IU basketball recruiting: Class of 2023 names to know — Ohio big man Austin Parks

The list of players Indiana is pursuing in the class of 2023 is growing, and one of the latest is a rising post player from western Ohio.

Replenishing the frontcourt is likely to be a priority in the 2023 class, and Austin Parks is someone who has caught Indiana’s eye after a strong start to travel basketball.

The wide-bodied 6-foot-10 and 240 pound Parks attends St. Marys Memorial in Auglaize County near Lima.

Parks told Steve Helwagen of the 247Sports Ohio State site that Indiana has been in touch regularly and he hopes to get to Bloomington for a visit by the end of June.

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.  For spring and summer AAU. Parks plays with Ohio Buckets.  Thus far he appears to primarily be a scoring threat in the paint, where Parks is skilled, physical and reasonably athletic.

Parks has offers from Ohio and Toledo, with interest from Ohio State, Penn State and others according to Helwagen’s reporting.

Because he is just starting to emerge and the 2023 rankings are not well developed, Parks does not appear in the national rankings.

For a complete list of Indiana class of 2022 through 2025 recruiting targets, GO HERE.

UPDATE:  Parks took an unofficial visit to IU on June 30.

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