As the high school all-star games begin to wrap up it seems like a good time to catch up with the 2017 recruiting class. Indiana currently has only one verbal commitment in 6-4 guard Aljami (Al) Durham. The Hoosiers remain on the list for many of the top recruits in the country; two of which are Indianapolis natives and AAU teammates.
6’4 PG/SG, Indiana
The Hoosiers and Scruggs are very familiar with each other as Scruggs has had a scholarship offer on the table since he was and eighth grader. Paul is one of the most sought after guards in his class with offers from Butler, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Purdue, UCLA, and Xavier. He is a very aggressive point guard that is great in transition and getting to the rim. Although some say his shot needs some work, he would be a great fit at Indiana as he is an elite defender as well.
6’7 SF, Indiana
One of Scruggs AAU teammates, Kris Wilkes, is a 6-7 small forward/wing from North Central. Wilkes is very similar to Scruggs when it comes to his relationship with Indiana as he was offered prior to his freshman season as well. Wilkes is the number one ranked player in his class in the state of Indiana. His highly touted profile has earned him offers from Butler, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Xavier. Wilkes is such an intriguing player because of the match-up issues he creates. He has great size, but can shoot from deep range, and run the floor like a point guard. Like Scruggs, he is a very fun player to watch in transition.
6’7 SF/PF, New York
Heading out east we find 6-7 forward Sid Wilson of St. Raymonds (NY). The Hoosiers began recruiting Wilson early last April, and their relationship keeps getting stronger because of the high school connection with assistant coach, Chuck Martin. Being out of New York Sid has received a lot of attention from east coast schools, including Syracuse, Providence, St. John’s, Fordham, and Temple, but also has offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Xavier. Sid is currently a three star small forward, but has tremendous upside. He has plenty of room for improvement with his strength and shooting, but his athleticism and ability score is at an elite level already. Wilson could very easily work his way up in the rankings and be a huge land for the Hoosiers.
6’11 PF/C, Indiana
Malik Williams from Fort Wayne Snider is a 6-11 prospect with huge potential. Williams has a smooth jumper and can consistently hit from mid-range and 3 point range. Williams also has nice handles for a big man and can finish inside the paint with ease. He would be a great fit for the Hoosiers and would be an unstoppable force inside with De’ron Davis. Along with IU, Williams has offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, and Xavier. Michigan State is considered the favorite at this point.
6’7 Forward, New York
Jordan Tucker is a 6-7 prospect out of White Plains, New York. He plays small forward but has the skills and build to play on the wing making him a very versatile asset if the Hoosiers can reel him in. He also has dangerous range as he can hit from almost anywhere on the floor. Tucker is a very confident player and is very quick to make the decision to shoot or drive and create for himself and others. After a visit to Bloomington, Tucker tweeted that he, “…definitely will be back soon ‼️” Obviously a very intriguing prospect with many offers including the Hoosiers and also Arizona, Dayton, Fordham, Manhattan, Oklahoma, Providence, Syracuse, Villanova and Xavier.
Michael Porter Jr.
6’9 SF, Washington
The highest recruit the Hoosiers are going after in the 2017 class is a young man by the name of Michael Porter Jr. A 6’9″ wing/small forward with an extremely high basketball IQ and his game seems effortless as he is smooth with the ball and explosive without it. Along with a strong offensive repertoire, Porter is not afraid to crash the boards with the bigs and defends the perimeter at an elite level. One thing he will need to improve to be a standout at the next level and beyond is to improve his frame and build. Great news for the Hoosiers came in May as he trimmed down his large list of schools including Kentucky, Kansas, and Duke into a final list of 5 schools that include Missouri, Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Indiana.
6’5 PG/SG, Pennsylvania
Next up on the recruiting board for the Hoosiers is Lonnie Walker, a 6-5 combo guard from Reading, PA. Walker has a strong build with freak athletic ability (earning him the nickname Lonnie “Sky” Walker) and could develop into an Oladipo-esque player with the Hoosiers as he has the explosiveness to play with anybody. He also brings very solid fundamentals and ball handling with his game allowing him to push the ball in transition, something we love to see at IU. More importantly on the other side of the ball Lonnie has proven himself to be one of the top defenders in his class. Walker has been offered by 5 schools consisting of UCLA, Kentucky, Villanova, Oregon, and Indiana.
6’10 PF, Canada
Matur Maker poses as one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2017 class. The 6-10 center from Ontario, Canada has much room for growth but can become a one of the most dominant big men in the country with his size and work ethic. Maker brings length, defense, scoring, and a high motor. Areas he would need to improve on to make a huge impact at IU would be his size as only comes in at 200 pounds. Maker only has two offers including Indiana and Arizona State.
6’10 Center, Indiana
Jeremiah Tilmon is a 6-10 center with a great body to build on for the future. He is crafty around the basket and can take up a lot of space in the paint creating position for him to be a huge rebounder at the collegiate level. One thing for Tilmon that could be an issue is the he is a bit on the slower side but that can all get worked out with time. On the upside he is as much of a defender as he is an offensive threat as he can play above the rim on both ends and has tremendous shot blocking/altering abilities. Tilmon has offers from Kansas State, Michigan State, Texas, UCLA, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
6’10 PF/C, Indiana
The tenth and final prospect we will be covering is also an Indianapolis native and would be a steal of the Hoosiers can bring him to Bloomington. Jaren Jackson Jr. is a 6-10 athletic center who brings versatility to his position. He is a basket protector but can fend for himself out on the arc on defense. Jackson is not a score first big man but if needed to he can easily find his own shot. Jackson also has room for growth in areas such as size and ball handling in order to be big time, but his work ethic and motor will prove to be not a problem for Hoosier fans. Jackson has a load of offers from Georgetown, Butler, Illinois, Indiana, IUPUI, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Xavier.
Article by Jonny Gee and Jacob Lautenschlager