Recruiting: IU’s top targets for July

There is plenty of room on Indiana’s 2018-19 basketball roster.

IU coach Archie Miller will look to fill those spots in the coming weeks.

The July evaluation period begins Wednesday at 5 p.m., giving the Hoosiers their latest opportunity to hone in on targets for their 2018 recruiting class. With six scholarships available in the class — and zero current commitments — Indiana could be on the verge of beginning its haul.

Here’s a look at some of Indiana’s top current targets for 2018, with additional names sure to filter out once IU coaches get a closer look at prospects during upcoming evaluation windows:

ROMEO LANGFORD
Shooting guard, 6-foot-5, New Albany
Travel team:
Twenty Two Vision
Rankings: 247 Sports (overall ranking): five star (No. 4), Rivals: five star (No. 3), Scout: five star (No. 5).
Notable offers: Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina.
Outlook: One of the most coveted prospects in the class, Langford will be picking from the top college programs nationwide. The New Albany shooting guard was long a target of IU’s previous coaching staff. Can new coach Archie Miller and company make up for lost time?

DARIUS GARLAND
Point guard, 6-foot-1, Brentwood, Tenn.
Travel team:
Bradley Beal Elite
Rankings: 247 Sports: five star (No. 7), Rivals: five star (No. 8), Scout: five star (No. 8).
Notable offers: Indiana, Duke, Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt.
Outlook: Point guard is a priority position for Miller in the upcoming class and Garland is arguably the best on the board. Garland, a native of Gary, had a strong spring on the Nike EYBL circuit, averaging 16.8 points and 4.8 assists.

RACE THOMPSON
Power forward, 6-foot-8, Minneapolis, Minn.
Travel team:
D1 Minnesota
Rankings: 247 Sports: four star (No. 79), Rivals: three star (No. 116), Scout: four star (No. 71).
Notable offers: Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa State, Marquette, Michigan.
Outlook: Midway through the summer, IU appears to be in good shape with Thompson, whose father, Darrell, played running back at Minnesota. IU associate head coach Tom Ostrom is a Minnesota native with ties to the state’s basketball scene. Thompson visited Indiana’s campus last month.

ROBERT PHINISEE
Point guard, 5-foot-11, Lafayette
Travel team:
Indiana Elite
Rankings: 247 Sports: three star (No. 147), Rivals: three star (No. 120), Scout: four star (No. 73).
Notable offers: Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State, Virginia.
Outlook: The McCutcheon star is a quick and efficient point guard who has attracted the attention of the state’s two Big Ten programs. Looking for a point man for 2018, Indiana’s coaches have made it clear that Phinisee is a priority target this summer. Phinisee has been told that IU coaches will attempt to watch each of his games this month.

JEROME HUNTER
Forward/wing, 6-foot-7, Pickerington, Ohio
Travel team:
Ohio Nova
Rankings: 247 Sports: four star (No. 80), Rivals: four star (No. 47), Scout: four star (No. 61).
Notable offers: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Xavier.
Outlook: Archie Miller has been recruiting Hunter since his days at Dayton. The consensus four-star forward picked up an IU offer from Miller at the Hoosiers’ team camp last month. Hunter is an intriguing, versatile prospect, who can play the three and the four positions.

DAMEZI ANDERSON
Wing, 6-foot-6, South Bend
Travel team:
Meanstreets
Rankings: 247 Sports: four star (No. 99), Rivals: four star (No. 101), Scout:
Notable offers: Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Connecticut.
Outlook: A longtime Purdue target, Anderson has generated recent interest from Miller and his staff. IU offered Anderson, an explosive, offensive-minded wing, late last month.

LUGUENTZ DORT
Shooting guard, 6-foot-4, Orlando, Fla.
Travel team:
Brookwood Elite
Rankings: 247 Sports: four star (No. 21), Rivals: four star (No. 38), Scout: four star (No. 28).
Notable offers: Indiana, Louisville, Oregon, Florida, Miami, Michigan State.
Outlook: The Canada native appears to be a strong, physically developed combo guard who can shoot and attack. IU extended an offer to Dort in early May, and Michigan State followed with an offer only a few days later. 247 Sports considers Dort the No. 3 shooting guard in the class.

LOUIS KING
Forward/wing, 6-foot-8, Burlington, N.J.
Travel team:
Team Final
Rankings: 247 Sports: five star (No. 15), Rivals: five star (No. 16), Scout: five star (No. 12).
Notable offers: Indiana, Maryland, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Louisville.
Outlook: King has grown four inches during the past two years, making him a long and imposing athlete on the wing. He’s reportedly looking for a Kentucky offer — and he just might get it. If and when he does, the Wildcats could leap to the top of his recruitment.

JALEN CAREY
Guard, 6-foot-3, New York City
Travel team:
NJ Playaz
Rankings: 247 Sports: four star (No. 58), Rivals: four star (No. 50), Scout: four star (No. 70).
Notable offers: Indiana, Kansas, Syracuse, Florida, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Notre Dame.
Outlook: A high-energy, attacking guard, Carey had a fantastic spring on the Nike EYBL circuit, scoring 18.1 points per game and shooting 44 percent from 3-point range. Indiana was one of the many schools to offer Carey during the spring, and the Hoosiers landed in his top 10 in May.

ERIC AYALA
Guard, 6-foot-4, Putnam, Conn.
Travel team:
WE-R1
Rankings: 247 Sports: four star (No. 69), Rivals: four star (No. 67), Scout: four star (No. 81).
Notable offers: Indiana, Maryland, Syracuse, Connecticut, Ohio State, Arizona.
Outlook: Syracuse seems to be the current favorite in Ayala’s recruitment, with Ohio State and new coach Chris Holtmann recently jumping in, too. Ayala is also reportedly considering a reclassification to 2017. If he goes through with that, a commitment could come soon.

10 comments

  1. No bigs on this list, and that’s a bit surprising. We’re going to need a few guys that are taller than 6’8″ in this class.

  2. That was the first thing I noticed. Maybe, a disgruntled big from Gonzaga can transfer to IU. No, then recruiting a big 2 or 3 or 4 may not be on the public list yet.

  3. Somehow land Romeo Langford and everything else falls into place….And with a quality coach, “everything” would finally mean something.

    1. I don’t think Langford stays in the state. I heard CTC didn’t go that hard after him and he took that as a slight. Archie is coming in a little late and that will hurt.

  4. Maybe IU needs to redshirt Tom Priller has another year left?? Or maybe IU can go the looking at JC players.

  5. There just are no Bigs available in 2018. Certainly not Archie’s fault. IU needs to develop Davis, Moore, Morgan and Smith to the max!

  6. It will all be fine…It’s going to be basketball again. The game will pound in your candy stripe heart again. The hardwood classrooms will open again. The banners will awaken from their slumber and watch with pride again. The game will be respected beyond a draft night again. Hope will blossom from the maple again.

  7. Let’s hope Langford does not choose to attend a school that provided hookers at recruiting functions (if I were the parent of a 5-star athlete, Louisville would be excluded from consideration as long as the scumbag remains the head coach), or that he actually understands the benefits of attending a school that will require him to attend classes, even for the one year he is on campus.

    I doubt whether Crean’s level of effort in recruiting Langford (and I also doubt the the rumors are true) will have any influence on where the young man chooses to go. Archie may be coming in late, but his predecessor’s level of interest won’t affect his decision. Langford is almost certainly a one-and-done player, and I think the criteria for those players is different than players with less-than-certain potential for playing in the NBA. I think he will choose the school that he believes will best prepare him to become a lottery pick in the NBA draft. Based on that, my guess is that he will sign with Kentucky. Calipari’s face being all over the NBA Draft telecast is a powerful reminder of his ability “develop” NBA lottery picks. That’s hard to beat for kids whose only objective is to play in the NBA as soon as possible.

  8. I understand all the sludge aimed at UK and Louisville, but why not the same sludge thrown at UNC?

    Hell, UNC didn’t even have classrooms…They had ghost classes for 15+ years. They had full blown lying on college transcripts. They had high passing grades offered as official records for athletes not doing a damn thing. That’s worse than 19 F’s….That 1900 ‘A’s’ and ‘B’s’ built on decades of lies.
    Crean was hitting up the ESPN guest analyst desk for pregame duties of a UNC March Madness game and all he could do was throw praise at a program that offered ghost classes to athletes? The hypocrisy is astounding.

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