On Wednesday, five-star forward from the 2014 class, Theo Pinson, made the decision to attend the University of North Carolina instead of the other school in his top two, the Indiana Hoosiers.
While Pinson comes from the state of North Carolina, the decision is an understandable one. However, most of the thinking coming into the decision was that Pinson would be a Hoosier after Tom Crean and staff had spent a significant amount of time recruiting him over the past couple of years. What many expected to be a great day for Indiana in locking up a great talent, actually wound up sending them back to the drawing board to look for their next top target.
That may just be Indianapolis-native Trevon Bluiett.
Known by many as No. 1 on Butler’s current short list of targets, Bluiett has been to Butler three times already on unofficial visits and there seems to be a lot of mutual interest there. Now, Indiana may be looking to get even more involved as well.
It isn’t like Indiana hasn’t been in the picture for him, though. The Hoosiers have received their fair share of visits from the 2014 forward as well, and they have always looked to be a player in his recruitment. Without the commitment from Pinson that Crean was looking for, though, they might be looking to become more involved.
At this point, the other players that are high on Indiana’s radar are Goodluck Okonoboh from Massachusetts and Australia’s Dante Exum. Neither one of them have the lure of an Indiana-native, though, and Crean’s staff has shown its liking of the such, especially one with the talent that Bluiett brings to the table.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how much of an emphasis Indiana puts on Bluiett, who has been a top target for Butler’s staff for a long time.
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