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Recruiting Roundup: Big games from familiar names

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The AAU circuit is in full swing, and the Hoosier staff (with Thomas Bryant stepping in as lead recruiter) has been getting some face time as they check in with top recruiting targets.

News, notes, and any other tidbits that deal with Hoosier targets

- Before Thomas Bryant even steps foot on campus in Bloomington, he has already begun to ingratiate himself with the Hoosier faithful. He has taken on the role of lead recruiter, already in the ear of some of the top 2016 IU targets, like Rawle Alkins.

In other Bryant news, the 5-star PF/C suited up in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on April 17th. He had 11 points and 8 rebounds in 18 minutes, including this alley-oop.

- Lamar Stevens, the 2016 PF out of The Haverford School in Pennsylvania, had a solid weekend on the Nike EYBL Circuit in Hampton, Virginia, where he averaged 18.5 points and 7 rebounds a game. Stevens plays the Team Final AAU squad with fellow Indiana target Tony Carr.

- Tom Crean took advantage of being in Indy to stop by for an in-home visit with 2016 big man Joey Brunk. Brunk has also been solid on the AAU circuit, averaging almost 17 points and 9 rebounds a game on 65% shooting from the floor.

- If it seems like I write about Rawle Alkins dominating a game or tournament in every roundup, it's because I do. The man is a human highlight reel and has cemented himself as one of the top guards in the 2016 class.

While in Indiana for the Adidas Uprising event this weekend, Alkins put on a show in front of Tom Crean and Chuck Martin. On Saturday, he had 28 points (including 4 3's) in a 88-85 win. On Sunday, he dropped 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Below are highlights of Alkins showing off his stuff at the Northeast Hoops Festival from last weekend.

- Also in Indy for the Adidas Uprising event was De'Ron Davis, the 2016 PF out of Colorado. Davis had a very productive weekend in front of a number of coaches from top programs, picking up an offer from Shaka Smart and Texas along the way. Indiana made its presence felt by showing up to each of his games, and Davis did not disappoint by putting up 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-72 win on Sunday.

- A new name on the recruiting front is Nick Ward, a 6'9" PF out of Columbus, Ohio. Ward picked up multiple offers this week, including both Indiana and Illinois. In a win over Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr's Team Final, the 2016 big man had 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks on 8-12 shooting. To get an idea of how he plays, below is a video of Ward from before the 2014-15 season.

- Paul Scruggs has started to turn heads nationally, and his recruitment is picking up steam. In a win over Canada Elite, Scruggs and his Indy Hoosiers AAU squad made quick work, with Scruggs dropping in 15 points and 6 rebounds.

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