Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Perea, Tharpe, Hollowell

* Hanner Perea, one of the top targets for Crean and staff in the 2012 class, is reportedly looking to transfer to a prep school in Indiana for his junior season. Perea, who attended United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte and is currently ranked by Rivals as the #13 prospect overall in the class, is planning on moving to La Lumiere school in La Porte, Indiana. He has said in the past that the two front-runners in his recruitment are Indiana and Baylor, so a move closer to Bloomington would do nothing but help IU's chances with the big man. The 6-7 forward already plays AAU ball for Indiana Elite, which is based right in Bloomington, along with Austin Etherington and other IU targets Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Peter Jurkin and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. I think that Perea is arguably the most important target for IU in 2012 right now. Ideally, I would like to see a 2011 class of Cody Zeller, BJ Young, and possibly Robert Goff, followed by a 2012 class headlined by Perea, Ferrell and Gary Harris. For your viewing pleasure, here's Hanner being a straight up beast: check it.

* Despite saying he will wait to cut down his list of schools, 2011 PG Naadir Tharpe did not list Indiana as one of the schools he is still considering. It's not necessarily a huge surprise, seeing as Crean's staff have clearly been focusing on other targets in the class, but this new development should officially close the book on Tharpe becoming a Hoosier.

* The Indy Star is reporting that Jeremy Hollowell, the #35 prospect in the 2012 class, is "basically down to Ohio State and Indiana." Hollowell plays for Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis and would be a huge commitment for Tom Crean, but everything that has been said about him in the past leads me to believe that Ohio State is far enough ahead of IU in this race and it would take some magic on Crean's part or some catastrophe on Matta's part to change that fact. Regardless, it is encouraging that Indiana is a top contender for Hollowell at this stage of his recruitment. He still has 2 years left in his prep career, so a lot can change between now and his first college season.

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