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Recruiting Roundup: Grant Gelon impresses early

The major national names continue to do their thing in the class of 2016, but the state of Indiana looks to be very strong in 2017.

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With high school seasons well under way across the country, we check in with a number of IU prospects and commits to see what the future might look like for Indiana.


- Four-star G Curtis Jones has had a productive start to his season against very good competition. In an OT loss to 5-star prospect Josh Jackson and Prolific Prep, Jones had 21 points (6-15 FG) before rebounding nicely with 22 points in a 94-88 win over Quality Education Academy. Last night, in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 vs. Montverde Academy, Jones had 21 points and 4 assists.

- In a win over George Washington HS, freshly-minted 2016 commit De'Ron Davis had a very strong game as he went off for 26 points and 12 rebounds.

- Apparently Grant Gelon has been watching the Warriors obliterate the NBA like the rest of us, as the 6'5" senior from Crown Point took a Steph Curry-like approach to his team's dismantling of Penn HS. In an 85-57 win, Gelon had 31 points on 11-16 shooting, including an astounding 9-14 from 3.

- Thon Maker has been doing Thon Maker things to start the 2015-16 season. As you can see in the video below, he has been all over the court and impacting the game in a variety of ways. At the Marshall County Hoop Fest in which Curtis Jones was also playing, Maker had 17 points and 18 rebounds in a loss to heralded Oak Hill. In a win over Curie (Chicago, IL), the prized recruit had 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Thon Maker highlights from A.I. Prep's victory over BTB Prep courtesy of @themarsreel

A video posted by Athlete Institute Basketball (@athleteinstitutebasketball) on

- Rawle Alkins, the next great NYC hope, is also off to a strong start for his new Word of God prep team in NC. Alkins had 25 points (4-8 from 3) in an 84-66 loss, but is still intent on delivering his now-trademark thunderous dunks, as you can see below. He had been held out from a few of his team's games due to a lingering ankle injury, but is primed to return to action tonight.


- Currently the only commit in the class of 2017, Al Durham has had steady production for his Berkmar (GA) squad with a noticeable improvement in his jump shot. In a recent 62-48 win over Duluth (GA), Durham had 18 points.

- The Indy basketball scene has been dominated early on by #1 Southport, spearheaded by the 2-headed monster that is Joey Brunk (Butler) and Paul Scruggs. After some really entertaining games to start the year, including a 61-56 thriller over Jeffersonville, Southport followed up with a 58-52 win over Ben Davis. In that game, Scruggs had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

- The highest ranked recruit in the state of Indiana, North Central's Kris Wilkes, has no shortage of college suitors. He plans to take his time with the recruitment process, though, and has no timetable for when he plans to get more serious. In the meantime, however, Wilkes is dominating on the court, as evidenced by his 28 points (12-14 FG) in an early 128-41 laugher over Metropolitan. In other recent games, Wilkes has cruised, notching over 20 points in each of his team's games.

- As always, keep up to date with our ever-changing recruiting board.