There’s more momentum for Indiana in the recruitment of Trey Kaufman, a talented forward who has been on UK’s recruiting radar since last year.
Mike Pegram — the Indiana insider for the 247Sports’ Hoosiers site — logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of IU, which already had public predictions going their way from national recruiting experts Corey Evans and Andrew Slater.
Kaufman — a 6-foot-8 forward from Sellersburg, Ind. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 41 overall player in the 2021 class. Indiana, Louisville, Purdue and Xavier have generally been seen as a top four in his recruitment, but several other schools are keeping tabs on him, and he was expected to be one of the main players on Kentucky’s watch list had the April evaluation periods gone on as planned last month.
Without the opportunity to show off his game against elite competition on the grassroots basketball circuit, Kaufman’s recruitment has stayed pretty much status quo in recent months. And Indiana had already established a great relationship with the home-state star, who has taken multiple visits to Bloomington during his recruitment.
A new feature in the 247Sports Crystal Ball allows recruiting experts to put a confidence level on each pick, from a scale of 1-10. Pegram placed a “3” on his Kaufman prediction, suggesting low confidence. It will be interesting to see if Kentucky and some other blue-blood schools make Kaufman a major priority once recruits are allowed to return to the court and college coaches can travel to see them play.