2019 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board

The 2019 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board is a collection of information on recruits that Indiana is believed to be recruiting for its 2019 class.

Information that appears on school lists is collected from public recruit profiles on ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and various news outlets. School lists only denote reported interest, not offers. The board should not be considered a complete list of prospects being recruited and is not endorsed by Indiana University.

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Projected class size: 3 or 4
Last updated: July 8, 2018

Trayce Jackson-Davis

Forward, 6-9, 215 pounds, Center Grove, Spiece Indy Heat
247Composite ranking: 5-star (19)
Schools: Butler, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, UCLA, Xavier

Notes: Jackson-Davis has been a priority for the Indiana coaching staff for over a year and has been to campus on multiple unofficial visits. At this point, no school has put in more work for the Center Grove junior. He is scheduled to take his official visit to Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria.

Keion Brooks Jr.

Forward, 6-8, 190 pounds, Fort Wayne North Side, Spiece Indy Heat
247Composite ranking: 5-star (22)
Schools: Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas, Purdue, UCLA

Notes: Brooks Jr. has been terrific this spring for Spiece Indy Heat and like Jackson-Davis, has been a priority for the IU staff since last spring. His father, Keion Brooks Sr., played for Ed Schilling in college at Wright State. As of mid-June, the Hoosiers are among his top 10 schools and appear to be firmly in the mix in his recruitment.

Trendon Watford

Forward, 6-8, 220 pounds, Mountain Brook (Ala.), Georgia Stars
247Composite ranking: 5-star (10)
Schools: Alabama, Florida State, Indiana, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, TCU, Vanderbilt

Notes: The younger brother of former IU standout Christian Watford, Trendon Watford is an elite prospect nationally in the class of 2019. He was visited twice this spring by the IU staff and has the Hoosiers among his top schools.

Matthew Hurt

Forward, 6-9, 200 pounds, John Marshall (Minn.), D1 Minnesota
247Composite ranking: 5-star (4)
Schools: Arizona, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, UCLA, Wisconsin

Notes: Hurt is an elite prospect nationally in the class of 2019 and took an unofficial visit to Bloomington last fall. He’s a former AAU teammate of current IU redshirt freshman Race Thompson.

Brandon Newman

Guard, 6-3, 175 pounds, Montverde Academy (Fla.), Meanstreets
247Composite ranking: 4-star (115)
Schools: Ball State, Butler, DePaul, Indiana, Purdue, Valparaiso, Xavier

Notes: A core Indiana junior all-star, the Hoosier staff watched Newman closely in the state tournament and also hosted him for an unofficial visit last spring for the Northwestern game. Newman was offered a scholarship on an unofficial visit in late June.

Isaiah Stewart

Center, 6-9, 240 pounds, La Lumiere, City Rocks
247Composite ranking: 5-star (7)
Schools: Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse, UCLA, Villanova

Notes: An elite big man in the class of 2019, Stewart is close with former IU big man Thomas Bryant and visited Bloomington last spring for the Purdue game. Indiana also had an in-home visit with Stewart earlier this spring. Indiana is among his 10 finalists. In June, Stewart was on campus for an unofficial visit.

Armaan Franklin

Guard, 6-4, 185 pounds, Cathedral, Meanstreets
247Composite ranking: 4-star (102)
Schools: Butler, Clemson, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, Purdue, Xavier

Notes: One of the state’s top prospects in the class of 2019, Franklin added a scholarship offer from Indiana during an unofficial visit in June.

Zeke Nnaji

Forward, 6-10, 215, Hopkins (Minn.), D1 Minnesota
247Composite ranking: 4-star (35)
Schools: Arizona, Baylor, Creighton, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, UCLA, Wisconsin, Xavier

Notes: An AAU teammate of Matthew Hurt, Nnaji was a breakout star this spring on the adidas Gauntlet circuit and added a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers.

Anthony Harris

Guard, 6-3, 180 pounds, Paul VI Catholic (Va.), Team Takeover
247Composite ranking: 4-star (60)
Schools:Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, Seton Hall, UConn, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Notes: Indiana offered a scholarship to Harris, who plays for Team Takeover, in mid-June.

Jahmius Ramsey

Guard, 6-4, 185 pounds, IMG Academy (Fla.), Drive Nation
247Composite ranking: 4-star (33)
Schools: Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M, UNLV, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Notes: Indiana offered Ramsey, a top 50 combo guard, in late April.

Kira Lewis

Guard, 6-3, 170 pounds, Hazel Green (Ala.), Georgia Stars
247Composite ranking: 4-star (89)
Schools: Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Connecticut, Dayton, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Providence, TCU, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Notes: An EYBL teammate of Trendon Watford, Lewis is a combo guard who is on the rise nationally. Indiana offered him a scholarship in late April.

Jalen Lecque

Guard, 6-4, 175, Christ School (N.Y.), NY Renaissance
247Composite ranking: 5-star (9)
Schools: Alabama, Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami (FL), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Villanova

Notes: Lecque is being chased by several blueblood schools and Indiana entered the mix in late April with a scholarship offer.

Others to keep an eye on: Oscar Tshiebwe, Alex Hemenway

  • Mark Bando

    With the signing of Romeo, I have a way more optimistic outlook when I look at this.

  • inLinE6

    This list makes a lot of sense. It hasn’t been like this for a long time.

  • Sowapatch

    Interested to see what would happen if Langford decides to stay. Presumably, we would have only 2 available scholarships. A scenario of a “forced” transfer like we are used to seeing under Crean could be in play.

  • IU track Alumni

    Langford would be doing himself a disservice to stay. He’s a lottery pick without even playing a college game yet. Don’t get your hopes up.

  • Hoosier Hall

    TJD and Brooks would be awesome. Anything on top of that would be icing. Would obviously love to have Trendon for sentimental reasons but he isn’t a “must have” guy especially if we get Brooks and still have Damezi and Jerome.

  • HoosierDawg

    Need to sign at least one guard in the class. Frontcourt is getting crowded!

  • John D Murphy

    I can’t get the Tshiebwe video out of my head. Kid is going to be a destructive force on D. I’m hoping for TDJ or Tshiebwe, Brooks or Watford, and guard. As an aside, Ramsey looks like an intense young man.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Ditto to the Tshiebwe video. This kid would be a great get for IU!

  • Benhyoung14

    I cant remember seeing a list like this for IU. I don’t think I see a single guy that cant play at IU or in the Big Ten. About time.

  • Hoosier_Elvis

    Not only is it a great list…it appears that we actually have a great shot at getting some of these guys.

  • twarrior87

    Exactly, he could have been a lottery pick if he skipped college. Not staying for a second year.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    I agree with you, to a degree. Injuries sometimes happen, his lottery pick status might drop, or he might like the IU college life and hero worship, and decide to stay for 2 years,like Cody.