The Indiana staff likes the Baltimore and Montverde Academy connection.
Class of 2024 forward Derik Queen, who hails from Baltimore and recently transferred to Montverde, announced an offer from Indiana.
“Blessed to be offered by IU,” Queen wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday evening.
The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game last season at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He scored a career-high 56 points on March 12 against Annapolis Area Christian School. On film he shows a lot of versatility and skill as an inside/out scorer with impressive handles for his size.
247Sports national recruiting analyst Brandon Jenkins recently gave this assessment after watching Queen this summer:
“Queen is a skilled big man who owns excellent touch around the rim and out to the three-point line,” Jenkins wrote. “His best asset is his fantastic hands. It all shows in the way shoots it, grabs rebounds, and passes the basketball. Queen has a terrific feel for the game and is a good passer. He also is a capable ball-handler who can take the ball off the defensive glass and lead the break for a couple of dribbles.”
Queen has joined IU 2022 commit Jalen Hood-Schifino and 2023 target and fellow Baltimore product Kwame Evans, Jr. at Montverde in Florida for his sophomore season. For AAU basketball he plays for Team Thrill on the Under Armour circuit.
Named the MaxPreps national freshman of the year, ESPN has Queen ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the 2024 class and listed him as a 5-star prospect.
According to Queen’s 247Sports profile page, Arizona State, Auburn, DePaul, Georgetown, LSU, Maryland, Texas and Virginia Tech have all offered in addition to IU. Based on geography and the Montverde connections, we would expect assistant coach Kenya Hunter to lead this recruitment. The IU staff recently visited the Montverde program in Florida.
To see Indiana’s complete list of 2023 through 2025 targets, GO HERE.
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