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Multiple ’23 and ’24 IU basketball targets want to visit Bloomington according to reports

AAU basketball will wrap up in the next few weeks, and with that will come a wave of recruiting visits as college staffs and players alike have a bit more time on their hands in August and into the fall.

Coming out of the first July live recruiting period, several top IU prospects have said they either have firm plans to visit Bloomington or would like to make that happen.

Class of 2023 Massachusetts-based forward T.J. Power is coming off a massive weekend that saw him average more than 30 points per game while shooting better than 51 percent from 3-point range on 31 attempts.  Those eye-popping numbers drew offers from Kansas, UCLA and North Carolina over the last couple days, so the best way to look at Power’s recruitment at the moment is fluid.  For what it’s worth, Indiana has been involved with Power for a few months, and he told TDH in late May he planned to visit Bloomington.  At the time it was just a question of when.

That message continued into the weekend.  The 6-foot-8 Power told 247Sports national reporter Eric Bossi that “he’s looking to set up more officials and mentioned Indiana and Wake Forest as possibilities to see.”  That came before the latest wave of high profile offers, so Indiana will need to work to stay on the top line of this rapidly expanding recruitment.  Multiple reports coming out of the weekend indicated Duke is also getting involved.

Here is a closer look at Power’s numbers and some highlights from the weekend.

Class of 2023 6-foot-6 wing Coen Carr listed IU among five schools currently recruiting him the hardest in an article by Joe Tipton of On3 published on Wednesday. He said one of his closest bonds when it comes to college coaches is with IU assistant Yasir Rosemond, who he has known since he was a freshman in high school, and added that 2023 verbal commit Gabe Cupps is pushing him hard to come to Indiana.

Carr is an interesting case.  He told TDH in May he wanted to make a return visit to IU this summer, but thus far that hasn’t happened.  At the time he was recovering from a shooting hand injury but has since returned to the Nike EYBL with the Georgia Stars.  Over the weekend Carr averaged 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2 steals per game while shooting better than 50 percent from 2-point range but just 3-of-11 (27 percent) from three.  In those totals was a 30-point game on 12-of-15 shooting.

What remains to be seen is whether IU is willing to take a flyer on his development as a perimeter shooter.  Well known recruiting analyst Andrew Slater referred to Carr as a “99th percentile athlete” this week.  Carr did not name IU as a school he is aiming to visit right now in Tipton’s report despite their continuing interest.

Class of 2024 five-star power forward Derik Queen told Tipton Indiana is one of four schools recruiting him the hardest and one of two that he would like to visit, along with Arizona.  Queen seems like the next best chance for Indiana to continue its momentum with the prestigious Montverde Academy program after landing both Jalen Hood-Schifino and Malik Reneau in the 2022 class and missing on 2023 forward K.J. Evans.  Moreover, the potential exists Queen could reclassify to 2023, meaning this recruitment could get interesting in a hurry.

See also:  Queen sophomore season highlights

Another class of 2024 5-star, Texas based wing Liam McNeeley told Tipton Indiana was one of six schools recruiting him the hardest right now, and said IU was one of three schools he hasn’t already visited that he’d like to take an official visit to.  McNeeley will also play for Montverde next season.

See also:  McNeeley respects Woodson’s basketball mind

As we shared over the weekend, 2023 wing Jamie Kaiser has an IU official visit planned for late July.  He told The Daily Hoosier yesterday he doesn’t have firm dates for the visit just yet.

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