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Mike Woodson out watching key Indiana basketball recruiting targets on Tuesday night



Indiana basketball forward Bryson Tiller
Indiana basketball head coach Mike Woodson was out on the road on Tuesday watching key recruiting targets in the 2024 and 2025 classes. (Bryson Tiller / Instagram)

Indiana basketball has a week between games which has allowed head coach Mike Woodson to hit the recruiting trail.

On Tuesday night, Woodson was out in North Carolina to watch numerous key 2024 and 2025 prospects. Overtime Elite (Ga.) had multiple games in Lincolnton, including two that included 2024 four-star guard Daquan Davis and 2025 prospects Bryson Tiller and Tyler Jackson.

In the first game were teammates Tiller and Jackson in action. Tiller is the key prospect out of that duo. While he is in the 2025 class, there has been talk about him making the move to 2024.

Tiller took an official visit to Indiana for its matchup against Kansas earlier this season. He is currently ranked No. 7 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The 6-foot-9 forward had 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds and four assists despite a loss on Tuesday.

On the season, Tiller is averaging 11.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks per game this season. He is shooting 44.8 percent from the floor.

Tiller has played for Atlanta Xpress on the UAA Circuit for the majority of his summer career.

“One of the most polished frontcourt players in the class of 2025, Tiller has great positional size, a strong frame and the type of skill you would want to see in a modern day four man,” 247Sports National Basketball Director Eric Bossi wrote. “Capable of operating on the block or facing out to the three-point line, Tiller is a versatile scorer. He’s got broad shoulders, long arms and good functional athleticism in tight spots that he uses to score over and through defenders at the rim. He makes jump hooks, is a good passer out of the post and doesn’t get sped up.”

Other programs involved with Tiller are Kansas, Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Florida, Houston and numerous others.

Tyler Jackson is also a 2025 prospect who is one of the best scorers in the country. He 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.

The 6-foot-2 scoring guard is originally from Baltimore and played for Saint Frances Academy (Md.) before transferring to Overtime Elite.

Other programs involved with Jackson are Auburn, Syracuse, Maryland, LSU, Alabama, Florida State, Kansas, Ole Miss and others.

Jackson is currently ranked No. 23 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

2024 guard Daquan Davis is the most intriguing player out of the group and he is scheduled to play in the second game of the night. He was originally committed to Providence but re-opened his recruitment at the end of October. Immediately after his decommitment, Indiana basketball was a team that was connected to him.

Davis averaged 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season at St. John’s (DC). He was named the MaxPreps high school Player of the Year in Washington DC.

This season, Davis is averaging 16.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He’s shooting 40.4 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from three.

He is a 6-foot point guard who is best known for his energy and high motor. He was recently one of the standouts at the Overtime Elite Pro Day.

“Daquan Davis had a great day. He brought all the juice, competed at an intense level, encouraged his teammates and refused to let energy die down on his watch,” 247Sports National Recruiting Director Eric Bossi wrote. “He’s a tough lead guard who plays low to the ground, has burst and is just enough of a shot maker to keep defenders honest. Most of all, he looks like a real leader and the type of guy who will be very good in the Big East.”

While Indiana hasn’t made a huge push for Davis, if Mike Woodson stayed for the Davis’ game, it would be multiple times over the last few months. Davis finished with 27 points on 10-of-18 from the field and 5-of-8 on 3s. He also added nine rebounds and seven assists.

Other programs that have been mentioned to be involved with Davis are Maryland, Alabama, Texas A&M.

Davis is rated the No. 107 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Indiana has just one signee for the 2024 class in five-star and McDonald’s All-American Liam McNeeley.

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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.