Indiana makes final 5 list for Star Guard Jalen Hood-Schifino

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Talented goaltender Jalen Hood-Schifino, one of the country’s top players in the 2022 class, reduced his roster to five schools on Thursday, and Indiana is on his list.

He announced his reduction on Twitter and Instagram.

Indiana assistant coach Kenya Hunter has been recruiting him hard for years, and that hasn’t changed since Mike Woodson was hired in late March and kept Hunter on his squad. Woodson and Indiana’s other new helpers Dane Fife and Yasir Rosemond have all seen a lot of Hood-Schifino this summer.

“Coach Hunter has been recruiting me the longest, so the relationship is there,” Hood-Schifino told Eric Bossi of 247Sports. “He’s awesome. And Coach Woodson has been where I’m trying to go. Coach Woodson has been very successful in the NBA. I can’t wait to see his transition to college.”

The other schools on its list are Florida, Memphis, Tennessee and Texas.

ESPN’s Paul Biancardi tweeted Thursday that he believes Hood-Schifino “could be the best defenseman in the class” and that he likes his passing ability, tenacity and basketball IQ.

Hood-Schifino is an old-fashioned combo guard. He’s 6-foot-5 and handles the ball well, easily reaches the edge even against top defenders, and is a great passer. The biggest raves this summer came from its defense and maturity. It’s a plug-and-play starter for sure.

Hood-Schifino made a commitment to Pittsburgh very early in his recruiting, but he pulled out last summer, saying he rushed his decision. Since then his stock has grown significantly and he has performed well at several events this summer.

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