Indiana survived a pair of class of 2021 basketball list cuts over the last few days.
Meanwhile, a class of 2021 IU football commit had a big game on a national stage.
Here are the details in today’s recruiting roundup.
HOPKINS NARROWING THINGS DOWN, BUT HAS HE ALREADY DECIDED?
Illinois based top-40 senior Bryce Hopkins’ recruitment has seen several twists and turns in the last month. The 6-foot-7 forward decommitted from Louisville and then saw a flurry of interest from programs around the country, including IU.
Hopkins announced a top-nine on Sunday that included California, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan, Oregon, Providence, and Texas.
2021 four-star Bryce Hopkins is down to nine schools.
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) August 30, 2020
Hopkins broke the Fenwick High School single season scoring record during the 2019-20 campaign. The Oak Park, Illinois product put up 24.1 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Friars.
The No. 33 player in the class of 2021, Hopkins has seen a wave of 247Sports “Crystal Ball” picks for Kentucky since the Wildcats offered a scholarship last week. If Hopkins surprises and chooses to go someone other than Kentucky, IU is viewed as one of the more likely alternative landing spots.
IU hopes to land at least one of 2021 forwards Hopkins, Mason Miller or Trey Kaufman in the class.
BLAKE WESLEY ONLY DOWN TO 12?
Another player that might be further along than his list indicates is in-state senior guard Blake Wesley.
The South Bend Riley High School product announced a top-12 list late last week.
Indiana made the cut along with Louisville, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Creighton, Texas, Kansas State, Maryland, Missouri, Xavier, and Grand Canyon.
— Blake Wesley (@blakewesley0) August 27, 2020
Wesley told The Daily Hoosier a few weeks ago that he was going to commit in September or October. Is he really still considering 12 schools? Probably not.
Some schools like Ohio State, Maryland and Texas already have one or more shooting guards in their 2021 class, leaving them as unlikely destinations.
Hometown Notre Dame has been thought of as one of the top choices for a while, as has Indiana, although now departed assistant Bruiser Flint was leading this recruitment for IU.
Wesley has been clear publicly that he wants to play in an up-tempo system. Creighton could be a sneaky pick, as the Blue Jays have the fastest offense of his top group.
The 6-foot-5 Wesley is ranked No. 108 according to the 247Sports Composite. He averaged 26 points during the 2019-20 season for Riley.
FOOTBALL COMMIT JORDYN WILLIAMS HAS BIG DAY ON ESPN
Catching passes from the son of Deion Sanders, IU class of 2021 wide receiver commit Jordyn Williams had a big game on national television on Saturday.
Williams caught nine passes from Shedeur Sanders for 177 yards as Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill, Texas) rolled to a 49-17 win over Knoxville Catholic. Williams’ lone touchdown was a 26 yard beauty along the sidelines.
— NIBC (@NIBCOfficial) August 29, 2020
Originally from Georgia, Williams transferred to Trinity Christian to play for head coach Deion Sanders and catch passes from his son.
The 6-foot-1 Williams is a three-star recruit. He is ranked No. 810 nationally according to the 247Sports Composite.
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