Gucci Mane is a global star, but for some in the IU program he’s a fellow Georgia product.
Indiana announced last week the rap artist is performing at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Oct. 20 as part of Hoosier Hysteria.
Under the direction of head coach Mike Woodson, IU has been able to pull in a well known musician for the event for a second straight year. Mane follows G Herbo, who performed at last year’s Hoosier Hysteria.
Mane hails from Atlanta, as do several members of the IU basketball program, including Kaleb Banks, Jakai Newton and assistant coach Yasir Rosemond.
Banks says he was surprised when he learned a star of Mane’s caliber was coming to IU.
“That’s gonna be dope, I was super surprised that he would come to Indiana and perform,” Banks said. “I hope the crowd enjoys him as much as I do. I know I’m going to enjoy him myself.”
Of course Hoosier Hysteria is in large part a recruiting event for the IU basketball men’s and women’s programs. Each year the event attracts several recruiting targets. The Daily Hoosier has already confirmed several prospects will be at the event, including 2025 in-state players Trent Sisley, Braylon Mullins, Dezmon Briscoe, and several others.
The selection of Mane hits the mark for Banks, and he suspects it is a good choice when it comes to making the event more appealing to Indiana’s recruiting targets.
“If I’m a recruit man, I want to be here,” Banks said. “I want my visit to be on this date. Any time a star comes through Indiana, you gotta be there. As a recruit, you’ve gotta feel good about that.”
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