Indiana has made the cut for its top guard target in the class of 2022.
Jalen Hood-Schifino posted his top-five on his Instagram page on Thursday afternoon. IU is joined on the list by Memphis, Florida, Texas and Tennessee.
The 6-foot-5 Hood-Schifino took an official visit to Bloomington in late June and the IU staff watched him play throughout the July live period. He was one of the top players on the Nike EYBL circuit in July, when he averaged 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals in five full games before an illness forced him out of the event.
Assistant coach Kenya Hunter is leading IU’s recruitment of Hood-Schifino, but it has been an all hands on deck effort as the staff pushes for the nation’s No. 26 overall prospect and the No. 3 combo guard in the class of 2022 according to the 247Sports Composite.
Reports during the month of July had Indiana with as many as three members of its coaching staff watching the Montverde Academy and Team Thad star in action.
After he announced his top-five, Hood-Schifino spoke with 247Sports national analyst Eric Bossi about those schools and the overall process. He said this about Indiana:
“Coach Hunter has been recruiting me the longest, so the relationship is there,” Hood-Schifino told Bossi. “He’s great. And Coach Woodson has been where I’m trying to go. Coach Woodson has had great success in the NBA. I can’t wait to see his transition on the college level.”
Hood-Schifino has already visited Tennessee in addition to IU. Texas and Memphis are relatively new to his recruitment, with both schools offering in July. Florida has been involved for a while. Hood-Schifino is not expected to commit in the short term. Bossi’s report indicates a decision will be reached in the fall after additional visits.
For Hood-Schifino’s complete background, go to his profile page.
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