4-star striker Darius Bazley impressed with Indiana go to – Contained in the Corridor
Indiana hosted one of the nation’s top strikers, Darius Bazley of Cincinnati Princeton, for an unofficial visit on Tuesday.
Bazley, the country’s # 44 player in the 247Composite for the 2018 class, was impressed, according to his high school coach.
“He felt the visit went really well,” Princeton coach Steve Wright told Inside the Hall. “He really likes the Indiana coaching team. He really likes the campus. And he likes some of the things that they do from an academic standpoint, with all the support there.
“From a basketball standpoint, Darius felt that some of the things Archie (Miller) did at Dayton, some of the offensive things he did, fit the way he played very well. It was a positive thing. “
The 6-foot-9 forward, who volunteered for the state of Ohio in August 2016, decided to resume the recruitment process in late April.
Since then, he has added offerings from Indiana, Maryland, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, and several others.
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“He visited Louisville, Indiana, Syracuse on Friday,” said Wright, who accompanied Bazley on his visit to Bloomington. “It’s still open. I don’t think he leans towards anyone. He only makes a few unofficial visits to get a feel for different locations and different coaches and their style of play. “
Bazley moved from the Under Armor Association to the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in the spring.
In eight EYBL games for Meanstreets, he averages 15.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game.
“He just wanted to play against the best,” Wright explained. “Every child knows that the EYBL is the best AAU race track in the country. So that was the reason for his move. He felt it was the best track with the best kids and he just wanted to play with the best of the best. “
As Miller and the new Indiana hires establish their first recruiting class in Bloomington, establishing a strong, well-rounded class is a priority.
The Hoosiers will complete Robert Johnson, Josh Newkirk, Collin Hartman and two other seniors.
“Indiana will have five seniors this year. If he comes in he’ll have the opportunity to play right away,” Wright said. “That was fascinating. And their style of play. Archie did some good things when he was in Dayton. He always won and went to the NCAA tournament. “
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