Indiana isn’t finished offering class of 2019 targets. The latest incoming senior to receive an IU offer is North Carolina big man Kadin Shedrick. The offer was reported by multiple outlets on Twitter.
— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) August 9, 2018
It’s an interesting offer on multiple fronts. First, most analysts believe that IU is the strongest right now with forwards in the class of 2019. While the Hoosiers have no commitments to date, forwards Trayce Jackson-Davis and Keion Brooks, Jr. seem to be the most likely to commit with Indiana. Other prospects like Zeke Nnaji and Matthew Hurt seem likely to at least visit Bloomington in the coming months. In fact, Nnaji is scheduled for an unofficial in late August.
Second, Indiana projects to be thinner in the backcourt than the frontcourt in the 2019-20 season. With a recruiting class likely no larger than four, you might expect a greater emphasis on 2019 guards at this point. Clearly, the IU coaching staff’s interest has been piqued by Shedrick.
The compelling factor here is likely Shedrick’s sudden emergence in July. 247Sports’ Brian Snow put it this way:
“On a regional level a lot of people knew about Kadin Shedrick coming into the month of July, but on the national scale he was an unknown. That all changed in a big way at the adidas Summer Championships in Los Angeles. Shedrick, who played very well, exploded during that event, and saw his offer list expand to nearly 20 high-major schools.”
In fact, Shedrick had very few high-major offers coming into July. Nearly 20 have followed during the last 6 weeks. As you can see in the picture below, his physical change over the last two years seems to have fully crystallized over the summer.
6'10 Kadin Shedrick has Worked Himself into 4-Star Status
"This week, 6’10” rising senior Kadin Shedrick will sit down with his family and his mentors and go over the 25-plus offers he has accumulated …"
— Phenom Hoop Report (@Phenom_Hoops) August 7, 2018
Playing for Garner Road AAU program on the Adidas circuit during the spring and summer, Shedrick is known for his ability to run the floor, being able to shoot, passing out of the post and defending the rim. The 6-foot-10, 200 pound forward projects as a stretch-four. Among other 2019 IU targets, his game is probably the most similar to Nnaji.
Playing for Holly Springs High School in North Carolina, Shedrick earned all-district honors from the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association following his junior season. He averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field and chipping in 2.3 blocks per game.
The timing of Indiana’s offer is interesting on one other front. Shedrick is in the process of cutting his list by next week. He said in a Rivals report yesterday that Minnesota, Baylor, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech are the schools that have been recruiting him the hardest to date.
You have to believe that IU had an understanding that they would survive his cut list. Otherwise this is going to be a pretty short recruitment.
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