IU basketball recruiting: 2023 center Austin Parks names top 5 | 2024 forward William Jobe to visit

IU basketball made the top five for 2023 big man Austin Parks he announced on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-9 Ohio product named Michigan State, Dayton, West Virginia and Ohio State as his favorites along with IU.

The St. Mary’s, Ohio center named those schools on the Twitter page of his AAU program.

Parks is a bit of a throwback when it comes to his physical nature and skills on the block.  And he has other attributes that would make him a good fit at the five in Mike Woodson’s system.

“The thing with Austin compared to any other player that size is his mobility and athleticism,” Jake Meisler, his coach with the Ohio Buckets told The Daily Hoosier this summer.  “He moves very well for that size. He has a great skill set. He’s very athletic, he pops off the floor. He’s kind of a throwback big man in that he’s got the size and the athleticism.”

According to The Daily Standard, Parks averaged 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds as a sophomore while shooting 57.8 percent from the field as a sophomore at St. Mary’s Memorial.

Parks is currently a 3-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite.  That service lists him as the No. 150 overall player in the class and the No. 18 center.

IU basketball offers Austin Parks, a ‘throwback’ center in 2023 class


The 2021-22 campaign will mark the return of recruiting prospects attending games, and one of the early visitors in to watch Mike Woodson’s Hoosiers will be Georgia forward William Jobe, his father tells The Daily Hoosier.  Jobe and his family will visit for the Nov. 12 game against Northern Illinois.

Playing for Frederica Academy on St. Simons Island, Ga., the fast-rising class of 2024 prospect averaged 15 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 5 blocks per game as a high school freshman.  According to his AAU program Team Dickerson, Jobe averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks in 15U spring and summer action.

In a recruitment led by assistant Yasir Rosemond, Indiana offered Jobe a scholarship in August.

A skilled stretch-four, the 6-foot-9 Jobe has made major strides over the last year.

“He is much more agile, mobile, can take it to the basket, he’s developed a jump hook and a Dirk Nowitzki fadeaway,” his father Steve Jobe told The Daily Hoosier. “He’s really good at the pick-and-pop too.”

Auburn, Xavier, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama have all offered Jobe along with IU.

2024 forward William Jobe’s emergence over the last year caught Indiana’s eye

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