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Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:00 am

SIGNING DAY

Schools look to build for future

IU, Purdue combine to sign state's top three players

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

In the 80 years of the Indiana Mr. Basketball award, the Indiana Hoosiers have never had three consecutive winners choose to play college basketball in Bloomington.

After 2018 and 2019 winners Romeo Langford and Trayce Jackson-Davis picked Indiana, the Hoosiers have a chance to make it a three-peat for the first time ever this year. On Wednesday, they took a significant step in that direction, picking up national letters of intent from two of the top contenders for 2020's Mr. Basketball.

Those two players, Anthony Leal of Bloomington South and Trey Galloway of Culver Academies, form the bulk of the Hoosiers' 2020 recruiting class and are now officially in the fold after signing on the first day of college basketball's early signing period, which lasts until Nov. 20.

“It's really special,” said Leal, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who is the No. 2 recruit in the state according to 247sports.com. “To me it was official when I made my verbal commitment, but now that it's really official, it's awesome and I'm excited to get the rest of the guys signed and hopefully make something special happen the next four years.”

Galloway, an AAU teammate of Leal's, also signed Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 guard is a fellow four-star recruit and the No. 3 prospect in the state. The third member of Indiana's class, which currently ranks No. 20 nationally, is four-star forward Jordan Geronimo, a 6-foot-6 New Hampshire native who plans to sign Monday. The Hoosiers are also still in contention for five-star center Dawson Garcia out of Prior Lake, Minnesota, who has indicated he will make his college decision Nov. 20.

These are some other Division I basketball signings in the state.

Purdue

While Indiana signed the second- and third-ranked recruits in the state, according to 247sports.com, the Boilermakers got a letter from the top recruit, Mishawaka Marian guard Jaden Ivey.  Ivey is a 6-foot-2 four-star recruit who ranks No. 73 in the country and is the son of longtime Notre Dame women's basketball assistant coach and WNBA player Niele Ivey.

Purdue got letters from all three of its commitments Wednesday, with four-star Pennsylvania sharpshooting guard Ethan Morton and 7-foot-3 center Zach Edey also making their commitments official.

The Boilers' class ranks 14th nationally, according to 24/7.

“I think this class is really going to help us,” coach Matt Painter said in a statement. “We were able to sign two really good guards in Ethan and Jaden and then a center like Zach Edey after reclassifying (from 2021) is big for our program.

“This is a very strong group with high basketball IQs and athleticism and will fit with our program very well.”

Notre Dame

Irish coach Mike Brey received letters from both of his commitments Wednesday and will welcome three-star forward Elijah Taylor from Philadelphia and three-star center Matt Zona from Oradell, New Jersey.

Taylor is a 6-foot-8 power forward who is No. 198 nationally. Brey compared his game and demeanor to former Irish forward Ty Nash. Zona, a 6-foot-9 big man, is 219th in the class and a strong student who had offers from several members of the Ivy League, plus Vanderbilt.

“I think we needed front(court) guys,” Brey said. “We feel really good about our young guards. ... You've got (John) Mooney as a senior, you've got Juwan (Durham) as a senior. We wanted some front-line bodies.”

Notre Dame is still waiting on a decision from 7-foot-2 center Hunter Dickinson out of DeMatha Catholic in Maryland. The No. 34 recruit in the country, Dickinson has Notre Dame among his top choices. He has not announced when he will sign.

Purdue Fort Wayne

The Mastodons got a national letter of intent from 6-foot-2 Muskegon, Michigan, guard Jarvis Walker, who will join the team as it moves from the Summit League to the Horizon League next season. His parents both played basketball at Ferris State and both of his sisters have played at Western Michigan.

“(Walker) comes from a basketball family and has been extremely well-coached in a winning high school program,” coach Jon Coffman said in a statement. “He is a versatile player who can guard three positions and has the physicality to compete at the college level.”

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Other signings

Women

Notre Dame

Alasia Hayes – Murfreesboro, Tenn., point guard, 5-foot-7, No. 44 nationally

Alli Campbell – Altoona, Pa., point guard, 5-11, No. 25 nationally

Purdue

Madison Layden – Kokomo, combo guard, 6-1, No. 57 nationally

Ra Shaya Kyle – Marion, center, 6-6, No. 36 nationally

Purdue Fort Wayne

Rylie Parker – Homestead, guard, 5-6

Margo Thompson – Cincinnati, forward, 6-3

Zoe Ketterman – Geneva, Ill., forward, 6-1

Aubrey Stupp – Farmersville, Ohio, guard, 5-11

Ball State

Cameron Grant – Macomb, Mich., forward, 6-1

Indiana

No signings reported

Butler

No signings reported

Men

Ball State

No signings reported

Butler

No signings reported

Note: “No signings reported” does not necessarily mean the team will have no players in the 2020 recruiting class. The early signing period continues through Nov. 20 and players may also sign during the regular 2020 signing period from April 15 to May 20.


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