With Indiana struggling to score from the perimeter, enter a new name in the class of 2019 mix.
Four-star guard Lester Quinones announced his final seven today and IU made the cut:
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) February 10, 2019
Originally from Long Island, New York, Quinones is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard that excels at making three-pointers.
He told Prep Circuit that Indiana came into the picture late but has been active with him recently:
Indiana: “They came in just a little while ago and Coach Archie Miller has been texting me and my high school coaches lately. They need a scorer and shooter to come in right away, which I think I can do. I’m starting to build a strong relationship with Coach Miller and his assistants.”
You can read that free article for his take on the other schools involved.
Like any recruit, the key variable to watch for is whether Indiana can get him on campus for an official visit. Quinones has already taken official visits to LSU and Maryland according to his 247Sports timeline, leaving three more visits available for the remaining five schools.
Ranked the 74th player in the 2019 class according to 247Sports and 44th according to Rivals, Quinones currently plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida.
There has been significant chatter in recent months suggesting that Indiana might pursue a four player recruiting class in 2019. IU’s pursuit of Quinones along with their continuing pursuit of Keion Brooks, Jr. would seem to suggest that a four player class continues to be in play. Indiana has also been in close contact with 2019 four star guard Harlond Beverly.
If Romeo Langford goes to the NBA, Indiana would only have one opening in their 2019 class which already includes Trayce Jackson-Davis and Armaan Franklin. Accordingly, additional changes to the current roster would be necessary to add both Brooks, Jr. and another player — but IU seems intent on doing just that.
We do not believe that Indiana has formally offered Quinones. This is not uncommon for unsigned seniors going into the spring as teams begin to have clarity on the holes in the roster and pursue available options. He told Prep Circuit that he is not in a hurry and plans to decide in the late spring.
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