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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana basketball recruiting notebook — Lovings-Watts keeps Hoosierland pipeline to Drake alive & well

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, October 10, 2021, 1:28 pm

Drake likes Indiana hoops. 

No, not the superstar rapper. The college.

Jeffersonville senior guard Will Lovings-Watts committed to Drake University at the start of this month, providing Drake head coach Darian DeVries his second three-star recruit in his three years on the job. 

Drake competes out of the Missouri Valley Conference and is located in Des Moines, Iowa. DeVries has four players with Hoosierland roots on his current Bulldogs roster. Bulldogs assistant coach Kevin Richter was on the bench at Indiana University in the 2000s.

The 6-foot-5 Lovings-Watts received his Drake offer back in the summer. During the AAU season, Lovings-Watts played for Indiana Elite on the Adidas circuit.

As a junior last winter, Lovings-Watts tallied 17 points, six rebounds and three assists per night on a Jeffersonville club that won a sectional title. His game is particularly efficient and quite explosive when he gets in the open floor. He connected on 60 percent of his field goal attempts in 2021 and 50 percent from 3-point distance. 

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The upside is in the post 

Brownsburg senior big guy Shon Tupuola committed to the University of Indianapolis last week. Tupuola (6-9) is viewed as a paint  “project” and represents great value in the recruiting game for the Greyhounds. The long, active and athletic Tupuola has grown three inches in the past year and played his AAU ball with Grand Park Premier.

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Offers of note 

Heritage Hills freshman power forward Trent Sisley, the prototype “stretch 4,” earned a Purdue offer.

Zionsville junior floor general Logan Imes, maybe the No. 1 pure point guard in the Circle City for the Class of ‘23, picked up an offer from Penn State, and another from Virginia Tech.