2014 guard Brandone Francis calls IU offer “a blessing”

  • 04/26/2013 10:25 am in

042613scvFollowing his MVP performance in the 17-and-under division at last weekend’s adidas Exclusive Run in Dallas, 2014 Arlington Country Day (Fla.) guard Brandone Francis has seen his stock rise significantly over the past week.

A 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard who can score and handle the ball, Francis was tracked closely by associate head coach Steve McClain in Dallas and Tom Crean watched him on Wednesday at high school.

On Thursday, the Hoosiers extended a scholarship offer to the rising guard, who plays AAU for Florida Elite.

“It’s a dream. I never thought I’d have a scholarship offer from Indiana,” Francis told Inside the Hall. “I think it’s the hard work that I’ve put in the gym. People didn’t really know about me.

“I showed people that hard work pays off and that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. It’s a blessing.”

Originally from La Romana, the third largest city in the Dominican Republic, Francis came to the United States in the ninth grade and was not ranked by any of the major recruiting services coming into last weekend.

That is expected to change quickly, but Francis believes that his game still has plenty of room to grow. He missed time with a knee injury and wrist injury over the past year, but is now fully healthy.

“The sky is the limit. I want to be great,” he said. “I want to show people that I’m better than a lot of players [ranked] in front of me. I just want to show what I can do, go to college, get my degree and make my mother proud. I just want to show everybody what I can do on the court.”

A lengthy list of schools have expressed interest and offered scholarships, but Francis said five are standing out at this point — Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana and Miami (FL).

“Indiana is a great program,” Francis said. “They were number one in the nation. [Coach Crean] was in my gym two days ago. It’s amazing to have coaches in the gym watching you play.”

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  • Judging by this interview, he seems like a great, humble kid. The type of kid any program would be lucky to have. Best of luck to him

  • james

    And I love how he seems to have a chip on his shoulder (wants to show that he is better then people ranked above him) and also wants to get a degree. I still would rather have Pinson or Exum but sounds like this kid isn’t too far behind them and would probably stick around longer.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I keep getting the feeling Crean is recruiting guys like Booth, Hill, and Francis in case Blackmon backs out if his commitment. I hope that’s not the case. Regardless, this guy seems like one of the good ones and I wish him the best whether he lands in Bloomington or not.

  • twarrior87

    Get this kid! I don’t care about his ranking, his stats, or anything. That attitude is a Victor Oladipo attitude. Vic was an underrated, 3 star recruit coming out of high school and we all saw what hard work did for him!

  • kenny george

    I like the height and ball handling skills, combined with an ability to score. Yogi can teach him much. Overtime, we are going to find yogi as being a wonderful mentor and thus insuring continuity of excellence in the program.

  • twarrior87

    A few years ago when CTC was recruiting Oladipo, would you have been impressed with his ppg, apg, rpg, overall ranking? This kid basically said he wants to work hard and show everyone how good he is. That coupled with his size and abilities he already has (enough to impress some pretty good programs) tell me this kid could be really good.

  • Saying all the right things at the moment. Have to like the kid.

  • That’s exactly my thoughts, reminds me of words Creek has spoken before.

  • He sounds a lot like someone else who was under-recruited that played for the Hoosiers. I think this kid would fit pretty well into the #4 jersey.

  • esapata

    I love the kid’s attitude. I have the feeling we wont get him, though. Family obviously matters to him, so Miami and UF are probably the front runners here. Regardless of where he goes, this is a great story, and I’m rooting for him.

  • “I showed people that hard work pays off and that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. It’s a blessing.” Thats a pretty darn good quote.

  • esapata

    While I agree that their attitudes appear similar based upon the interview, you gotta remember that Vic was always an athletic freak that just lacked bball specific skills. We haven’t seen enough to judge this kid’s athletic ability, and that work ethic will only carry him so far without said ability. And a lot of people talk the talk, but do they ultimately walk the Oladipo walk? His commitment decision may be a year away still, so we’ll see.

  • This is what I like – ” I just want to show what I can do, go to college, get my degree and make my mother proud.” GET MY DEGREE! Sounds like a smart kid.

  • SCHoosier

    Hope we can get him to B-town for a game and the Hoosier experience..cause the better he gets the more the Gators will chomp and the other major schools in FL will be singing their siren songs.

  • mbushskbum

    Wow! Sounds like another potential Victor.

  • did u ever heard of sheehey or oladipo when they came out of high school?? ranks dont mean a thing go back in some of the past recruiting classes and see just how many players that didnt do anything

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  • twarrior87

    I agree Oladipo was a special case with his athleticism and all, also agree about focusing on top recruits. However, the recruit rankings don’t always pan out. CTC has proven he has an eye for talent and since we are no longer in the days of needing to throw scholly’s at everyone I trust in who ever he thinks is good for the program.

  • Kenneth234

    I have no idea where people are getting this impression that kids coming into college do not improve all that much. I find it astounding to even think that is possible! Everyone who puts any effort to improve any skill is likely to improve that skill. How can it be any more complicated than that?