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Friday, July 26, 2019 11:20 pm

Indiana lands first 2020 basketball recruit

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana basketball picked up its first commitment in the 2020 recruiting class when 6-foot-4 Culver shooting guard Trey Galloway chose the Hoosiers over offers from Michigan State and Purdue, among others.

Galloway has been a top Indiana target throughout the process and is the No. 178 player in the class, per 247sports.com. He's also ranked fifth in Indiana and is coming off a season in which he averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds as a junior at Culver Academy.

It always seemed likely that Galloway would choose the Hoosiers. He was impressed when Archie Miller drove all the way to Culver for an in-home visit with him, and when he and his Indiana Elite 2020 team played at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run N Slam in May, Galloway told me:

"Obviously I know it's a lot of IU history in that program," he said. "The fans, they're die-hard fans. It's a really good program to play for, everyone loves Indiana basketball."

His recruitment progressed quickly. At the time he hadn't even taken an official visit to Bloomington, but did so in late May and appeared to like what he saw. He's one of two Indiana natives who the Hoosiers are recruiting particularly heavily in 2020, along with Bloomington guard Anthony Leal. Now that Galloway is committed to the Hoosiers, he can help recruit Leal, who is his teammate on Indiana Elite. He is also a teammate of 2021 five-star guard Khristian Lander, another Indiana target.

Galloway is a tough, strong player, capable of running the offense when his team's point guard is off the floor. He shot 52% as a junior in high school despite defenses keying on him and he has a feel for getting to the rim. The biggest question about his game is his outside shooting – he hit just 27% of his 3-pointers last season at Culver, but flashed an improved jump shot at the Run N Slam, where his team went 8-0. 

This is a big get for the Hoosiers and could be the beginning of a huge couple of years in in-state recruiting if it helps push Leal and Lander toward IU.

dsinn@jg.net