Monday, February 05, 2018 1:00 am
Hoosiers have had their share of players from NY, NJ
DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Piscataway, New Jersey
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: 102.9 FM, 1250 AM
When the Big Ten announced in 2012 that Rutgers and Maryland were joining the conference, one of the rationales for adding those two teams was to help expand the recruiting base for existing league schools.
“For us to be out there (playing at Rutgers and Maryland) on a regular basis, and the Big Ten Network presumably will expand in that area, I think it will be good for our recruiting,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in 2013.
Expanding the recruiting base was a particularly large part of the calculus in adding Rutgers, which did not have a history of success of Maryland in football or men's basketball.
The Hoosiers will take on Rutgers today for just the third time since the Scarlet Knights joined the conference. So the question remains: Have those hopes for a Big Ten basketball recruiting base in New York and New Jersey come to fruition since the Scarlet Knights became the Big Ten's 14th member?
There have been at least five players on Big Ten basketball rosters from New York and New Jersey in each year since 2014-15, Rutgers' first season in the conference. That's compared to four such players in 2012-13 and just three in 2013-14, according to roster data from university athletics websites and www.sports-reference.com. Those totals do not include players at Rutgers or Maryland.
The high-water mark for players from those states came in 2015-16 when there were seven, including Indiana's then-freshman Thomas Bryant, who grew up in Rochester, N.Y.
The Hoosiers have been one of the teams that has seemingly benefited the most from the new recruiting territory. Indiana had no players from New York or New Jersey on its roster between 2011-14, but have had at least one in each of the four seasons since, and two in 2014-15 and 2016-17.
Glass said in 2013 the Hoosiers were uniquely positioned to take advantage of the new opportunities because they already emphasized that region in their recruiting strategy.
“Selfishly for Indiana I think (Rutgers and Maryland) are great because (former coach) Tom (Crean) has been doing a terrific job recruiting that Eastern corridor, Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey,” Glass said then.
In addition to landing Bryant, the Hoosiers signed forward Emmitt Holt from Webster, N.Y. and forward Jordan Fuchs from Queens, N.Y. Fuchs signed with the Indiana football team and then joined the basketball team as well.
The only Indiana player on the current roster from New York or New Jersey is sophomore guard Devonte Green from North Babylon, N.Y. Green was the No. 5 New York recruit in his class, according to 24/7 Sports. He was the only top 10 New York player from the 2016 recruiting class to attend a Big Ten school.
It remains to be seen whether first-year coach Archie Miller will prioritize East Coast recruiting as Crean did. Miller has signed four players from the 2018 class, including forward Jake Forrester from Norristown, Pa., but none from New York or New Jersey.