The Final Four is set, and much to the disappointment of Indiana fans, the Hoosiers aren’t in it. Bounced emphatically by Syracuse in the opening game of the Sweet 16, Tom Crean’s club fell short of expectations after spending much of the year ranked No. 1 and winning the Big Ten regular season title.
Senior starters Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls are set to graduate, while Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller could be lost to the NBA.
Despite the turnover, the Hoosiers, winners of 25-plus games in two straight seasons for the first time in over 20 years, should be able to mount another attack on conference accolades next season with a heralded six-man recruiting class, including Noah Vonleh, the highest rated to commitment to-date for the Hoosiers under Crean. Here are the current high school seniors committed to suit up for IU next season:
Power forward, 6-8, 220-pounds, New Hampton School (MA), Mass Rivals (travel team)
ESPN: 5-star (No. 8 in country); Rivals: 5-star (7); Scout: 5-star (8)
Scouting report: A tremendous young talent, with a world of potential, Vonleh continues to improve. He possesses a strong frame that continues to stretch out which includes big hands and feet that are not done growing. His physical tools are becoming elite status and he is still growing into his body. — ESPN
Small forward, 6-7, 190-pounds, Oak Hill Academy (VA), Boo Williams
ESPN: 4-star (42); Rivals: 4-star (37); Scout: 4-star (42)
Scouting report: He’s an explosive forward that can score in a variety of ways from the wing. — InsideTheHall.com
His length and athletic ability allow him to be effective in playing the passing lanes on defense. — ESPN
Small forward, 6-4, 175 lbs, Findlay Prep (NV), Team Takeover
ESPN: 4-star (98); Rivals: 4-star (50); Scout: 4-star (58)
Scouting report: Gets better every time you see him. Accomplished wing gets after it on both ends. Owns a lefty stroke that extends to three-point range. Has a live body and is a rangy defender. The next step is staying aggressive. — ESPN
Center, 6-9, 200 lbs., Germantown (WI), Wisconsin Swing
ESPN: 4-star (67); Rivals: 3-star (115); Scout: 4-star (NR)
Scouting report: Fischer is a vertical obstacle for his opponents, but his 200-pound frame can be muscled around in the low post. Current IU pivot Cody Zeller is hardly an earth-mover himself at 240, but he’s proven capable of surviving the Big Ten wars. Fischer has some similar skills to Zeller, so if he can keep his quickness with extra weight, he can play an integral role sooner rather than later. — BleacherReport.com
Devin Davis Jr.
Small forward, 6-6, 190-pounds, Warren Central (IN), Eric Gordon All-Stars
ESPN: 3-star (NR); Rivals: 3-star (120); Scout: 3-star (NR)
Scouting report: Devin is a long, athletic and skilled wing. He is good at getting to the basket where he can finish above the rim. He has a solid handle though he drives mostly to his right. Devin is a nice bouncy athlete that can impact the game in the paint. — ESPN
Small forward, 6-6, 190-pounds, Cathedral (IN), Eric Gordon All-Stars
ESPN: 3-star (NR); Rivals: 3-star (NR); Scout: 3-star (NR)
Scouting report: Hartman is a versatile forward that can shoot from the perimeter. His ball handling is outstanding for his size and his basketball IQ is above average. Hartman will need to continue improving his upper body strength, agility and his ability to score off the dribble if he hopes to earn early minutes in Bloomington. — InsideTheHall.com