Early signing period: IU commits to sign on Thursday
The early signing period for the 2014 recruiting class began Wednesday and all three of Indiana’s verbal commitments are scheduled to sign National Letters of Intent with the Hoosiers on Thursday.
James Blackmon Jr. will sign at 11:30 a.m. at Marion High, Robert Johnson at 3 p.m. at GH Reid Elementary in Richmond and Max Hoetzel at 3:30 p.m. at Wilbraham and Monson in Masaschusetts.
Here’s a capsule for each recruit in the class:
Guard, 6-3, 180-pounds, Benedictine College Preparatory (Va.)
247Composite: 4-star (48); ESPN: 4-star (44); Rivals: 4-star (42); Scout: 4-star (55)
Expert opinion: “Johnson is one of the most complete guards in the country. He’s a true combination guard as he can play point guard or the role of a shooter/scorer in a pinch. The strength of his game lies in scoring, with 3-point range and a pull-up jumper along with the ability to attack, drive and finish at the rim. He is not afraid to take jumpers in transition when he is open, a sign of self-confidence. As a point-guard type, he possesses the qualities of poise, vision and the understanding of how and when to distribute and make the assist.” – Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com.
Forward, 6-7, 210-pounds, Wilbraham and Monson (Mass.)
247Composite: 3-star (311); ESPN: 3-star (NR); Rivals: (NR); Scout: (NR)
Expert opinion: “You just don’t see 6-7 kids shoot the ball as well as he does from as far of range as he can. And as long as he continues to get stronger and he figures out how to score inside as well as outside, that’s where you have a really good player.” — Los Angeles Times preps reporter Eric Sondheimer
Guard, 6-3.5, 180-pounds, Marion (Ind.)
247Composite: 4-star (31); ESPN: 5-star (19); Rivals: 5-star (23); Scout: 4-star (33)
Expert opinion: “One of the best jump shooters in the class. It all begins with his shot preparation, as his feet get adjusted in plenty of time, and his release is high and quick. His range and accuracy from both deep and mid-range are the most consistent parts of his game. In the conversion game, when the defense is scrambling back, he will hit shots when a defender is close by and ready to contest his jumper.” – Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com.