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Indiana Basketball: Mike Woodson, IU staff watches 2024 top-3 prospect



Kokomo Wildkats center Flory Bidunga (40) is announced into the starting lineup during the IHSAA boy’s basketball game against the Lafayette Jeff Bronchos, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, at Lafayette Jeff High School in Lafayette, Ind. Kokomo won 49-43. (Alex Martin/Journal and Courier-USA TODAY NETWORK)

Indiana basketball head coach Mike Woodson and the entire Indiana staff was in to watch Kokomo (Ind.) 2024 top-3 prospect Flory Bidunga during the Class 4A State Title game on Saturday.

According to a source, Indiana 2023 signee Gabe Cupps is also in attendance. He has been one of the biggest recruiters of Bidunga throughout his recruitment.

Kokomo (24-4) plays Ben Davis (32-0) at 8:15 pm ET.

Bidunga is ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Indiana, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State are some of the main programs involved in his recruitment. He has taken four unofficial visits to Indiana.

Bidunga was the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year this season. He is averaging 20.8 points, 13.9 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game this season. He is shooting 81 percent from the field.

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247Sports Analyst Adam Finkelstein recently broke down Bidunga’s game when the 2024 rankings were updated.

“Bidunga is the most dominant interior player in the class. And that is really the most appropriate word to describe him: “Dominant.” Bidunga is a physical force like no other in the class,” Finkelstein said. “He’s an explosive vertical athlete and violent dunker (with both hands), who looks to rip the rim off at virtually every opportunity. He’s an equally emphatic rim protector on the defensive end of the floor. Overall, he’s the type of athlete who gets his head on the rim with regularity, does it on both ends of the floor and plays with the high motor necessary to maximize his physical tools.”

Bidunga has gone unranked up to a consensus five-star and top three prospect in the class in just a bit over a year. His rise has been tremendous to watch and follow.

“Flory has came a long way in 11 months and he is only going to get better as he becomes more comfortable with the game,” Kokomo head coach John Peckinpaugh previously told HoosierIllustrated. “His work ethic is amazing and he is extremely coachable.”

Bidunga is a priority target for the Indiana basketball and Saturday’s courtside visit with the entire staff continues to show that even more.

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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.