IU basketball news and notes from the first live period – The Daily Hoosier

For the first time in a long time, college coaches were able to travel to see leads in person over the weekend.

There were several events around the country, including action in Indianapolis, Orlando and Atlanta, that IU coaches attended.

Below is a summary of some of the notable reports regarding IU goals.

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2023 5-star Kwame Evans, Jr. on Mike Woodson

As previously reported, the class of 2023 Baltimore native and Montverde Academy product Kwame Evans, Jr. narrowed its list of two five schools – Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Auburn and UCLA.

Evans spoke to ZagsBlog over the weekend about his development and each of his remaining suitors, and the 6-foot-10 forward made an interesting comment about the message he receives from IU.

“The system they run for Trayce Jackson up there, it’s an NBA system. A lot of scouts go through it. Coach (Mike) Woodson, he can help a lot of people get to the league.”

Woodson’s time in the NBA is well documented, but Evans provides an interesting insight into a unique way in which the Indiana head coach is able to leverage this experience. Do more NBA contacts mean more NBA eyeballs on the program?

The leap Page continues to emerge

You can always expect a wave of scholarship offers when IU staff are able to see the players in person, but they were a little ahead of the pack when they offered the Georgia-based forward Arrinten Page last weekend after a breakout appearance on Team USA junior national minicamp in New Orleans.

On3’s Joe Tipton saw Page play with The Skills Factory down in Orlando at the Nike EYBL event and had this to say about 6-foot-9 bruises.

“You can feel the big man just starting to scratch the surface. He’s physically ready for college, has good hands, can catch and finish lobs and has a good touch around the rim. In the game I saw, Page finished with 17 points (7-11 FG) and seven rebounds.

Page is one of those guys who is criminally underrated, and many college coaches will regret not offering him. ”

For what it’s worth, Indiana will go down as Pages’ first major big deal. Already others have followed suit, including Georgia and Alabama, in what was to prove to be a highly competitive recruitment.

The big man in the state breaks out

It’s hard to hide 6-foot-9 and athletic, and that’s why the holdings of a relatively unknown one named Flory Bidunga in Kokomo, Ind. kept bubbling to the surface during the high school season.

During the weekend, when Bidunga played for the Indiana Elite on the Adidas track, Bidunga came out on top and impressed many, including Rival’s national recruitment analyst Travis Graf:

Bidunga is extremely light on his feet and is explosive when he leaves the floor. His finishing ability within five feet was the most advanced of any great man exhibited on Saturday as he finished with both hands and showed some great dunks and hook shots with both hands. Defensively, he blocks everything that comes his way. “

Bidunga went into the weekend with no offer, but On3’s Jamie Shaw reported that Purdue head coach Matt Painter saw him on day three while the buzz continued to grow.

Former assistant coach Dane Fife saw Bidunga in the high school season. With two years left of high school basketball, you can expect many twists in this one. It is worth noting that he has just arrived in the United States from the Congo, and thus has no real deep ties to the state.

New names to know

Several reports had Indiana coaches seeing some newer names on the radar, including Illinois-based 2023 guard Asa Thomas, Georgia-based 2024 flew Ace Baileyand Ohio-based 2024 guard Jonathan Powell.

We want more about them and others.

2023 commits Newton and Cupps both in Indiana

The adidas and Under Armor events brought a couple of IU commits who had never met each other before in person within 15 minutes of each other over the weekend.

Georgia guard Jakai Newton in 2023 became the microphone while playing at Grand Park in Westfield.

He would later injure his ankle and miss some game, but still headed over to Noblesville to meet the verbal commit Gabe Cupps in 2023.

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