IU still in the mix for 2016 forward Lamar Stevens #iubb

Eight schools remain in the running for forward Lamar Stevens and Indiana is one of them.

Stevens tweeted Friday the names of schools he’s considering, grouping IU on a list that includes Temple, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Villanova, Penn State, Maryland and SMU. 247 Sports, Rivals and Scout each give Stevens four stars and consider him among the top 100 players in the 2016 class. He attends the Haverford School outside Philadelphia and plays AAU ball alongside one-time IU target Tony Carr on Team Final. Lonnie Walker, a four- or five-star IU target in the 2017 class, is also a Team Final player.

IU coaches have watched the 6-foot-6, 190-pound Stevens on a few occasions this summer. He made an unofficial visit to Bloomington last fall and recently told both Rivals and Scout that he’s planning an upcoming official visit to Indiana. IU coach Tom Crean could take anywhere between four to six players in next year’s recruiting class, though Indiana does not have any current commitments for 2016.

Last week, prior to announcing his top eight, Stevens tweeted that his recruitment was “110 percent wide open.”

“I’m just looking for any place that’s best for me,” he wrote.


  1. It sure does seem like IU has to work for recruits. Villanova and Maryland are solid programs. Others listed are arguably second or third tier programs. Recruits are just not tripping over themselves to come to IU to play basketball. 6’6″ forward? 4 star? Near Philly. IU should be a dream come true for this recruit. Demonstrates how far IU men bb standards have slipped, lowered, or dropped.

  2. Actually to me it shows how AAU prospects have changed the recruiting landscape in the last decade . Hell even changed it in the last 5-6 years. Even Indiana HS boys seem to be wired different with what they consider priorities in the recruiting choices. That is the main reason I am not blown away or pissed at what IU spends for recruiting BB players. I may not like the change but it is flat out the truth to the business.

  3. Hanner Perea, Peter Jurkin, Austin Etherington, Jeremy Hollowell, Ron Patterson, Austin Etherington….all part of the ‘Indiana Elite’ AAU group.
    It could be easily argued that the pandering to Adams(got his son a job as video coordinator as well) AAU subset, loading up with very raw projects, and landing kids that needed a leader/coach capable of developing the lower tier a roster/role players(which may have contributed to some not NBA prospects becoming disheartened and more interested in drugs and alcohol), cost the program the type of local and national players that could have joined Zeller for a real championship run.

    Crean knew landing Zeller would excuse this horrific coaching ability. But the cost was giving Cody’s choir club members(a scholly for Etherington too) and Adams’ A-Hope members spots that should have been for far more seasoned talent from the state hat would have cherished a chance to play with Zeller. Crean could not afford the gamble to only go after Zeller. He had to sell faith doctrines and he had to be bought because his coaching credentials could not stand on their own. The supposed in-state momentum that was to come via Indiana Elite and “the Movement” was a near total collapse resulting in early departures, transfers, unrealized projects, and decent kids like Davis and Perea unevenly disciplined and kicked off the team for digressions in booze and pot.

  4. correction:

    Hanner Perea, Peter Jurkin, Austin Etherington, Jeremy Hollowell, Ron Patterson.…all part of the ‘Indiana Elite’ AAU group.

  5. Yes, an even greater disappointment is the struggle IU has to get its share of Indiana blue chippers. IU the traditional national championship banner school in Indiana does not need all that much money to travel all over the country when most of its star power should consistently come from Indiana and Midwest.

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