Beyond the arc: Alford, UCLA targetting the best Hoosiers

Beyond the arc: Alford, UCLA targetting the best Hoosiers

There's really no true offseason for college basketball. Here are three things that caught our college basketball writer and AP Top 25 voter's attention in the last week:


Minnesota forward Zeke Nnaji saw a good chunk of the country this week, hitting Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue in the Midwest before a short west coast swing to see UCLA and Arizona. Nnaji's recruitment exploded this spring and summer, with the 6-foot-10 big man going from unranked to four-star status as a top-40 recruit. His play on a talented D1 Minnesota team on the adidas Gauntlet circuit spurred the rise after he averaged 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds.


Steve Alford pulled Kris Wilkes out of Indianapolis in the 2017 class — perhaps one final blow that led to Tom Crean's firing at Indiana. The former Hoosiers' guard is trying to raid his home state again, with UCLA hosting five-star prospects Keion Brooks and Trayce Jackson-Davis this weekend. (The sound you hear is some Indiana fans hyperventilating). Both Brooks and Jackson-Davis are at the top of Archie Miller's wish list, and he'll probably get at least one of them.


Oak Hill Academy and IMG Academy have all stacked their rosters for the 2018-19 season. The defending GEICO national champions aren't being left behind, though. Montverde Academy will trot out a loaded lineup this season, too, and the Eagles' roster includes a trio of prospects with Illinois offers. The headliner of that group is 2020 guard Moses Moody, who heads to Montverde after winning a state title in Arkansas last season.