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Indiana Basketball: Top 2024 Targets to Watch for this AAU Season



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 has officially moved deep into the offseason which means recruiting is going to ramp up with AAU right around the corner. Mike Woodson and staff have their eyes set on some of the top 2024 prospects including Liam McNeeley, Flory Bidunga, and have positioned themselves to make a huge splash with this recruiting class.

The spring AAU season officially kicks off in a few weeks with circuits such as EYBL, 3SSB, UAA, and many others having their first events. The first two live evaluation periods start at the end of the month beginning April 21-23 and ending April 28-30 so the entire Indiana Basketball staff will be on the road watching their targets in action.

With that said, here is a look at some of the top 2024 targets to watch for this AAU season

Liam McNeeley: (6-8; Small Forward)

Team: Florida Rebels 17U

Circuit: EYBL

High School: Montverde Academy (FL)

Scouting Notes: McNeeley enters into this AAU season as arguably the top Indiana Basketball target in the 2024 class. After spending last year playing for Drive Nation, then transferring to the prestigious Montverde Academy in Florida for his high school season, he will now play for the Florida Rebels 17U squad. What makes McNeeley so special of a player is that he is a true hybrid forward that has the ability to play both on and off the ball consistently. His motor and aggressiveness on both ends is at a high level and when he has the opportunity to attack the basket, he does it without hesitation being one of the better players in the 2024 class at getting to the line. The 6-foot-8 wing is great playmaker that creates so much offense around him, as well. He will be one of the top prospects all AAU season.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Texas, Texas Tech, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas,
and others

Flory Bidunga: (6-9; Center)

Team: Indiana Elite 2024

Circuit: 3SSB

High School: Kokomo High School (IN)

Scouting Notes: The 6-foot-9, five-star center out of Kokomo, Indiana has been one of the highest-rated, sought after players since last summer where his stock saw an ultra-boost. When it comes to playing around the basket on both ends, there are very few players at the high school level that are as quick off their feet and that can provide the type of production that Bidunga can. He scores, rebounds, and protects the rim at such a high level and his motor for his size is extremely special. As Indiana looks to future in replacing the post production that former Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis provided, Bidunga is player that is a candidate to fill that void for Indiana Basketball in the next couple of years.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, Florida,
Purdue, Butler, Cincinnati, and others

Travis Perry: (6-2; Point Guard)

Team: Indiana Elite 2023

Circuit: 3SSB

High School: Lyon County (KY)

Scouting Notes: Perry is a guard that has been on Indiana’s radar for quite some time now and was finally offered by the Hoosiers back in early January. When it comes to elite scoring ability at all three areas on the floor, the 6-foot-2 point guard out of Eddyville, Kentucky is one of the best at it at the high school level. His feel for the game when he has the ball in his hands is very impressive and the way he is able to create his own shot and for others is a major advantage in the way he plays. Perry seems to be at his best when he can create in the lane and either convert at the rim or find space to get a mid-range shot off due to his quick, shifty style. The high IQ guard should be in for a breakout year playing in the 3SSB Circuit for Indiana Elite.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Purdue, Ole Miss, Michigan, Kentucky, and others

Jaeden Mustaf: (6-4; Shooting Guard)

Team: Boo Williams 17U

Circuit: EYBL

High School: Carmel Christian (NC)

Scouting Notes: Mustaf is one of the more athletic shooting guards in the 2024 class and has proved to be so crafty with the ball in his hands. He is arguably at his best right now when he can score around the rim but has shown promise in his ability to create his own jumper both on and off the ball. Due to his size, defensively he can guard almost any position at this time He recently cut his list to five schools with Indiana being one of them so he will be one of the priorities heading into this spring for Mike Woodson and the Indiana Basketball staff. He is the type of wing that Woodson is looking for.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Miami, Florida State, North Carolina State, and Virginia

SEE ALSO: 2024 four-star guard Jaeden Mustaf discusses Indiana, top five

Caleb Williams: (6-7; Small Forward)

Team: Team Takeover 17U

Circuit: EYBL

High School: Sidwell Friends (DC)

Scouting Notes: At 6-foot-7 weighing around 215 pounds, Williams is a big wing that has terrific shot-making and shot-creating ability both on and off the ball. His ability to knock down shots is what seemed to have drawn Mike Woodson to recruit him as the Indiana head coach looks to add more players that can score, especially around the wing. While he may only be rated as three-star player in most recruiting sites, he has seen a steady rise in his recruitment ever since leading Team Takeover to the EYBL Peach Jam Title. He is name to keep an eye as far as who Indiana is recruiting this offseason.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Michigan, Villanova, Miami, Maryland, Virginia and

Asa Newell: (6-9; Small Forward)

Team: 1Family

Circuit: PRO16

High School: Montverde Academy (FL)

Scouting Notes: Another Montverde Academy prospect that Mike Woodson and Indiana have their eye on is 6-foot-9, five-star wing Asa Newell. When it comes to pure skill and athleticism, the lefty wing is near the top when it comes to the 2024 class. He is an aggressive finisher around the basket that plays above the rim and has showed good improvement shooting from the outside with a smooth looking stroke. With his height and high athletic ability, he has proved that he can guard both the wing and post while also showing his consistent rim-protecting skills. Newell is another highly skilled wing that would fit well into Mike Woodson’s system.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Kansas, Texas, LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Virginia
Tech, Florida State, and others

VJ Edgecombe: (6-5; Small Forward)

Team: Southeast Elite

Circuit: 3SSB

High School: Long Island Lutheran (NY)

Scouting Notes: Edgecombe may still be under-the-radar a bit, but his stock is slowly rising and he is starting to be become one of the top prospects in the 2024 class. He is a player that plays very aggressive on both ends of the floor. On the offensive end, he can really score any which way you need him to whether that be knocking down the outside jumper or playing through contact and getting to the rim. On the defensive end, he is someone that takes great pride in defending and is great about using his hands to create steals which lead to many transition buckets. With his athletic ability, he is also a fantastic rebounder. He may be newly on Indiana’s radar, but you can expect Mike Woodson and Indiana to make him a priority as they look for more playmaking around the wing.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Miami, Villanova, Michigan, Ohio State, St. John’s, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and others

Raleigh Burgess: (6-10; Power Forward)

Team: Indiana Elite 2024

Circuit: 3SSB

High School: Sycamore High School (OH)

Scouting Notes: At 6-foot-10, Burgess is a power forward that has incredible footwork and movement. The versatile post has showed he can do a little bit of everything at a solid rate and has improved at stretching the floor and knocking down the outside looks. Around the basket, he utilizes his strength, physicality, and IQ to score at a high level. He is very consistent guarding the post and has the shot blocking ability to go with it. He is coming off a broken foot he suffered during the high school season bur should be ready to go as the AAU season kicks off later this month. Burgess is another player that has been on Indiana’s radar since last year and could benefit playing the four in Mike Woodson’s system.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Cincinnati, Virginia, Stanford, Wisconsin,
Ohio State, Iowa, and others

Tyler Betsey: (6-7; Small Forward)

Team: NY Renaissance 17u

Circuit: EYBL

High School: St. Thomas More (CT)

Scouting Notes: Betsey comes into this AAU season as arguably the biggest stock-riser in the entire 2024 class. The reason in such the rise in a lot of the 2024 rankings is because of the improvements he has made both as a defender and ability to create his own shot. At his position, he has the elite combination of size and length which makes him a very hard player to defend especially once he finds his rhythm in a game. As Mike Woodson and Indiana look to improve at the wing each year, Betsey is a great option when recruiting that area. With a wide-open recruitment as of right now, expect Mike Woodson and Indiana to be active here.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Iowa, Duke, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Rhode Island, Nebraska, Providence, UCONN, Seton Hall, Xavier, Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan State, Memphis, LSU, St. John’s, and others

Jonathan Powell: (6-6; Shooting Guard)

Team: All Ohio Red 17u

Circuit: EYBL

High School: Centerville High School (OH)

Scouting Notes: Powell is a player that has been on Indiana’s radar dating back to last year with Woodson and staff ramping up their attention once Powell joined 2023 Indiana signee Gabe Cupps at Centerville High School. At 6-6, Powell has some of the best scoring ability among his classmates and is good about creating offense for himself. He provides versatility on the offensive end being that he can play both on and off the ball consistently but has shown to be at his best when he has the ball and can make a play off the dribble. His length and athleticism gives him the chances to guard the wing and challenge outside shots. His recruitment overall has seen a steady rise and a big spring/summer could see even more schools become involved.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier, Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio, Alabama, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, and Clemson

Somto Cyril: (6-10; Center)

Team: EAB Tennessee 17U

Circuit: 3SSB

High School: Overtime Elite (Pro League) (GA)

Scouting Notes: Out of the players listed here, Cyril is the only player with pro-basketball experience playing for Cold Hearts in the Overtime Elite Pro League this past year where he averaged 8.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game while also being named the Overtime Elite Defensive Player of the Year. Because of his size and frame, he goes by the name “Baby Shaq” and backs its up with his elite ability to blocks shots, protect the rim, and rebound. He is not a guy right now that is going to blow you away with high spurts of scoring but he is going to do everything else that helps his team win. When he is scoring scoring, he is going to do it around the basket and dunk it with so much force. He has made it clear in the past that he’s like to play for a blueblood program that produces a lot of NBA talent so Mike Woodson and Indiana have a good shot here.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Tennessee, Kansas, Florida, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Alabama, and others  

Rakease Passmore: (6-5; Small Forward)

Team: Garner Road 2024

Circuit: 3SSB

High School: Combine Academy (NC)

Scouting Notes: Passmore is a long, athletic wing that loves to fly around the court. The style in which he plays with is fast and exciting especially when he is able to get out in transition. While he is an improved, capable shooter, he loves to attack the basket and finish above the rim as much as he can. Defensively, he is versatile enough right now to guard multiple spots on the floor and his length and athletic ability really helps on that end. As far as main wing targets for Mike Woodson and Indiana, Passmore has been a name that has popped up in the past with his only official visit he has taken so far was at Indiana back in early November. With the amount of schools that are going after him, Passmore is projected to be a high-end target this spring/summer.

Main Programs Involved: Indiana, Tennessee, Texas A&M, NC State, LSU, Auburn, Oregon, Houston, USC, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, Miami (FL), and others

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2024 top-25 wing Tyler Betsey sets Indiana basketball visit



2024 top-25 wing Tyler Betsey has set an official visit date with the Indiana basketball program. (@EliteHSscouting / Twitter)

Top-25 wing in the 2024 class Tyler Betsey of St. Thomas More (CT) has set an official visit with the Indiana basketball program.

Betsey will be on campus from June 14-16, he confirms with 247Sports had the initial report. Betsey will be on campus alongside 2024 five-star guard Boogie Fland, who has officially set his Indiana basketball visit for June 13-15.

Betsey is a 6-foot-8 wing who is ranked No. 22 in the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2024 class. He is rated as the No. 8 small forward.

At 6-foot-8, Betsey is a versatile wing who is known as a shooter. He is a high-volume shooter who is very good off of the catch. He’s improving off of the dribble as well and has shown more of an ability to create plays for himself.

Playing for NY Rens on the Nike EYBL circuit and is averaging 11.6 points this summer in 16 games. He’s shooting 35.1 percent from three on 2.5 made 3s per game. He’s 40-of-114 this summer from three. He’s had four games with at least four made 3s. Betsey plays alongside current Indiana basketball target and five-star guard Dylan Harper on NY Rens as well. Harper visited Indiana in the fall.

247Sports National Recruiting Director Eric Bossi broke down Betsey’s game from earlier this summer.

“At nearly 6-foot-8 with smooth athleticism and a good-looking jumper, it was pretty clear that he has all of the tools to make a move towards the top of the class and he’s one of those kids who seems like he could end up ranked as high as he decides he wants to be.”

Currently, Betsey has offers from Indiana, Duke, Alabama, Kansas, UConn, Cincinnati, Auburn, Rutgers, Michigan State, Providence and others.

SEE ALSO: Indiana basketball recruiting beginning to click on all cylinders: ‘I wanted to be able to sit at the table with the best players’

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Indiana basketball extends offer to 2025 top-30 prospect Jasper Johnson



National top-30 2025 guard Jasper Johnson received a scholarship offer from the Indiana basketball program. (Jasper Johnson - @BruhJasperJ / Twitter)

The Indiana basketball program has extended a scholarship offer to 2025 top-30 guard Jasper Johnson of Woodford County (Ky).

Johnson is ranked No. 23 in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2025. He is also the No. 3 combo guard in the class.

Part of Team Thad on the Nike EYBL circuit, Johnson is playing two divisions up in the 17U division. Through 16 games this spring and summer, Johnson is averaging 12.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He is shooting 51 percent from the floor and 40.3 percent from three (27-of-67).

Johnson had his best game of the summer last weekend in Memphis — scoring 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 5-of-6 from three. He was 12-of-21 from three in four games last weekend.

Travis Branham of 247Sports broke down Johnson’s performance.

“In a three-minute span, Johnson scored a dozen points including three triples and a dunk in transition that took a three-or-four point lead and stretching it to double figures.,” Branham wrote. “Johnson has continued to grow as a player this spring. His confidence and aggressiveness are continuing to elevate along with his improving handle and jumper to create offense for himself and others.”

Johnson and the Indiana basketball program had a relationship prior to this offer. Johnson has mentioned to that the NBA pedigree of head coach Mike Woodson is appealing.

He visited Indiana twice during this past season. He was in Bloomington when Trayce Jackson-Davis had a triple-double. Johnson has also visited Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Tennessee and Xavier in addition to others.

The 6-foot-2 guard has offers from Kentucky, Arizona State, Cal, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Louisville, Ohio State, Memphis, Xavier and others.

SEE ALSO: 2024 five-star point guard Boogie Fland eyeing Indiana basketball visit

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IU basketball recruiting beginning to click on all cylinders: ‘I wanted to be able to sit at the table with the best players’



Mike Woodson won't 'accept no for an answer' when it comes to recruiting and building his IU basketball roster. (Rich Janzaruk/Herald-Times-USA TODAY NETWORK)

When Mike Woodson took the job as the head coach of the IU basketball program two years ago — his message was clear. He wanted to get Indiana back into the national conversation by competing for Big Ten and National Championships.

The only way to do that was to bring in high-level talent. Not just local, but from around the country.

The message has always been that Indiana has the best talent in the country — but recently, that hasn’t been the case. The previous staff did a good job of recruiting the state but failed to land top talent from outside of Indiana — or even the midwest — on a regular basis. That resulted in IU basketball failing to make an NCAA Tournament for six years.

So, when Woodson stepped back on campus on day one, it was about getting the best talent in the country — no matter where — to come to Bloomington.

“When I took the job, I made it clear to my coaches that we deserved to sit at the table with the best players,” Woodson told reporters on Wednesday. “We kind of squabbled a little bit early on because they didn’t think we were in that position to be able to do that.

“Well, back in the day, it was always that way.”

Last year saw four scholarship players from Indiana. The year before was five.

Next season will be quite different. There will only be two players from the state of Indiana on scholarship.

A main reason for that is because of what Woodson stressed — and knowing what he wanted for his roster.

“I thought we were based on Indiana basketball and the history of it,” Woodson said. “So, I didn’t accept no for an answer and I told ’em (my staff) that I wanted to be able to sit at the table with the best players and compete with the Kentucky’s, the Kansas’, the Duke’s, teams like that.”

While Woodson just wanted a seat at the table, he’s done more than just sit there.

In the last two years, Woodson has landed four five-star prospects either from high school or through the transfer portal. It resulted in having two McDonald’s All-American’s on the roster this upcoming season for the first time since 2016.

In addition to the two five-star commitments in the past two months, the IU basketball program has also seen a one-and-done five-star prospect move his way into a projected lottery-pick in the upcoming NBA Draft in Jalen Hood-Schifino. That is notable to recruits — and Woodson knows it.

“It’s done a lot, you know,” Woodson said on Hood-Schifino’s development. ” … Not to say he was a one-and-done, but he put himself in that position and was able to do a lot of nice things for our ball club and you know, our program benefited from it.”

A large reason for the (recent) uptick in the national relevancy for IU basketball in the recruiting world is because of Woodson and his NBA pedigree — yes. But, it’s the entire staff that he’s put together that has built their reputations on relationships and honesty — something hard to come by in today’s recruiting world.

“I got a wonderful staff and, you know, we are beating the phones down and when guys come available, we are trying to get in front of their parents and whoever’s their representative and we are doing all the necessary things to get ’em to campus and close the deal,” Woodson said. “And this has been a great, great summer for us in terms of recruiting and, again, I give a lot of credit to my staff and them getting me in front of the people that we’re trying to recruit, the player and we’re starting to pay off. It’s starting to pay off for us.”

And in recruiting, in order to get a yes, you’re going to get a lot of no’s. But, that’s okay and what’s needed in order to reach the next level as a program.

“All they (recruits) can do is tell us no, but we gotta get there and we’ve been able to get there some, so it’s kind of nice.”

SEE ALSO: IU basketball senior guard Xavier Johnson gives update on his health: ‘I’m 100 (percent)’

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