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Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Where Hoosiers Stand with Top 2014 Targets

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2013

Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Where Hoosiers Stand with Top 2014 Targets

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    For Indiana basketball and the rest of the country, signing season will soon be here. The Hoosiers are still targeting a number of high-quality recruits, but none have pulled the trigger and decided IU is the place for them. 

    It might be a bit discouraging to fans to see that the Hoosiers don't have a single recruit at this point, but Tom Crean and his staff are in contact with enough good players to still put together a superb 2014 class. 

    Let's take a look at where Indiana stands with the players it wants to bring to Bloomington. 

Robert Johnson

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    Indiana is one of four teams Robert Johnson is considering. He is also considering Virginia, North Carolina and Florida State. 

    Johnson has made official visits to each. 

    Tom Crean is in hot pursuit of Johnson. He visited Johnson at his home in order to present one final pitch to the Virginia guard.

    Now, the Hoosiers must play the waiting game, but they won't be playing very long. Johnson announced he will make his college decision on Sept. 20. By the end of the week, Indiana could have its first 2014 commitment.

     

Isaiah Whitehead

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    Since the decommitment of James Blackmon Jr., Indiana has been desperately trying to find quality guards for the 2014 class. One of its targets is Isaiah Whitehead.

    Whitehead already took an unofficial visit to Bloomington and is planning on going back for an official visit for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 4, according to AllHoosiers.com's Justin Albers (subscription required).  

    Getting Whitehead on campus in early October would obviously be huge for the Hoosiers. Having him at Hoosier Hysteria could turn the recruiting tide in Indiana's favor. 

     

Goodluck Okonoboh

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    Goodluck Okonoboh is one of the prized big men in the class of 2014. He made his first trip to IU on an official visit last weekend. 

    The other schools he is interested in are Duke, Florida, Ohio State and UNLV.

    According to AllHoosiers.com, Indiana is the front-runner  for Okonoboh (subscription required). He still has some official visits to take, but it's certainly a good sign for IU if Okonoboh truly does have the Hoosiers as his top destination. 

James Blackmon Jr.

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    Since James Blackmon Jr. decommitted from Indiana, he has been a hot commodity in college basketball recruiting. Among the new suitors are Michigan State, Michigan, North Carolina and Kentucky. 

    Tom Crean has been pushing hard to re-sign the talented guard. He attended one of Blackmon Jr.'s open gym sessions and had an in-home visit with him after. 

    It's looking less and less likely Blackmon Jr. will come back to Indiana, but Crean and fans everywhere can hope for the best. 

Ahmed Hill

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    Like Isaiah Whitehead, Ahmed Hill got back on Indiana's radar after the James Blackmon Jr. debacle.

    Tom Crean and his staff have made some headway with the young man from Augusta, Ga., and he is going to attend Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 4. 

    His updated list of potential destinations includes five schools. Indiana, along with Florida, Florida State, Marquette and Missouri, are vying for his services.

    Hill said he will make his decision in November. 

Lourawls Nairn

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    Lourawls Nairn, a point guard from Bel Aire, Kan., has flown under the radar for most of the recruiting season. The Hoosiers, though, are interested in him and are one of four schools he is considering.

    Nairn has received offers from and visited Michigan State, Minnesota and Oklahoma. 

    The Hoosiers are still very much in the running for Nairn. Tom Crean stopped by his house for an in-home visit last weekend.

    This weekend, Indiana will host him for an official visit. IU has to like its chances to land this 4-star recruit. 

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