2018 - F - Jerome Hunter (IU Commit)


#264

I am good with this result. Just never got a good vibe from all the interviews I read. Too bad, on to the next one.


#265

I openly admit to not having followed this recruitment closely, but this reads to me like a case where Hunter was looking for a good reason to go elsewhere and drawing things out this long was just to give that more time to come through. Wish him the best though and would rather focus on other targets.


#266

This sounds about right to me as well. I never remember him saying glowing things about Michigan at least not in the same breath as 4 or 5 other programs. When everyone presumed he was down to Xavier and Michigan, it just seemed like that was out of default. Not 100% surprised that he went to IU but 100% disapointed


#267

Having Johns at the four certainly softens the blow of landing Hunter (who, to me, projects as a four at U-M – at least to start).

I think Ignas is the guy that can elevate this class to a great class, but really any two of the offers to round things out would be very nice.


#268

Good insight from Inside the Hall. http://www.insidethehall.com/2017/07/17/q-a-ohio-nova-director-andreas-james-discusses-jerome-hunter-commitment/


#269

So literally from the time that he got on campus until when he committed, the staff has been in contact with his circle non-stop. And then this past first weekend, out of the four games, I believe Archie … obviously there’s a staff represented there … but I believe he was the only head coach that was at three of the four games. That’s not to say the other schools didn’t prioritize him because some other schools did a really good job of recruiting him, but the staff came in really strong and identified that he was a guy they wanted and didn’t leave any doubt in Jerome’s mind that he was a priority. And also let him know what they would do to develop him as a student athlete there at Indiana.”

Before everyone starts dissecting this tweet and questions Beilein’s recruiting work ethic or whatever else. These games are literally going on at the same time as each other in different cities. The fact that Beilein was at Peach Jam and was at every game that Iggy played says something about where U-M wanted to prioritize this weekend.

Beilein was still in SC for a couple of games this weekend to watch Hutnter, but they clearly chose to prioritize being at Peach Jam (Iggy, Locke, Brandon Johns, Hunter Tyson, etc.).


#270

Well, I’d say Johns was every bit as much of a priority as Hunter, maybe even a higher priority given the top competitor.


#271

Johns was offered the first day, Hunter about a month or two later.


#272

Good points @bebopson @LosAngelesWolverine1, it might be my personal preference of Hunter as a player over Johns or just the recent talk of him being the #1 guy (along with Iggy) we’ve been after since Johns committed.

No doubt JB and Saddi have been putting great work in on the recruiting trails lately, this one just hurts a little more than others because it could have taken the 18 class from good to great


#273

I definitely wanted Hunter and I think he’s a nice player. You can’t get them all, and Indiana is a program that has won three national titles in the past 40 years with several other FF appearances, so with a new, well-respected coach, they’ll get players. Even in the past few years, they have landed five stars like Eric Gordon, Cody Zeller, Yogi Farrell, and Thomas Bryant.

If we can add Iggy I think it’s still an excellent class.


#274

wow! Agree with all of the above pretty much. Thought OSU was going to the most serious obstacle for Hunter. I think going forward with the new staffs at IU, OSU, even Northwestern to a certain extent and others, recruiting in the Big10 is going to get alot more challenging and intense from here on out.


#275

JB and crew put in their best effort I have no doubt but I feel Hunter may have looked at the roster and saw it as being crowded at his potential positions.


#276

This was my exact concern, and why I’m hoping we can get some quality assistants in. The Big Ten had a lot of good staffs, and it’s seen a significant upgrade this offseason. I think it’s quite a league of coaches right now.

I think Hunter is a spectacular looking player and would have been ecstatic to land him - with that said, I always wondered if Iggy was a better fit. Gun to my head, my preference has probably always been Iggy, although Hunter’s athletic potential would have certainly left me second guessing on that. I love Iggy’s game - really, really hope we can bring him in. He’d be such a great fit and my disappointment level over landing Iggy and not getting Hunter would be zero. I think they’re both the kind of recruits you build a class around.


#277

I don’t think that’s it. IU just picked up two other wing/forward types in the same class and we clearly need another wing.

We really need to land Iggy now.


#278

It may, although Matta was a great recruiter who signed a ton of players UM had offered (Cook, Lighty, Buford, Amir Williams, Tate, KBD), and Crean landed plenty of talent at Indiana (Zeller, Oladipo, Ferrell, Blackmon, Troy Williams, OG, Bryant), so I don’t know if Holtmann and Miller are going to do any better than their predecessors when it comes to recruiting. Collins, though, is certainly better at recruiting than Carmody and has his program on the rise. But at this rate, I could see him at Duke within 3-4 years, so it may be very short lived.


#279

Thompson seems like a traditional four type. I haven’t really seen anyone refer to him as a “wing” in the mold of the other two.

But either way, I would have to think recruits see a ton of available playing time now at IU.

On the other hand, at the 3/4, we have all of Mathews, Livers, and Johns. I’m not suggesting a really talented player couldn’t break into that rotation and earn significant minutes - I think either Hunter or Iggy absolutely could - but those positions are certainly more crowded at Michigan.


#280

I never really saw the fit for Race in 2018, but as a 2017 I’d have been more intrigued to fill some depth in this year at the four spot.


#281

But he’s reclassifying to redshirt, anyway, right?


#282

Yeah… that I don’t really get. Either way, Johns is a much better 4 for Michigan than Race. (Hunter would have been a very good 4 too).

Key to making this a great class is landing Iggy, I still feel that way. One of Tyson/Locke would be icing on the cake.


#283

I never even looked at him because I didn’t see a fit, isn’t he kind of physically underdeveloped? He looked very much like a HS junior in the one photo I glanced at, iirc?