It has been a newsy week as it relates to several IU basketball recruiting targets in the classes of 2023 and 2024. So let’s take a quick look at what’s been going on with a round up of the top stories.
Little confirms top three, timeline
After traveling from Finland to the U.S. to officially visit Baylor, Indiana and Villanova, class of 2023 guard Miro Little has confirmed those are his final three schools. That’s no real surprise given the time involved for him to travel for visits.
Moreover, Little told On3’s Joe Tipton he is planning to announce a decision in the April/May timeframe.
Indiana class of 2023 commit Gabe Cupps was at the Indiana game against Purdue that Little attended, and he left a strong impression.
“We had a few conversations and exchanged a few thoughts and it was really nice meeting him,” Little told Tipton of Cupps. “He’s an awesome person, a really nice guy. He’s mad cool.”
Little’s comments on this final three and timeline line up with his thinking from earlier this week when The Daily Hoosier got his thoughts on last week’s Indiana visit.
Carr names top ten
Fellow class of 2023 prospect Coen Carr announced on Friday he will narrow his focus to ten schools – Auburn, Arizona State, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, TCU, Tennessee, Tennessee State, and Vanderbilt.
In an interview with Tipton, the Legacy Early College (S.C.) product said he is looking to get to Indiana for a visit.
“Coach (Mike) Woodson is a great coach,” Carr told Tipton. “Coach Yasir (Rosemond), both of them, have been talking to me a lot. They tell me how they’re going to use me in their system. I’m trying to get up there (for a visit).”
The Daily Hoosier was able to watch the 6-foot-6 Carr live earlier this month at an event in LaPorte, Ind. Carr projects as small forward. He is an elite above-the-rim athlete and a major threat in transition. If his skills develop he can become a high-impact player at the next level.
For an in-depth video profile on Carr, GO HERE.
Booker visited on Sunday
The recruitment of class of 2023 in-state forward Xavier Booker has been relatively quiet of late, but he made it to his first IU basketball game of the Mike Woodson era on Sunday when the Hoosiers played Michigan. Booker sat behind the IU bench with his parents, and he was wearing an IU sweatshirt.
The 6-foot-10 Booker is a 4-star according to the 247Sports Composite. That service lists him as the No. 96 overall player in the class, and he has more than a dozen high major offers.
It has been an interesting junior season thus far for the Cathedral High School (Indianapolis) product, who was widely expected to dominate this year. He has played 19.4 minutes per game on the season and averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Booker is shooting 42 percent from three on 60 attempts, and he projects as a stretch-four at the next level.
Booker also took an official visit to IU in October.
Hood-Schifino recruiting Evans and Queen
Credit 2022 signee Jalen Hood-Schifino as one of Indiana’s top recruiters right now.
Two of his Montverde Academy teammates, Kwame Evans, Jr. and Derik Queen, are IU 2023 and 2024 forward targets, respectively, and both have recently cited Hood-Schifino’s efforts as a likely reason for future Bloomington visits.
“Definitely Indiana and Oregon,” Evans told Rivals’ Rob Cassidy when asked what schools he was interested in visiting. “With my man Jalen [Hood-Schifino] going to Indiana, I definitely want to check that out.”
“Texas and Indiana, maybe. Texas has talked to me more but I have [teammates Texas signee] Dillon [Mitchell] and [Indiana signee] Jalen [Hood-Schifino] talking to me about those a lot obviously,” Queen told Rivals’ Rob Cassidy in an interview earlier this week when asked about schools he is likely to visit.
Both Evans and Queen are 5-star prospects in their respective classes.
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