Recruiting notebook: Multiple visitors on campus today

  • 05/08/2014 1:29 pm in

The spring semester is wrapping up this week in Bloomington, but recruiting continues as the Indiana coaching staff is expected to have several visitors on campus beginning today.

A class of 2015 prospect, Carmel guard Ryan Cline, and a class of 2016 big man, St. Joseph (Ill.) forward Nick Rakocevic (pictured), are both expected to take unofficial visits today.

Two future Hoosiers, center Jeremiah April and forward Tim Priller, are also expected to begin their official visits today and remain on campus until Saturday.

It will be the first trip to Bloomington for both players, who committed last month.

Priller has already signed his Letter of Intent with Indiana and April is expected to sign his this weekend, according to Westwind Prep (Ariz.) coach Jai Steadman.

Cline is expected to participate in open gym and recently picked up an offer from Purdue while Rakocevic, who has offers from Wisconsin, Miami (FL), Creighton and Illinois, told us over the weekend in Fort Wayne that he planned to be in Bloomington today.

West Virginia transfer drawing significant interest

West Virginia transfer Eron Harris, an Indianapolis native who was an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection as a sophomore, is drawing major interest after receiving his full release from the Mountaineers earlier this week.

Harris, who played at Lawrence North and for Indiana Elite, has interest from just about every high major school in the midwest, according to his former Indiana Elite coach Mike Fox.

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as a sophomore, but will sit out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

UMHoops has a solid breakdown on Harris, including a shot chart showing off just how effective he was from the perimeter at West Virginia (42 percent on 3s).

Other notes

· Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson, who didn’t make his scheduled visit to Indiana earlier this week because of finals, is currently on an official visit to Arizona. Anderson has already visited Iowa State.

· Indiana inquired about class of 2015 De Pere, Wisconsin guard Brevin Pritzl following his strong showing last weekend at the Spiece Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne, according to Mark Miller.

· Both Rivals and Scout released their final class of 2014 rankings recently and James Blackmon Jr. remained a five-star prospect with Rivals at No. 22 overall. Blackmon Jr. is a four-star in the Scout rankings at No. 33 overall. Robert Johnson is a four-star according to both services coming in at No. 47 on Scout and No. 48 on Rivals.

· Class of 2016 Owensboro Apollo (Ky.) guard Eli Wright is expected to visit Indiana next month.

· Class of 2015 Temecula (Calif.) guard Justin Simon committed to Arizona on Monday. Simon, rated the No. 31 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, was offered a scholarship by Indiana following the April evaluation period.

(Photo credit: Tracy Allen/For Sun-Times Media)

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  • kyle jenkins

    Lots of recruiting happening this weekend. Good to see! Thanks for the update! Does anyone know how the open gym works? Is it just IU players and recruits? Can other people watch?

  • Alford Bailey

    Would you burn that last scholly on Eron Harris? Spectacular shooting guard. Thoughts??

  • Caleb Moore

    No I wouldnt. Guard is not our problem. Inside guys are our problem. If it’s me, and I think I’ve got a shot at Anderson in 2 years, the scholly is his if he wants it.

  • Gregory Spera

    Can’t see how a “spectacular shooting guard” would want to transfer here and sit out a year while watching top fifty picks JBJ and Robert Johnson establish themselves at his position.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I have seen Ryan Cline play multiple times and he is an absolute knockdown 3-point shooter. He looks a bit awkward on the floor (kind of awkward running, kind of awkward defending, kind of awkward driving the ball) but when he shoots, I am really surprised when he misses.

    I don’t know if he’s quick enough or athletic enough to earn significant playing time but I feel very confident in saying that he will make 3-pointers for 4 years wherever he ends up.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Kind of a Matt Roth?

  • HoosierGrampy

    Tom Coverdale and Jordan Hulls also came to mind…

  • William Hagenmaier

    how we gonna beat purdue for him???

  • Miamihoosier

    Ryan Anderson is still the guy to get IMO. I don’t care which team gets which freshman, if we have Ryan Anderson, James Blackmon Jr, and Yogi Ferrel suiting up for the 15-16 season, we are the team to beat for a National Championship..

  • Alford Bailey

    Inside guys are needed badly but my thing with Anderson is you get him for one year after he sits out a year. Is he worth fooling with?

  • Ole Man

    Ryan Anderson is a good player, but he is not that strong of a program changer.
    Your dreams are fine.
    But Anderson isn’t the missing piece of the puzzle.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Don’t know why my comment was deleted earlier, but there is video footage of Harris punching an opposing player at the end of a game last year. It was the definition of a dirty place. That’s why I’ve never been a fan of this guy