Indiana basketball is a team that is built on rich history and with several years of recent struggles, they are looking to make their mark in history yet again. Head coach Archie Miller has been leading the Hoosiers since 2017 and is not wasting any time in the recruitment process. During the offseason, the team was able to secure five-star recruit Romeo Langford along with four-star recruits Robert Phinisee, Jerome Hunter and Damezi Anderson. In hopes to continue a strong recruiting process, Miller is already looking to secure recruits for the 2019-20 season.
The Hoosiers secured their first 2019 commit, Armaan Franklin Sept. 9. Franklin is a senior at Cathedral High School and is the fourth in-state commit for the team since Miller took over as head coach. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard received offers from Purdue, Xavier, Butler and Louisville, among others. Before making his decision, Franklin made official visits to Indiana and Purdue. Last season Franklin averaged 19 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game and Cathedral finished with an overall record of 19-5. The acquisition of Franklin will help prepare the Hoosiers in case, Langford decides to declare for the draft following this upcoming season.
Hoosier Hysteria, the annual kickoff of the basketball season and a major recruiting event for Indiana, is set for Sept. 29. Among the visitors the team will have for this event are five-star prospects, Keion Brooks Jr. and Trayce Jackson-Davis. Power forward, Jackson-Davis is a top priority for the Hoosiers and has made several visits to Bloomington already. Along with Indiana, Jackson-Davis has offers from UCLA, Iowa and Michigan State, among others. Securing Jackson-Davis will likely fill an important hole in the team’s big-man offense, which will be caused by Juwan Morgan’s last season with the team.
Brooks Jr. is also at the top of Indiana’s list and recently announced that he will be moving to La Lumiere School for his final year of high school. Currently, Books Jr. is ranked No. 21 on the 247Sports Composite rankings and is considering many offers including Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas. In his junior year, he averaged 22.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Brooks Jr. will provide additional offense to a team that will likely welcome his aggressive play style.
Miller is not wasting any time in the 2019 recruiting process. With the first player already secured, the team will use Hoosier Hysteria to show other recruits what it means to be an Indiana Hoosier. Keep a close eye on these players as they are likely to narrow their potential lists down in the upcoming weeks.