IU Basketball Recruiting: Hoosiers Hosted Several 2021 Recruiting Targets at Maryland Game

Sunday afternoon games are optimal for hosting recruits, and IU’s game against Maryland this past weekend was no exception.

The Indiana program hosted more than a half dozen high school targets and current signees as the Hoosiers battled the Terrapins in Bloomington.

And while the game outcome wasn’t good for Indiana, the recruits got to watch a very well played game in a great environment.  Here is what we know about who was at the game on Sunday.

A.J. BRAUN (2021)

Via Fenwick HS on Twitter

Hailing from Fenwick High School in Springsboro, Ohio, Braun is a new name on the IU recruiting radar.

The 6-foot-9 Braun is averaging around 19 points and 10 rebounds per game according to a Journal-News report.

Thus far Braun holds an offer from Ohio.


Making a return visit to the IU campus was 6-foot-9 forward Logan Duncomb.

Indiana head coach Archie Miller recently went to watch the Cincinnati product play a high school game.  Duncomb plays for the back-to-back state champion Moeller Crusaders.  He was teammates with Indiana walk-on Michael Shipp at Moeller.  Duncomb was also AAU teammates with 2021 recruiting target Trey Kaufman.

Indiana offered Duncomb over the summer.  He is averaging 13.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while making 67.2 percent of his shots according to Moeller.

Duncomb holds several high major offers including Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State and Xavier.


Via Shawn Harmon on Twitter

Perhaps the highest profile visitor on Sunday was class of 2021 five-star guard Aminu Mohammed.  Indiana offered the 6-foot-4 Mohammed over the summer.

The Missouri product is averaging 36.4 points, 16.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range according to a source.

Mohammed moved to Missouri from the Washington D.C. metro area.  He plays for the Boo Williams Nike EYBL AAU program from that area in the spring and summer.

247Sports’ Jerry Meyer projects that Mohammed will develop into an NBA first round draft pick.

Mohammed holds several high major offers including Louisville, Kansas State, Florida and Maryland.


It is no secret that Indiana will need to replenish its front court, and Shawn Phillips is a name to keep an eye on in the class of 2022.

A source tells The Daily Hoosier that IU is seriously evaluating the 6-foot-10 Phillips, who hails from Miller’s old stomping grounds in Dayton, Ohio.  He is the No. 40 player in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

With offers already from Ohio State and Cincinnati and interest from Kentucky and others, it seems clear that Phillips is on the high major path.


Via Braydon Sipple on Twitter

Who is Brayden Sipple?  He is the leading high school scorer in the state of Ohio, and he has Lebron James in his sights.

Sipple is averaging 34.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game for Blanchester High School northeast of Cincinnati.

The 6-foot-4 Sipple is on pace to catch Ohio native Lebron James’ high school scoring total.


With so many high profile in-state players in the class of 2021, one name that has flown under the radar to this point is Winchester, Ind. forward Payton Sparks.  That appears to be changing.

While perhaps a new name to many, a source tells The Daily Hoosier that Indiana is serious about the 6-foot-7 Sparks and taking a close look.

According to his MaxPreps page, Sparks is averaging 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for Winchester.


Thomas has been a regular visitor to IU over the last year.  The Brownsburg High School product in the Indianapolis area holds a Butler offer as well as Cincinnati and several mid-majors.

Thomas is averaging 13.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.  While there have been questions about his ability to make perimeter shots, Thomas is shooting 40 percent from three-point range this season on 45 attempts.

The 6-foot-5 Thomas is also a state long jump champion.


A source tells The Daily Hoosier that 2021 Ohio point guard Nate Johnson was also expected to attend before a scheduling conflict arose.

Also in attendance were class of 2020 signees Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway.

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