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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana Basketball Recruiting Notebook — Gunn Stays Put With IU Commitment; Avance, Waddell Scooping Offers

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, April 3, 2021, 2:16 pm

Lawrence North junior four-star prospect C.J. Gunn “re-committed” to Indiana this week, deciding to stay loyal to the Hoosiers under the newly-minted Mike Woodson regime. The 6-foot-5 Gunn, a hot-shooting wing guard, originally committed to recently-fired IU head coach Archie Miller back in February. He is averaging 15 points and five boards per night for a powerhouse Lawrence North Wildcats club ready to slug it out in Saturday’s Class 4A state finals versus fellow Indianapolis-area bball blue-blood Carmel.

Wildcats’ shake and bake senior floor general Shamar Avance is seeing his recruiting pick up as his squad advances through the state tournament and he scoops preseason honors. Indiana State, UM-KC and Texas Southern just offered over the weekend. Avance was the Marion County Player of the Year this winter.

Carmel’s Brian Waddell, one of the most underrated hoopsters in Hoosierland, has snagged offers from Miami (OH) and Indiana State and is seeing his recruiting takeoff as his Greyhounds squad prepares for its state title showdown this weekend. Waddell (6-7) is a natural lights-out shooter just like his dad (former Purdue Boilermaker and Tipton alum Matt Waddell), but he’s a grinder as well — he attacks the glass, plays blood-&-guts defense and puts his body to the test, diving for loose balls, setting screens for the pick-and-pop.

Linton-Stockton senior shooting guard Lincoln Hale de-committed from Indiana State this week. Hale’s squad went 26-6 in 2021. He’s got one of the quickest trigger fingers in Hoosierland. He’s since picked up offers from Indiana Wesleyan and Fairmont State. 

Warren Central senior combo guard Malik Stanley will be playing his college basketball down in Florida at DII Barry University. Stanley was a four-year letter winner at Warren Central and won a state championship as a freshman in 2018. Warren Central went 18-7 in 2021 and Stanley pumped in 22 points per game. He became only the third player in school history to join the 1,000 point club and ended his career in a Warriors uniform as the program’s all-time winningest performer.

Word out of Bloomington is that junior point guard Nick Klaiber and sophomore forward JQ Roberts are on the verge of garnering their first scholarship offers in the coming weeks. Bloomington North went 13-5 this winter with breakout performances from Klaiber, a crafty, tough-as-nails floor general and the jumping jack Roberts getting juiced on the wing. Klaiber averaged 14 points and four dimes per outing and Roberts player way above the rim to the tune of 12 points and six boards a game. Indiana State and Ball State are said to be circling the pair and ready with offers on the near future.