IU coach Mike Woodson was down in North Carolina to watch Overtime Elite games on Tuesday evening.
Playing in front of Woodson in a Lincolnton, N.C. venue were Bryson Tiller and Tyler Jackson. Woodson offered both junior prospects a while ago.
Tiller visited Indiana for the Kansas game last month. The 5-star forward is in the class of 2025 but has been rumored to at least be considering a move to 2024. The 6-foot-10 Tiller is averaging 11.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. Three-point shooting has not been a major part of his repertoire to this point, at least in OTE games.
Jackson is a 2025 point guard and Baltimore native who has played some spring and summer basketball with 2024 IU target Derik Queen. He hasn’t been mentioned as a reclass possibility, but he’s listed as 18 years old by OTE, so 2024 would seem to be Jackson’s original class. He is averaging 7.3 points, 3.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 44% from three on 2.5 attempts per game at OTE.
Speaking of Queen, Rivals national analyst Rob Cassidy believes a move by Kansas’ Hunter Dickinson to forego his last year of eligibility could make the Jayhawks more enticing to the 5-star post. Queen still hasn’t announced a date to reveal a decision, and hasn’t publicly narrowed his options beyond finalists IU, Maryland, Kansas and Houston. As we told you in December, there have been positive developments involving Indiana and Queen, but until he announces the waiting continues.
If Queen commits to Indiana, Tiller would probably fit best in IU’s 2025 class.
Indiana’s priority targets in the class of 2025 are becoming clearer, and one of them certainly is in-state forward Trent Sisley. IU offered Sisley a scholarship before he played his first game as a freshman for Heritage Hills H.S. on the southern end of the state.
As Sisley’s recruitment has evolved, who is Indiana’s main competition? The main group of schools has remained steady over the last six months.
“Purdue, Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Iowa and a little bit of Wisconsin have been consistent,” Sisley told national 247Sports analyst Dushawn London this week.
A regular visitor to Bloomington, Sisley will actually be a guest of Purdue when the Boilermakers host IU on Feb. 10.
Sisley is averaging 24.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 blocks per game, while shooting 60% from the field and 41% from three-point range.
Indiana had an in-state visitor last week for the Purdue game. Class of 2025 forward Brady Koehler is a prospect who has risen quickly up high major recruiting boards
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Out from the shadow of Xavier Booker at Cathedral H.S. in Indianapolis, Koehler is averaging 17.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots and 1.9 assists per game. The 6-foot-9 Koehler is shooting 55% from the field, including 37% from the 3-point line on 49 attempts.
Finally, below you can watch a video interview of 2025 5-star point guard Darius Acuff with Yahoo!/Rivals’ Krysten Peek. He has said multiple times — including in this interview — Indiana is a visit he would like to take, along with Kansas, UConn, and Houston. Kentucky and Michigan are also key players.
In EYBL Scholastic games this year, Acuff is leading all scorers with 22 points a contest while playing for IMG Academy.
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