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Monday, July 17, 2017 7:20 pm

IU picks up 3 commitments in 24 hours

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

New Indiana men's basketball coach Archie Miller is already making waves in recruiting, getting commitments from three Top 100 players in a 24-hour period.

Race Thompson announced his commitment to the Hoosiers on Sunday with the announcement on his Twitter.

"Blessed and excited to announce my commitment to further my education and basketball career at Indiana University!" he tweeted. "Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way."

Thompson, the first commitment for Miller in his tenure in Bloomington, is a 6-foot-8 forward from the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. He also had offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, Arizona State, Michigan and Baylor, among others.

Thompson intends to reclassify from 2018 to 2017 and enroll at IU in the fall, a source told the IStar.

On Monday came the commitments from 2018 recruits Jerome Hunter of Pickerington, Ohio and South Bend Riley standout Damezi Anderson.

"I truly appreciate all the schools that have recruited me, the relationships with coaching staffs and everyone who (has) supported me to this point," Hunter, a 6-7 forward, wrote on his Twitter at 12:34 p.m. Monday. "After long consideration and talks with my family, I've decided to commit to Indiana University."

The Hoosiers beat out Ohio State and Michigan.

Anderson's announcement came less than three hours later, at 3:12 p.m.

"When I entered high school, I knew I wanted to play college basketball at the highest level," he wrote. "I wasn't serious about the game early but high school changed that for me. Coach (Mark Johnson) and Coach Mo at Riley believed in me and helped allow me to become the player I am today. I've played for several travel teams, continually searching for the right fit: that was when I found Meanstreets. I would like to thank them for putting me on the biggest and most competitive stage, the EYBL, pushing me to compete against the best players in the country.

"Moving forward, I await the challenge to bring home a state championship to my city and community at South Bend Riley. But before I embark on this journey with my brothers and Coach (Eric) Brand, I would like to thank all the fantastic schools that did an outstanding job recruiting me; I wish them the best of luck. I would like to announce that I am committing to ... Indiana."

The No. 4 ranking in the 247Sports 2018 team rankings does not reflect Thompson's reclassification, and the Hoosiers could still add in-state recruits in McCutcheon's Robert Phinisee, Ben Davis' Aaron Henry and New Albany's Romeo Langford.

Anderson reached out to Phinisee not long after committing while Henry received an offer from Miller over the weekend and despite the recent commits, the offer still stands.

Langford is ranked No. 5 in the nation.

areichel@jg.net