Heritage Christian swingman Basil Smotherman used to come to Hoosier Hysteria events as a fan when he was younger. He remembers being there when Eric Gordon had his name chanted in Assembly Hall in 2006 and imagined what it would be like to be one of the recruits everyone in the stands was looking for.
“I stayed humble,” Smotherman said. “But I remember thinking, ‘I want to be them.’”
He’s achieved that to some degree, having earned a scholarship offer from Indiana for the Class of 2013. He didn’t get the Eric Gordon treatment on Friday night, as Park Tudor guard Yogi Ferrell was the only player to have his name chanted, but someone did ask him for his autograph.
“It was cool,” he said. “I never signed an autograph before. But this kid just came up to me and asked me for my autograph. So I signed it, he said thank you, and his dad said, ‘Come to IU.’”
Zak Irvin, a sophomore swingman at Hamilton Southeastern and Smotherman’s AAU teammate with the Eric Gordon All-Stars signed an autograph for the young man as well.
“It was nice to get that kind of attention,” Irvin said.
Both Smotherman and Irvin said they were impressed with the practice they watched before Hoosier Hysteria at Cook Hall. NCAA rules allowed practice to begin at 5 p.m., so the Hoosiers took advantage.
“It shows you how hard it’s going to be at the next level,” Smotherman said.
As sophomores, both Irvin and Smotherman said they’re not looking to commit anywhere anytime soon.
Smotherman said he has unofficial visits schedule for Purdue and Xavier in the coming weeks. He has offers from those schools as well as Notre Dame, and interest coming from Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Irvin said he’s unlikely to make any visits until after basketball season. He said he’s taken visits to Purdue, Illinois, Butler, Michigan, Baylor and Xavier. UNLV, Louisville and Miami (Fla.) are also involved in his recruitment.