Recruiting roundup: July evaluation period begins #iubb

By 5 p.m. Wednesday evening, the summer recruiting season was in full swing.

The first of three July open recruiting periods began for college basketball coaches on Wednesday. As such, IU coaches spread across the Eastern seaboard to check out prospects in the 2017 class. Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. is the big event this week, but it’s not the only one on the recruiting radar. The Under Armour All-America Camp in Charlotte is also worth monitoring, as are a few others.

For our purposes, we’ll focus on the IU connections. While the Scoop crew is in Bloomington enjoying a #BtownSummer, here’s a roundup of reports from the first day of the open period.


According to 247 Sports’ Andrew Slater, IU coach Tom Crean began his week watching five-star forward Mohamed Bamba and his PSA Cardinals team take on Nike South Beach. Crean was reportedly joined in attendance by Kentucky coach John Calipari, UNC coach Roy Williams, Kansas’ Bill Self and Duke assistant Jeff Capel, among others.

— Crean also took time Wednesday to watch four-star forward Jordan Tucker, according to 247 Sports scouting director Jerry Meyer. Tucker has been on IU’s 2017 radar, and visited Bloomington in late April.


— IU assistant Rob Judson watched a pair of four-star guard targets, Paul Scruggs and David Beatty, go head-to-head in Charlotte, according to Mike Pegram of

— Five-star shooting guard M.J. Walker told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello that Indiana has shown plenty of recent interest.


According to Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press, IU assistant Chuck Martin was reportedly in Philadelphia on Wednesday to watch four-star forward Malik Williams. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was also spotted watching Williams, a 7-foot prospect out of Fort Wayne.

Stay tuned. The current open period runs through Sunday afternoon. The next runs July 13-17, and the third runs July 20-24.

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  1. somebody is gonna make a comment as to why tom crean is focusing on hs juniors instead of this years team and the x’s and o’s of this year right?oh now you all aint sayin nothin huh thats odd

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