News, notes, and any other tidbits dealing with Hoosier recruiting targets:
Class of 2016
- At the Bluegrass Classic in Kentucky, Curtis Jones had another weekend to remember as he took home MVP honors as his Huntington Prep team cruised to a first place finish. In the opener, Jones had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, and then sealed his MVP with 23 points in a 104-64 win over Victory Prep in the title game.
- De'Ron Davis also has continued his ascent into bonafide high school superstar. His defending state champion Overland squad took on Colorado's current #1 team, Eaglecrest, and did not back down. Overland was dominant from the get-go, and had control throughout, cruising to an easy 63-41 win. Davis did his thing, stuffing the stat sheet with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots.
(Here's a compilation video of both Davis and Jones in action this season)
- In a big-time New York matchup, Devonte Green and his Lutheran teammates destroyed Cardozo High by a score of 96-60. Green led the way with 25 points, but did most of the heavy lifting early on as Lutheran jumped out to a ridiculous 42 point lead before coasting the rest of the way.
Devonte Green putting on a clinic. First three plays of second half: off the backboard assist, layup, no look assist!— CourtCred (@courtcred) February 6, 2016
- Rawle Alkins has begun taking his official visits, and as the days pass, his recruitment seems to be slipping away from Indiana. Alkins has now taken officials to St. John's and UNLV, before even thinking about the two schools who seem to be in the lead for his services, UNC and NC State. It's a shame, too, because Rawle is even getting love right now from literally the best basketball player on the planet.
Class of 2017
- Reliable, consistent information on Al Durham is not always the easiest to come by, but when reports do come through about Durham and his Berkmar (Georgia) team, the reviews are glowing. After participating in the Blue Collar Basketball Showcase which featured a number of the highest ranked programs in Georgia, Durham was mentioned as one of the players to watch out for, regardless of age class.
"This Indiana commit continues to get better each time we see him. Durham is a big guard that has the ability to play multiple positions. He advances the ball himself or sprints the wing in transition where he has the ability to get to the rim and finish with a dunk or shoot the deep 3. Durham is a big-time slasher and he weaves through and around traffic with ease." (Source)
- In a huge matchup in Indianapolis, Kris Wilkes (in title pic) came up big as he and #2 North Central dropped 21 points and 8 rebounds in a 70-53 victory over 5th-ranked Park Tudor. Wilkes' recruitment has always been a slow burn, but that may be changing, as he was on an unofficial to Michigan State last week. As the clear standout of the 2017 class, here's a compilation video of Wilkes' year so far, and man, is it fun to watch.
- Do not sleep on Southport (Indianapolis) guard Paul Scruggs. The 2nd ranked player in the state of Indiana for the class of 2017 has been stellar all year as part of a two-headed monster for Southport with teammate Joey Brunk (Butler commit). In a recent 75-34 win over Columbus North, Scruggs had 19 points.
- As always, keep up to date with our ever-changing recruiting board.