2017 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board

The 2017 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board is a collection of information on recruits that Indiana is believed to be recruiting for its 2017 class.

Information that appears on school lists is collected from public recruit profiles on ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and various news outlets. School lists only denote reported interest, not offers. The board should not be considered a complete list of prospects being recruited and is not endorsed by Indiana University.

If there is a prospect we should consider adding, please drop us an email at [email protected].

Projected class size: 4 or 5

Last updated: May 1, 2017

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Al Durham (Signed National Letter of Intent)

Guard, 6-4, 175 pounds, Berkmar (Ga.), Southern Stampede
247Composite: 3-star (246); ESPN: 3-star (NR); Rivals: 3-star (NR); Scout: 3-star (NR)
Twitter: aldurham01

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Justin Smith (Signed National Letter of Intent)

Forward, 6-7, 200 pounds, Stevenson (Ill.), Mac Irvin Fire
247Composite: 4-star (76); ESPN: 4-star (80); Rivals: 4-star (105); Scout: 4-star (91)
Twitter: justinsmith3_

Clifton Moore (Signed National Letter of Intent)

Forward, 6-10, 200 pounds, Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.), Hoopdreamz
247Composite: 3-star (187); ESPN: (NR); Rivals: 3-star (NR); Scout: (NR)
Twitter: CliftonMoore16

  • kennygeorge

    Lots of good young men to continue to evaluate and speculate on their future. I would hope we get at least 2 of the Indiana kids.

  • Brewblaz

    Still can’t help it, always root against Indiana…the ghost of Knight remains!

  • N71

    Its taken time but I think our recruiting is getting to where it needed to be, a full stable to selectively fit into your needs as you study your team at each year’s end. Perhaps this is the more natural maturation process of a program and coach, I’m optimistic winning big can come along as well. This year in particular holds great promise in my opinion, barring injury we have no real weakness assuming our defense will be improved. I’m really looking forward to some knockdown-drag-outs with Maryland and Purdue.

  • Hoosier Pride

    The size of these kids is what im most excited about

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    right on, nice to see some hoosiers on the board!

  • calbert40

    Scruggs is the guy I hang a star on in this class. JBJ’s replacement. And while I am a believer in adding talent regardless of where it comes from, when the talent also happens to come from Indiana, that’s a bonus.

  • marcusgresham

    Does ESPN only rate a small number of players because it seems a lot of these kids are top 25/30 on the other sites and then listed as “NR” from ESPN?

    Funny this came out today because just yesterday I was looking this up on my own. The sites lists its “Crystal Ball Projection” regarding where they predict the kids will end up (looking at it again, though, these tend to be the predictions of just a couple of people so take them with a grain of salt.) Michigan was the favorite for Wilkes, Kansas for Scruggs and Porter, Butler for Gunn, Syracuse for Tucker, St. John’s for Wilson, Minnesota for Washington, Villanova for Walker, Illinois for Tilmon (yuck), and Louisville for Lambright.
    Malik Williams, Jaren Jackson, and Matur Maker all were predicted to choose IU.

  • Robert Golden

    Crean will have a shot blocker on his roster once again.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • So IN Hoosier

    We need to get in on Bo Hodges of TN Legends

  • SCHoosier

    Recruiting is hard to figure in the “its all about me” world of some of these players. Lot of talent on the board who at least know where B-town is. I will suggest that most of the bigs need to stay in in the weight room and visit their nutritionist for some bison burger recipes!

  • marcusgresham

    Is Nick Weatherspoon Clarence’s son?

  • Bill Graham

    Excellent research Marcus. I like Butler for Gunn (even though I’d rather get him). Williams is extremely raw and undeleveloped (fair warning).

  • inLinE6

    Do we know if all of them have outstanding IU offer?

    BTW I thought Michael Porter was off to Washington already?

  • RDD#76

    I would take that prediction 3 solid bigs and a guard

  • Bill Graham

    Well he’s still uncommitted…but its a package deal…and package deals usually work out. Danny Manning played for his dad. James Harden followed his coach. the Alford boys followed Steve…etc. etc. His main 2 connections are Mizzou and Washington…but time will only tell.

  • Bill Graham

    I’m also slightly confused as to why we aren’t recruiting Collin Sexton? He’s leading the EYBL in scoring by an enormous margin. He’s averaging 10 more points than any other player! Thats insane.

  • IU track Alumni

    I feel the same. He’s teammates with Aljami too.

  • Ole Man


  • Ole Man

    About Gunn….Alex doesn’t think he’s Big Ten material.
    Just passing that on.
    And that, btw, is an opinion that’s good enough for me…LOL!

  • Ole Man

    Cal, Scruggs is more of a pure PG, so I don’t really see him as JBJ’s replacement.
    And IU will have 4 guys battling next year for time at PG, so Scruggs may look at that and go “Nope.”
    However, I really want Wilkes. He will be a monster. Even if he’s a one and done, that one year would be incredible.

  • Ole Man

    Well said about the hopeful maturation process.
    Now we have to land some of these studs.

  • calbert40

    I view him more of a combo guard. My remark about him being JBJ’s replacement has more to do with his scoring prowess, and my feeling (at the time) that JBJ was probably leaving at the end of the season.

    Wilkes would be fine with me too, though!

  • Bill Graham

    Ya, he’s a niche player. If he was a little bit better off of the dribble then he’d be heavily recruited by most of the BIG. But I dont see too much difference between him and McQuaid and McQuaid will probably be 6th or 7th man for MSU this year.

  • jimmygoiu

    Collin, Grant and Zach all live in the suburbs, and played AAU since 4th grade. No gravel driveways in their lifetimes. GG rooted for Duke, all he can do is shoot 35 footers, and he is well below average on defense.
    fun to dream though.

  • Bill Graham

    When i said they remind me of that old school Hoosier kid I mean’t their styles of play not their actual locations.

  • mharv2631

    Lost out on Porter. Arrg

  • KYHoosier

    CTC has done a great job of going out and finding “hidden gems” and developing them into solid players. However, I believe the way he recruits makes it harder for him to land the big time talents, especially the in-state ones. Crean will go out and tell a Paul Scruggs or Kris Wilkes that they are the focus and priority of his recruiting class but then goes out offers 7 other players who play the same position. How can you feel like a priority when 6 other guys have the same scholarship offer as you. I believe that Crean should stay in contact with an Al Durham, Grant Geleon, etc during the recruiting period but not offer them until later in the process when you see how it goes with the top tier talent, because Geleon etc., will always pick up the phone when a top level talent comes calling. I know its risky to offer less players, but I think it will strengthen the value of an IU scholarship and show an early loyalty to the elite recruit.

  • RDD#76

    I think that crystal ball is a little foggy the farther I read it had one guy have Wilkes to us a couple had Scruggs to us and split on Tucker half IU other Cuse, also all I have read we are not recruiting J.Jackson that hard was fun to read though.

  • Outoftheloop

    Thoughtful post.

  • Outoftheloop

    Why list Porter when he has committed elsewhere?

  • Outoftheloop

    Great insights, but based on what? Grant has not played a college game yet! Why not say “I am worried about his defense rather than ‘he is well below average’ when you have zero evidence?

  • Outoftheloop

    I will take those 3 right now and pop the champagne cork!

  • Outoftheloop

    I like Scruggs and Willes! That would be great!

  • Bill Graham

    That was from my original post several weeks ago…even then I had him pegged as a Wash commit (as did the rest of the nation)…Now I’d have to say I’d like any combo of MJ Walker, Samuels, Wilkes, Scruggs, Diallo, and la la la la Bamba!

  • Mr. Mitchell

    Deng Gak

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    That is one great list of prospects considering IU.

  • rgd213

    Was thinking I read earlier today that Jermaine Samuels committed to TCU……But they’re not even on the school list here…..to much coffee this morning

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    24/7 gives us a good chance with Waters/Tucker/Wilkes and a lot of these other guys seem to be locked in to other schools.

  • Jay Skibbe

    I notice lots of length on these kids, winning with defense is our hope to hang banner 6, and with OG, and some of these others now and in the future, to hang banner 6, it starts with defense !!! we were eliminated last year by NC scoring lots of points !!! GO HOOSIERS !!!

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  • Dialogos68

    IU still can’t sign top recruits!!!! Our 2017 list so far is average at best. Crean has only signed a couple of top instate recruits too (Zeller & Ferrell)…

  • John Martinek

    Why is Kris Wilkes not showing up here anymore?

  • KelvinSampson87

    I had the same thought. He said he is announcing on the 13th but I dont see any articles where he has actually officially chosen UCLA.

  • Alan H

    I agree to a certain extent, but the top kids know they are going to get PT regardless of who is already on the roster. Also, I don’t think CTC wants to turn IU into One & Done U (aka UK). He realizes that to build a true winning program you need most of your recruits to stay 3-4 years, because those kids form the backbone of Championship teams. This philosophy allows him to recruit an OG and Victor and let them develop properly. In both cases they are smart hard working kids and freakish athletes. All they needed was good coaching.

    That said, you still need an elite player or two to win Championships. It drives me crazy that we seem to get close with so many top kids and then lose them. As we saw against Kansas we are one back to being one of the elite programs. With our history, facilities and CTC’s (and his staff) ability to help kids improve their games, you would figure kids would be beating down the door to go to IU, but they aren’t. We continue to be the bridesmaid and Wilkes is the classic example.

  • who’syourhoosier

    Why isn’t Bamba on the list? Can we please get an updated version of our recruiting efforts?

  • mharv2631

    Diallo is the last man standing.

  • Peter Delevett

    OK, I’m not going to rend my garments over Billy Preston. Fact is, as much as I want IU to win another championship, I don’t believe a bunch of one-and-done kids would be good for the program. I want kids who want to spend at least two years on campus, experience the tradition and be part of a team. Part of me suspects kids who only see college as a one-year way station before the NBA will be most concerned about showcasing their skills, teammates and winning be damned.

    That said, as frustrating as it is to see programs like Miami and Xavier plucking Indiana kids, it speaks very well of Crean and IU that we were in the top five for Preston and the top three for Wilkes. Gotta think a lot of good four-star recruits will look at that and say, “Hey, if it’s good enough for those guys…”

  • Donnie Vick

    Is Bamba looking at us now?

  • Donnie Vick

    Text him and see Kelvin!

  • Swishmac IU

    Remind me what Oladipo, OG, Juwan, Sheehey, etc were rated – one year 5 star players are nice haves not must haves. Crean excels with kids with huge upside potential who are 2-4 year players. Name a coach who has a better reputation for developing players than Crean – not talking about rosters full of one and done 5 star players. I get as frustrated being in the final 3-5 and losing out as everyone else, however if I am a 3 or 4 star player who wants to get better, where else would you go?