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Recruiting Roundup: Derby Classic headlines a big recruiting weekend

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From Louisville to Dallas to Hampton, Virginia, recruiting season arrived in full force with top preps from around the nation going head-to-head.

Rick Bozich

News, notes, and any other tidbits dealing with Hoosier targets

- On Saturday night at the Derby Festival Classic in Louisville, fans got a glimpse of Indiana's future, as Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, and O.G. Anunoby, the three members of IU's 2015 recruiting class, played alongside each other for the first time. The trio did not disappoint, as their Purple squad was victorious by a score of 127-119. Bryant took home MVP honors for the Purple team with a line of 19 points (8-13 from the floor) and 6 rebounds. Morgan added 12 points (6-7 shooting) and 6 rebounds, while Anunoby dropped in 12 and 4. Current Hoosier Robert Johnson, in attendance with a few teammates, came away impressed with what he saw.

- Elsewhere, the Hoosier staff was making the rounds on the first recruiting weekend of the spring. At the Boo Williams event in Hampton, Virginia, Tony Carr caught the eye of the staff, and was rewarded with a scholarship offer. The 4-star 6'4 point guard out of Philadelphia Roman Catholic is ranked #84 in the class of 2016 and is an AAU teammate of 2016 IU target Lamar Stevens.

- Rawle Alkins is prettay, prettay good at basketball. At the Adidas Gauntlet in Dallas, the 5-star guard out of NYC put on quite the show all weekend. After scoring 29 vs. Indiana Elite in front of Tom Crean on Friday night, Alkins upped the ante by putting up 37 points and 8 rebounds against Braxton Blackwell and the Atlanta Celtics on Saturday. Then, for good measure on Sunday, he dropped in 31 points on 9-15 shooting (6-10 from 3) in a matchup with the Michigan Mustangs.

- The ramifications of Shaka Smart's departure from VCU to the greener pastures of Texas are beginning to show, as multiple players have either backed out of their commitments or requested for transfer.

Whether there are any legs to this report remains to be seen, but its a name to keep an eye on. Also, it is further proof that Tom Crean literally does not stop recruiting. Ever.

- Also at the Boo Williams event was Bruce Brown, the 2016 combo guard out of Vermont Academy. In front of Hoosier coaches, he had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

- After Bryant's commitment to Indiana, the recruitment of his high school teammates from Huntington Prep have begun to take on a new light. One of those players, 2016 top-30 prospect Miles Bridges, was singled out as Crean and assistant Tim Buckley were on hand to watch him live on Saturday. On Friday, Bridges went for 27 points and 10 rebounds.

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