Class of 2023 wing Jamie Kaiser is taking an official visit to IU, beginning on Tuesday.
After landing two guards early in the 2023 class, Kaiser represents part of the next phase of priorities the IU staff has in the rising senior class — length and perimeter shooting ability.
Kaiser had some prior Division One offers, but by-and-large he rose from nowhere this spring after giving up Division One football offers and focusing on basketball. Now he is a highly-coveted national prospect.
Below are the key things to know about Kaiser as he arrives for his two-day visit.
Status — OFFERED (May, 2022)
Class – 2023
Hometown – Burke, Va.
School – IMG Academy
Position – Small Forward / Shooting Guard
Height – 6-foot-6
Weight – 200
AAU – New World (Adidas 3SSB)
247 Sports Composite Class Ranking – 4-star (No. 102 in nation, No. 21 small forward)
Primary Competition – Maryland, Virginia, UCLA, Miami (Fla.)
Other visits — Kaiser has already visited Maryland and Virginia. He also has a visit to UCLA scheduled. Maryland is a perceived favorite.
Timeline — August, early September. Kaiser would like to wrap-up his recruitment prior to the beginning of his school year.
Indiana Connections — The primary connection is assistant coach Kenya Hunter, his ties to the Washington D.C. metro area, and the New World AAU program. Kaiser’s father lived in Detroit and has an appreciation for the Big Ten.
Numbers — As a junior at Bishop Ireton H.S., he led his team with 20.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in the WCAC conference. He has also been one of the top scorers on the Adidas circuit.
NATIONAL RECRUITING SERVICE ASSESSMENTS
A big bodied wing whose frame still shows traces of his history on the football field, Kaiser is a true mismatch problem. He can make threes, tough pull-ups over top of contesting defenders, and isn’t averse to bringing smaller wings into the post and utilizing his size and strength.
More than that though, he just competes and plays hard. It’s obviously not just on game day either, as the growth in his game is clearly a direct reflection of the amount of time he’s spent in the gym, now that he’s decided to focus strictly on basketball.
Jamie Kaiser is a long-armed, strong frame wing. His jump shot is textbook, and he takes it with deep range and confidence. The lateral mobility will be a question, but his strength and motor allow him to be a good defender. Kaiser knows his game and his spots and plays an efficient basketball brand. He was a high major football player with multiple P6 offers. Recently has said he will focus on basketball solely. Kaiser’s dad played football at Slippery Rock, and his cousin, Eric Hicks, played in the NFL for 13 years. Simply put, Kaiser produces.
An increasingly polished 3-level scorer whose game continues to grow at a fast rate. Excels from the perimeter when he is able to operate on the catch, limit his dribbles to an efficient usage, and work in space. Becomes a less efficient scorer as an on-ball creator, where he can have difficulties creating separation, leading to tough shots from mid-range and 3-point distances. However, logging a heavy usage rate during the high school season allowed him to gain valuable experience in this role. It sharpened his offensive skillset and propelled his growth as a multi-faceted scorer.
Kaiser on Indiana, via The Daily Hoosier:
“It’s real historic. My dad used to live in Detroit and he was a big Isiah Thomas fan, so he kept me studying Isiah Thomas and I understand he went to Indiana and he won there. And then they had great guys come in from high school like Damon Bailey, and all those guys.”
Kaiser on Indiana’s recent contact, via Travis Branham of 247Sports:
“They’re pushing really hard. I talk to them multiple times a day and it’s just awesome to hear from them.”
Kaiser on what he is looking for in a college program, via The Daily Hoosier:
“How comfortable I am, meeting them in person, and seeing if I can tell if they are honest. I know genuine people when I see them, so I feel like just getting on campus and talking to people and looking in their eyes is going to be big for me because then I’ll actually know and narrow down my decision. People come and go, and I just want to stick with good people.”
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