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Jalen James is off the board

Jalen James, a point guard from Chicago in the 2013 class whom Indiana was recruiting, has committed to Illinois according to his Twitter account.

The Hoosiers hadn’t yet extended a scholarship offer, but he had been considering a visit to Bloomington.


Catching up with Jared Jeffries

Jared Jeffries, right, enjoys a moment with his brother, Justin, at the Twin Lakes Recreation Center last week.

Chris Howell, our esteemed photographer, writes a weekly column for the Herald-Times. For Monday, he caught up with Hoosier great Jared Jeffries. Above is Howell’s photo and below are his words. Enjoy.

Believe it or not, Jared Jeffries didn’t always believe he would be an NBA player.

“Basketball was always something I just did,” he said. “It wasn’t like I was in love with it.”

“About my sophomore year (of high school),” he said. “I really decided that basketball was something I could do, I could make a living at.”

For his mother, Cecelia Jeffries, it was a little surprising as well.

“Not once had I ever thought that’s what he would do,” she said.

She always knew he enjoyed playing, but never thought that one day he would play college basketball as a Hoosier.

“The first time that he walked out there on that floor,” she said, “I just sat there and bawled. Because I had no idea … ‘This is really my son,’” she thought to herself the first time he walked onto the floor at Assembly Hall.

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Recruit profile: Perry Poindexter

HEIGHT: 6-foot-6

WEIGHT: 190 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: North Central

AAU: Eric Gordon All-Stars

YEAR: 2014

RANKINGS: Not ranked by any of the scouting services.

STATUS: Receiving interest from Indiana, Xavier and Purdue.

STRENGTHS

  • Attacks defensively, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds at a high rate.
  • Long, lanky body that he can grow into.

WEAKNESSES

  • Lacks an obvious offensive game.
  • Did not play major minutes for his high school team.

Click for archive of stories about Perry Poindexter.

 


Recruit profile: Drake Harris

HEIGHT: 6-foot-5

WEIGHT: 180 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian

AAU: Meanstreets

YEAR: 2014

RANKINGS: Not ranked by any of the scouting services.

STATUS: Has been offered by Indiana. Also receiving interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State and Illinois.

STRENGTHS

  • Quick first step, allowing him to get past his defender quite easily.
  • A confident outside shooter.
  • Very good body for his age, allowing him to project as a bigger wing at the next level.

WEAKNESSES

  • A little slow getting up on his jumper.

Click for archive of stories about Drake Harris.


Recruit profile: P.J. Thompson

HEIGHT: 5-foot-9

WEIGHT: 150 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Brebeuf Jesuit

AAU: Spiece Indy Heat

YEAR: 2014

RANKINGS: Not ranked by any of the scouting services.

STATUS: Receiving interest from Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Virginia Tech and Xavier.

STRENGTHS

  • Sees the floor well, consistently finding the open man.
  • Gets better as the game goes on, attacking the opposition’s weaknesses.
  • A classic “makes guys better” player.

WEAKNESSES

  • At 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, he’s obviously undersized.
  • Lacks a skill (shooting, speed, defense) that jumps out at you.

Click for archive of stories about P.J. Thompson.

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Recruit profile: Justin Brent

HEIGHT: 6-foot-4

WEIGHT: 180 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Speedway

AAU: Indiana Elite 1

YEAR: 2014

RANKINGS: Not ranked by any of the scouting services.

STATUS: Receiving interest from Indiana and Xavier.

STRENGTHS

  • Great size, allowing him to not get pushed around as he drives the lane.
  • A scoring point guard.

WEAKNESSES

  • Tends to disappear at times, especially when the offense is not running through him.

Click for archive of stories about Justin Brent.

 


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