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IU Basketball Recruiting Roundup: What 2020 Targets are Saying about IU

The college basketball recruiting narrative is about to pivot for the class of 2020, from the AAU season to the official visit and commitment season.

With the major shoe circuits winding down play, and live recruiting period events wrapping up later this month, uncommitted incoming high school seniors are about to get serious about where they are going to play in college.

Several of IU’s top 2020 targets spoke over the last week regarding their overall recruitment process and plans as it relates to Indiana.

Chicago based DJ Steward indicated that he is planning to start to cut his list down and begin making visits.  It would appear as though IU is in line for a visit based on this ($) report by Rivals and others.

“I will be cutting my list after Peach Jam. No time table for a decision just yet. Trying to get to Indiana, Iowa St. and Notre Dame next for my visits.”

That quote came out before Steward’s recruitment got significantly more competitive this weekend, with Duke offering the 6-foot-3 combo guard.

New York based RJ Davis also spoke about his upcoming visit plans, including Indiana.

The Indy Star had this quote from the 6-foot point guard.

Q: Is that (Indiana) a place you’re definitely going to visit?

A: We’re still working (some things) around. Because of the way the July period (is), I’m still working to schedule it.

So far Davis has only taken an official visit to Georgetown.  His recruitment has gotten decidedly more competitive in recent weeks, with North Carolina and Kansas entering the mix, among others.

Boston based forward Matt Cross confirmed to the Charlotte Observer and others that an August commitment is the current plan.

“Cross, who as a senior will play at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, has visited Indiana, Butler, Miami and South Carolina. He wants to make a final decision before school starts in August.”

The 6-foot-7 Cross’ decision appears likely to come from one of the four schools that he has already visited.  We haven’t heard anyone suggest that Butler is a serious threat in his recruitment, so things are likely down to a final three.

Ohio native Zach Loveday is planning to cut his list and start scheduling visits soon as well.  He told the Louisville Courier Journal this about his process:

“I’m gonna go forward after about two, three weeks maybe, narrow it down and then start to really set dates for visits and things like that.”

The 7-foot Loveday also indicated in that same report that IU head coach Archie Miller has been in close contact and the Hoosiers are pushing hard for an official visit.  Indiana should be in good shape to make the list cut and get an official visit on this one.

West Virginia based forward Jalen Bridges has Indiana in mind for when he starts to take visits after AAU play according to a report by Stock Risers.

“I don’t have any scheduled but I’ll probably try to get to Miami, Indiana, back to Ohio State, and Alabama.”

The 6-foot-8 Bridges indicated that he would likely cut his list down over the next month.  IU just offered Bridges a couple weeks ago but there doesn’t seem to be a clear leader in his recruitment.

Current class of 2021 Boston based guard Terrence Clarke continues to say that a reclassification to 2020 is possible.  He continues to also mention IU as a potential destination, including these comments to Zags Blog:

“Every single time I talk about Indiana I talk about their strength and conditioning. One of their main things is they can get me stronger and that’s one of the things I think will benefit my game a lot.”

Indiana is likely a longshot in the 6-foot-7 Clarke’s recruitment.

St. Louis based point guard Caleb Love indicated to 247Sports that a list cut is forthcoming for the top 25 recruit.

“Love, the No. 25 player in the Class of 2020 in the 247Sports Composite rankings, said he would cut his list to “no higher than six or seven” when he narrows it down in the coming weeks.”

Once thought to be a top contender for the 6-foot-3 Love, Indiana isn’t clearly going to survive this list cut.  We’d bet that they’ll clear this hurdle, with ground to make up on the likes of Kansas, North Carolina and potentially others.

It isn’t clear how serious IU is about point guard Lynn Greer III but the Hoosiers have been regularly reported as in contact with the Philadelphia product.  We should find out soon enough.  Greer told Rivals ($) that a list cut down to five is forthcoming soon.

“I’m down to five, will announce them after the Peach Jam.”

To our knowledge IU has not offered Greer a scholarship, but that doesn’t always determine who makes the cut.

Indiana currently has no commitments in the class of 2020.  You can see The Daily Hoosier’s hot board for the incoming seniors here.


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