First look: 2019 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board

  • 05/08/2018 10:32 am in

With the two April evaluation periods behind us, it’s time to introduce our 2019 Indiana basketball recruiting board.

Included are 12 rising seniors to watch with several other prospects to keep an eye on. We’ve also included links to recruiting profiles for each prospect that include school lists, video, links to previous stories and more.

We will update the board periodically as prospects set visits, trim lists and make decisions in their recruitments. (Note: The board should not be considered a complete list of prospects being recruited.)

2019 Indiana basketball recruiting board

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  • inLinE6

    Go big or go home. I think we go big.

  • Corey Dunigan

    hopefully we do both

    Go big at home?

  • Steve Shoda

    TJD and Brooks please!

  • Indiana_Banners

    I want Watford. Christian was my favorite player while he was on the roster(I remember attending an IU game his freshman year – when we were very awful – but was super impressed with how he just kept going up for rebounds… and getting stuffed but loved the attitude). I just want Trendon. Maybe it’s not rational, but it is what I want.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Now that’s how a gosh darn IU recruiting board should look, gosh darn it!

  • Guyton25

    A lot of highly ranked kids.

    On a side note, is anyone else having trouble with the title of the articles being half hidden in the header of the page?

  • Koko

    Me too on the titles of articles. I think it has something to do with
    an ad blocking feature.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    My guess is TDJ & Watford, plus a guard …

  • N71

    Priorities
    1) frontline player 1 (Juwan backfill)
    2) combo guard (Romeo goes pro)
    3) frontline player 2 (can’t have enough)
    4) wing (we have a few already)

  • Koko

    Just put inside the hall website on whitelist.
    Shows all now.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    understood I_B, i was a big fan of C_WAT too. would love to see his little bro end up here

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    just for fun, i had a look at these guys’ crystal balls. here’s what i found
    TJD – 100% iu
    KBJ – trending toward msu
    TW – 100% bama
    DJC – 67% wiscy
    MH – trending toward jerKS
    TT – no prediction
    KL – 100% bama
    JR – no prediction
    IS – 90% dook
    TM – 100% florida
    JL – toss up between oregon and unc
    BN – no prediction

    CM, you gots some work to do with this class. take care of your business!

  • onehoosier

    I’m feeling the same irrational support for Trendon. He feels like a recruit that further unites the program, and has the skills to bring the program to the future. I hope he comes to IU.

  • Arch Puddington

    1. I’ve said I think we’ll get one of Jackson-Davis, Brooks, or Watford, but the more I look at it the more I think two is possible. Not only does there appear to be genuine interest from all three, there really should be room for more than one. Although we will have a number of interior players on board for 2019-20, none are such sure-things that elite players like TJD, TW, or KB couldn’t imagine competing for playing time. And of course transfers are just a fact of life. So I’ll predict one of them, but hold out hope for two.
    2. Either way, adding some perimeter players — especially shooting — will be almost as important as adding the bigs. It’s a perimeter game, and there is just no substitute for good shooting. We (apparently) have upgraded since last year, but if we are to be truly competitive on the national stage, we still need more guards who can shoot from (and defend) the 3 point line.

    Likely a four-man class with two graduations, one (likely) early departure for the NBA, and (I’m guessing) at least one transfer. Not speculating who or why, just noting that the average is nearly 3 transfers per team per season, so who knows, maybe we will have even more than 4 spots open for 2019. Whatever, should be a big year for a program on the move.

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  • IU Cal 1809

    Jackson Davis and ill be happy for 2019.

  • marcusgresham

    Shooting should be greatly upgraded this year but at least one of the best shooters coming in (and very possibly two of them,) will only be here for one season so you have a good point.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d like to have more than just one true PG on the roster

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  • coachv

    i think with another year under miller, green will be a very good point guard.

  • transplantedhoosier

    I was at the game between Zion Williamson’s team and Jalen Lecque’s team earlier this year. Lecque is an absolute stud. Smooth as can be, quick, great ball-handler, good/great shot, and an explosive leaper. I can’t believe that we have a legitimate shot at him, but if he’s even remotely interested, we need to go after him with everything we have.

    By the way, Williamson is an absolute beast and every bit as good as billed. Duke is going to be scary if they can figure out how to play three guys that all play the same position.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    I just don’t think Devonte wants to run point. He has some good handles and is a superb passer but he lacks the discipline and the decision making necessary to be a 1. Like you said though, one more year could change that….

    Give the starting role to RP from the jump and let him do his thing. Take the lumps and grow with the season. Devonte will be a valuable guard, IMO at the 2 behind Romeo. AD will be a better backup point than DG.

  • VegasHoosier

    Watford 100% Alabama? That stinks. I thought we had a real shot at him.

  • VegasHoosier

    The only problem with that is your site, more than any other I go to, slows down waaaaaaaaaay more when ads aren’t blocked.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i ain’t writing him off just yet, lots of time left. i predict as time goes on and the recruiting picture continues to get clearer, we will have a shot. so don’t sweat it too much just yet, vegas.

    y’know the one that really bothers me? brooks trending toward msu.

  • Ole Man

    I wouldn’t pay too much attention to Watford’s, yet.
    The last of those predictions was last November before Archie really became involved this spring.
    As for Brooks, he has been MSU’s to lose for quite some time, but I wouldn’t give up on him just yet.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    yes, my thoughts exactly. my guess is the recruiting trends for both these kids will be somewhat of a roller coaster ride. romeo 2.0!

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  • coachv

    i think he does want to run the point. i’m sure green understands that if he is to make a living playing ball, it will have to be at point. if crean were still coach, i would agree with you about green’s discipline and decision making keeping him off the point. i believe miller will get his mind right. phinisee may beat him out but i’m not so sure. green is quicker, stronger, a crafty passer and has better handles. green is the quickest player on the team if not the best athlete. let’s not forget his brother is in the nba. if green wants starter’s minutes, they are going to have to come at 1 because he won’t get them at 2. i am more excited to see green next year than any other returning player. we shall see

  • coachv

    perhaps some more scandal will creep into the msu program

  • VegasHoosier

    Hmmmmmm, I use Firefox. I wonder if that makes a difference. Not trying to be a jerk. Just letting you know when I don’t have ad-block on, your site gets extremely slow for me.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    and i’m sure izzo will ‘cooperate fully’ on all of them.

  • Koko

    I use Firefox too…I turned off ad block and the site was very slow
    for me as well. So I tried Chrome and it is much better…not slow.

  • Guyton25

    Will do! I reset my Chrome and lost my settings, so I am readjusting all of those things back to how they were.

  • for whom the balls roll

    I think Phinny is being groomed for the role. Your scenario, while it is the only viable long-term one for Devonte, is a best-case scenario for the team. He had a whole year under Archie to start developing the game you are describing, and he is not even close.

  • Ole Man

    LOL!

  • Piker

    I think DG has proven he can play at a high level and a low level. What gives me hope is his bad games were strictly decision making. Seems easy to correct. If he gets his head straight and plays Archie way he could be the starting point this year. Only way I don’t see this happening if he just does not want to listen and that’s on him. He’s got the game.

  • timamac

    No Mason Gillis?!

  • timamac

    Yeah, like Roy Williams and UNC. Straight up taking “ghost” classes, and Nothing happened to them. Sampson texts recruits, and IU gets the death penalty.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    I thought the same thing! Unfortunately we are stacked at the 6’6”-6’8”position. Great kid though. We will regret not offering him.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    As usually the case,,,, Duke is great again. What an incredible program.

  • VOXAC30

    I was curious about Madon Gillis kid as well. I saw him play against Connersville and he is a really smart player and he is pretty physical.

  • coachv

    from my experience, most kids need two years to really understand how to play the game of basketball under proper tutelage. consider his year under crean wasted. i also think most teams generally need two years to know how to run some decent motion offense or team defense

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  • Tyler D

    Depending how the class shakes out, simply might not be room for him. If we get two of the following three…TJD, Keion, Trendon, I don’t think there will be much regret.

  • AndyCapp

    Not sure I agree with your statement that if Crean were still coach that Green’s lack of discipline and decision making would keep him off the point. Discipline and decision making were not exactly hallmark’s of CTC’s coaching strategy. As long as we had more O possessions per game CTC seemed to give the players plenty of latitude to play loose. Green’s game would probably fit in perfect for CTC.