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2024 top-10 center Derik Queen locks in Indiana basketball official visit

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The busy fall for the Indiana basketball program will continue as top-10 prospect Derik Queen has locked in his official visit.

Queen will visit Indiana in early September. According to sources, the plan is to take his visit from Sept. 8-10. 247Sports had the initial report.

That is the same visit date as fellow Montverde (Fla.) Academy teammate and five-star Indiana target Liam McNeeley.

Queen previously took an official visit to Indiana last fall.

Sources have continued to indicate that Maryland and Indiana are the clear options for Queen. The Baltimore native has the clear ties to Maryland and throughout the majority of his recruitment, he has been a Maryland-lean.

Recently, however, the main assistant recruiting Queen for the Terps left the program leaving the door more open than previously thought.

More: ‘Derik Queen certainly looked like the best player in the gym’: Key IU basketball 2024 target named a standout at UA Next Finals

Queen has made significant strides over the last year in his game. He has nearly been one of the most dominant big men across all of high school hoops. As a junior at Montverde, Queen averaged 11.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 61 percent from the field.

Playing for Team Thrill on the Under Armor AAU circuit, Queen averaged 19.7 points per game.

He was a standout performer at the NBA Top 100 camp last month as well. He averaged 18.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks across five games. He ranked second in the camp in rebounds per game and eight in points per game. He also ranked fifth with a 65.5 shooting percentage.

“Opposing bigs hate to see Queen coming; his versatility and quickness as a scorer and rebounder are next level. Queen has some of the best footwork of any big in the country, uses his 6-foot-10, 220-pound frame to create separation in the paint and has an IQ that reads off the charts as one of the best passers in the country,” Rivals national analyst Jason Jordan wrote this month. “Queen led Team Thrill to a 43-4 record, the Under Armour spring title and the Sport Radar Showcase title this summer. He capped off his dominant July with a 21-point, 13-rebound and nine-assist outing in a showcase game on national television against the Florida Rebels.”

The 6-foot-9 center is also considering programs such as Kansas, Houston, Auburn, LSU, Georgetown and others.

Derik Queen is ranked as the No. 10 overall player in the 2024 247Sports Composite Rankings and the No. 3 center.

Photo Cred: @EliteHSscouting / Twitter

SEE ALSO: Indiana basketball labeled ‘team to beat’ for 2024 top-10 prospect

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Indiana basketball extends offer to 2025 in-state guard Azavier Robinson

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The Indiana basketball program extended a scholarship offer to 2025 guard Azavier Robinson following an unofficial visit. 

The Indiana basketball program extended a scholarship offer to 2025 Lawrence North (Ind.) guard Azavier Robinson on Saturday following an unofficial visit.

Robinson was one of three 2025 prospects to visit Indiana on Saturday. Four-star forward Trent Sisley and four-star wing Aleks Alston were also on visits to Indiana.

Indiana joins other programs such as Notre Dame, Ohio State, St. John’s, Oklahoma State, TCU, Butler, East Tennessee State and Indiana State among others who have offered Robinson.

Robinson has taken a few visits to Indiana over the last year.

As a sophomore at Lawrence North, Robinson averaged 20.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game. This season, he expected to lead Lawrence North as one of the favorites to win the Class 4A State Championship.

Robinson is a lightening quick guard that can score at all three levels of the floor. When it comes to getting past the defender and getting to the basket, Robinson’s speed and on-ball skills are a major advantage of his. He is a  highly athletic player and is so explosive off the dribble and just overall has elite playmaking ability right now.

Robinson is ranked the No. 134 player in the 2025 247Sports Composite Rankings.

SEE ALSO: Down to Indiana basketball & Kansas, five-star Liam McNeeley goes into decision mode

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Indiana Basketball Recruiting Visit Primer: Trent Sisley, Aleks Alston, Azavier Robinson

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2025 four-star forward Trent Sisley from an unofficial visit to Indiana. (Photo Credit: Trent Sisley Instagram)

Indiana basketball continues it’s busy month of recruiting visits with over 10 total confirmed prospects expected to be on campus, both officially and unofficially, in the month of September.

Mike Woodson and Indiana basketball have already had three big recruiting weekends in September starting with 2025 prospects Jalen Haralson (five-star) Darius Adams (five-star), Malachi Moreno (four-star)….followed by the 2024 Montverde Academy trio of Liam McNeeley (five-star), Derik Queen (five-star), Curtis Givens (four-star)….and most recently 2025 in-state guard Braylon Mullins (four-star).

This weekend, the Indiana basketball staff welcomes key 2025, in-state forward target Trent Sisley (four-star) as well as Aleks Alston (four-star) and in-star guard Azavier Robinson (three-star).

All three are expected to be in attendance for Indiana football’s week four matchup vs Akron.

More: Down to Indiana basketball & Kansas, five-star Liam McNeeley goes into decision mode

This continues to be key month for Indiana basketball in terms of recruiting with them looking to build their 2024 and 2025 classes, which currently has zero names committed to the program as of yet.

Below is a breakdown of each player.

Trent Sisley

Out of the three 2025 prospects that are visiting this weekend, 6-foot-7 forward Trent Sisley is a player that Indiana fans know most about as he has already made numerous unofficial visits to Indiana in the past year.

2025 four-star forward Trent Sisley is ranked as the No. 53 player in the 2025 247Sports Composite Rankings. He averaged 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game playing up for Indy Heat 17U on the Nike EYBL circuit this past spring/summer. He shot an outstanding 58.0% (91-of-157) from the field which included 44.7% (21-of-47) from three.

Sisley recently announced that he will be playing for Indiana Elite as part of the Adidas 3SSB Circuit next AAU season with fellow 2025 Indiana basketball targets Dezmon BrisoceMalachi Moreno and Braylon Mullins.

Mike Woodson and the Indiana basketball staffed extended an offer to Trent Sisley, as well fellow 2025 target Jalen Haralson, before he even played a single high school game. Sisley, who attends Heritage Hills High School (Lincoln City, IN), has built a strong relationship with the Indiana basketball program ever since. Assistant coach Brian Walsh has been the leader of this recruitment for awhile now.

“Yeah it’s good,” Sisley told HoosierIllustrated.com earlier this summer. “Talk to my guy B-Walsh (Brian Walsh) a lot so that’s good. See all the assistants out on the circuit too a lot.”

Sisley is an extremely versatile power forward that can play both the wing and post very consistently. He is very good about knocking down the outside jumper while also having the ability to take his defender off the dribble and score through contact. This past high school season, Sisley proved to be one of the top scorers in the state which translated well into this past AAU season. He has proven that he can be a threat both in the post and at the wing on both offense and defense.

The Indiana basketball staff has been on the road the past couple of weeks with both Mike Woodson and Brian Walsh making in-home visit to see Sisley. As of right now, schools such Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa seem to be the most involved with the elite, versatile forward.

Watch: 2025 Forward Trent Sisley Spring Highlights

Aleks Alston

Alston is the newest player on Indiana basketball’s recruiting radar out of three prospects that are visiting this weekend as the Hoosiers offered him just this past April. Alston, a 6-foot-9 power forward, attends Kenwood Academy in Chicago, Illinois.

Along with Indiana basketball, schools such as Tennessee, Oklahoma, Iowa, Illinois, Georgia, Oregon, New Mexico State, Western Illinois, Bradley, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Loyola-Chicago, Arizona State, Tulsa, California, and others are involved with the four-star forward.

Alston played for Mac Irvin Fire 16U as part of the Nike EYBL circuit this past AAU season where averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He also shot 32.3% from the field.

“Alston is one of those guys that could really be a number of positions, but we see him as a new age four man that can handle the ball on the perimeter, pass it as well as any guard in the class, and also shoot spot up threes at a high rate,” Prep Hoops Senior Scouting Director Scott Burgess said. “His value comes in his size and skill combination which are very impressive for a young prospect.”

In the 2025 247Sports Composite Rankings, Alston was slotted at No. 74 overall.

Azavier Robinson

Even though there has not been an official offer that has been extended, Azavier Robinson has been one the Indiana basketball radar for awhile now. His return unofficial visit will be the second reported visit he has taken to Indiana. Brian Walsh is the leader of this recruitment and recently made an in-home visit to see Robinson this past week.

He is ranked as a three-star prospect and No. 131 in the 2025 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Robinson attends Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, which is the same school that current Indiana basketball shooting guard CJ Gunn went to. As a sophomore at Lawrence North, Robinson averaged 20.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game. This season, he expected to lead Lawrence North as one of the favorites to win the Class 4A State Championship.

He is a lightening quick guard that can score at all three levels of the floor. When it comes to getting past the defender and getting to the basket, Robinson’s speed and on-ball skills are a major advantage of his. He is a highly athletic player and is so explosive off the dribble and just overall has elite playmaking ability right now.

Along with Indiana, other schools involved with Robinson include Kansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Louisville, Texas, Wake Forest, NC State, Oklahoma, West Virginia TCU, UCF, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Butler, St. Johns and among many others.

SEE ALSO: Down to Indiana basketball & Kansas, five-star Liam McNeeley goes into decision mode

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Indiana Basketball: Mike Woodson spends Tuesday at OTE Pro day as one recruiting target stands out

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2025 Indiana basketball target Tyler Jackson was among the standouts at the OTE Pro Day on Tuesday as Mike Woodson watched on.

With the open recruiting calendar, the Indiana basketball staff has been on the road for the majority of the last week. That continued on Tuesday as Mike Woodson and his staff were at a signifiant recruiting event, according to reports.

Overtime Elite hosted its Pro Day on Tuesday, containing scouts from nearly every NBA team as well as a handful of high-major college coaches. 27 players were part of the event and took place in drills and scrimmages.

Among the Indiana basketball targets who play for Overtime Elite are 2025 five-star prospects Tyler Jackson, Mikel Brown Jr and Bryson Tiller.

Jackson and Brown are entering their first season with OTE.

Among the standouts by numerous recruiting analysts was Jackson. The five-star guard has emerged as one of the best playmakers in the 2025 class over the last few months.

Jackson played for Team Thrill in the 16U division and helped lead the program to a title on the Under Armor Circuit. He was terrific down the stretch, scoring 39, 36 and 31 points in that order en route to the championship. He averaged 24.0 points per game in the final session (seven games) and shot 42 percent from the floor. He played one event up with the 17U level, playing alongside current 2024 Indiana basketball target, five-star Derik Queen.

In his one session on the Nike EYBL circuit, Jackson averaged 30.0 points per game and shot 50.6 percent from the field and 50 percent (17-of-34) from three. He scored 30+ points in three of his four games, having scoring totals of 30, 36 and 39 points.

Jackson received an offer from the Indiana basketball program last week. He is ranked the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2025 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Jackson continued that playmaking and scoring ability on Tuesday as numerous national scouts came away impressed with his performance.

Here’s what a few of them had to say:

ESPN National Recruiting Analyst Paul Biancardi: “Best playmaker. Pushes the pace. Knows how to create and find others. Passes well in open floor or tight spaces.”

On3.com National Analyst Jamie Shaw: “There is a flair that comes with Jackson’s game. He plays with a lot of confidence, able to get to any spot on the floor and rise up for a jumper. When he is at his best, he can be a true three-level scorer.”

The Athletic Analyst Tobias Bass: “Very poised and can get anywhere on the floor when he wants. He was the most consistent player in the gym.”

SEE ALSO: Down to Indiana basketball & Kansas, five-star Liam McNeeley goes into decision mode

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