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Tuesday, September 03, 2019 6:50 am

Four-star 2020 hoops recruit Jordan Geronimo chooses IU

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana basketball get an extremely pleasant surprise late Monday night when four-star 2020 forward forward Jordan Geronimo chose the Hoosiers over offers from Boston College, Georgia (hello, Tom Crean), Penn State and others. Geronimo had just visited Bloomington this weekend, his first official college visit, and he apparently liked what he saw so much that he committed right away.

"Indiana’s pitch was explaining to me how they were going to use me in their system and how I can be a basketball star in the next couple of years under the right development,” Geronimo told Hoosier State of Mind at FanSided. "(Coach Archie Miller) started listing NBA players that he coached and I’m not going to lie, that kind of got me feeling some type of way."

Geronimo, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound wing from Concord, New Hampshire, was a breakout star on the AAU circuit this summer and rocketed up recruiting rankings. He currently sits No. 85 in the country and is the No. 20 small forward, per 247sports.com. With his commitment to the Hoosiers, Indiana adds to what is shaping up to be a terrific 2020 class, with Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway also on board. Having three commitments from elite recruits this early in the cycle is rare and Indiana's class currently ranks No. 4 nationally, with some top targets still set to make decisions in the next few months. This could be a special class for Indiana, which is all the more impressive because 2020 seemed to be a relatively weak year for basketball recruits in the state. Indiana had already snapped up arguably the top two in-state prospects in Leal and Galloway (Purdue commit Jaden Ivey is in that conversation, as well) and went out of state to find another talented player.

Geronimo comes from the same AAU program as former Hoosier and NBA lottery pick Noah Vonleh and has a nice combination of athleticism, basketball IQ and shooting ability, his coach told the Daily Hoosier. A good comparison for him in the future might be Justin Smith with a more consistent jump shot, which would be a very nice piece for the Hoosiers to add. 

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