The place Indiana stands with the category of 2019 as we go down the Stretch Run – The Every day Hoosier

It is the busy season in the world of college player recruiting with official visits, lists cut, and commitments made. With not yet committed, the question often arises of where the Hoosiers stand with their various goals – and is there cause for concern?

The Hoosier oversees all national on all recruitment goals and has a thorough grasp of the latest developments.

In order to make your work easier, we go through the individual unspecified goals in which IU is still actively involved in the following. You can click on each player’s name for more information, videos, interviews, and coverage.

TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS

Hometown – Greenwood, Indiana (Center Grove)
Position – Power Forward
Height – 6 feet 9
Weight – 220
247 Composite Rating – 5 Stars
Main Competition – Michigan , Iowa, Purdue, Wake Forest, UCLA [“top 6‘]

The Hoosiers are still well positioned with Jackson-Davis. While he plans to take on his full allotment of five official visits, we haven’t read a report saying anyone believes he will end up anywhere other than Indiana. Jackson-Davis is officially visiting Indiana over the Hoosier Hysteria weekend (September 29), and we continue to expect an engagement through the November signing period.

KEION BROOKS, JR.

Hometown – Fort Wayne, Indiana (La Lumiere)
Position – Small Forward
Height – 6 feet 7
Weight – 190
247 Sports Composite Rating – 5 Stars
Main Competition – Kentucky, Michigan State, UCLA, North Carolina

Brook’s Recruitment is a little harder to read than Jackson-Davis’, but we believe Indiana is in a strong position here. We’d pick Indiana if we were forced to predict a destination. Brooks is also planning its official visits, with UCLA this weekend and North Carolina in November. He will also be at Hoosier Hysteria with Jackson-Davis and has taken others with him as well. While package deal recruitment rarely comes off, the Brooks / Jackson-Davis tandem looks promising.

ARMAAN FRANKLIN

Hometown – , IN (Cathedral)
Position – Combo Guard
Height – 6 feet 4
Weight – 180
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4 stars
Main Competition – Xavier and Purdue (Final 3)

It looks like Franklin is staying in the state. Despite including Xavier in his last three, his only official visits so far have been to Indiana (last weekend) and Purdue (this weekend). We are not aware of any plans to visit Xavier. We’d call it a coin toss at this point. Of everyone on the list, the most likely Franklin will announce a signing in September.

JAMES BOUKNIGHT

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Hometown – Brooklyn, New York (MacDuffie)
Position – Shooting Guard
Height – 6 feet 5
Weight – 180
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4 stars
Main Competition – UConn, Virginia Tech, Miami, VCU (last five)

While many believe IU is a legitimate contender for the New York Guard and the Hoosiers have been inducted into its top five, it has been quiet lately. He recently officially visited Virginia Tech and has officials coming to UConn and Miami this month. When the final five were announced, conventional wisdom was UConn and Indiana were the two most likely targets. If Indiana can get it on campus, our thinking would change, but right now the trend is not cheap.

BRANDON NEWMAN

Hometown – Valparaiso, Indiana (Valparaiso)
Position – Shooting Guard
Height – 6 feet 4
Weight – 180
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4 stars
Main Competition – Purdue, Xavier, State of Ohio (Top 4)

IU got good news yesterday as Newman appears to be on track for an official visit this coming weekend. Newman’s recruitment had started to take on a national feel, with Kansas, Maryland, and others initially showing interest, and Newman intending to move to a prep school in . Private family matters lead Newman to return to Valparaiso High School in Indiana, and his top four list feels very regional. Similar to Franklin, this could be a recruitment between IU and Purdue and they are unlikely to play together.

JAHMIUS RAMSEY

Hometown – Arlington, Texas (Oak Hill Academy)
Position – Combo Guard
Height – 6 feet 4
Weight – 185
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4 stars
Main Competition – Louisville, Oregon, LSU, Virginia Tech, Miami (“Top 10”)

Indiana got some really good news regarding Ramsey’s recruitment last week. The big Top 50 physical guard is planning an official visit to over the Hoosier Hysteria weekend. Ramsey’s recruitment was difficult to read and he said he intended to postpone an engagement until spring. He posted a top 10, but since Indiana is receiving one of its five official visits, it’s reasonable to conclude that the Hoosiers are in the top 5.

TRENDON WATFORD

Hometown – Birmingham, Alabama (Mountain Brook)
Position – Small Forward
Height – 6 feet 8
Weight – 215
247 Sports Composite Rating – 5 Stars
Main Competition – Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Memphis

There was a time in April when Indiana’s recruiting from Watford seemed to be going in the right direction. Archie Miller made two home calls this month. Since then all the buzz has been around him and he ends up in Alabama or Memphis. Perhaps he would like to set his own course separately from his brother Christian? If Indiana gets an official visit, we might change our thinking, but it doesn’t look promising right now.

ANTHONY HARRIS

Hometown – Fairfax, Virginia (Paul VI Catholic)
Position – point guard
Height – 6 feet 4
Weight – 180
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4 stars
Main Contest – Virginia Tech, Miami, UConn, Wake Forest (announced these four official visits, has one left)

Several of the national recruitment analysts have suggested that Harris move his fifth and final officer to Indiana. The fact that he didn’t plan this visit even though he planned the other four almost a month ago should tell you all you need to know. As with Watford, when a visit comes along we have to adjust our thinking, but sometimes actions speak louder than words.

ZEKE NNAJI

Hometown – Hopkins, Minnesota (Hopkins)
Position – forward
Height – 6 feet 10
Weight – 215
247 Sports Composite Rating – 4 stars
Main competition – Kansas, UCLA, Arizona, Iowa, Baylor, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Nnaji was a rapidly rising star in the spring and summer. At the same time, many new, high-profile applicants have expressed their interest and offered. Nnaji has been chasing them down, taking a hurricane tour with unofficial visits to narrow things down. Kansas recently got into the mix with an offer, and some have characterized the Jayhawks as a dream destination. We believe Nnaji is right to be interested in IU, but the Jayhawks may be too much to beat.

ISAIAH STEWART

Hometown – Rochester, New York (La Lumiere Prep, Indiana)
Position – Center / Power Forward
Height – 6 feet 9
Weight – 245
247 Sports Composite Rating – 5 Stars
Main Competition – Herzog, Syracuse, Villanova, Washington, Michigan State (“Final Six”)

We’ll admit we didn’t think Indiana had a strong position here, but the Hoosiers recently hit the top six and Stewart has promising things to say about IU. The problem, at least from our point of view, is that Jackson-Davis is considered the country most likely to land in Bloomington. Stewart might believe there are better options elsewhere. Their games are not the same, but there is significant overlap. We’d love to believe that Indiana could convince overlapping five stars to sign up, but the program may not be there yet.

MATTHEW HURT

Hometown – Rochester, Minnesota (John Marshall)
Position – forward
Height – 6 feet 9
Weight – 200
247 Sports Composite Rating – 5 Stars
Main Competition – Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Memphis, Minnesota

Hurt recently announced home calls for Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas. This blue-blooded recruitment is just as competitive as anyone else on this list. While he mentions Indiana regularly and has close ties to the program, we haven’t heard anything lead us to believe IU will crack the top three here.

ALSO KEEP AN EYE

  • Harlond Beverly – While IU has not yet offered the Michigan four-star point guard in 2019, various reports suggest that there is ongoing dialogue and Archie Miller would like to continue adding a point guard to the class.

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