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Recruiting Roundup: Spring recruiting season in full bloom

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The Maker brothers take flight at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and some highly-touted new names list Indiana as a strong player in their recruitment.

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- It started as a joke, but oh my god, please please #PayThonMaker. Last week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, the entire arsenal was working for Thon Maker, as he displayed what makes him such a tantalizing prospect. He earned MVP honors at a camp filled with high-major talent using his newfound and noticeable added strength. Maker was a force in the paint on both ends, including markedly better post defense. Yet, it's his agility and guard-like qualities that really push him into a different stratosphere as a prospect. Watch the video below, and then remember that this is a 18-year-old kid who is a legit 7 feet tall.

- Not to be forgotten, younger brother Matur Maker has slowly but surely created a buzz for himself, and used the NBPA Top 100 Camp to showcase his skills, as well. Standing 6'10", Maker dazzled with his passing ability, and he and his brother continue to obliterate any preconceptions about what skill set players of their size should possess.

- Curtis Jones was on campus this weekend for an unofficial visit. The 4-star combo guard, ranked #55 in the class of 2016, is a part of both Huntington Prep (former teammate of Thomas Bryant) and the Boo Williams AAU team, of which IU has numerous connections. Jones' father updated Curtis' recruitment and talked about what makes IU such an intriguing option.


"Anytime you are in a place that has the titles that Indiana has won, if you are passionate about basketball - and he is - it's special. Being in a place with such tradition and history was good for him," his father said. "He pays attention to stuff like that. - See more at: https://indiana.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1777907#sthash.5jYPVQOu.dpuf

"What made the biggest impression was the coaching staff and the film session he had with them," Jones Sr. said. "They watched film and talked about his game in detail and how his game translates to the next level and how he would be successful ther

"Anytime you are in a place that has the titles that Indiana has won, if you are passionate about basketball - and he is - it's special. Being in a place with such tradition and history was good for him" (Source)


"Anytime you are in a place that has the titles that Indiana has won, if you are passionate about basketball - and he is - it's special. Being in a place with such tradition and history was good for him," his father said. "He pays attention to stuff like that. - See more at: https://indiana.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1777907#sthash.5jYPVQOu.dpuf

"Anytime you are in a place that has the titles that Indiana has won, if you are passionate about basketball - and he is - it's special. Being in a place with such tradition and history was good for him," his father said. "He pays attention to stuff like that. - See more at: https://indiana.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1777907#sthash.5jYPVQOu.dpuf

- Well, wouldn't ya know, the IU graphic design team is back at it. As seen in the tweet below, De'Riante Jenkins showed off an example of what modern-day recruiting looks like, and I for one think it's hilarious. Hopefully Jenkins likes it too, because he could be a vital piece of the 2016 class after skyrocketing up the rankings after a fantastic spring. The 6'5" wing is being told by Hoosier coaches that he could step in as the heir apparent to Troy Williams if he were to leave for the NBA.

- Michael Porter, owner of the Best Dunk Of All-Time By A High Schooler, is the #2 overall player in the class of 2017 and grew up in Indiana before relocating to Missouri. This past week, he cut his list to 17(!) schools, of which Indiana is one. Porter was at the Nike Basketball Academy in SF this weekend, where he roomed with former childhood teammate and friend (2017 target from Indy) Paul Scruggs. IU is 1 out of 17, which is a non-zero chance for all you math majors. For a talent like this, that's about all you can ask for at this point.

- A shiny new top prospect to add to the watch list is Trevon Duval, a 6'3" PG out of St. Benedictine's in New Jersey. Duval, the #7 overall prospect in the class of 2017, was also at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and proved his ranking by showing off his versatility and athleticism. In one game, he had a camp high 30 points on 11-14 shooting, earning a camp All-Star nomination. Duval spoke about his recruitment, saying Indiana and Oregon were the two schools recruiting him the hardest, in which he receives "a letter (from them) probably every other day".

- Some new faces were on campus this week, as well. Two prospects from the class of 2017, Charles Payton and Al Durham, took in the sights on campus as part of unofficial visits. Payton, a wing out of Bloomington Central, and Durham, a guard out of Georgia, are not well known prospects, but definitely names to keep an eye on.

- You can cross a few names off the recruiting board. Joey Brunk, the 4-star big man out of Indianapolis, committed to Butler, and will more than likely be a huge pain in the ass for the Hoosiers in upcoming Crossroad Classics. Also, 4-star PG Quentin Goodin cut his list to 5, and Indiana was nowhere to be found.

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