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A look at where IU basketball’s top 2023 targets landed in the new composite rankings

As Indiana awaits an Oct. 31 decision by class of 2022 forward Noah Clowney, the staff has largely moved its recruiting focus to the high school junior class.

Back-to-back unconventional springs and summers on the shoe circuits have caused delays and a lack of depth in the rankings for the class of 2023.  But that changed today.

National recruiting site 247Sports expanded its rankings this week to 150 players, and with that all of the major national outlets now have extended views on the class of 2023.

We prefer to look at the 247Sports Composite, which just like it sounds, averages the rankings of several outlets to provide a comprehensive view.  Here is a look at where the players IU has offered stand in the now updated 247Sports Composite for the class of 2023.

2. Kwame Evans is a 6-foot-10 5-star forward who is planning to visit IU in the spring.  He is teammates with 2022 IU commit Jalen Hood-Schifino.  Evans’ recruitment will be highly competitive.

See more:  An inside look at Kwame Evans

22. Reed Sheppard made major moves after a massive spring and summer playing up a year.  The son of former Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball stars, the 6-foot-4 5-star shooting guard will be difficult to keep away from Lexington but IU is pushing.

See more:  Indiana offers Reed Sheppard

25. London Johnson is a Georgia based point guard who IU assistant Yasir Rosemond is leading the way on.  The 6-foot-4 Johnson has moved up the charts and has recently garnered an offer from North Carolina among other high majors.  He may be difficult to keep out of the south.

See more:  Indiana offers London Johnson

27. Jeremy Fears has been solidly in the top-50 for a while, and he has been on IU’s campus multiple times, including an unofficial visit in June and another visit in September.  The 6-foot-1 Fears is a priority for IU but his recruitment continues to expand.

See more:  Jeremy Fears impressed by IU on visit

30. Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn was Indiana’s first offer in the class (by the former staff) but he is a bit of an unknown right now.  The 6-foot Lafayette, Ind. native attends prep school in Utah and many schools are waiting to see how he looks after sitting out a year with a foot injury.  The early signs are he will return to 5-star status.

See more:  Gibbs-Lawhorn eyeing return to the basketball court

67. Jakai Newton is another Georgia based product with an IU visit lined up soon.  The 6-foot-3 Newton made a big jump in the 247Sports rankings (up 50 spots) after a very strong summer.

See more:  Indiana offers Jakai Newton

102. Xavier Booker is a 6-foot-10 Indianapolis product who appears ready to tap into an immensely high ceiling this fall for Cathedral High School.  Booker went from unranked to No. 89 in the 247Sports rankings and is now No. 102 in the composite.  He has an official visit lined up at IU later this month.

See more:  Booker enjoys Indiana visit

130. Gabe Cupps is a 6-foot-2 point guard from the Dayton area who made his first appearance in the 247Sports rankings.  Cupps just completed his fourth visit to IU and could be on track for a relatively short decision timeline.

See more:  Q&A with Cupps’ father

149. Austin Parks is an Ohio based 6-foot-9 center who also made his first entry into the 247 rankings.  He has visited IU and the staff is in regular contact.

See more:  Austin Parks a throwback center


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