Indiana received its fifth 2017 commitment Sunday in Bendu Yeaney, a 5-foot-9 guard from Oregon.
Yeaney, who is considered a three-star prospect by ESPN.com, visited IU’s campus in September with Linsey Marchese (Dacula, Ga.) and Alexis Johnson (Houston, Tex.), who had already committed to IU, as well as Keyanna Warthen (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who would commit to the Hoosiers on Sept. 20.
Yeaney, from Portland, had a longer timetable to make a decision. She had visits to Washington and Arizona. She also considered Oregon State and Colorado.
At the end of the day, she chose not to stay on the West Coast but come to IU and join what appears to be a strong class. Along with Marchese, Johnson, Warthen and Yeaney, the Hoosiers also have a verbal from five-star prospect Jaelynn Penn from Louisville, Ky.
What Yeaney adds to the class is another athletic combo guard, displaying both an ability to hit from beyond the arc and attack the rim. As a junior, she was named to USA Today’s All-Oregon second team. According to an article from The Oregonian in December 2014, Yeaney averaged 17.2 points per game during her sophomore season.
This will probably be IU’s last commit, even though the Hoosiers do have six scholarships available. Signing day is this week, and the Hoosiers would most likely want to keep one scholarship available and have the means to accommodate a transfer player, if one became available.