Report: Three-star forward Jake Forrester sets date for IU official visit

  • 08/24/2017 8:51 am in

Class of 2018 Westtown (Pa.) forward Jake Forrester has dates set for three of his official visits, according to a report from

Forrester, the No. 155 prospect nationally in the country according to the 247Composite, recently narrowed his list to eight schools.

Indiana is among the finalists for Forrester and according to Corey Evans of Rivals, the Hoosiers will get the first shot to host him for an official visit.

Forrester is set to visit Indiana (Sept. 8), Xavier (Sept. 22) and Virginia Tech (Sept. 29). The 6-foot-8 forward is also consideringĀ Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and VCU.

In four games at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) finals at the Peach Jam, Forrester averaged nine points, 6.2 rebounds and a block per game.

Indiana already has three players committed in the class of 2018 and has two scholarships remaining.

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  • Oldfan

    Looks like he’s got a pretty good motor on him.

  • Arch Puddington

    This is the first thing I’ve seen since CM took over that does not make sense to me. I’m sure he’s a fine player, and I know that it would be nice to add another interior player. But I also know that CM himself has said he wants to keep the classes more balanced, and we already have 4 guys on board for 2018. Is this guy really so good that he is worth further imbalancing the roster and occupying a scholarship for four years? In order to say yes, one of two of things would have to be true. Either a) he is so good that he would have a meaningful impact as a freshman, or b) he has such potential that he would be better than somebody we might bring in for 2019 and beyond.I find it hard to believe that the answer is yes to either of those questions. There is no way he will make some critical difference as a freshman, and with all the playing time we’ll have available in 2019, it seems almost certain that CM could find a better player (or two!). So even if this kid comes on board and turns out to be a contributor at some point, strategically this just makes no sense to me.

    The sound you hear is CM not calling me for advice…..

  • Ms hoosier

    We definitely don’t need another 6’8 forward in this class!!

  • Pianoroark

    Agree, Arch. This is perplexing.

  • HoosierDawg

    My reaction is the same. My phone not ringing either, though!

  • Mitchell Hunt

    CM must see something in him. He def brings energy and he has some shake and bake to him. Pair him and the other 2018’s with a top 50 SG and we’ve got a National top 5 class.

  • inLinE6

    You said exactly what I thought. Being as the first official visit shows how high we’re on his list, which doesn’t surprise me. But we only have 2 spots left, if he commits, which is likely, then we become very constrained for the next 2 years.

  • AssemblyBall

    Everybody take a deep breath – this is just smart marketing. Kid is from just outside of Philly which is Bruiser Flint’s turf. This is about maintaining relationships with coaches in that area. Nothing wrong with a site visit.

  • N71

    At first pass you’re making good sense but lost perhaps is our understanding of what Archie thinks of his current freshmen and sophomores. Perhaps he’s anticipating someone being unhappy and wanting to leave.

  • BannerOrBust

    Come visit Indiana and tell all your peers in the basketball circuit just how Dope Bloomington is…

  • Arch Puddington

    The point isn’t to win the 2018 recruiting wars, it is to build a program that can compete year after year. We already have an excellent class, and I simply do not see how adding yet another 3 star forward makes us any better. It just adds to the imbalance in our roster, both in terms of the size of this class and in terms of the number players we have at that same basic size and position. CM himself has said he wouldn’t stockpile bodies, so this does not compute.

  • kennygeorge

    What if he were going to redshirt him? Still hits the schollies, but starts to give us that 4 yr/5yrs of experience being developed.

  • Arch Puddington

    In some ways that would be even worse. We are loaded at forward for the foreseeable future, and we seem to be very much in the running for Keion Brooks in 2019. And if we don’t get him, there will be others. I know that rankings aren’t everything, and that there are occasional diamonds in the rough. But the odds of the #155 player in his class being a real difference maker are pretty slim, especially as a freshman, and I don’t see why CM doesn’t have great confidence that he can bring in a better player in 2019. No, I just don’t understand it.

  • Outoftheloop

    Definitely worth a look, but not, IMHO an actual scholarship, unless we totally strike out on Garland, Dort, Duke and other top 100 players or unless he is a phenomenal, and under valued talent.

  • Tony

    First kid I’ve seen not attempt a 3pt shot. Video clip shows he can dunk but didn’t show anything else. Remember guys like OG & Morgan weren’t huge recruits either. This kid looks like a good athlete. If we fill up the class with 4&5 star guys let him RS a year and I bet he could be a solid player. At this point I’ll trust CM. He’s not going to offer a kid with no talent a spot.

  • Kyl470

    I agree we are in on Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt and other 5 stars in 2019. I’d hate to see us in a numbers bind because we decided to fill all the spots in 2018.

  • Arch Puddington

    I hear you, but to me there is nothing that could happen to our current players, including multiple transfers or flameouts, that would makes sense of bringing in a 3 star player at this position. He won’t make a big difference in 2018 as a freshman, and the 2019 class will have far better players to pursue (hello, Keion Brooks!). If CM thinks this kid is a potential OG Anunoby, diamond-in-the-rough type, then maybe there is some sense to this. But the video doesn’t show that level of athleticism or “upside”, and even if he has it, I still don’t see how it is worth tying up a scholarship for four years on a project. CM should be strong enough in 2019 to recruit players who are much surer bets.

  • Arch Puddington

    Exactly. We may not get any of them, but filling up the roster with 3 star guys when we are clearly in the hunt for some elite players is just hard to make sense of.

  • inLinE6

    We’re high on Brooks, Watford, and Jackson-Davis in 2019, Langford and possibly Garland in 2018. Given available scholarship on paper, Forrester’s recruitment will make it complicated.

  • GaHoosier

    Does having an official visit scheduled mean that he has been offered a scholarship?

    I realize this is a weird question. But I wonder if the two are mutually exclusive.

  • N71

    I agree with you based on public info, I’m just thinking there must be something we don’t know that’s causing this visit to take place. He’s emerging quickly as a talent and soon to be a 4 star? He’s still growing and DeRon is gone for sure, someone is already showing signs of being in over their head, etc. By the way, Keion Brooks is going to look great in candy stripes.

  • Arch Puddington

    The coaches always know more than we do, that’s for sure. I can’t make sense of it myself, even after doing some “what if” scenarios, in part because because it seems to contradict what CM himself said about roster balance. But everything else he has done has made good sense, so perhaps in the long run we’ll know why he’s doing this.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    good question. i don’t think an official requires an offer, but i ain’t 100% sure.

  • hoosier

    No, many times an official visit comes after an offer but sometimes kids take visits and are offered on the trip (or later/not at all).

    I believe our friend Mr. Gelon was offered on his visit and committed on his way home.

  • kennygeorge

    makes sense. didn’t think about that.

  • VOXAC30

    The only think that I can think of is that next years Big Men will be in SHORT supply (pardon the pun). I will admit this is sort of a head scratcher but maybe he does something a certain way that is a critical component to Archie’s game or maybe its his leadership who knows. Someone said in an earlier post that the coach looking at a kid knows far more than we know about the kid then we do.

    He is a legit Top 155 kid so if you split all 4 and 5 star kids that are 6′ 8″ they are not that common.

  • TomJameson

    Yes, Jake Forrester has an offer from IU. His stock is on the rise, but I also see Arch’s arguments here. We just have to trust the coaching staff simply because they have a lot more information than we do. I’m a little ambivalent on this one, but I’m leaning more at saving another scholarship for the 2019 class.

    ESPN — 4-star – 29, 3, 34 (position, state, region)
    RIVALS — 3-star – 130 (national)
    SCOUT — 3-star – 185 ranking and a 39, 1, 9 (position, state, region)
    247 — 3-star – 155, 36, 3 (National, position, state)

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  • E Foy McNaughton

    Ok – so for 2019 we are targeting some bigs-


    IF we sign Romeo and Forrester, then how many spots do we expect open for 2019?


    Romeo to NBA,
    JM graduates, and
    DD to NBA

    Then we have 2 spots open in 2019

    Room to get 2/3 of Hurt, Brooks & Watford

    I can see the concern, but I’m not sure it’s a bad plan to assume we land only 2/3 of them.

  • mars5123

    Sometimes it makes sense to offer a 3* guy if you think the program/area is going to produce 4*/5* guys in the future. Pipelines gotta come from somewhere.

  • Larry Brown

    What’s with all the fanaticism over stars? How can supporters of a program that just produced the likes of OG, Oladipo, and Sheehey be so obsessed with how many stars are after a guy’s name?

  • Missing Moye

    I would think that based on what else we have coming in for 2018, this kid would be a very strong candidate to redshirt and be in a better position to contribute in 2019 – which incidentally, also corrects the class balance issue you mentioned.

    Time will tell, but I would’t be surprised to see this type of player recruited, redshirted, and basically groomed to be that experienced junior/senior leader/glue guy to mesh with all the 4 and 5 star talent.

  • Larry Brown

    IU could be very thin inside next year. Give this kid a year of weightlifting and coaching and who is to say he will not be as good or almost as good as anybody they could recruit a year from now. I don’t see how this is unbalanced at all. The current roster only three players 6 ft 8 or taller. One and possibly two of those guys will be gone next year

  • AndyCapp

    So if this is correct he was offered by Crean. If he was still the coach we actually might have been excited by this prospect since his recruiting numbers were declining. Coach Miller has us on a completely different trajectory so, like ArchPud, I am puzzled as to why the offer would still be open. Nobody’s asking but I would tell anyone who is not Romeo, Garland, Duke or Dort (sounds like a law firm) that class of 2018 recruiting is basically closed pending further notice.

  • AndyCapp

    I believe ArchPud is speaking about unbalanced in the terms of class size, not players height or how much they can lift. Coach has spoken in favor of holding back scholarships in one year to make room for more in another class. With (a) 3 higher ranked recruits already committed for 2018 and only 2 scholly’s left available for a full class, (b) key recruits still uncommitted (Romeo, Dort, Garland and Duke), and (c) a couple of bigs we are courting from the following year’s 2019 class, it makes more sense to keep tight control on the available scholly’s for 2018, not give them out to *potential* rough diamonds or role players.

  • MrNobody

    Attention ALL recruits. If u want to wear the candy stripes grab your offer while u can. The train is rolling full steam ahead….

  • AndyCapp

    If it happens, I totally think it will be because of the redshirting option. Since it was never used under Crean I keep forgetting how strategically this can be used. Still, I would *much* rather see it be used starting in the 2019 class and reserve the available 2018 scholly’s for “key” recruits.

  • AndyCapp

    Liked Sheehey, but he is nowhere in the same class or conversation as Victor. OG? TBD…

  • AndyCapp

    Shwing šŸ˜‰

  • Outoftheloop

    I question your math. You list 3 players leaving, so 3 scholarships for the 3 prospects that you list. Race is already accounted for.

  • Outoftheloop

    No, there are 4: DeRon, Juwan, Clifton, and Race (red-shirt).

  • AndyCapp

    Certainly not suggesting otherwise. Just don’t see how adding someone who is at #155 for 2018 makes more sense than holding onto the scholly’s for better, or should I say more strategic, players in the same class or for impact recruits in 2019.

  • John D Murphy

    This guy looks like Morgan to me. Nice hops, good touch around basket, high motor. I don’t care about stars and trust Archie’s judgement completely right now. Forrester looks rangier than our other forward recruits. But we are going to able to switch EVERYTHING. Our D is going to be devastating.