Indiana picked up its first commitment for the 2016 class Friday, netting a verbal pledge from Heritage Christian’s Darby Foresman.
Foresman, a 6-foot-3 forward, entered the season ranked as the No. 35 prospect in the 2016 class by Dan Olson’s Collegiate Basketball Report and No. 61 by All Star Girls Report. She averaged 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while helping Heritage Christian to this season’s Class 2A state championship.
Foresman was looking to stay in the Midwest and, in addition to Indiana, had already visited Louisville, Michigan State and Purdue. IU originally offered her as an eighth grader.
“Since (IU coach Curt Miller) is a new coach, he’s trying to get the program going and he needs a lot of in-state players,” Foresman said. “He wants Indiana kids to come and get the program going.”
With assistant coach Brandi Poole as the lead recruiter, Foresman saw a good fit for herself within Miller’s ball-screen offense as a stretch-4.
“For three years now, I’ve gotten to establish a really good relationship with all of the coaches,” Foresman said. “The system they play and the way they play is how I like to play. It’s kind of similar to how my AAU team does things. I liked that.”
Foresman is the second player to commit to Indiana in the last week, following 2018 prospect Bree Boles’ verbal on May 15. IU recently missed on fellow 2016 in-state targets Lindsey Corsaro (Roncalli) and Sydney Shelton (Mt. Vernon), both of whom verballed to Kentucky this month.