Jalen Adaway is in no rush to make a college decision, but the recruitment of the Logansport standout figures to be one to watch after the July evaluation period.
The 6-5 Adaway, an IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Star, said Indiana State is the program pursuing him the hardest at this point.
“I’d have to say they are the ones recruiting me the hardest right now,” he said. “They told me I’m their No. 1 guy and that I’d come right in and work hard and make an impact right away with their program.”
Indiana State is one of the schools that has been after Adaway the longest, offering him a scholarship last June. But the Sycamores face plenty of competition. Adaway, who averaged 19.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a junior, said Ball State, Denver, Duquesne, Valparaiso and Wright State are among the programs in the mix.
Adaway also picked up offers this summer from UNC-Greensboro and Northern Kentucky. He has previous offers from Evansville, IUPUI, Kent State and New Orleans.
“We’ll see how everything goes,” said Adaway, who added that Valparaiso is also making a strong push. “Right around when the high school season starts is probably when I’ll decide, at the earliest. I’m going to wait until after July is over and then that’s when I’m going to start focusing on it hard.”
Logansport returns the core of its team next season, coming off a 15-9 year with a first-round loss to Class 4A state runner-up McCutcheon in the first round of the sectional. The Berries also return senior-to-be Matt Jennings (23.2 points, 3.8 assists) and sophomore-to-be Sam Skaggs (8.8 ppg, 3.5 assists), among others.
“We’ve pretty much got everybody back,” Adaway said. “We played close to 20 games in the summer and only lost a couple.”
Adaway, a 40 percent shooter from the 3-point line (54-for-136), said his shooting is “so much better” than it was last season.
“I think next year I’ll be creating more shots for myself and others,” he said. “I’m hoping to get to the free-throw line more and improve there.”
*I was on vacation last week and was only able to tweet this, but Crispus Attucks guard Nike Sibande (2017) committed to IUPUI. I had many chances to see the 6-2 Sibande as a sophomore when I covered the Attucks team for a behind-the-scenes project. His upside was apparent even then, though he played most of the time on the junior varsity team as the Attucks’ roster was full of seniors. Sibande had a big junior season (16.2 points, 12.5 rebounds) but I think he’s still just scratching the surface of his potential.
*Valparaiso picked up a commitment last week from Parker Hazen, a Junior All-Star from Columbia City. The 6-7 Hazen, the younger brother of Arkansas recruit Brachen Hazen, also had offers from Ball State and IUPUI.
*Lawrence North girls basketball player Trinity Brady (2019) picked up offers from Akron and Toledo the last two days. Brady’s first offer was from Butler. … North Central’s Rikki Harris, another local standout in the 2019 class, picked up offers from Akron and Western Michigan on Tuesday. Harris also has offers from Purdue and Toledo. … Brownsburg’s Landon Hall (2017) picked up offers from Division II programs Christian Brothers (Tenn.) and Bellarmine (Ky.) over the weekend.