IU basketball recruiting: Hoosier coaches back on the road for contact period

It has been a while since college basketball coaches have been able to make in-person visits with prospects at their schools and homes.

The NCAA reopened live evaluations back in June, but that only allowed coaches to watch prospects at sanctioned events.  In-person contact with the recruiting targets was not permitted away from college campuses.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, beginning today through Nov. 7 is an NCAA approved Contact Period.  And that is exactly what it sounds like—all communication between athletes and coaches is fair game. Coaches can email, text, call, direct message and generally contact athletes and their parents through any NCAA-approved method. In-person contact can occur on the college campus, as well as at tournaments, and at the recruit’s school and home.

And with that, the IU staff is back out on the road.

Indiana will make it down to South Carolina today to visit priority 2022 big man Noah Clowney based on multiple reports.  Clowney has completed visits to IU and Florida and still has officials lined up at Virginia Tech and Alabama.  Although new targets could emerge in the spring along with the transfer portal, Clowney appears to be IU’s primary focus right now when it comes to potential additions to the 2022-23 roster.  He is planning to announce a commitment in October, and with that tight of a window, this is a visit you would expect head coach Mike Woodson to make.

See also:  Clowney post-Indiana visit Q&A

Multiple reports also placed IU up at La Lumiere in northern Indiana to see 2023 priority point guard Jeremy Fears, Jr.  The top-50 prospect visited Indiana in June and he is coming back the weekend of September 18.  Assistant Dane Fife is the lead for Fears.  Both sides appear to be very serious in this recruitment, and Illinois, Michigan, and Kansas are some of the other important suitors to keep an eye on.

See also:  Fears post-Indiana visit Q&A

Indianapolis Cathedral High School head coach Jason Delaney told The Daily Hoosier that Indiana had three coaches (Mike Woodson, Kenya Hunter, Yasir Rosemond) at a morning workout to see class of 2023 big man Xavier Booker.  The 6-foot-10 Booker had a breakout summer that led to several high major offers including in-state powers IU, Purdue and Notre Dame.  He visited IU in June.

See also:  Booker impressed by Indiana visit, talks development

The Hoosiers just formally entered the mix for 2023 5-star forward Kwame Evans, Jr. with an offer this week, and IU will see him today, again according to multiple reports.  Assistant Kenya Hunter is the lead on Evans, and he can check in on Evans’ Montverde Academy teammate and IU 2022 commit Jalen Hood-Schifino while on site.

See also:  More background on Evans

Class of 2023 Ohio-based big man Austin Parks indicated in a tweet IU is coming in on Friday for a visit.  Also coming for a visit are Michigan State, Ohio State, Virginia and West Virginia according to Parks.  While he still isn’t ranked by the major outlets, Parks emerged this spring and summer, and he earned offers from IU, Michigan State, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Dayton, among others.

See also:  More background on Parks

Dane Fife went to see class of 2023 guard Joey Brown according to his AAU program (George Hill All Indy). The Indianapolis North Central product will be at Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 2.

Head coach Mike Woodson was also able to see 2022 commit Kaleb Banks on Thursday in Georgia.  His high school sent out photos of the visit.

On Friday, IU sent an assistant to watch 2023 forward Kaleb Glenn from Louisville according to Jake Weingarten of StockRisers.  Weingarten says Woodson will visit Glenn next week.  A top-50 prospect in the class, Glenn has narrowed his list to a primary group of four schools, and he is targeting a decision in December.  He is also visiting for Hoosier Hysteria.

See also:  Kaleb Glenn’s coach blown away on IU visit

(We will add additional information as we learn of other visits)

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