Indiana Basketball: Latest Updates on Hoosiers' Top 2014 Recruits

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2014

Indiana Basketball: Latest Updates on Hoosiers' Top 2014 Recruits

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    Indiana basketball is having a decent season so far with a record of 12-5 (2-2). The Hoosiers pulled off a huge upset win against Wisconsin, but by no means is Indiana a lock to make the NCAA tournament. 

    Because of this, it's never too early to turn our attention to next season and the recruiting class head coach Tom Crean secured. Let's take a look at how these future Hoosiers are doing.

Dante Exum

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    Australian native Dante Exum is not an Indiana commit, but he's on this list because he showed interest in the Hoosiers while deciding whether to attend college or jump straight to the NBA. As of right now, it seems all signs are pointing to the NBA.

    Exum met with multiple player representation agencies, and the expectation is he will enter June's NBA draft, per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Indiana would love to have him in a Hoosier uniform, but it appears Exum has the NBA on his mind. 

James Blackmon Jr.

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    James Blackmon Jr. is in the midst of an incredible season. His play easily makes him a candidate for Indiana's Mr. Basketball award. 

    The scoring machine is putting up points at an insane rate. Blackmon Jr. currently averages 35.6 points per game. He broke his high school's single-game scoring record when he dropped 54 earlier this season, a record oddly enough held by his father.

    Blackmon Jr. has been dealing with a slight knee injury lately, but is expected to play in Marion High School's next game, according to the Marion Chronicle-Tribune's sports editor Matt Wilson. 

    Regardless, Hoosier fans and Crean can't wait to have Blackmon Jr. in Bloomington. 

Max Hoetzel

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    According to a report by Alex McCarthy of InsideIndiana (subscription required), sharpshooting Max Hoetzel got off to a slow start in his senior season. His first month was rough, but as of December 27, he had come out of his slump.

    Hoetzel has found his outside stroke, even hitting nine three-pointers in one game.

    His presence will definitely be welcomed in Bloomington next year, as the Hoosiers have struggled from beyond the arc, shooting just 33.8 percent. 

Robert Johnson

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    Virginia product Robert Johnson is playing well in his final season at Benedictine High School. The combo-guard is averaging 17.5 points, 2.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game. Led by his superb play, Benedictine is 15-3.

    Once again, Crean must be happy with the way one of his recruits is playing.

    Johnson is a versatile guard who could end up running the offense for the Hoosiers if need be. The fact that he's pulling down five rebounds a contest shows he's committed to crashing the glass, something the Hoosiers have preached this year.

    All in all, it looks like a very productive player is on his way to Bloomington.