Archie Miller said recently that Indiana is in a pretty good situation with the class of 2021. More clarity on what that means could be coming sooner than later.
There were developments on Wednesday that relate to two of Indiana’s top forward targets in that incoming senior class.
New Jersey based top-40 forward Trey Patterson stated on his Twitter page that he will be announcing his college decision on June 18.
i will be announcing my commitment on my birthday, june 18th. 🤫🤫
— Trey Patterson (@_treypatt3) June 3, 2020
Patterson recently released a top ten list that included Indiana, and national writers from both 247Sports and Rivals believe that Indiana is one of three to five schools that comprise the list of true contenders.
The 6-foot-8 Patterson is a versatile power forward with the two-way skills to play extensively as a freshman. On the offensive end Patterson can score at the rim and is also skilled shooting the ball from the perimeter.
The Somerset, N.J. product averaged 19.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the 2019-20 season and was named first team All-State while leading Rutgers Prep to a 27-2 record.
The primary schools also in the hunt for Patterson appear to be Villanova, Florida, Rutgers and UConn. Villanova is the destination where most believe he will land.
Also in the news on Wednesday was the decision by Memphis assistant coach Mike Miller to step away from the Tiger program.
Of course this is news for Indiana because the Hoosiers are recruiting the long time NBA player’s son Mason Miller.
The younger Miller recently stated that Indiana was in his top-three programs, but that list did not include Memphis. Prior to today there was an overarching concern that he might ultimately choose to play for his father.
While not always reliable, two Rivals analysts predicted that Miller would commit to IU after the news broke that Mike Miller was leaving Memphis.
At the least, the decision seems to take the Memphis wildcard off the table — although it is still the hometown school.
Playing for Houston High School in the Memphis area, the 6-foot-9 Miller is the No. 52 player overall for the Class of 2021, according to the 247Sports Composite. Miller is a stronger perimeter shooter that could help Indiana space the floor.
Between Patterson and Miller, we believe IU is more likely to land the latter. Ohio State and Creighton are the other top contenders for Miller.
Indiana is also firmly in hunt for Sellersburg, Ind. forward Trey Kaufman. Of the three, we believe that IU is the most likely to land Kaufman, and it could be difficult to successfully recruit more than one of the three due to perceived positional overlap.
With things accelerating for Patterson and Miller, it should make for an interesting next several weeks.
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