Analysis: IU Target Brandon Johns To Michigan

Jordan Wells, Staff Writer
The Hoosier
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One of Indiana's targets in the 2018 cycle - East Lansing (Mich.) High four-star forward Brandon Johns - committed elsewhere on Thursday, when he pledged his services to Michigan.

TheHoosier.com looks at what it means for IU going forward.

Power forward

4 STARS

Michigan
East Lansing

RR: 0.0

Ht: 6'8.0"

Wt: 205.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

Michigan

Background

Accomplishments: Averaged 20.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks for East Lansing, leading them to a 24-1 overall record. He was named Class A Player of the Year in Michigan by the Associated Press.

Recruitment: Picked up an Indiana over this June after visiting campus. He also visited Purdue and Michigan before announcing for the Wolverines.

Our Take

Johns certainly would have been a nice pickup for IU, but there's still plenty of supply available in this class at this stage of the cycle, including Plymouth (Minn.) Armstrong three-star forward Race Thompson and Pickerington (Ohio) North four-star forward Jerome Hunter, among others. The 6-8, 200-pound Thompson is ranked as the No. 116 player nationally, while the 6-7, 185-pound Hunter is ranked as the No. 79 player nationally.

Thompson has already visited campus this summer with his parents, while Hunter's high school team participated in Archie Miller's team camp this June. Hunter picked up an offer after the camp, and released a list of final five schools, including IU, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Xavier.

Both of those targets would be quality pickups, and IU is in the mix for them. That's without adding IU's recruiting board still could expand as the coaches get on the road in July - with a brand new staff - and continue evaluating prospects.

A wise college coach once said "It's not about who tells you no - it's about who tells you yes." That rings especially true at this stage of the cycle, where there is plenty of quality prospects still on the board.

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