In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
- Matthew Hurt describes what he’ll be watching this season when it comes to Indiana.
- Trendon Watford looks to set his official visits — and Indiana remains on the list.
- A top in-state prospect in the Class of 2021 took another visit to Bloomington yesterday.
- Mourning the death of George Taliaferro, a legend among legends.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We are now 28 days away from Chicago State.
In recruiting news …
Two high-level players who continue to have Indiana attached to them are Matthew Hurt and Trendon Watford, the younger brother of Christian Watford. Hurt is the #6 player nationally according to 247Sports. Watford is #26. Both are in the Class of 2019.
We mentioned Hurt in yesterday’s edition of Banner Morning — listing out the handful of blueblood-level schools that remain active players in his recruitment, Indiana included.
On Monday, Logan Newman of USAToday Sports added some additional insight from Hurt on what he’ll be watching from Indiana this season as he looks to narrow down his list.
Hurt, who most observers believe will be a one-and-done player, said he will be watching how Romeo Langford is used and developed this season. He said, referring to Romeo, “I’m pretty sure he’s one-and-done. I just want to see how they develop him. What they do for him is key for me.”
Again, there won’t be much to pay attention to with Hurt’s recruitment until he starts actually scheduling and taking official visits.
Speaking of official visits …
Trendon Watford recently returned from his official visit to Memphis. Adam Zagoria reported on Monday that Watford has another visit scheduled to LSU and also has plans to visit Florida State, Alabama, and Indiana. He wants to make a final decision sometime in the early spring of 2019.
And in Class of 2021 news, Peegs reported on Monday that Evansville point guard Khristian Lander was visiting campus.
This is notable because Lander was just in Bloomington two weekends ago for Hoosier Hysteria. Clearly there is some mutual interest between Lander and the Hoosiers, as Archie Miller looks to secure a point guard of the future.
And in IU legend news …
The Indiana community mourns a great loss today: George Taliaferro passed away last night at the age of 91.
Taliaferro was an All American football player at Indiana who led the Hoosiers to an undefeated season and Big Ten championship. He played professionally for six seasons, earning three Pro Bowl berths.
More importantly, Taliaferro lived an incredible and meaningful life and had a major impact on society, helping to break the color barrier in sports. Taliaferro was the first African-American to be drafted by an NFL team, and his college career at Indiana began two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
If a Mount Rushmore of Indiana University athletics were ever constructed, George Taliaferro would undoubtedly be on it. He is a legend among legends.
Rest in peace, Mr. Taliaferro.
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I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.