Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers' Odds to Land Each Top Recruiting Target

Cody StrahmContributor IIJuly 8, 2013

Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers' Odds to Land Each Top Recruiting Target

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    Quality and quantity have been themes of Indiana basketball recruiting the past two seasons. Quality just may have to do in 2014.

    The Hoosiers currently only have one remaining scholarship to give next year's freshman class when you take into account James Blackmon, Jr.'s impending signing. Recent transfers Remy Abell and Maurice Creek are prime examples of how a team's available spots can change, though. 

    Indiana is still in the mix for several of the nation's top 100 recruits, as they hope to pair Blackmon with another blue-chip prospect. Let's take a look at IU's odds of landing each of its top targets. 

    It should be noted that these odds reflect each player's individual chances of choosing the Hoosiers and does not take into account the drastic changes that could occur when the next prospect commits. 

Trevon Bluiett

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    Position: Forward
    Size: 6'5", 185 pounds
    High School: Park Tudor (Indianapolis, IN)
    Rivals: 4-star (46); ESPN: 4-star (41); Scout: 4-star (40) 

    The liklihood of Indiana's top high school prospects taking their talents to Bloomington has increased on Tom Crean's watch. Signing top Indiana recruits Cody Zeller and Yogi Ferrell in recent years has paved the way for more highly touted preps from the Hoosier state to become, well, Hoosiers.

    James Blackmon, Jr. will extend that trend in 2014, and Crean hopes Park Tudor standout Trevon Bluiett will continue to help turn a trend into more of a rule of thumb by joining Blackmon in the cream and crimson.

    Bluiett is keeping his cards close to the chest, though. He has indicated that Indiana, Michigan and Butler are the three schools recruiting him the hardest. According to CBSsports.com, he's yet to trim his list of 24 potential schools and is still considering destinations from Florida to UCLA.

    The premise that Indiana is an elite program close to Bluiett's home obviously is working in the Hoosiers favor, as is the opportunity for him to join another Park Tudor product in point guard Yogi Ferrell. And Butler losing head coach Brad Stevens to the Boston Celtics could push another school that's nearby home off his list.

    But wrinkles in the pursuit, like Bluiett's former high school coach joining Steve Alford's staff at UCLA, make it difficult to gauge IU's chances. 

    Even in such a cloudy picture, though, the Hoosiers are likely to become one of Bluiett's most likely destinations when he eventually begins the process of narrowing down his list. Bluiett can do it all on the offensive end and would be an excellent addition to Indiana's 2014 recruiting class. 

    Interest in Indiana: Medium 
    Odds of signing with Hoosiers: 4-1 

Ahmed Hill

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    Position: Guard
    Size: 6'5", 190 pounds
    High School: Aquinas (Augusta, GA)
    Rivals: 4-star (55); ESPN: 4-star (33); Scout: 4-star (60)

    Augusta, Georgia native Ahmed Hill has revealed that he has a great, ongoing relationship with Indiana coach Tom Crean. But that doesn't necessarily mean he's Bloomington bound.

     Like Bluiett, Hill hasn't cut down his list, which includes 15 scholarship offers (per Rivals.com).

    Hill is a well-rounded shooting guard who possess top-tier speed and athleticism. He has a high ceiling on both ends of the floor, making him one of the nation's most sought-after recruits.

    Indiana was one of the first schools to show interest in Hill, but now it will have to hold off programs like Connecticut, Marquette, North Carolina and Florida to land his services. 

    Interest in Indiana: Medium
    Odds of signing with Hoosiers: 10-1 

     


Devin Robinson

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    Position: Forward 
    Size: 6'8", 180 pounds
    High School: Christchurch (VA) 
    Rivals: 5-star (24); ESPN: 4-star (74); Scout: 4-star (30) 

    As one of the fastest-rising prospects in the entire country, Devin Robinson has been sky rocketing up recruiting boards lately. He is now considered a top-25 recruit on Rivals and rankings such as ESPN's, which currently slots Robinson 74th, will likely follow suit by grading him higher with their next release.

    With superb size, Robinson's potential is fueled by quality athleticism and shooting ability. He'll need to improve his ball-handling and could use some added bulk, but he's positioning himself to become one of the top freshman in college basketball come 2014.

    The Hoosiers' interest is strong, but so is the 12 other programs who have offered. Robinson is taking his time with his decision and Indiana hasn't been able to separate themselves from the pack. 

     

    Interest in Indiana: Medium 
    Odds of signing with Hoosiers: 12-1 

Phil Booth

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    Position: Guard
    Size: 6'4", 180 pounds
    High School: Mount St. Joseph's (Baltimore, MD) 
    Rivals: 4-star (78); ESPN: 4-star (81); Scout: 4-star (63) 

    The versatile guard from Maryland is being pursued heavily by several schools close to home, highlighted by Maryland and Georgetown. But Indiana is also targeting Booth, and the 4-star recruit says he talks to either Coach Crean or assistant Kenny Johnson on a daily basis.

    Booth, who took an unofficial visit to Indiana for the Hoosiers' home victory over Michigan last season, expects to run the point at the next level, but he can also play shooting guard. He's expected to take his official visit with IU as early as this month.

    While Indiana may prefer a few of the more highly touted preps on their board, signing Booth would be nice consolation if it loses out on it's primary targets. 

    247 Sports lists the Hoosiers as one of five schools Booth has "warm" interest in. 

    Interest in Indiana: Medium
    Odds of signing with Hoosiers:
    6-1 

LeRon Black

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    Position: Forward
    Size: 6'8", 215 pounds
    High School: White Station (Memphis, TN)
    Rivals: 5-star (22); ESPN: 4-star (36); Scout: 4-star (23)

    LeRon Black may be a consistent mid-range and perimeter shot away from becoming one of the most complete high school players in the country. Great size and length help compose a rare talent.

    Black runs the floor well, finishes in traffic, has an outstanding motor and relentlessly crashes the glass. It's no secret the Hoosiers would love to pair him with James Blackmon, Jr. in next year's freshman class.

    But competition for Black is proving fierce. According to Rivals, there are eight teams that Black has high interest in—a list that doesn't include the Hoosiers.

    As much as Tom Crean would love to have him, Black appears to be destined for another program. But the former Baylor commit has changed his mind before. 

     

    Interest in Indiana: Medium
    Odds of signing with Hoosiers: 25-1

Goodluck Okonoboh

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    Position: Center 
    Size: 6'9", 220 pounds
    High School: Wilbraham and Monson Academy (Boston, MA)
    Rivals: 4-star (32); ESPN: 5-star (19); Scout: 4-star (37)

    What projects to be the Hoosiers' biggest void this coming season? A dominant center who protects the rim and owns the glass.

    While Indiana hopes Luke Fischer overachieves or Hanner Perea's development rapidly accelerates in 2013-14, they are setting their sights on Boston's Goodluck Okonoboh to fill that need.

    Okonoboh is an athletic, shot-blocking big man who fits the mold of former Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel. He's the type of player who can be a cornerstone of any program's defense, and it's hard to pinpoint a better fit for the Hoosiers in this recruiting class.

    Okonoboh boasts one of the most prestigious interest lists in the nation, being pursued by teams such as Duke, Syracuse, Connecticut and Kentucky (via Scout.com). But Indiana's chances of signing Okonoboh appear strong.

    At one point, IU was even rumored to be his unofficial favorite. Okonoboh has denied he's identified a favorite, but still, many believe Indiana is the team to beat (per duke.247sports. Subscription required). 

     

    Interest in Indiana: High
    Odds of signing with Hoosiers: 3-1 

Dante Exum

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    Position: Guard 
    Size: 6'5", 185 pounds
    High School: Australian Institute of Sport (Canberra, AUS)
    Rivals: 5-star (NR); ESPN: 4-star (NR); Scout: 4-star (NR)

    Despite being a potential lottery pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Australian guard Dante Exum is said to be leaning towards enrolling in college next summer. And the program that would likely benefit the most from that decision is Indiana, the only school Exum has visited so far.

    Exum, who models his game after NBA star Derrick Rose, can play either guard position. But for the Hoosiers, he'd have to settle for 2-guard, with Yogi Ferrell entrenched as the starting floor general.

    Exum has a high basketball IQ, handles the ball extremely well and finishes at the rim with ease. He'd be an outstanding get for IU, even as a likely one-and-done prospect. 

    But even if the rumor is true and Exum is leaning towards going to school, the NBA and a multi-million dollar contract will be incredibly difficult to turn down at the end of the day. After producing two top-four picks in this year's draft, though, Tom Crean and the Hoosiers would give Exum the tools to polish his game for the pros. 

     

    Interest in Indiana: High
    Odds of signing with Hoosiers: 2-1