With summer AAU and live period action largely now complete, we are entering list cutting and commitment season for college basketball recruiting.
To help you stay abreast of all of the latest news for Indiana’s top 2020 recruiting targets, you can refer back to these recruit profile pages from our recruiting drop down menu.
At the bottom of each profile page is all recent coverage of the individual player, including both original reporting by The Daily Hoosier and linked articles in The Daily Hoosier Report.
Status — OFFERED (April 2019)
Hometown – Beverly, Massachusetts (Brewster Academy)
Position – Forward
Height – 6-foot-6
Weight – 205
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4-star (No. 79)
Primary Competition – Miami, South Carolina, Butler, Florida, Texas A&M
Timeline — Cross recently added Florida and Texas A&M into the mix. Visits to those schools appear to have pushed his decision making timeline into September.
Indiana Connections — Archie Miller and assistant coach Bruiser Flint’s east coast connections helped Indiana find Cross. The Hoosiers have been watching him going back to his junior season of high school. Cross took a junior year official visit to Indiana in early June.
Numbers — Cross averaged 31.4 minutes this spring and summer on the Nike EYBL for BABC. He contributed 23.3 points per game on 40.7% shooting overall and 28.8% from three point range. He added 9.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 3.8 turnovers and 1.6 steals per contest.
As a junior in high school action he posted 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists per contest while leading his squad to a 37-2 record.
RECRUITING SERVICE ASSESSMENTS
“A sturdy built 6-foot-7 wing, Cross is an offensive weapon. He’s a good shooter off plus size for a perimeter prospect. But he’s also able to cut his way to the basket, finish at the rim and he plays a physical brand of basketball.”
— Evan Daniels, 247Sports
Most assessments of Cross include something about his toughness, including this one…
“Cross plays with an undeniable toughness and plays well on both sides of the basketball every possession.”
— New England Recruiting Report
“I’ve always been (an hard-nosed guy). That’s how I am and that’s how my family is,” Cross said. “I don’t want to go into a program just because it’s a big program if it’s not the way I play. I want to go somewhere I’m wanted just as much as I want to be there.”
“A lot of coaches see me as a mismatch position being able to take bigs off the dribble and smaller guys being able to shoot over the top of them.”
This one is South Carolina centric but should help to give you a sense for Cross off the court.
ALL MATT CROSS CONTENT FROM THE DAILY HOOSIER