IUWBB: Nine 2018 recruits expected at Hoosier Hysteria

Indiana currently has no verbal commitments for the 2018 class, but nine ’18 prospects are expected to be in attendance for Hoosier Hysteria this weekend.

Headlining that group is Ashley Joens, a 5-foot-9 guard from Iowa City, Iowa. She is considered the No. 16 prospect in the ’18 class by ESPN. Abby Prohaska, a 5-8 guard from Ohio selected for the USA U-17 team, is also expected to be at Saturday’s event. So too is 5-10 guard Grace Berger, ranked as the No. 46 recruit in ’18.

Berger, like ’17 commit Jaelynn Penn, is from Louisville, Ky. Penn will be joined by fellow ’17 verbal commit Linsey Marchese at the event. Though IU’s current ’17 class includes two other verbals — Keyanna Warthen (Fla.) and Alexis Johnson (Tex.) — Marchese and Penn are the only ’17 recruits expected to be at Assembly Hall on Saturday.

The Hoosiers’ ’17 class currently ranks No. 20 nationally, according to ESPN.

IU is also expected to host recruits from the ’19 and ’20 classes, as well as a couple of ’21 prospects. One name worth highlighting is Warren Central point guard Shaila Beeler, tabbed as a five-star prospect and No. 14 overall in ’19 by ESPN. Another big in-state attendee is ’20 recruit Sydney Parrish, who is a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern.

Along with Azzi Fudd, a ’21 prospect from Fairfax, Va., eighth-grader Ari Wiggins, from Heritage Christian Middle School in Indianapolis, is scheduled to be at Hoosier Hysteria.

Other names expected at Assembly Hall: Jayla Everett (2018), Akira Levy (2018), Chanel Wilson (2018), Amaya Stovall (2018), Jenasae Bishop (2018), Amari Davidson (2018), Rickie Woltman (2019), Amaya Hamilton (2019), Laya Hartman (2019).


  1. This is a very impressive list of high school recruits coming in for Hoosier Hysteria! It should be noted that not mentioned in this article, Jayla Everett is ranked # 76 in her class, Akia Levy is ranked # 55, Amari Davidson is ranked # 11 in the 2018 class. In the 2019 class, Rickie Woltman is ranked # 38. In the 2020 class Sydney Parrish is ranked # 1. And in the 2021 class, Azzi Fudd is ranked # 1 also. I would hazard to say that IU has never had a # 1 ranked player visit our campus let alone two?
    As I stated in an earlier article when 5 star ranked Jaelynn Penn signed, that it would encourage more higher ranked high school recruits to start taking a serious look at IU. This group of recruits coming in this weekend for Hoosier Hysteria now proves that we are being taken seriously by some of the best recruits in the country! With last year’s success and the signing of Penn, we can now expect these types of players to continually look our way. In year’s past we very rarely had top 100 ranked players visit IU. This has now changed, just look at this list of players and you can see for certain the difference that coach Moren and her staff have made in making IU a true contender for yearly success in the Big 10 and possibly nationally. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. It started with T. Moren. Not just the hiring but she is seizing on the opportunity presented to her which is a dream job for her. After getting this opportunity she has and continues to prove herself. Like all programs I would like to see another couple top recruits in the 6’2″, 6’3″ or 6’4″ range girls in the future. I am sure there will be something of that nature.

  3. Couldn’t agree more.

    When Felisha Legette-Jack was coaching and she would explain that she wasn’t recruiting highly ranked Hoosier high school players because Notre Dame or Purdue was already recruiting them it drove me nuts. If she wasn’t willing to campete as a recruiter how could she possibly instill a competitive spirit in her players?

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