News, notes, and any other tidbits dealing with Hoosier recruits and targets
- I’ll admit I knew next to nothing about Clifton Moore when he became Indiana’s third commit of the 2017 class. However, with every new update on Moore’s senior season at Hatboro-Horsham (PA), the more I understand what Tom Crean saw in him as a relative unknown. In the video below of a game from last week, it’s extremely easy to see the high potential he possesses as a 6’10”, 200 lb F who does not hesitate to show off his shooting stroke from deep. Couple that with an ability to get to the rim, and it’s hard to imagine that Indiana was Moore’s first high-major offer before a number of schools got involved late. I mean, just look at the last play on this scouting tape - that euro-step and dunk is a thing of beauty for a kid his size. I cannot wait to see more.
- Jordan Tucker, Indiana’s top remaining target in the class of 2017 (#46 overall, #9 SF), took an Official Visit to Villanova last week. If you’re an optimist, having no major news regarding his visit to Jay Wright and the Wildcats can be seen as a positive for the Hoosiers. If you’re a pessimist, you’re acutely aware that Tucker is inevitably going to choose Villanova over IU in a soul-crushing last-minute decision, so you should probably not waste your time getting your hopes up and better utilize your time by writing handwritten death threats to Tom Crean for not personally making more 3 pointers against Butler.
- This year’s version of Thon Maker is Hamidou Diallo. The debate over whether he will go to college or enter the 2017 NBA Draft is like a diet version of the Thon Maker saga, but Diallo has the potential to be just as disruptive on the court if he chooses to attend college. The 6’5”, 195 lb SG (#10 overall, #1 SG) will be a game-changer for any school he attends because he can do things like you see in the video below. Indiana is squarely in the mix for his services - albeit with the huge caveat that they are not only fighting against other blue bloods, but the allure of the NBA, as well.
Highlights from Hamidou Diallo (@Diallo1Hamidou) GETTING IT DONE & leading a @PSAhoops win @BasketBullhoops HoopsFest w/ 29 Pts & 9 Rebs pic.twitter.com/YIawHJYJVx— Mike Yagmin (@MikeYagmiNERR) December 15, 2016
- Romeo Langford, the #3 overall player in the class of 2018, continues to dominate at the high school level. The New Albany (IN) product put up 40 points in a loss to #1 ranked La Lumiere (IN), including this dunk over a La Lumiere player who by law now has to retire from the game of basketball effective immediately. I could write more superlatives about Langford, but that’s not necessary. Everyone wants him, and he will have his pick of the litter once he decides he’s ready to commit somewhere. Let’s just pray that he loves the state of Indiana and can’t fathom calling anywhere else home.
Romeo Langford with the body‼️ #MakePlayz pic.twitter.com/hV6k5hJcvF— MakePlayz (@MakePlayz_com) December 16, 2016
- Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow (#130 overall in 2018) has had a very strong start to the season and should see his ranking skyrocket when the recruiting services update their lists. The 6’5”, 200 lb SG has had a hell of a few weeks, putting up 34 points and 14 rebounds on December 4th, 35 points and 11 rebounds on December 9th, and 21 points and 12 rebounds in a big win over Southport (IN) on Friday. The local product has already made plenty of trips to Assembly Hall and is very much on the IU staff’s radar for 2018.
- As always, keep up to date with our ever-changing recruiting board.