A look at how IU recruiting targets performed at adidas Global Nations

  • 08/04/2015 9:46 am in

One of the summer’s premier events, adidas Global Nations, wrapped up yesterday at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California and several IU recruiting targets took part in the four-day event.

Here’s a look at how several prospects being recruited by IU performed:

Rawle Alkins (2016), Team Rose – 21.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5.4 apg, 54.5 FG%, 87.5 FT%

The New York guard (pictured) continued his dominant summer as he was named the MVP of the event following a 26-point outburst in the event’s championship game, which his team won 113-93. Alkins scored 20 or more in four games and hit 35 percent of his 3-pointers.

De’Ron Davis (2016), Team Wall – 12.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 53.6 FG%, 64.4 FT%

The four-star forward recently trimmed his list to three schools – Arizona, Indiana and Texas – and he capped off the event with an 11-point, seven rebounds performance on Monday night in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. In a notebook over at Rivals.com from the event, Eric Bossi speculated that the Hoosiers may be in best position to land Davis.

Hamidou Diallo (2017), Team Africa – 19.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 47.1 FG%, 59.8 FT%

The Hoosiers are one of several schools pursuing Diallo, a class of 2017 guard who plays at Woodstock Academy in Putnam, Connecticut. Diallo exploded for 26 points on Monday night at Team Africa beat Team Lillard, 89-85, to win the third place game. He was the event’s sixth leading scorer.

Trevon Duval (2017), Team Lillard – 12.7 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.8 rpg, 52.9 FG%, 36.7 FT%

One of the nation’s top point guards in the class of 2017, Duval finished eighth in the event in assists per game, but struggled from the free throw line (7-of-19) and from behind the 3-point line (1-of-11). In his first game of the event on July 31, he had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but also had seven turnovers.

Mario Kegler (2016), Team Rose – 12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 47.9 FG%, 52.1 FT%

Indiana offered the 6-foot-7 Kegler over the weekend and his guardian quickly confirmed that he would be taking an official visit to Bloomington. He teamed with Alkins on Team Rose on the team that won the event and had 19 points in the championship game.

Jarrett Allen (2016), Team Rose – 4.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 37.5 FG%, 75.0 FT%

The 6-foot-10 forward from Texas didn’t receive a ton of playing time for Team Rose as he logged 70 minutes in five games. His best performance statistically was eight points and nine rebounds in a 138-69 Team Rose beatdown of Team Nations Select on July 31.

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/adidas)

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  • TomJameson

    I think the next 2 years are going to be pretty talented classes. We need to get our share because of the talent we’ll be losing.

    After the 2015-2016 season and the influx of 5 or 6 players, that may be when we discover if IU is past the rebuilding phase, and into the reloading.

  • N71

    2016 Class Needs: If for a moment we assume Yogi, Troy, James, Max, Thomas, and Nick depart due to graduation or professional basketball that leaves Rob running the point, Collin at wing, and Emmitt on the interior. OG and Juwan will develop but boy, help will be needed.

    Priority #1) Interior size: De’Ron Davis
    Priority #2) Wing support: Rawle Atkins
    Priority #3) Point support: no sure who

    I’m going to assume Maker isn’t serious about IU so Davis is essential. If Thomas stays bonus. Add in a few others like Lamar Stevens or Bruce Brown and Rob won’t have to do everything.

  • Gregory Spera

    No secret that Davis and Alkins make or break this class for IU. IMHO, Alkins in particular, would be a transformative player for the Hoosiers, if they could beat out the big boys like Kentucky and Kansas for his monster game. Coach Chuck’s strong New York hand might give us a shot.

  • MilwaukeeHoosier

    Does that DeRon Davis dunk remind anybody of DJ White?

  • BMusic

    If Bryant and Blackmon join Williams and play their way into the lottery, we’ll be too busy celebrating banners to worry about next year. My guess is they’re both around for 2016-2017.

  • N71

    I hope you’re right about their staying but James seemed ready to depart before he arrived in Bloomington (opinion only). I could see him wanting to leave even if he was slotted for the second round. If they stay the transition from class to class would be much, much smoother.

  • inLinE6

    Need at least 20 more lbs of muscle. But looks promising.

  • Hardwood83

    I tend to agree, although Alkins will be a harder sell. From what I can tell IU has poured more into Davis than anyone else in this class by far. Losing him would sting.

  • Hardwood83

    So what is the dream class for 2016? Assuming we have 6 open scholarships who do you pick?
    I’d go with: Brown-PG, Alkins -SG, Jones- SG, Bridges-SF, Davis- PF, Maker -C
    That is likely 3 one & done’s, which I don’t want to see become routine for IU, but wow what talent.

  • Arch Puddington

    I used to think this — and of course I would love it if Alkins came here — but the more I learn about Brown the less I am fixated on Alkins. They don’t necessarily play the same position, but a 2+ year PG who is a tenacious defender and driver could be just as good for the program as a potentially one-and-done SG. Obviously there is no way to know how either of them will actually pan out, but on paper Brown looks like a huge deal in his own right.

  • marcusgresham

    If Alkins plays with a guard’s quickness he could be one of the most dominant players ever, because he’s built like a football player. You see guys in the paint with that kind of physique, but guards don’t roll in looking like that.

  • IUBizmark

    Agreed. His numbers were better than Davis’ numbers in every category. Bruce Brown is another massive guard I’d love to get if we can’t get Alkins.

  • IUBizmark

    Hard to reload when you’r losing 3-4 out of 13 players each year. That’s roughly 25-30% of your scholarship players.

  • N71

    Also agree but worried about there being so many suiters for his talents including the Timberwolves and Knicks. With Davis we’re one of 3, with Alkins there are 10 which include UK, KU, UNC, Louisville, Maryland…an impressive list to say the least. He reminds me of LaBron and Lance in that they’re big, strong, and fast.

  • TomJameson

    I understand what you’re saying, but I’m only talking about the continuity. Most of the top programs have class sizes of 4-6 every year, some even more than that, and never seem to drop their “elite” levels. There are a variety of reasons for larger class sizes (graduation, transfer, 1-and-done, etc…), but I don’t really want to get into that part.

    I want IU to get to the point where a class of 5-6 (I hope the max) doesn’t degrade the performance level of the team. I think that can only happen when there are upper classmen to continue the culture and work-ethic, and the talent level stays high … talent levels of both new recruits and returning players.

    The extremes of one-and-dones are UK with 6 to 8 of them, and none at all. With having so many you mostly just have to teach them to play together because the talent level for the college level is mostly already there (UK). With the none-at-all level you need to have good talented players that develop over a 3-4 year “career”, and the ability to play more as a team (Wisconsin).

    I’m hoping that IU can find success in the middle of those extremes. Having an elite player that is gone in a year (Maker) is great, but still need that guy that can pick up the slack when Maker leaves. I’m thinking that if most of the team is made up of the really talented recruits that stay for 2-3 years, a good core of (still talented) players that stay for 4, and a few of the really elite that stay for 1-2 years … that mix of players can give us some continuity in the program where a class size of 5-6 might not hurt us so much … especially when one of those is a one-and-done, and maybe 3 are 2-3 year players, and a couple are talented contributors that will be there for 4 years.

    Wow, long post, but even so it’s barely touching the surface because of all the other opinions out there. If nothing else, food for thought.

  • TomJameson

    I can’t see Alkins being anything other that a one-and-done … no matter where he plays.

  • TomJameson

    I agree about JBJ. He wants the NBA so bad he can taste it. I think he puts in the work and plays himself into the 1st round somewhere. Maybe not lottery, but enough to get him in the league.

    Thomas maybe not so much. I personally think he’ll be around 2 years. Unless he has a monster year anyway. A great enough year to put him in the upper part of a first round pick might lure him away. So your choices there are how much you think TB will play himself into the draft. LOL

  • IUBizmark

    I agree with what you wrote almost entirely. I think most coaches have now realized they can go after the one and done, but it’s tricky as you need to fill that position or have someone with experience in that position when they leave.

    This seems to be difficult for most programs as depth becomes a problem. The example we all know is Vonleh and Luke Fischer. Odds are that was rare and might not happen often. Then again, you look at this off season and two of our few big men got booted so we’re without their services. Fortunately, Crean landed Bryant and Beilfedlt. However, I think we’d have been even better had HMP and Davis not gotten kicked off the team.

    The senior leadership is crucial as that was gone after the ’12 season and you could see the culture wasn’t as mature as it should’ve been with only Will and, arguably, Yogi to provide leadership.

    I’m much more on board with a Wisconsin strategy than a UK/Duke strategy at this point. I wasn’t always that way, but for now, it gives us the best shot to win consistently, which is what we demand.

    I think Crean goes after two to three year type players supplemented with the occasional one and done. I think that’s fine, however, when coupled with the other attrition we’ve experienced, it leads to a consistently young roster which isn’t conducive to winning.

  • SCHoosier

    I just can’t see the justification in worrying about Blackmon turning pro. He was inconsistent on offensive and a liability on defense. Unless James makes the most significant one year improvement in b-ball history at IU..he’ll be a Hoosier for at least 3 years?!

  • Btown88

    I don’t see that as a problem. He already has huge shoulders and weighs 235. D J was 230 at the end of his senior hs, while DR is already 235. I wouldn’t want him much more than 250, which could easily be before he sees campus next summer. I like the way he runs the court now and don’t want to slow that down.

  • Gregory Spera

    Indeed, landing a Top 50 point guard like Brown would be huge, because we will have a HUGE hole to fill at that position.

  • At the Quarries

    Let James get his knee repaired, and his ego tempered, before he can even begin to sniff the NBA.

  • Bill Graham

    The thing that sticks out to me is Alkins was 88% from the line! Not to mention his 5 boards and 5 assist avg. That’s like Russell Westbrookish (not as gaudy) but still. What concerns me is: a 5 board avg and 65% ft. is not good for a 6-9 guy. Maybe Davis was limited on p.t. but still if dude is going to make an impact in college i’d ideally like to see a higher rbd avg.

  • Rob

    I hate to burst your “James lottery bubble” but the nba told him this spring that he would not be drafted…period! Why? His combination of size/athleticism/skill do not translate to the nba. If he plays his way to first team all America he has an outside chance of late second round role player. His chances of ever making a significant contribution at the next level are near zero. Think two time all America Steve Alford? The only way he becomes a lottery pick is if you can time machine him to1930. Sleep easy James is not leaving early for the nba. If he leaves early it will be because of transfer, overseas, or d-league.

  • BMusic

    That was kind of my point—that if he and the others improved THAT much in one summer, we’d be dynamite. So I don’t have a bubble to burst. That said, I’m sure Steph Curry was told he wouldn’t translate to the NBA, either—especially after his freshman year. Look at the way J.J. Reddick expanded his game and became a starting 2 on a contender. I wouldn’t count JBJ out at this point. At all. Especially if he stays 4 years. (And maybe that was your point, as well.)

  • twarrior87

    Tell that to Cal, he’s losing more than 3-4 and seems to have no problem reloading.

  • SCHoosier

    Just watched the tape of the Final Addias game. Alkins comes as advertised..one and done. Davis has a lot of game and potential..but the player that blew my mind was Kegler. Had an inside and outside game..ran the floor..looks and acts like a big bulky tuff kid and has an rear end a mile wide . In short..that boy is a load. Hope he is serious about an official in B-town.

  • Jeremy

    Sometimes it seems we throw out a lot of offers and hope something sticks. I am not sure this is a great strategy but I guess it has been working.

  • Really? Now there’s no way to tell how his crop of recruits will do this year.. If you like him so much.. well, become a ‘Wildcat’ fan… Sorry, but I really get tired of having his name thrown into every discussion like this.. IU is not Kentucky and never will be, Live with it.

  • IUBizmark

    Tell what to Cal?

    Yes, Calapari and Coach K are, arguably, the only coaches able to do this consistently. You know what they have in common? Tradition and winning. Contrary to what Ken said, IU could easily be Kentucky, but first we have to win a lot more than we have. I guarantee if Crean gets to an Elite 8 and a Final Four in a two or three year span the recruits will be lining up.

  • IUBizmark

    Agreed man. Dude’s defense last year was casper-esque. He’s got the tools to get to the NBA. Needs some more fire and some PG time. At least, that’s what I thought the plan was for him.

  • TomJameson

    When a team, no matter what team, has 8 of the most elite recruits coming in one year, it isn’t as hard to teach them offense/defense because they are the best already. That means they are already better than most. Basically you just have to teach them to play together and play team defense. Learning curve is a LOT smaller and they will have a pretty good season and even go deep into the tourney. Add a few upper classmen (sophomores/juniors??) and they have a little balance and a very little continuity.

    But what price do you pay for that? It becomes a win-at-all-costs franchise. IF winning games, no matter how you do it, is what a person wants … then become a UK fan because that’s where they are.

    I like to see players develop … I like to fall in love with a team and follow them for a year or two or three … I like the tradition of hard work to become great college BB players AS WELL AS top students!! I guess I’m old fashioned enough to think that short cuts make the rewards not so rewarding.

    A college program having a NBA combine, having the recruits call them when they are interested, to me if it is not cheating on some level … it FEELS like cheating.

    When a coach like Calapari says “why?? because it’s Kentucky” — that is arrogance. When the IU coach says “Why … because it’s Indiana” it’s from love and respect. That’s a big difference in my mind.

    Of course I like to win, but I don’t want to purchase the wins like that.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t know … I’m thinking that in the running for (at least) one of the greatest jumps was Oladipos junior jump. Nobody expected him to even be drafted at the beginning of his junior year and, of course, look what happened.

    Not comparing (Vic was/is a beast among beasts), just reminding us all that hard work and determination can pay off.

  • TomJameson

    Well now, not sure of where you got all the inside knowledge, but it sounds like you were with JBJ when he was communicating with, and getting all that feedback from, the NBA. LOL

    I really don’t think he was told that “he wouldn’t be drafted… period”. From what we’ve all been told in all the formats that have been put to the public, he was getting feedback as to his needs. Everything you stated was your opinion, and you are most definitely entitled to it, but please don’t try to tell it like it is fact.

    I believe the feedback was, in a nutshell, that he had to be a better defender, and his offense had to be more consistent. The more consistent offense was to develop his other weapons (floater, better to the rim, mid-range shooting) and not just his 3-point shots. A better defender needs no further defining.

    With hard work JBJ can definitely do that after this coming sophomore year. MOST definitely can do after his junior year. Personally I see him going after 3 years, but will not be surprised if he can make it after his 2nd year.

  • marcusgresham

    Here’s the thing to me about Blackmon jumping early. It would seem to me that, having a father who was a top-level recruit who never made it in the NBA, that father (who was also his coach,) would lean heavily on the kid to complete his degree to ensure a plan-B.
    Then again, his mother is a doctor, so if he gives up his scholarship it isn’t likely that he won’t be able to afford to go back to school if he doesn’t make it in the league.

  • marcusgresham

    More fire, more PG time, and a lot more muscle.

  • marcusgresham

    While I totally agree with your point, you do have to give Blackmon credit for being a lot better athlete than Alford was.

  • marcusgresham

    “I can’t see Alkins being anything other that a one-and-done.”
    I can—linebacker, tight end maybe. That kid has the potential to be a physical anomaly.

  • TomJameson

    He’ll have a longer career in basketball, especially with his skill set and size!

  • TomJameson

    I don’t think JBJ seriously thought he would go to the NBA last year. IMO he was just exploring those options to get the feedback as to what he really needed to work on. Obviously defense, but there were other things as well that I’m sure weren’t so obvious.

    JBJ is a smart cookie, and getting that feedback as well as CTCs input, that just give Blackmon a focus for his efforts. In my mind, that was a good move.

  • SilentBob

    I imagine the 65% was a slight fluke as he shot it for 70% this past high school season. But he has such a good midrange game that as he puts up more reps that should get better. It has already improved by 13% from his freshmen to junior seasons.

    As far as the rebounds go I don’t know if it was PT or being overmatched athletically or what. He is no Noah Vonleh on the glass but I imagine it was a slight fluke as well. This an even more all star like event than the regular AAU season. I imagine he was probably paired with another big on the roster who might have stole a few rebounds from him. But even more than that he is so skilled from the midrange, with both shooting and passing, that his team was probably having him do most of his work from the high post instead of the low block which would have limited a chance for putbacks. And he might have been following some modern stretch four kid out to the three point line defensively. Either way we may have Thomas back, and Emmitt is a great rebounder as well. Rob was marked as a good rebounding guard out of high school, Juwan is a garbage guy. We should have no problem staying competitive on the boards next year if we land De’Ron and no other big. Although I’d very much like to land two quality bigs

  • Bill Graham

    As always Bob thats very well put. I think people are getting used to (other than this past yr) having a stud big man and if we get a cat like Davis we’ll have more of a big 4 and a stretch 4.

  • Bill Graham

    Brown looks like Russell Westbrook but Alkins plays like him!

  • twarrior87

    Geez, i was responding to this post directly from IUBizmark “Hard to reload when you’r losing 3-4 out of 13 players each year. That’s roughly 25-30% of your scholarship players.” I didn’t say anything positive or negative about Cal… for the record i despise Cal/UK… not sure why my comment drew such criticism.

  • twarrior87

    Tell him it’s hard to reload when you’re losing 3-4 players a year… you know your comment from above “Hard to reload when you’r losing 3-4 out of 13 players each year. That’s roughly 25-30% of your scholarship players.”