Indiana picked up its first commitment for the 2019 recruiting cycle on Thursday.
Cathedral’s Armaan Franklin, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, pledged to the Hoosiers. He’s the fourth in-state player to commit to Indiana since Archie Miller took the job in March of 2017, joining Damezi Anderson, Robert Phinisee and Romeo Langford.
Franklin is currently rated the No. 133 player nationally by the 247Composite and is considered a four-star prospect.
A core Indiana junior All-Star, Franklin also considered scholarship offers from Purdue, Xavier, Butler, Clemson, Louisville and Ohio State, among others.
In recent weeks, Franklin took official visits to Indiana and Purdue before making his decision. Xavier was on his list of three finalists, but did not receive an official visit.
Indiana offered Franklin a scholarship in June during an unofficial visit and he returned to campus late in the month for Miller’s team camp.
In his final season on the grassroots circuit, he helped lead Chicago-based Meanstreets to the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) finals at the Peach Jam. In five Peach Jam games, Franklin averaged 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. he shot 43.5 percent from the field, 36.4 percent on 3s and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.
According to Open Look Analytics, Franklin had an effective field goal percentage of 45 over 21 EYBL games with an assist rate of 12.4 percent. He shot 45.7 percent on 2s, 29 percent on 3s and 74.5 percent on free throws in EYBL play.
As a junior at Cathedral, Franklin averaged 19 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Cathedral finished last season 19-5 and fell 71-63 to Lawrence North in sectional play.
Indiana’s focus in the 2019 class will remain in-state as two five-star prospects, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Keion Brooks Jr., are at the top of priority list. Both players will visit campus later this month for Hoosier Hysteria along with four-star guard Jahmius Ramsey.
Inside the Hall will have more on this developing story.
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— Armaan Franklin 2?? (@unkle44artty) September 6, 2018
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