The Daily Hoosier is back for another day of action at the Peach Jam in North Augusta S.C. and Augusta, Ga.
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For yesterday’s live blog, GO HERE.
Today I am starting out at the Westside H.S. in Augusta to check out the 2024 Indy Heat.
That team includes 2025 in-state stars Jalen Haralson (Fishers H.S.) and Trent Sisley (Heritage Hills H.S.). Indiana has offered both prospects, and is also taking a close look at 2024 in-state wing Kanon Catchings (Brownsburg H.S.), who visited recently.
IU assistants Brian Walsh and Yasir Rosemond are here.
Interesting side note for those that don’t already know. Former IU assistant and guard Dane Fife is helping out the 2024 Indy Heat team this summer. I had a nice chat with him. He’s doing great. Three former IU staffers here at this game actually — Fife, Thad Matta and Mike Roberts. Matta is now the head coach at Butler of course, and Roberts an assistant at Cincinnati.
I’ve probably written it five times already, but Jalen Haralson is so impressive for his age. Just turned 15 in April, 6-foot-6 with legitimate point guard skills. I haven’t seen anyone able to stay in front of him. It will be interesting to see how he develops as a shooter. Right now he has a lot of Jalen Hood-Schifino in his game.
Sisley’s stroke from three is fast and clean. He’s 6-foot-7 and thus a really intriguing prospect as either a stretch four or perhaps ultimately a three as his perimeter skills expand after playing the post as a young kid. He already spends most of his time away from the paint while playing up a year this summer, so it is just a matter of time. Sisley could also grow a couple more inches.
Caught up with both Sisley and Haralson after the game. Both have IU unofficial visits in early August, and both very impressed with the heavy Indiana presence at their games this week. Indiana had all four coaches on Wednesday and Thursday, and the two today.
Back over in North Augusta watching 2024 PSA teammates Yves Missi and Boogie Fland. Both have IU offers.
Meanwhile IU assistants Walsh and Rosemond are back here too watching TJ Power once again. For the latest on Power:
“I definitely feel the love from them” — T.J. Power on IU basketball and what’s next
Boogie Fland is incredibly impressive with his ability to create, get to his spots and score from all levels. Easy to see him as a 5-star.
Missi has really developed over the last three months with his post moves and passing. Already a high motor shot blocker and rebounder. I could see him become a five star too.
Talked to both Missi and Fland. Both hearing from IU, both have rapidly expanding recruitments, trying to figure out what’s next. I like IU’s odds better with Missi, but it is too early to handicap.
PSA director Terrance “Munch” Williams told me he likes the vibes coming from the new IU staff, and current IU grad assistant and former PSA staffer Issac Green matters in IU’s relationship with PSA. A lot of communication there.
Checking in on 2024 guard Dylan Harper now. IU assistant Yasir Rosemond here as well. Harper is the younger brother of Ron Harper, Jr.
IU assistant Brian Walsh is watching the 2024 Meanstreets program featuring James Brown and Nojus Indrusaitis. Ben Davis guard KJ Windham also on the Meanstreets and on the IU radar.
Harper is a very crafty player, uses great footwork and ball handling to get to the rim, and he finishes with a soft touch. Around 6-5, a combo guard. He just hit a pair of game winning free throws.
Fun talk with Harper. He laughed when I brought up his brother’s reaction to Indiana’s offer on Twitter.
Last game of the trip for me, getting another look at DeShawn Harris-Smith.
Brian Walsh here watching DHS for Indiana.
By the way, Mike Woodson and Kenya Hunter have been in California for the Adidas circuit since leaving here. I expect the staff to cover prospects in Atlanta and Milwaukee this weekend too, including Xavier Booker.
DHS has been very good in this game on defense against top-40 prospect Scotty Middleton. He moves very well laterally and uses a smart, veteran level of physicality with his body to stay in front of his man.
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