A look at how IU’s four signees finished in the final 2018 rankings

  • 04/20/2018 11:24 am in

The national high school all-star events are in the books and all of the major recruiting services have released their final rankings for the class of 2018.

Indiana’s four-man class – Jerome Hunter, Robert Phinisee, Damezi Anderson and Jake Forrester – currently stacks up as one of the better groups in the country. And the class could get a major boost if Romeo Langford chooses the Hoosiers on Monday, April 30.

But as it currently stands, the Hoosiers have four signees in the fold for 2018. Here’s a look at how each of the four signees fared in the final rankings released this past week.

(Note: 247Sports acquired Scout, so the rankings of the former Scout team are now reflected in the 247Sports rankings. The 247Composite ranking is an aggregate ranking that uses several of the national services.)

Jerome Hunter

Rivals.com: No. 49 (4-star)
247Sports: No. 46 (4-star)
ESPN: No. 64 (4-star)
247Composite: No. 54 (4-star)

Notes: Hunter is the highest rated of the four signees and he was also the first to commit to the Hoosiers last July (just a few hours before Damezi Anderson). At 6-foot-7, Hunter can play and guard multiple positions, which should make him a candidate for early minutes in Bloomington.

Robert Phinisee

Rivals.com: No. 99 (4-star)
247Sports: No. 109 (4-star)
ESPN: Unranked (4-star)
247Composite: No. 123 (4-star)

Notes: Phinisee had an outstanding senior season at McCutcheon and was a surefire pick for the Indiana All-Star team. It still feels like he’s been undervalued nationally, but these rankings go out the window in a few months and Phinisee will have the opportunity to outperform his ranking.

Damezi Anderson

Rivals.com: No. 114 (4-star)
247Sports: No. 92 (4-star)
ESPN: Unranked (4-star)
247Composite: No. 112 (4-star)

Notes: Anderson led South Bend Riley to an unbeaten regular season and a run to the Class 4A semi-state before losing to Carmel. Indiana struggled to find reliable perimeter shooting and scoring on last season’s team, so if that part of Anderson’s game translates immediately to the college level, he should have a chance to play early.

Jake Forrester

Rivals.com: No. 127 (4-star)
247Sports: No. 131 (4-star)
ESPN: Unranked (4-star)
247Composite: No. 135 (3-star)

Notes: Forrester played at the Westtown School in Pennsylvania, which competed against some of the nation’s best teams all season. His teammate, Cam Reddish (Duke signee) got the majority of the headlines and attention, but Forrester quietly put together a strong senior campaign. He’s a high energy frontcourt player who can run the floor, block shots and rebound. You can never have too many of those.

Team Rankings

Rivals.com: No. 20 (5th in Big Ten)
247Composite: No. 21 (4th in Big Ten)

Notes: As of today, this is a very solid recruiting class that should help Archie Miller build a foundation of talent as he looks to bring Indiana back to the top of the Big Ten standings.

The obvious elephant in the room is Langford and his decision coming later this month. Using the 247Composite recruiting calculator, adding Langford to Indiana’s class would lift the Hoosiers to No. 8 in the 247 rankings and the top spot in the Big Ten.

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  • Mark Bando

    Im certainly not a basketball scout, by I have watched alot of video of these guys recently and the guy I am most impressed with is RP. He has great moves and court sense, and can shoot from outside and score around the basket with either hand.

  • Sandra Wilson

    These so called experts are about as accurate as the weather people. I wouldn’t put ANY faith in their judgement one way or the other. We’ll probably know in February. These guys are already predicting Kansas, Duke and Kentucky as the top three teams for next season. They have learned absolutely nothing from this past season.

  • sd chuck

    As I recall, the question was not if he could coach at this level, but could he recruit at this level, just with what he has so far, the answer is, yes! If all goes well on the 30th, the freight train will be rolling! Great job by Archie and staff! Good solid nucleus of returning players in Juwan, Justin, Zak, and Al. Deron and Devonte will need to improve to keep up! I hope Clifton and Race find somewhere to fit in, Hard telling how this all comes together, but I bet Archie has an idea!

  • KyleM13

    A little confused at the overall team rankings… If you look on 247 right now, we have the 21st ranked recruiting class with 4 4-stars. Providence is ranked 19th with 4 signees as well, but they have 2 4-stars and 2 3-stars. Why are they ranked ahead of us?

  • sarge

    Experts always have their “safe” picks. If any of those teams are overrated, they will blame it on youth. It’s a win/win. It’s much tougher in that sense to say a veteran Villanova team will be #1, even though they are clearly the best program in college hoops for the last few seasons.

  • sarge

    RP is going to shock everyone. He is a winner, pure and simple. I like the fact that he is underrated. Maybe we will have him for 4 years!

  • Mark Bando

    I think it is likely he will be around 4 years.

  • Mark Bando

    Another example that these rankings are full of crap.

  • Mark Bando

    Yep, i agree with you, especially on the teams. Kansas, duke and kentucky seem to be in preseason top 5 every year whether they deserve it or not.

  • Mark Bando

    Good point. Questions like, “which total is higher 4+4+4+4 or 4+4+3+3?”.

  • cyberg8s

    Use the class calculator https://247sports.com/college/indiana/Season/2018-Basketball/Commits/Preview to see what each of our recruits contributes to the team ranking
    Hunter +28.05
    Anderson +19.17
    Phinisee +9.74
    Forrester +3.12
    Total 60.08
    Providence has a total of 61.74 https://247sports.com/college/providence/Season/2018-Basketball/Commits/Preview

  • Tommy Morrsion

    I know nothing of rankings but I’m betting there’s different levels of four and three stars that play into the equation. Providence may just have highly ranked four stars .

  • Mark Bando

    True, so a 4+3 could be higher than a 4+4 if the 4+3 was a 50th ranked player and a 170th ranked player and the 4+4 was a 125th ranked player and a 135th ranked player.

  • Mark Bando

    Right, and my math above is not always true, see my math below.

  • Darrell Allen

    Oh, and they forgot to list their usual Michigan State! 🙂

  • IUBizmark

    I will say that through the past 9 seasons it felt as though several top recruits came here as a last resort. It’s still early, but it looks like so far, kids are very interested in coming to IU.

    Race won’t have trouble finding a place to fit in. He’ll own a spot and lead us to victory.

  • IUBizmark

    Glad to hear you’re so positive on him! He looks like he’s got a very solid frame! Would love to see a kid come in and over achieve next season.

  • Robert Swartz

    Yes, but would you really like to argue that Kentucky, Kansas and Duke will not be fighting for those top 5 spots? Just be nice to see IU compete for those kind of rankings on a consistant basis again. I’d just be happy to see them out from under Kentucky’s shadow.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    They drank heavily at Nick’s while doing the rankings.

  • marcusgresham

    If nothing else, at least now I know how to spell “capiche.”

  • Tyler D

    What makes you think they won’t be top teams? Would they be smarter to pick Loyola?

    How often are kids ranked 1-15 drafted as freshman or sophomores? How often are kids ranked 15-40 drafted as freshman sophomores or juniors? How many players from 40-150 leave early or even get drafted? You’ll have some outliers, but it can’t always be perfect. I’d say these recruiting services are about as accurate as can be expected.

  • Tyler D

    Agree with the comment on Race. He’s going to be a player. Likely the first freshman to contribute IMO.

  • Benhyoung14

    A good core here that should be at IU for at least 3 years. They should be able to compete with almost any recruit that comes in the year after. Get Romeo or some top 50 guys the next year and watch out.