Under normal circumstances, this would be the time of year when up and coming players get the chance to shine in front of high major college basketball coaches.
6-foot-3 combo guard Julian Norris from Evansville, Ind. is already on the radar of top area programs, including Indiana. A closer look during AAU live periods is on hold, however.
Norris drew high major attention last spring and summer with the Indiana Elite program that has produced several IU commitments recently. If there is an AAU season in 2020, Norris will play for the U16 Indiana Elite squad.
Playing alongside Houston bound senior forward Kiyron Powell and a stacked Bosse squad that finished the season 18-7 and won their conference, Norris didn’t need to produce at a high level as a sophomore.
In 23 games as a sophomore, Norris averaged 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and .9 steals per contest. An efficient scorer, Norris made 56 percent of his attempts overall including 48 percent (42-of-87) from behind the three-point line.
Norris has the potential to take over games, scoring 20 or more points on six occasions. As his point totals rose in those games, so did Norris’ efficiency. He made 69 percent of his shots in his six games over 20 points.
In his own estimation, intangibles and versatility play a significant role in Norris’ value to a basketball team.
“I am very coachable, I can score at a high level from all three levels, I have enough size to help out on the boards and my length helps me stay in front of my man on the defensive end,” Norris told The Daily Hoosier. “I also have a high IQ and a great feel for the game.”
With three starters graduating, Bosse will no doubt be looking to Norris to take on a leading role as an upperclassman, and he knows what needs to happen developmentally to take on that challenge.
“I am working on getting stronger since we have been off, and also becoming a better ball handler,” Norris said.
Norris has been to the IU campus and is good friends with 2021 commit Khristian Lander.
Norris’ high school coach has heard from the IU staff, and the sophomore guard has also heard from Illinois, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Evansville and Belmont. Conference USA’s Middle Tennessee State has offered a scholarship.
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