Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Players Who Could Make or Break 2014 Class
Around the country, recruiting season is wrapping up. Programs like Indiana are trying to fill their classes, and while most of the nation's top recruits have already decided where they will play, a few have yet to make a decision.
Currently, head coach Tom Crean and his staff have only one committed player, Virginia native Robert Johnson.
There are three players the Hoosiers are still pursuing. If IU wants to have another solid recruiting class, it has to lock up at least one.
Here are the potential recruits who could make or break Indiana's 2014 class.
Out of the Hoosiers' potential recruits, the most likely to commit is Devin Robinson. Robinson is very close friends with Indiana's only committed player, Robert Johnson.
Johnson has been recruiting Robinson, and the two would be a great combo for Indiana.
According to AllHoosiers's Justin Albers (subscription required), Robinson is choosing between IU and the Florida Gators.
Robinson would be a great addition. He's a long athletic wing who can knock down shots from the outside. The Hoosiers will be losing a solid wing player in Will Sheehey at the end of the season, and Robinson is a great choice to replace Sheehey's production.
Tom Crean better hope Robinson signs on with Indiana, because if he doesn't, there is a strong possibility IU's class will be made up of only one player.
Point guard JaQuan Lyle recently got back on Indiana's recruiting radar. Lyle was interested in IU but chose Louisville. Lyle decommitted from the Cardinals in September, and Indiana is once again in pursuit (subscription required).
He has all of the tools of an elite point guard, but what's enticing about Lyle is his size. At 6'4", he's bigger than most at his position. This definitely helps him on defense.
His size also allows him to be a shooting guard if necessary.
Lyle would be an enormous pickup for Tom Crean. If current point guard Yogi Ferrell has a fantastic sophomore season, there is a good chance he will leave for the NBA. Indiana would need its next point guard, and Lyle could certainly play the role effectively.
James Blackmon Jr.
The situation is grim, but there is still a glimmer of hope that James Blackmon Jr. will recommit to Indiana.
Blackmon Jr. recently visited Kentucky for its Big Blue Madness. After, he said he was going to make a visit to Bloomington.
Hoosier faithful should hope for the best because he is a very good player. Blackmon Jr. is a prolific scorer and would be a stellar addition to Indiana's program.
It will definitely be an uphill battle for Tom Crean to close the deal with Blackmon Jr.