Class of 2024 5-star point guard Boogie Fland took an official visit to Indiana this week along with his family.
Fland attends Stepinac H.S. in New York, and he plays on the Nike EYBL Circuit for the PSA Cardinals. He is ranked No. 7 overall in the 2024 class according to the On3 Industry Average, and he’s the No. 1 point guard.
The Daily Hoosier caught up with Fland to get his reaction to the visit and his time in Bloomington around the IU staff. Our quick Q&A with Fland is below.
TDH: When you and your family go on visits, what are the main things you are focused on?
Fland — How well I connect with the coaches, how well I like the school and stuff like that. When I’m watching practice, how the players interact with each other. All of those things are a factor. But it’s mostly the connection between the coaching staff and the players, because that’s who you’re going to be around for however long you’re in college.
TDH: After spending a couple days at Indiana, what stands out to you about them?
Fland — Everything really, it (the visit) was great. I love their environment, love the coaching staff, the fans are nice, everything about it is cool. It was all around great, I really liked it. I enjoyed myself.
TDH: Did the Indiana fans know who you were?
Fland — Yes, they did.
TDH: Was that surprising to you?
Fland — Yep, for sure, it was. But that just goes to show how good their fan base is.
TDH: Tell me about your impressions of the coaching staff after getting to spend a couple days with them?
Fland — I already knew one of them, PSA family (IU graduate assistant) Isaac Green. I’ve known him since I was much younger. Seeing what he has done with Coach Woodson and all of the coaching staff at Indiana, it was great to see.
Note: Green was a member of the PSA Cardinals Nike EYBL 17U coaching staff for five seasons under program director Munch Williams. Green held different roles including offensive coordinator, and he had an opportunity to become the youngest Head Coach in Nike EYBL history at age 17.
PSA’s Munch Williams has published a book on his life story and running the PSA program:
TDH: What do you think of when you think of Mike Woodson now that you’ve been around him for a little bit?
Fland — I mean we already knew the basketball behind him. He was a great player, played in the league, coached in the league. He spent half of his life in the league. And just to get to know him as a person, that just added on to all of the basketball knowledge that he has.
TDH: You and your family are from New York. I saw a family member has Carmelo Anthony on the top of his Twitter bio. Were you Knicks fans when Woodson was the coach there?
Fland — Most definitely. Me and Carmelo are close. He’s like an uncle to me. We’re pretty tight with him.
TDH: Have you talked to Carmelo about Mike Woodson?
Fland — Most definitely. He played for Coach Woodson, so he’s a little biased there.
TDH: What was your impression of the facilities for the IU basketball program?
Fland — That stuff was all great. It doesn’t get any better than that. It was all nice there, I like what they’re doing.
TDH: I read once you were interested in entrepreneurship programs in college?
Fland — That’s right, and Indiana has a top-5 program in that in the nation at their business school.
TDH: What is Indiana’s message to you right now coming out of the vist?
Fland — They want to take as much time as I need, but they want me to keep Indiana on my radar. They say they are going to be coming full speed on my recruitment, and they are going to try to get me at their school.
TDH: You’ve talked a lot about Jalen Hood-Schifino, and the year he had at Indiana and how that made an impression on you. Did you learn anything new about that this week?
Fland — No, I knew everything about him already. Me and Jalen we talk. He’s biased also because he went there (laughing), but it’s good to talk to him.
TDH: Indiana is after a lot of really good players in the class of 2024. How important is it for you to come in with a really good class?
Fland — It’s big. You want to come in with a good bunch of players and try to win championships. So to come in with good players, that’s what you want.
TDH: Last one, where are you at with visits and a timeline right now?
Fland — I’m trying to schedule two more visits before June ends because of the new rules. And the timing (for a decision) is just when it feels right. That could be sooner or it could be later, it’s just whenever I feel it’s right.
Note: Players get five official visits per academic year, and the calendar flips from junior year to senior year for official visits on July 1.
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