Indiana Basketball: Best and Worst-Case Scenarios for Each 2013 Recruit
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As the Indiana Hoosiers continue their terrific season, the recruiting class for next year is preparing to come to Bloomington. While all of the recruits show promise, there is always the chance that they disappoint.
According to ESPN's Class Rankings, the Hoosiers have the fourth-best recruiting class in the nation. They have six total recruits, making it one of the biggest classes the school has ever had.
Head coach Tom Crean has done a tremendous job recruiting since coming to Indiana. He turned a struggling program into an absolute powerhouse in just a few seasons, thanks to solid coaching and recruiting.
Here is a look at each recruit's best- and worst-case scenarios on the Hoosiers.
Hartman could be a lethal scorer for IU.
Collin Hartman comes from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. He is listed at 6'6" tall, weighing 190 pounds. He is listed as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.
Best Case: Hartman has shown that he is a very versatile forward. He has a great shot from the perimeter and could end up being a lot like Will Sheehey. He has a similar play style to the Hoosiers sixth man, and can be a solid player on both sides of the floor.
Worst Case: Despite his good jump shot, Hartman's strength could be a concern. If he wants to stay at forward, he will definitely need to add some strength. He could struggle mightily in the paint and get dominated by the big and physical forwards in the B1G.
Devin Davis Jr.
Davis was a good leader for Warren Central.
Devin Davis played at Warren Central in the Indianapolis area. He is also listed at 6'6" tall and 190 pounds. He is a 3-star recruit according to Rivals.
Best Case: Davis is another versatile forward who can be developed very well physically. He has a great work ethic and works hard when he's on the court. He is very aggressive on both sides of the ball and could fill a role of a player like Victor Oladipo.
Worst Case: Both Davis and Hartman have the same problem with strength. He will also need to put on some muscle in order to be a stronger presence in the paint. He loves to drive to the basket, but that lack of strength could be problematic.
Fischer is a tall guy who could replace Zeller.
Luke Fischer is a senior from Germantown in Wisconsin. He is 6'10", weighing in at 210 pounds. He is another 3-star recruit for the Hoosiers.
Best Case: Fischer has the tools to be a dominant post player. His playing style reminds many of the Zeller brothers. He could be a great replacement if Cody decides to go pro. His jump shot also appears to be solid, and he could be a good shooter from mid-range.
Worst Case: Dominance in the paint during high school doesn't always translate in college. Fischer could end up being one of those examples and could get pushed around down low. If Zeller decides to stay, he likely won't get much time on the floor.
Robinson is a Top 50 recruit according to Rivals.
Stanford Robinson goes to Findlay Prep in Nevada. He is 6'4" and 175 pounds. Rivals has him as a 4-star recruit, and the 50th overall player.
Best Case: Robinson shows some incredible athleticism on the court. He is explosive and loves making quick cuts to the basket. His abilities could make him a solid shooting guard for the team, which is one of the weaker spots for the Hoosiers. He could find himself in the starting lineup with the departure of Jordan Hulls.
Worst Case: There are a lot of positives in Robinson's game, but he also seems to enjoy being a little flashy. That kind of swagger might lead to overconfidence and limit his development under Crean. His jump shot is also relatively unused, and he may struggle finding his shot outside of the paint.
Williams is one of the best forwards in the 2013 class.
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Troy Williams comes from the famous Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. The school has been a hotbed for basketball players, including guys like Rajon Rondo, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. Williams is listed at 6'7", weighing in at 190 pounds. He is a 4-star recruit and the 37th overall player according to Rivals.
Best Case: There are high expectations for Williams since he comes out of Oak Hill. With how talented he is, he could easily become the star player for the Hoosiers if Zeller and Oladipo go pro. He can score from almost anywhere on the court, and his dunks are quite impressive. He is equally as impressive on defense and can simply frustrate opposing players.
Worst Case: With how talented Williams is, the worst-case scenario for him is that he gets injured. An early injury would seriously hinder his development on the team and could hurt his chances of going pro tremendously. Maurice Creek comes to mind, as he was in a similar situation. If Williams stays healthy, there isn't much doubt he will be a great player.
Vonleh is the highest recruit Crean has ever had.
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Noah Vonleh comes from New Hampton School in Massachusetts. He is listed as 6'8" and 220 pounds. He is a 5-star recruit and the seventh overall player according to the rankings by Rivals.
Best Case: What surprises a lot of people when they watch Vonleh is his great ball-handling abilities. Despite his size, he shows tremendous confidence driving with the ball. He has a lot of tools to be a strong player on both sides of the ball. His presence on defense is truly frightening, as he does a great job boxing out as well as blocking shots. He could become a strong presence for the Hoosiers.
Worst Case: Vonleh is a great overall player, but playing in high school is a lot different than playing in college. His biggest strength is his dominance in the paint, but if that is taken away by playing against bigger and better players, he could be in trouble. If he begins to struggle in the paint, he could be another Hanner Mosquera-Perea.