The Indiana basketball program hosted a flurry of 2020 and 2021 prospects on Saturday, but none more important than one in-state target.
It was not only a huge weekend on the court for the Indiana basketball program, but also off of it as the Hoosiers played host to multiple top targets in both the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes.
With the 2020 recruiting class holding three signees currently, there is very little left to do for Archie Miller outside of the possible reclassifications of five-star guard Khristian Lander and four-star guard Carter Whitt. While Whitt was on his official visit to Bloomington this weekend, it was one 2021 target’s visit that may mean more down the line.
Trey Kaufman is one of the top players in the country in 2021, and one of the top in the loaded and deep in-state class as well. Though he wasn’t on an official visit, the Silver Creek High School forward was in the stands on yet another unofficial visit.
Making his third visit in the past six weeks, Kaufman has now been on campus for the Arkansas, Ohio State and now Purdue games. Not only has he been to Bloomington, but the Indiana staff has been on sight to watch the four-star target play numerous times over that same timeframe as well.
Why is this so notable? Yes, he is an in-state talent so making the trip to Bloomington isn’t necessarily difficult, but both sides seem to be increasing in interest for one another.
It is well-known how Indiana is losing a large amount of its frontcourt over the course of the next two seasons with Joey Brunk, De’Ron Davis, and Justin Smith all set to graduate. Add in a possible departure of Trayce Jackson-Davis after next season, and the Hoosiers have very little depth up front to work with.
Kaufman not only fits the mold of a versatile forward, something the game of basketball continues to trend towards, but he also has the ability to stretch the floor, shooting 40 percent from three as a sophomore.
Kaufman currently ranks No. 28 in the 2021 class and ranks as the No. 2 prospect in Indiana.
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