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IU Basketball Recruiting: Official Visit Primer — 2021 Forward Trey Kaufman

A big football game and perfect weather — it is a good late summer weekend to be in Bloomington.

That’s where in-state class of 2021 forward Trey Kaufman will be as he takes one of his five allotted junior year official visits at Indiana.

Kaufman has been a known commodity on the recruiting trail for a while, but his rise has been significant during the spring and summer.

Indiana was one of the first high major programs to offer Kaufman, and several have followed suit since.  With this weekend’s visit sandwiched in between official visits to Purdue and Louisville, Kaufman’s recruitment has taken on more of a regional flavor to this point.

But with a rapidly growing frame, expanding skills and an enhanced physique, the Trey Kaufman recruitment story could be just getting started.

Kaufman has great length and a versatile inside/out skill set that fits the modern game very well.  He has clearly become a priority target for the IU coaching staff, and head coach Archie Miller will be looking to make a major impression this weekend.

ESSENTIALS

Status —  OFFERED (June 2019)

Hometown – Sellersburg, Ind. (Silver Creek)
Position – Forward
Height – 6-foot-8
Weight – 210
AAU – Indiana Elite (Adidas Gauntlet)
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4-star (No. 61 in nation)
Primary Competition – Virginia, Purdue, Michigan, Louisville, Xavier, Cincinnati

Timeline — Kaufman’s recruitment is only expanding at this point, so there is no reason to expect things to accelerate towards a decision in the short term.  The summer of 2020 is likely the earliest point at which Kaufman would verbally commit.

Indiana Connections — With an emphasis on recruiting “inside out” Archie Miller and his staff have been watching and in contact with Kaufman for a while now.  Sellersburg (just north of Louisville) is less than a two hour drive to Bloomington, which provides good accessibility for both sides.  Kaufman has been to IU for games, an unofficial visit and the IU team camp in June where he was offered a scholarship.

Numbers — As a sophomore at Silver Creek High School, Kaufman averaged 14.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 blocks per game according to his MaxPreps page.  He was very efficient from the field, hitting 60% of his shots overall, and 40% of his attempts from three-point range.  Kaufman and his Silver Creek squad won the Class 3A state title in March

Kaufman played U16 AAU this spring and summer.  Those stats are not available.

Kaufman and Silver Creek won the Indiana Class 3A title.

RECRUITING SERVICE ASSESSMENT

“Kaufman has the ability to pick and pop to the college three-point line, is getting more confident finishing through contact around the rim, and then also is competing more on the glass by grabbing rebounds both in and out of his area.”

Brian Snow, 247Sports

QUOTABLE

“My versatility and the position that I play, being a stretch four into the three spot,” he said of what coaches like about his game. “That’s the biggest thing along with my IQ.”

— Kaufman via Scoopman TV

“These kind of kids don’t come along very often.  He’s the hardest worker.  The best student.  He’s the first to get to the gym, the last to leave the gym.

— Silver Creek Head Coach Brandon Hoffman on WLKY

RECENT INTERVIEW

This video should give you a good sense for Trey Kaufman on a personal level.  You’ll have to ignore the ugly background and Purdue talk at the end.

Kaufman joined The Hoosier Report with Matt Denison back in May.  The segment begins at 17 minute mark.

RECENT VIDEO

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