvious why the other party has backed off a bit. Sometimes it’s because they’re hurt and want to withdraw from the situation, sometimes it’s because they understand the situation fully and realize that the other side needs some room to think without the “fiancé” sitting right there indiscreetly adding undue pressure, but either way, there shouldn’t be any problem coming up with possibilities.

    Ultimately, understanding the point of view the kid had in re-opening recruiting doesn’t mean that any of us should blow off the importance of a commitment to begin with. It’s not a trivial thing to sever, even when many say they understand it’s the right thing to do. Understanding things doesn’t mean we don’t think about why the promise was rescinded to begin with. It just means that we have understanding beyond why he did what he did, that we also understand all the effects and implications. In short, we understand… but it doesn’t mean the commitment was never made to begin with.