Indiana Basketball: The 2013 Recruiting Class Dilemma and Possible Solutions

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2012

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Today, five of the six class of 2013 commits signed their Letter of Intent (LOI) to play for head coach Tom Crean and the Hoosiers (per ESPN).

The signees include Top-10 recruit Noah Vonleh, 4-star recruit Stanford Robinson, 3-star recruit Luke Fischer, 2-star recruit Devin Davis and 2-star recruit Collin Hartman (ratings from ESPN).

On Monday, top-10 small forward Troy Williams will sign his LOI.

In May, IU hired new Assistant Coach/ Recruiting Coordinator Kenny Johnson, who has been pivotal for the Hoosiers and recruiting. Johnson helped get Robinson, Williams and Vonleh to commit to IU over the last sixth months because of his East Coast AAU connections.  

The main dilemma with the addition of six new players is that it will put the Hoosiers over the scholarship limit by three players for next year. 

Crean needs to give the NCAA a plan by May as to who will go to the NBA or transfer to free up those the three scholarships.   

Here are my thoughts on the best way to handle the scholarship situation:

First, preseason first team All-American Cody Zeller needs to go to the NBA. All of the mock drafts I've looked at have Zeller going in the top three (, and

Small forward sophomore Austin Etherington should transfer. The Hoosiers need a small forward to transfer, as three of the six commits (Williams, Davis, and Hartman) are all small forwards. Etherington won't get a lot of playing time because there will be three better small forwards than him, including Williams.  

I'm sort for stuck between two options for the Hoosiers' last move. I think either guard Victor Oladipo goes to the NBA or center Peter Jurkin transfers. Oladipo would be more likely to get drafted in 2014. If he can show the scouts that he can shoot the ball and that he is very athletic and a great defender, then he could get drafted in 2013.

The other option is Jurkin transferring, which is less likely because the Hoosiers will need his size next year. They are losing forwards Christian Watford and Derek Elston, and Zeller will most likely be going pro.

Crean should not worry about this problem until the season is over. However, this is truly a good problem for the Hoosiers to have.