Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Updates on Hoosiers' Top Targets

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2013

Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Updates on Hoosiers' Top Targets

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    Summer is coming to an end, which means Indiana basketball's prime recruitment period will soon be over. The Hoosiers are in pursuit of a number of players in an attempt to fill the 2014 recruiting class. 

    Where does IU stand with the players it is after? Who is close to committing, and who is off the radar?

    This slideshow will provide an update on Indiana's top targets. 

James Blackmon Jr.

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    James Blackmon Jr. was Indiana's only verbal commitment for the 2014 recruiting class. The key word in the previous sentence...was.

    He shocked Tom Crean and Indiana faithful everywhere when he announced he was no longer committed and wanted to explore his options. 

    This is a big blow to the Hoosiers. He is a dynamic scorer who could one day lead the offense. Hopefully for Indiana's sake, Crean can right the ship.

     

Ahmed Hill

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    After Blackmon decided he wanted to explore his options, Indiana reportedly checked in with prospect Ahmed Hill, a 6'5" guard from Augusta, Georgia. 

    Luckily for Hoosier faithful, IU and Hill are still on good terms. He continues to be interested in Indiana. 

    As far as his general recruitment is going, he hasn't scheduled any official visits yet and doesn't know if he will make one to Bloomington.

     

Phil Booth

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    Phil Booth is a 4-star point guard from Baltimore. Booth and Indiana showed mutual interest, but it doesn't matter anymore.

    Booth decided to pass on Indiana and chose Villanova. Crean and his staff must find another point guard for the 2014 class. 

Robert Johnson

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    Robert Johnson is currently ranked the No. 2 player in the state of Virginia, according to ESPNWhen it comes to Johnson, things are looking up for Crean.

    Besides the Hoosiers, he is considering Florida State, Georgetown, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia. If one school is in the lead, it is Indiana.

    According to sources, Indiana is currently the only school he is scheduled to visit. This is obviously great news for IU and its coaching staff.  

    Chances are growing that IU will be able to sign the versatile guard to its 2014 class. 

Trevon Bluiett

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    At the moment, IU is still in the hunt for No. 41 in ESPN's 100, Trevon Bluiett. 

    The Indianapolis guard narrowed his list of possible schools down to eight. According to the Indianapolis Star, Arizona, Butler, Michigan, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier join Indiana as possible choices.  

    Bluiett said he will sign in November. Crean has a lot of work to put in if he wants to lock down the 6'5", 205-pound guard. 

Quentin Snider

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    Quentin Snider is a 6'1", 160-pound point guard from Louisville. He is rated No. 28 in ESPN's 100, and up until a few weeks ago, he was committed to play for Rick Pitino at Louisville. 

    Now, he is back on the market and informed IU he would make an official visit. To say the least, this is huge news for the Hoosiers.

    As a junior, he averaged 17.2 points and 4.4 assists per game. Considering how Indiana just lost out on a point guard in Booth, Crean has to be excited that Snider is interested. 

Michael Humphrey

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    Michael Humphrey, the 6'9" big man from Phoenix, recently received a scholarship offer from Indiana.

    The post player has now cut his list of possible schools down to 13. Fortunately for Indiana, it made the cut.

    Competing with IU for his services are Arizona State, Columbia, Grand Canyon, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, California, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oregon, Virginia and Vanderbilt.

    Humphrey is definitely a raw talent (only a 3-star recruit) but is still worth recruiting.