College basketball recruiting is full steam ahead as schools power towards the November early signing period.
Indiana is of course no exception, with head coach Archie Miller and his assistants in full court press mode to put the finishing touches on the class of 2020 and establish their 2021 priorities.
Here are some noteworthy nuggets that have emerged from the recruiting trail during the latter part of week two of the fall live period.
2020 POINT GUARD HIERARCHY EMERGES
We’ve said it repeatedly — Indiana needs a primary ball handler in the 2020 class with Devonte Green set to graduate.
The IU coaching staff clearly agrees.
Could someone else already committed or on the roster assume that role, such as Al Durham, Armaan Franklin or Trey Galloway? Sure, but you don’t win at the high major level based on hope. While any of those three could potentially be relied upon down the road to handle point guard duties, Miller can’t count on it — and he isn’t.
IU has one open scholarship left for the class of 2020, although Miller indicated last month in Evansville that he would over-sign if necessary. It’s clear that the third year head coach wants to add a point guard to the 2020 class, and two names appear to have risen above the rest.
As we reported earlier this week, Hassan Diarra has scheduled an official visit to Bloomington beginning on September 27. How serious is Miller about the New York native? Despite visiting Diarra last week and the official visit next week, Miller isn’t resting here. Adam Zagoria reported that IU will check in on the 6-foot-3 point guard yet again today.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 17, 2019
Another New York based point guard whose name keeps popping up on the IU radar is Andre Curbelo. The Puerto Rico native attends Long Island Lutheran — and that’s somewhere Miller has been twice in the last two weeks.
— Mike Schumann @ The Daily Hoosier (@daily_hoosier) September 17, 2019
Curbelo fits the description of a “true” point guard with pass-first facilitator instincts. You can read more about him on his The Daily Hoosier 2020 recruiting profile page.
The other point guard name out there that IU offered recently is Carter Whitt. The Raleigh, N.C. product is currently in the class of 2021 but appears likely to reclassify. Point guard Cam Hayes just committed to Whitt’s hometown school NC State which was thought to be a possible landing spot. We’ll see if that opens the door for more involvement with Indiana.
2021 FORWARD LOGAN DUNCOMB SCHEDULES IU VISIT
Indiana offered Ohio based class of 2021 big man Logan Duncomb in late July.
Duncomb played AAU basketball with the U16 Indiana Elite program. You can read more about the 6-foot-9 Cincinnati based forward here.
BRUISER FLINT VISITS 2021 FIVE STAR GUARD
An intriguing class of 2021 Missouri based guard that we have been talking about here for a few months is Aminu Mohammed. Indiana offered the 6-foot-4 Mohammed in July.
IU assistant coach Bruiser Flint got out to Springfield to catch up with the top 20 five star target this week.
— Boo Williams (@BooWilliamsAAU) September 18, 2019
According to a source, a fall visit from Mohammed to the IU campus, whether official or unofficial, should happen.
247SPORTS RELEASES UPDATED CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS
At the individual level, too much is made of rankings and stars ratings for recruits. But upon taking a step back, certain themes do emerge, and one undeniable theme is the robust in-state talent in the class of 2021. We’ve written about that here extensively, and the latest 247Sports rankings for the group fully support the depth and breadth of the local junior class.
First, here is a broader look at where IU’s top 2021 targets shook out in the new rankings, including non-Indiana based players.
#iubb names to know in new 247 '21 rankings:
11. Lander +6
15. Mohammed -2
25. Kepnang +15
38. Furst -4
42. Patterson +2
60. Whitt -5
77. Hopkins +16
87. Wesley -1
91. Goode +21
93. Brown-Ferguson +8
100. Duncomb +16
140. Blackmon -20
— Mike Schumann @ The Daily Hoosier (@daily_hoosier) September 18, 2019
What really stands in the new rankings is the Indiana flavor. Including additional names not shown above, 11 of the top 205 ranked players in the country hail from Indiana high schools. On a pure per capita basis that number should be four, meaning the Hoosier state’s contribution to the group is nearly triple what you would expect.
To learn more about IU’s class of 2021 targets, go here.
2020 GUARD DJ STEWARD TO DUKE
Indiana reached the final eight of Chicago based combo guard DJ Steward but the 6-foot-3 five star target never made a visit to IU.
The dynamic scorer shot up the charts with an impressive spring and summer, and ultimately the allure of Duke won the day with Steward.
All glory to God 🙏🏽… Final destination pic.twitter.com/AEztpjx1eB
— DJ Steward (@djstewardd) September 18, 2019
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