Recruiting notebook: IU staff visits Lyle, Hoetzel

  • 10/23/2013 10:28 am in

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The Indiana coaching staff was on the road Tuesday, making stops at Huntington Prep in West Virginia and at Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Massachusetts.

At Huntington Prep, the staff stopped in to see 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle, the former Evansville Bosse guard who will finish his high school career against an aggressive national schedule. Huntington Prep is also home to other top prospects like Miles Bridges (2016), Thomas Bryant (2015) and Montaque Gill-Caesar (2015).

Lyle, the No. 22 prospect nationally in the 247Composite, told Inside the Hall recently that Indiana is a school he’s considering in the aftermath of his decision to de-commit from Louisville. He’s taken unofficial visits to Connecticut and Memphis this fall, but won’t be able to take any official visits until taking the SAT next month.

On his Twitter account, Lyle posted the following late Tuesday afternoon: “Shoutout to Coach Crean for coming in after school today.”

The staff also saw Max Hoetzel on Tuesday, who is originally from Calabasas (Calif.), transferred to Wilbraham and Monson this fall and his recruitment has taken off as a result.

The 6-foot-7 shooter has offers from St. John’s, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania and interest from Florida, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa State and Harvard.

Crean and assistant coach Kenny Johnson stopped in to see Hoetzel, who has reclassified to 2015, but could also opt to return to the 2014 class if the fit is right.

Hoetzel told Inside the Hall’s Jordan Littman that he could potentially visit Bloomington the weekend of Nov. 3.

All quiet on Devin Robinson front

Despite wrapping up his official visits more than a week ago, class of 2014 Christchurch (Va.) forward Devin Robinson has yet to set an announcement date.

Robinson took official visits to Florida, Indiana, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State and his high school coach, Ben Thompson, told Inside the Hall on Tuesday that he’s still considering all four finalists.

The 6-foot-8 wing is the No. 21 recruit nationally according to the 247Composite.

Blackmon Jr. closing in on decision?

Class of 2014 Marion guard James Blackmon Jr., who was committed to Indiana for almost three years, took an official visit to Kentucky last weekend and is expected to make an announcement before the early signing period begins on Nov. 13.

Blackmon Jr. also took an official visit to Michigan earlier this fall and an unofficial visit to Bloomington in late August.

According to Reggie Rankin of, Blackmon Jr. is now moving into the decision making phase of his recruitment.

“My mom and dad along with my brothers (16-year-old Vijay and 11-year-old Jalen) is who I will talk to and will help me with my decision,” Blackmon told

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  • Snookafly

    I’m not so sure about that. Andrew Harrison and Young are both projected to be outside the top 10 in every mock draft I’ve seen, and Aaron Harrison isn’t even mentioned in first round discussions. A lot could change, but I’d still bet that Marcus Smart, Dante Exum (sigh), and possibly even Gary Harris are all guards that go before the Mildcat boys.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Considering Abell came back throughout the summer I don’t think he was forced out. I definitely think Creek left because he knew the writing was on the wall and wanted to end his career on his terms.

    That being said, our roster situation is so different now than before. We still have clear role players on this years team, but if we oversign by 2 then that means Jurkin and AE(?) are ousted, and now you literally have a roster where 11 or 12 fairly young players expect minutes… It just isn’t realistic , nor does it seem healthy from a coaching perspective.

    Seriously, how do you manage a roster of:

    Yogi, Lyles
    Stan, Blackmon, Johnson
    Hollowell, Williams, Robinson, Davis, Hartman
    Vonleh, Perea

    Has there ever been a roster with essentially 11 top 50 recruits??? I mean as a fan it’s great, but it’s unmanageable as a coach. Not to mention you’re creating a real issue again in 2015 because the only realistic departure after ’14-15 is Vonleh…

  • CreamandCrimson

    I know you know the difference but this has been bugging me because I’ve seen it a ton the past few days…it’s Jaquan Lyle, not Jaquan Lyles. Just a pet peeve of mine that if we’re going to discuss these kids, we should get their names right.

    Anyway, I agree having that kind of roster would probably be an untenable situation in the locker room and I think it’s playing a part in our lack of commitments for the 2014 class. There figures to be a logjam for playing time and I don’t blame a guard for being hesitant to come into a situation where he’d be competing with Yogi, Stanford and Robert Johnson for playing time. Or a wing player who’d be competing with Hollowell, Troy, Devin Davis. We’ll see everything fall into place soon enough.