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Despite murky timeline of next ‘week’ or ‘month’, 5-star Indiana basketball target Boogie Fland in decision mode



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2024 five-star guard Boogie Fland is in decision-making mode and will likely decide between Kentucky and the Indiana basketball program. (Eugene Rapay/Westchester County Journal News)

Three key recruitments for the Indiana basketball program are winding down and nearing the end of the road.

While five-star Liam McNeeley is expected to be the first announcement on Sunday, the next key target for Indiana could be soon after.

Top-20 prospect Boogie Fland has ended his visits and will be deciding between Indiana, Kentucky and Alabama. However, Indiana and Kentucky are the two programs that are in 1A and 1B position.

Fland took part in the USA Minicamp last week and gave a potential timeline on a decision.

“It could be in the next week, next couple days, next three weeks, next month. Who knows? But stay tuned,” Fland told Yahoo! Sports reporter Krysten Peek.

The Indiana basketball coaching staff has put a full court press on the talented point guard since his official visit to Bloomington in June. That’s when Indiana really started to make some headway.

It was shown even more when Indiana sent its entire staff to see Fland last week, marking the third time Mike Woodson or an assistant coach had been out to see him in the last month.

Related: Indiana basketball 5-star target Boogie Fland ‘shines bright’ at USA Basketball Minicamp

Fland had a terrific senior season at Archbishop Stepanic (NY) and it carried over into the summer playing for the PSA Cardinals on the Nike EYBL Circuit. During his high school season he averaged 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a junior. He shot 34.6 percent from three (62-of-179). In the summer he averaged 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assist per game during the regular season.

An intriguing part of Fland’s game and development is his desire to play with and be surrounded by talent. His versatility and all-around game allows him to play in many different sets and systems. One part of his development that really took a step up this season was his leadership ability.

His maturity also shined this past week when speaking on his mindset playing in front of numerous NBA executives and scouts.

“That I’m a leader and that I can stand out when I’m playing with good players,” Fland told Peek. “I feel like when you’re playing with other good players, your mindset is to score, do this, do that, just to stand out. There’s more to basketball than just scoring. Getting everybody involved, making sure you’re a good teammate, helping, clapping, doing the little things because that’s what they’re (NBA Scouts) looking for. When you go to the NBA, are you going to be the one scoring or is there somebody already there that’s going to be doing the scoring? So you gotta do something different.”

The maturity is part of his all-around improvements.

“His athleticism is getting better and he’s playing above the rim now a lot more … he did a good job physically getting stronger (this year) and you can see that with his explosiveness now,” PSA Cardinals coach Joe Brown told of Fland’s improvements. “From a maturity standpoint, he’s taken leaps and bounds. His ability to run a team more, he’s been able to showcase that … And being more consistent as a three-level scorer. Getting accustomed to having the game slow down to where he knows where his shots can come from.”

Fland is ranked the No. 20 overall player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Full interview with Yahoo! Sports / reporter Krysten Peek.

SEE ALSO: Top Indiana basketball target and 5-star prospect Liam McNeeley sets announcement date

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Alec Lasley is the owner of Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Alec has covered Indiana for six years and is a credentialed media member. He has previously worked for both Rivals and 247Sports.