St. Louis Eagles wing Jayson Tatum is one of the top players in the nation in the 2016 class. His…
Hoops Recruiting Central: 2016 Contact Day
UPDATE: 6:51 p.m.: The productive day continues for Indiana. The Hoosiers have offered New York shooting guard Rawle Alkins, the 47th-ranked player in the class. Alkins is 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds and has offers from Cincinnati, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida, Villanova and George Washington. UPDATE: 6:36 p.m.: Indiana called top 10 forward Amir Coffey (Minnesota) today as well. Coffey, 6-foot-6 and 160 pounds, is the fourth-ranked small forward in the class. Today was the first time Coffey has heard from the IU staff, but he said his interest level in the Hoosiers is "very high." Indiana also called to touch base with Kentucky guard Quentin Goodin, who the Hoosiers have been recruiting for quite awhile. Goodin said Tom Crean wanted him to know he was still a priority in the class for the Hoosiers. UPDATE: 6:12 p.m.: Two things in this update. First, I confirmed with guard Eli Wright that Tom Crean was the first to contact him after the period opened at midnight. Wright said he also heard from Louisville, Tennessee and UAB last night, and Purdue this morning. Wright said he is taking an unofficial trip to Bloomington soon and has strong interest in the Hoosiers. Also touched base with Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard, who told me Crean was also the first coach to call him last night. Yes, coach Crean was very busy. Impressive. Pritchard, who owns an Indiana offer, picked up a new offer from UNLV today. UPDATE: 3:50 p.m.: According to Drew Messmer of All Metro Hoops, Indiana coach Tom Crean was also the first coach to call 2016 guard Eli Wright from Owensboro, Kent. Wright is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard and currently owns offers from Mississippi State, Western Kentucky and Northern Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and UAB. UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: Indiana coach Tom Crean also called 2016 Colorado forward De'Ron Davis, a priority for the Hoosiers in the class. Coaches could not call Davis last night because his Colorado Hawks team is playing in an AAU tournament this weekend. Coaches had to wait for the event to end before calling. Indiana has been recruiting Davis for sometime, along with his teammate, 2015 point guard Austin Conway. Beginning last night at midnight, college coaches were able to have unlimited access with kids in the 2016 class. That means it was a busy night for both the prospects and the coaches, and Indiana coach Tom Crean touched base with a number of kids in that class. Crean was the first to call forward Jayson Tatum, the No. 2 overall player in the 2016 class. Tatum, who plays at Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis, is an elite 6-foot-7 forward who can score the ball in a variety of ways. He already owns offers from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina, as well as Indiana. Crean also called many of the regular guys in 2016: T.J. Leaf, Braxton Blackwell, and others. As first reported by AllHoosiers.com, Crean offered a scholarship to Akron forward V.J. King, the 6th-ranked player in the class. King, 6-foot-5 and 175 pounds, plays for St. Vincent-St. Mary, the same school as Heat star LeBron James. AllHoosiers.com will keep you updated on the 2016 class and who Indiana is calling throughout the rest of the day and the week. For now, watch some highlights of Tatum and King in the embedded video players below.
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