News, notes, and any other tidbits about Hoosier recruiting targets:
- Jordan Tucker, a 4-star SF out of NY, will be in attendance for Wednesday’s matchup vs. UNC. Ranked #46 in the class of 2017, the 6’7”, 205 lb Tucker will be the latest Top- 50 recruit to take an Official Visit to Indiana. With playing time on the 2017-18 team very much up for grabs, Tucker will not be in town just for a front row seat at Assembly Hall. His interest in Indiana is serious, as this trip only was planned after Kris Wilkes and Billy Preston passed on the Hoosiers. Long considered a Syracuse lean, Tucker turned heads and reaffirmed his recruitment to be very much wide open when he left his hometown in White Plains, NY to play his senior season at Wheeler HS in Marietta, GA. Tom Crean and Chuck Martin were in to see Tucker’s home opener last week, where he put up 20 points and 7 rebounds in a 68-60 win over 5-star 2017 SG prospect MJ Walker and Jonesboro (GA). Tucker also has a visit to Villanova scheduled for mid-December.
- For those of you who have been feeling a bit down about Indiana’s future prospects due to missing out on some big-time talents recently, Justin Smith is here to cheer you up. The 4-star 2017 commit out of Stevenson HS (Lincolnshire, IL), has been putting on a show recently, including 7(!) dunks in one blowout win, followed by a 28-point performance, 2 of which you can see below in an inexplicably long slo-mo video, that Smith thoroughly dominated.
- Robert Phinisee has continued his ascent into his junior season. The 5’11”, 180 lb PG is currently ranked #81 in the class of 2018, but his performances as of late show someone who is destined to end up much higher than that. The McCutcheon (IN) product who has long had ties to IU had a career night last Wednesday, putting up a line of 30 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals, and 4 assists in a 94-46 blowout over West Lafayette.
- Five-star 2017 SG Hamidou Diallo, who recently announced a final six that included Indiana, has been dogged by rumors that he will test the NBA Draft waters after his senior season, as he will be eligible for the 2017 draft. However, Diallo stated that as of “right now, I’m 100% going to college”, which can be interpreted in a number of ways. Regardless of how you view Diallo’s comments and future plans, his recruitment is something to keep an eye on.
- As always, keep up to date with our ever-changing recruiting board.