Video: Class of 2018 IU signee Jake Forrester highlights

  • 03/09/2018 10:21 am in

The high school career of class of 2018 IU signee Jake Forrester is complete as Westtown (Pa.) recently lost in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association semifinals. The 6-foot-8 senior is currently ranked as a four-star prospect nationally, according to the 247Composite.

Inside the Hall recently compiled over two minutes of highlights of Forrester from January games against Phelps and Abingdon Friends, which are available below:

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  • Rick Pearson

    Can’t wait to See Him In Bloomington , Hoosier’s !!!

  • Chris Perkins

    wow those gyms are smaller than elementary gyms in Indiana!

  • HoosierMumma

    Something that makes me think Jake might be effective sooner than most think is that he plays with a lot of energy and gets of the floor quickly with a quick second jump as well. A lot of slimmer bigs are able to partially overcome their lack of strength by just getting in the air faster than the defender can react to them.

  • marcusgresham

    My thoughts exactly. Only once did I ever play in a gym that didn’t have bleachers on both sides (New Middletown in a 7th or 8th grade game.) I know Reitz’s gym only has bleachers on one side but it’s got a ton of seating on that side. I didn’t get that feeling from this place.

  • VOXAC30

    I think it is because its one of those prep schools. Although they typically have better athletes they don’t have the support of the local communities so not as many people go to the games. So there isn’t as much of a need for a larger gym.

  • marcusgresham

    Glad to see a 10-12 foot shot from the baseline. So many of these reels are all dunks.

  • EBeck

    ‘Project’ seems harsh. I can see him filling in nicely for the energetic high bball IQ dirty work role. He compliments next year’s class.

  • Mark Bando

    My hope for him next year is to be able to give us some minutes defensively.

  • VOXAC30

    I’m just a hack cannot tell to many things about these kids but I do have a few observations. He runs the floor and goes after rebounds. He finishes at the rim and he has very active hands. His shot isn’t the greatest but he is doing that against some pretty good competition. If he is a project like Clifton Moore then I can live with that because CM will see a lot of playing time his Junior (IMHO).

  • VOXAC30

    I think Archie is wanting these guys for there Junior and Senior roles. By time they are seniors they will fill out become more skilled and know the program. They will see minutes as freshman but only limited.

  • VOXAC30

    Did you see one of his shots he made but immediately went for the rebound? He didn’t wait to see what happened he wanted a second chance.

  • Hoosierkamp

    He has offers from Xavier and many other good teams . There’s a reason. He will be good and a great fit for
    Archie’s style of D

  • Milton H. Williams

    Jake is not a project! Jake has played in a high level league in HS, with top prospects even on his own team! Jake will just as prepared at TB was. Sure he could get stronger, but so does all freshmen! He’ll get there! However, in the meantime.. He will be a contributor next season!

  • Milton H. Williams

    They Hold the Michigan City regional at my old HS (MC Rogers), I was always very proud that our gym was so big!

  • BeneathTheBanners

    I’m from MC and that gym is great. Ames field is fantastic too!

  • SCHoosier

    Can he shoot FT’s? Lot of energy and hops

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    definitely need guys like this. CM building a solid foundation of tough, 4 year players.

  • inCMitrust

    What would you base that on? Moore is definitely a project and may never see any meaningful minutes at IU. This kid will probably see some back up minutes next year.

  • Arch Puddington

    Scoring will be a question, but he looks to me like he can defend, rebound, and pass well enough to contribute early on. Not necessarily as a starter or one getting major minutes, but particularly if DD is not 100%, he should be able to provide some quality relief minutes. Yes, he needs to get stronger, but quickness and energy are important, too, and he seems to have those things right now. Glad he’s on board.

  • MK

    good bounce

  • MK

    What team doesn’t get recruits that need some time to develop? Pretty much everyone besides Kentucky and look what they are doing this year…

  • coachv

    i don’t think we have seen enough of moore to make a conclusion like that

  • inCMitrust

    I agree. That is why I said may, but I think some had thoughts on Moore because one idiot scout saw one good game and made some comments about him being a pro. Moore may contribute next year, but the reality is he didn’t even see the floor this year with a team that had no depth.

  • Kyl470

    I know someone else already said it, but those high school gyms are tiny. Seriously I think the outdoor parks I use to play pick up basketball at had more bleacher seats then those gyms.

  • N71

    Lost sometimes is that these guys may still be growing. Jake is listed at 6’8″ but I’ve seen his coach quoted as saying he’s 6’9″ now. Say he grows another inch and is 6’10” come sophomore year. 6’10” 230 let’s say, active, athletic, dirty work style…not a bad guy to have on the team.

  • John D Murphy

    Completely disagree. He is is a solid four star guy. Reminds me a lot of Morgan. He isn’t a day 1 starter but project seems to be a really negative summation. I predict four years from now he will be beloved in Bloomington.

  • John D Murphy

    “dirty work style”. I love it.

  • Dialogos68

    This guy is still another project like Clifton Moore…

  • N71

    One advantage that Jake has is that he was recruited to fit a style of play, Clifton is in a slightly different boat. I do agree weight/strength will need to be added to deal with the types of bodies Purdue and Michigan State field. That could be said for 99.8% of the recruits out there though.

  • marcusgresham

    The fact that Moore was considered the best pro prospect on the roster at the beginning of the season–despite a consensus that he was nowhere near ready to play meaningful minutes this season–should give reason to be optimistic that he should be able to provide meaningful minutes at some point in his career.

  • Dr. Watson

    Moves and dunks easy like Smith. Along with adding Race, the IU front line will be more balanced with four

  • HoosierDawg

    The difference I see is that Jake is a big guy who plays hard inside. CM is tall but very soft and seemed to float around the perimeter in all the vids I saw. Seems to me Archie is trying to teach him to play big, he just has a very long way to go.

  • Matt Miller

    Project seems accurate to me? Tape looks pretty good, but the fact that he’s averaging something like 8ppg (I think it was something like this) against high school comp. probably means that he’ll have a ways to go in the big ten. I like this guy, seems to be more physical/capable defensively than Moore. I’d like to see the young guys get more playing time at the beginning of the year. Clifton didn’t look good this year, but I wish he could’ve gotten more mins early.

  • Hoosier Daddy

    Non projects will be at Seymour tomorrow! Hope coach can make the trip

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Pretty small gyms compared to Indiana gyms. I played in a 9300 seat field house that was filled every game.

  • TomJameson

    Why does Charlie Miller need tough 4 year players in his band?
    lol

  • inCMitrust

    Who said he was the best pro prospect? One idiot scout or some consensus. The kid was not even ranked in the top 200 hundred until his senior year. He ended up ranked 151. Rankings don’t mean a lot generally, but in the top 25 or so and outside the top 150-200 they do mean something. We will see, I hope he makes a big jump next year and sees the floor. We need some height on the team.

  • IU Cal 1809

    This kid is going to be a fan favorite. The kinda kid that well help win games that won’t show up on the stat sheet!

  • inCMitrust

    His team his junior year had three McDonald’s All Americans on it. This year it has 1 and the rest will be playing college ball. I would not read to much into his scoring average. If he played on your typical high school team I’m sure he would score a wee bit more.

  • BannersOnTheWall

    The team is getting significantly longer next year (and probably even more so with the ’19 class), which should portend big strides in Archie’s defensive scheme. It seemed to me that our close-outs improved drastically over the course of the season after early defensive debacles like ISU and IPFW. It’s really exciting to consider our defense with a group of springy athletes that can cover the floor. The IU teams of the Archie era should look pretty radically different from the Crean squads, in both personnel and style of play.

  • marcusgresham

    IU may not score 100 any time in the near future, but they won’t have many games where the opponent is too far into the 70s.

  • coachv

    definitely worrisome that on a team screaming for help inside he could not get on the floor.

  • HoosierEconomist

    That’s what a Pennsylvania HS gym looks like? Sheesh…

  • marcusgresham

    From DraftExpress:
    “The Indiana signee stood out as the most interesting long-term prospect in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game.”

    One big reason he wasn’t ranked higher is because he stuck with his original AAU team instead of jumping ship to a higher profile team when he started to show promise.
    Another thing with him is that he grew 7 inches in high school so he’s still gaining his coordination.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    How did Marion do?

  • inCMitrust

    Thanks for the answer. I think the full break down form DraftExpress is probably pretty accurate, but it didn’t really say he was the best pro prospect. Long term prospect worth following(yes)), but he had some glaring weaknesses listed. Let’s hope long term ends up being next year.

  • coachv

    lost. but i don’t much care. was only there 3 semesters and haven’t really kept up with them. in fact, i haven’t live in indiana since i graduated from iu and brother, that was a long time ago

  • marcusgresham

    I agree that he has a way to go, but given the current roster (and the NBA’s willingness to draft on “potential” as opposed to proven commodities,) I’m not sure who on the roster you’d have put ahead of him.
    At this point I could make an argument that Morgan expanded his game enough this past season to be that guy, but coming in I’d say he had enough questions that the two years in age he had on Clifton were working to his disadvantage.
    I also feel like me saying he was the top prospect wasn’t something I came up with on my own, but came from an ITH article listing potential prospects. Maybe I’m wrong; maybe Alex remembers.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Maybe I’ll see you at the FIU game. I’ll let you know.