Prime 100 2021 Guard Blake Wesley impressed with Indiana – The Every day Hoosier
Indiana got off to a good start trying to turn a route taken by Damezi Anderson into a pipeline.
Four-star security guard Blake Wesley’s South Bend-based 2021 class attended IU junior year last weekend, and according to his father, the Hoosiers made a strong impression.
“We had a great time. I would say they knocked you out of the park,” Derrick Wesley told The Daily Hoosier.
Anderson was from Riley High School and was the city’s first basketball scholar to attend IU since Tom Abernathy in 1973. Now Indiana is haunted by former teammate Wesley as the Hoosiers try to build recruiting momentum in a part of the state that has produced very little over the past 50 years.
While Wesley’s recruitment has a long way to go, the family may find that Indiana is prioritizing the top 100 prospects.
“We’re definitely feeling it (the prioritization of IU),” Wesley said.
A clear focus for head coach Archie Miller, who continues to grow his roster, was players with versatility, and the elder Wesley believes this is what makes his son so appealing to the IU staff.
“I think that’s mainly because he can play multiple positions,” said Wesley. “He can guard the one, the two, the three, maybe in a few years the four. He still has a few inches to grow. He’s got a nice wingspan, he’s already 6-foot-5. I think they are looking for a man who can play three or four positions instead of just one man who can maybe play one. Having the flexibility of people who are 6-foot-5 to 6-foot-7 is never going to hurt you. “
The official visit revolved around Saturday’s game against Troy.
When the family arrived on Friday and stayed until Sunday, they were able to follow the entire game routine from training to post-game.
“We basically went through a game routine. We had to practice on Friday, shoot on Saturday, before dinner, after dinner and all the other things that come with that, ”Derrick Wesley told The Daily Hoosier.
One eye-opening aspect of the weekend was the physical nature of the high major game.
“The training really showed how physically the guys in the Big Ten are,” said Wesley. “And then you could see how much more physical they were than the other team (Troy) and how that affected the game early on. The physicality for players at this level really opened his eyes. “
Wesley stated that Clif Marshall, IU director of athletic performance, is now someone they know and speak to in order to prepare Blake for college over the next two years.
Stylistically, one aspect of Indiana’s system and one player for the Wesley family stood out.
“We liked the offensive pace,” said Wesley.
“He’s (Blake) one of those players who get out and run and we’ve seen a lot of that from Al (Durham). He really pushes the ball forward and makes things happen. We found that the wings can bring the ball up after the rebound so he doesn’t have to bring the ball down all the time and can position himself to shoot and put pressure on the defense at the other end.
“So that everything contributes to how we want to play at the next level and that shows its strengths when it comes to being a fast player.”
Because the family was familiar with Anderson and other players on the team, they specifically looked for clues about player development.
They left satisfied in this regard.
“One of the things that we’ve really looked for and seen is that the players have improved on their confidence and things like that from last year,” said Wesley.
With Anderson in particular, Wesley was not only happy with the way things went, but with the way he and IU handled the situation after a troubled season with newbies.
“We have been very pleased with his (Anderson) development so far and his patience. It’s nice to see that both she (IU) and he had the patience, ”said Wesley.
Indiana drove home on the South Bend connections all weekend as Wesley spent a lot of time not only with Anderson but also with Armaan Franklin, who also grew up in the northern Indiana city.
The Indiana visit is expected to be Wesley’s last visit until after the high school basketball season. A stop in the state of Ohio in April is possible.
Wesley appears to be about a year away from a decision.
Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, the state of Ohio, Xavier and Butler are some of the top contenders right now.
The elder Wesley stated that relationships will be vital over the next year, and Indiana cemented its reputation in that regard with a heavy weekend visit.
“We feel like we have a relationship with them after this weekend,” said Wesley.
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