Indiana Hoosiers Extend Scholarship Offers to Devonte Green and Musa Jallow: How do they Fit?


With the unpredictability of College Basketball Recruiting, there are still plenty of questions surrounding Indiana University’s upcoming recruiting class and how it may or may not continue to grow. Only one thing is for certain, and that is size.  No, not the size of potential recruiting targets, but the size of this upcoming recruiting class as a whole.

Simply put, it needs to be BIG.

With the eventual departures of seniors Yogi Ferrell, Max Bielfeldt, and Nick Zeisloft, as well the potential NBA departures of Troy Williams and James Blackmon Jr., Indiana is going to have anywhere from four to six scholarship openings.  Not only will there be plenty of openings, but the amount of talent potentially leaving this IU team could become debilitating if Tom Crean can’t properly secure a strong recruiting class.

So far IU has garnered three commitments.  These have come from Grant Gelon, Curtis Jones, and De’Ron Davis. Gelon is an unranked guard/forward from Crown Point, Indiana, and has been known to be lethal from three.  Jones is a 6’3”, 4-Star, combo guard out of Huntington Prep. Davis is a 6’9” power forward that ranks within the top 40 prospects on almost all recruiting boards.

With all that said, what has been most notable on the recruiting front for IU is the talent that IU has missed out on.  The list of elite talent going elsewhere is rather long this year. Of those players going elsewhere, the ones that hurt the most are Jaylen Fisher and Bryce Brown.  Both Fisher and Brown were touted to be potentially perfect replacements for Yogi Ferrell’s ball handling ability.  Now Coach Crean has been forced to look elsewhere for a point guard.

This is what brings us to Devonte Green.

Devonte Green is one of the few undecided talents left in the country, and after some stellar performances for Long Island Lutheran, Green has been attracting a lot more attention from schools all over.  This past Thursday, Coach Crean paid Green a visit and it didn’t seem to disappoint.  Devonte garnered 31 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals in a 97-58 win over Chaminade High School.  Not only did Green score 31 points, but 21 of those points came from behind the three-point line.

Clearly it didn’t take much more from Devonte Green to impress Coach Crean, as Crean extended a scholarship offer to Devonte just 6 days later.  This is according to Adam Zagoria of SNY.    

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247 Sports has Devonte Green as a 3-Star point guard, slotting him as the 195th best player nationally and fifth best player in the state of New York.  Just watching a bit of his highlight tape, one can quickly notice that Green is a great ball handler and has the ability to create his own shot off the dribble.

I’m not trying to say that those are the two main traits of Yogi Ferrell, but those are two major traits of Yogi Ferrell that will be missed after his departure.

It is also important to note that Devonte Green is the younger brother of San Antonio Spurs Guard, Danny Green.  I know people can’t just assume things about Devonte’s work ethic, but the younger brother of an NBA Basketball player usually tends to pick up a few things from their sibling.

This also puts Devonte Green among the list of talented College Basketball families. This list includes the various Plumlee brothers, the Morris twins, the Lopez twins, and a little old family that includes Luke, Tyler and Cody ZELLER. I don’t know if you’ve heard of them. I think one of them might have played for Indiana, but I’m not sure.

Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) works the ball against Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson (9) and Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller (40) in the second quarter at TD Garden. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

In the near future, Devonte is planning on visiting Indiana along with Kansas State.  Devonte also holds offers from Arizona, Providence, Texas, Rutgers and others.

In other recruiting news, Indiana University also extended a scholarship offer to Class of 2018 prospect, Musa Jallow, from Bloomington North High School.

Musa is a hometown talent that Coach Crean is trying to keep within a five mile radius of his own home. The last Bloomington basketball player to play for IU was Jordan Hulls, and many can agree that worked out pretty well for the program.