The July evaluation period has begun in earnest, with Indiana’s coaches heading south for a trio of elite events held in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Here’s a running tracker of some of IU’s notable movements on the recruiting trail this week …
On to Peach Jam
>> Tom Crean has turned up at Peach Jam, per our good friend Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Brown is another high-profile and high-priority target for Indiana in the 2016 class, which right now figures to need 3-5 players. (Three Hoosiers will graduate three after this year, and as many as three more might have professional options to consider.)
Greer also chatted with Brown, who had this to say:
Brown, who plays at Vermont Academy and is ranked the No. 48 player in the 247Sports Composite in 2016, recently told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello that IU, Texas and Michigan are his most ardent suitors at the moment. He scored 24 points in that game Crean watched.
>> Tom Crean was spotted beginning the eval window last night with Rob Judson, his interim assistant coach, checking into the Under Armour All-American Camp in Charlotte.
The UA All-American Camp is an individual event, featuring, among others, Thon Maker, his brother Matur, and Indy-area prospects Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs.
Both Maker brothers visited IU for the Hoosiers’ final home game of the season in March, as you might remember.
Thon Maker has been drawing rave reviews from recruiting analysts in attendance.
Thon Maker has been a beast on the glass down the stretch. Motor has been outstanding. #UAALLAMERICA— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 9, 2015
Thon Maker was 191 pounds last June at NBPA Camp -- up to 218 now. Much more active and aggressive in the post past few weeks. #UAALLAMERICA— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 9, 2015
I didn't see Thon Maker in past year, but some were down on him. Not sure because every time I see him he looks terrific. Future lotto pick.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 9, 2015
Thon Maker officially announced his intention to stay in the 2016 class at NBPA Camp in Virginia last month.
Indiana is heavily involved with both Wilkes and Scruggs, who it’s probably fair to call priority targets in 2017. It’s not surprising to see them on IU’s schedule.
IU, Kentucky, Mich State, Illinois, Purdue, OSU, Wake Forest & others will be in CLT to view Scruggs & Wilkes in UA All American Camp.— Indy Hoosiers (@Indyhoosiersbba) July 5, 2015
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>>Meanwhile, Chuck Martin was at adidas Gauntlet Finals, per multiple reports.
There, he would have gotten the chance to watch 2016 guard Rawle Alkins, and fellow rising senior forward De’Ron Davis.
Alkins recently announced that he will be attending prep school for his final high school season, after three at Christ The King in New York City. According to a report from the New York Daily News, Alkins is making the move because of concerns that he might lose his final year of eligibility at Christ The King, because of some varsity games played as an eighth grader in Florida.
Alkins’ status at Christ the King came into question last season due to the games he played while living in Florida several years ago. And since the CHSAA does not hold its first eligibility meeting until after the school year begins in September, Alkins had no choice but to leave now rather than risk missing what will be a crucial senior season from a recruiting standpoint.
He’s easily one of the Hoosiers’ top priorities in the rising senior class.
Davis has been on IU’s radar even longer, dating back to the beginning of his high school career.
He’s always kept the Hoosiers in the picture, since an offer came down during his freshman season. The 6-10 Colorado native, ranked No. 41 nationally by the 247Sports Composite, also holds offers from Arizona and Arkansas, among others. Kansas is also involved, though it’s unclear whether the Jayhawks have offered.
We’ll keep this space updated through the day Thursday.
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