IU basketball recruiting: Hoosiers offer 2025 in-state prospect before first high school game

The class of 2025 has yet to see the court for a high school basketball game, but already there are signs of some very high-end talent in the state of Indiana.

The Indiana staff did something this week they haven’t done in a while — offer a player before he plays his first high school game.  And he probably won’t be the last in-state 2025 prospect who earns an IU offer this fall.

Fishers, Ind. freshman Jalen Haralson announced on his Twitter page on Thursday that he had received an offer from head coach Mike Woodson, who gave an offer over the phone after previous staff visits to watch the Fishers High School product.

“After a great conversation, I am blessed to receive a division 1 offer from Indiana University,” Haralson wrote in his post.  “Thanks to Coach Woodson And Coach Fife for this opportunity!”

It was Haralson’s second high major offer after Maryland offered earlier in the week.

Although Haralson is 6-foot-6 and probably not done growing, he describes himself as a point guard.  His head coach at Fishers says he has all of the tools to be a primary ball handler in high school and beyond.

“That to me probably is right now his best position is point guard,” Fishers head coach Garrett Winegar told The Daily Hoosier.  “He can pretty much get to where he wants to go with the basketball at all times and he’s willing and able to make the right play.  He’s a really good passer and has good vision.  With his length and ability to attack I can see him playing the two as well, but those are definitely the spots I see him playing at the next level.”

Fishers plays in one of the better conferences in the state of Indiana, so Haralson will get exposed to high level competition right away.  Winegar believes he will be ready for the challenge.

“With his length and ability to handle it, he can compete at that level already,” Winegar said. “The question with any freshman is can they defend the way we want to defend, and so far at open gyms we’ve been pretty impressed with his ability to stay in front of people and guard and that’s only going to improve as he gets stronger.  But he’s got the length to disrupt people.  At the high school level, there’s not a lot of 6-foot-6 guards.

“We’ll play a top-five or top-ten schedule in the state, and he should be able to contribute right away at that level.”

Strength and a bit more consistent shot are the two primary developmental areas that Winegar sees for Haralson to go from where he is now to the peak of his sky-high potential.

“To see a 14-year-old with that size and length who can handle the ball as well as he can — I think that is where the excitement is coming from,” Winegar said.

Assistant coach Dane Fife is leading the way for IU in this recruitment.

Fife was down to see another in-state 2025 talent on Thursday, forward Trent Sisley of Heritage Hills High School in southern Indiana.  Sisley already has an offer from Purdue and he has been drawing rave reviews as a versatile big man on a national level.  It won’t be a surprise if he also earns an IU offer in the short-term.

Haralson is in the black jersey, No. 107 in the first video, and No. 62 in red in the second.

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