It is a revolving door of visitors this week in Bloomington for the IU basketball program, with a host of class of 2020 targets on campus.
Anthony Leal and Zach Loveday are in on unofficial visits today, and Matt Cross is taking an official visit this weekend.
But things got started with one of IU’s top targets in the class, Trey Galloway.
Based out of Culver, Ind., the Hoosiers have been involved with Galloway’s recruitment for a long time, and IU offered the 6-foot-5 guard in late April after a strong showing during the first recruiting live period.
The Daily Hoosier caught up with Galloway’s father Mark to discuss the visit. Mark is Trey’s head coach at Culver Academies. The Eagles have reached the Indiana Class 3A state finals in each of the last two years, winning the championship in 2018.
We asked Mark what Trey and the family got out of their two day visit in Bloomington.
“I think we learned a lot,” Mark Galloway told The Daily Hoosier. “I think when it’s an official you get to spend more time with them and ask more questions and see more of the campus. I would say right now we are still in the learning mode and it was a great weekend for Dawn and I as parents, and Trey obviously asked a lot questions.”
“We got see where they live and where they go to classes and more than just basketball. That’s what we wanted to accomplish. It was a really good learning experience.”
With classes out, some current players are no longer on campus, but Trey got to spend time with several players that he is familiar with, including a couple fellow in-state players in freshmen Trayce Jackson-Davis and Armaan Franklin.
“I think Trey really enjoyed it,” Mark Galloway said. “He got to hang out with Trayce and Armaan. Race and Justin were down there too. I’m sure he’d like to meet more players, but the one’s that were available were with him and that was great.”
Mark Galloway, who coached former IU walk-ons Brett Finkelmeier and Daniel Moore at Carmel High School, was impressed with the recent upgrades to the living quarters and facilities for the basketball program.
“I like the convenience of everything, and I like the access the players have to be able to get into the gym,” Mark Galloway said. “That’s really nice to have the practice facility right there close to where they live. It’s a really impressive set up with the new locker rooms too.”
Trey’s recruitment has picked up a lot of steam this spring with improved play on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit.
He is averaging 19.9 points on 65.5 percent shooting from the field including 38.8 percent from behind the three point line this spring through seven games. He is adding 5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest.
The shooting percentages reflect a marked improvement over his junior year of high school, when a wrist injury impacted his shot.
Galloway is rated as a 3-star recruit, and the No. 208 player in the country according to the latest 247Sports Composite rankings. Those are measures that are likely to improve substantially when they are updated to reflect his performance this spring.
Growing interest from several top program tells the real story.
Michigan and several other schools got involved after Galloway’s strong play in the first live period. The Galloways have not heard from new Wolverine head coach Juwan Howard yet as they get organized in Ann Arbor.
More recently, some of the top blue blood names nationally are trying to reach out as well.
“You don’t know how serious any of that is,” Mark Galloway said. “We’ll see in the next evaluation who shows up.”
Despite the growing interest in Trey, the senior Galloway noted that “Indiana’s been there all the way through the recruitment.”
The official visit to Bloomington is significant, as the only other official visit that Trey has taken thus far has been to Iowa. The Hawkeyes are pushing for a return visit.
The official visits to both Iowa and Indiana were so-called junior year official visits. Players now have five allotted official visits for each of their junior and senior seasons, and they can return to schools that they have previously visited.
Mark Galloway believes that a return visit to Indiana is likely.
“Hopefully the plan is to get back down there in the late summer or early fall,” Mark Galloway said.
From an overall timeline perspective, his father believes that Trey is on track to verbally commit sometime between the late summer and the start of his senior season of high school basketball.
He doesn’t have a list of top schools right now but should have more clarity on that after the remaining live periods later this summer.
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