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Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Meet the Hoosiers' 2014 Class

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2014

Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Meet the Hoosiers' 2014 Class

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    Robert Johnson is one of three on his way to Bloomington.
    Robert Johnson is one of three on his way to Bloomington.Credit: Inside the Hall

    With Indiana's 2013-14 basketball season at a close, it's time to look forward to next season. There's no better place to start than with the fresh faces who will suit up for IU in 2014-15.

    As it currently stands (Tom Crean is still on the recruiting trail), the Hoosiers' recruiting class stands at three. Introducing the next crop of Indiana players...

James Blackmon Jr.

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    USA TODAY Sports

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 175 lbs

    Position: Guard

    Like Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh before him, James Blackmon Jr. is the crown jewel of his recruiting class. A 5-star recruit and No. 20 in ESPN's 100, he is the real deal. 

    Blackmon Jr. gives IU scoring, scoring and, you guessed it, more scoring. The stud shooting guard lit up scoreboards as a high school senior, averaging 33.1 points per game. Whether its inside or out, Blackmon Jr. can get the ball through the bottom of the net. 

    He's a lock for the starting lineup and could very well be the team's leading scorer in his freshman season. If the Hoosiers are going to be get back to the NCAA tournament, a productive season from Blackmon Jr. is essential. 

Robert Johnson

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    Credit: Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 190 lbs

    Position: Guard

    The Hoosiers will welcome Robert Johnson with open arms. While he is more naturally a shooting guard, he has point guard potential. This is huge for Indiana, as it is searching for someone who can run the point when Yogi Ferrell needs a break. 

    But, let's not downplay Johnson's other abilities, especially his scoring. He put up 24.5 points per game in his final high school season. Johnson was also his team's leading rebounder, grabbing 6.4 a night.

    For his efforts, he was named all-state and the 2014 All-Metro Player of the Year

    Johnson will definitely see the floor a lot in his freshman season. 

Max Hoetzel

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    Credit: Inside the Hall

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 210 lbs

    Position: Forward

    Max Hoetzel might not be rated very high by scouts (just a 3-star), but he could easily find a niche on next year's team. The lanky forward is an excellent shooter, especially from deep. Hoetzel can give the Hoosiers an outside presence they lacked this season.

    He definitely needs more time to develop, but with how IU's roster currently looks, Hoetzel's number could be called fairly early. Most of the forward minutes will go to Troy Williams and Devin Davis, but when they need a breather, expect Hoetzel to get a chance to play. 

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