There are just a few more weeks before AAU basketball wraps up and rising seniors go fully into college decision mode.
As things stand right now, IU will have a minimum of three roster openings next season — the spots occupied by super seniors Xavier Johnson and Anthony Walker, along with the currently unused scholarship.
It’s also possible players like Kel’el Ware and Mackenzie Mgbako won’t be around for more than a year. And if IU experiences the kind of transfer portal attrition it has seen over the last two years, it’s easy to see how they’ll likely have plenty of room to bring in at least four players in the class of 2024.
The Daily Hoosier has been to multiple national events during the spring and talked to IU’s top 2024 prospects and their coaches.
As we see it, there are 15 main players to keep a close eye on as 2024 recruiting hits the homestretch. And IU seems to be in a pretty good position to land several of those players.
National rankings are according to the On3 Industry Average.
Their chances seem as good as anyone:
With perhaps one exception, Indiana doesn’t seem to be the favorite with anyone in the 2024 class at the moment. But they are a legitimate contender with at least eight top-100 prospects including four 5-stars. Land any four from this group, and IU will have a stellar class, and potentially one of its best ever.
- Liam McNeeley – 6-foot-7 SF/5-star/No. 8 – If IU is a leader on any 2024 recruitment right now this might be it. He’s clearly high on the Hoosiers and says he’s coming back for another official visit.
- Derik Queen -6-foot-9 C/5-star/No. 13 – His recruitment has seemed like a Maryland vs. IU battle for a long time. He’s friends with McNeeley and likes how Indiana utilized Trayce Jackson-Davis.
- Dylan Harper – 6-foot-5 CG/5-star/No. 2 – Indiana is in his top-five and maybe the top-three. They way IU utilized Jalen Hood-Schifino seems to have them squarely in the mix, along with Duke and Rutgers.
- Jaeden Mustaf – 6-foot-5 CG/4-star/No. 38 – Mustaf just finished a visit to IU and the Hoosiers appear to have elevated their standing in his recruitment.
- Tyler Betsey – 6-foot-8 F/4-star/No. 23 – Betsey also just finished a visit to Bloomington. Hometown UConn will be hard to beat, but Betsey hasn’t named top schools just yet.
- Boogie Fland – 6-foot-3 PG/5-star/No. 7 – Fland had a good visit last week too. Indiana’s spring push with the New York guard seems to have put them in the mix as a legit contender.
- Travis Perry – 6-foot-1 CG/4-star/No. 81 – Perry will probably narrow things down here over the next few weeks. It won’t be a surprise if IU gets one of the Kentucky product’s senior year official visits.
- Rakease Passmore – 6-foot-5 SG/4-star/No. 52 – Passmore visited in November and says he’d like to come back. He fits Mike Woodson’s style and likes the IU head coach.
Still in the hunt:
You can’t count IU out of these recruitments, but they don’t have the look of a perceived favorite at the moment.
- Asa Newell – 6-foot-9 PF/5-star/No. 9 – Newell and his family really like IU. But they are from the home of the University of Georgia, where Newell’s brother plays. That could be too much to overcome, but IU is still in pursuit.
- Flory Bidunga – 6-foot-10 C/5-star/No. 4 – Bidunga is planning to visit IU next month, but he’s got a Duke visit next week that could be a game changer. Mike Woodson went to watch him on Saturday, which says he still thinks he’s got a shot.
- Caleb Williams – 6-foot-6 SF/3-star/No. 139 – Williams has been to IU twice and he placed the Hoosiers in his top schools. But things have been a bit quiet lately with the Washington D.C. product.
Indiana entered the recruitments of these three 2024 prospects relatively late, but if they get a visit then IU is obviously in the hunt.
- Austin Swartz – 6-foot-4 SG/4-star/No. 62 – While IU got involved late, they weren’t too late. Swartz is taking a wave of new attention all in right now. Swartz has had a breakout spring on the Nike EYBL and seems interested in Indiana.
- V.J. Edgecombe – 6-foot-4 SG/4-star/No. 16 – Edgecombe is another one who doesn’t seem to be too far along with his recruitment. The Bahamas product has made a rapid rise after a strong junior season.
- Curtis Givens – 6-foot-3 PG/4-star/No. 53 – Givens attends Montverde, the school that produced Jalen Hood-Schifino. Givens told TDH he definitely took notice of Hood-Schifino’s success. IU made Givens’ final seven.
- Patrick Ngongba – 6-foot-10 C/4-star/No. 47 – If Bidunga were to pick Duke where Ngongba just visited, would IU have a shot here? They’d have to move fast because he’s talking list cuts right now.