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8/2 Indiana Recruiting Update: July Evaluation Period

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Breaking down several 2018 targets for the Hoosiers.

NCAA Basketball: Northwestern at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

There's no doubt Indiana head coach Archie Miller has raised some eyebrows on the recruiting trails this summer. Receiving commitments from three players in a matter of 36 hours is no small task, but Miller is still not satisfied with his 2018 recruiting class.

With Jerome Hunter, Damezi Anderson, and Race Thompson pledging to the Cream and Crimson, there are a handful of prospects remaining in the 2018 class who the Hoosiers are competing for with other high-major programs.

Let's take a look at who Indiana is making a priority in the 2018 class after the July Evaluation Period.

Romeo Langford - Shooting Guard (No. 6 - 247)

Indiana fans have been dying to know any insider information they can get on Langford, who isn't very public about his recruitment.

Archie and the IU coaching staff made it a point this summer to be at almost every one of Langford's game. This past weekend in Las Vegas at the Adidas Summer Championships, Indiana had a representative at every one of Langford's games.

“(It’s) just the legacy I would have at Indiana because I’m from Indiana,” Langford said in an interview with Inside the Hall. “If I go to Indiana, everybody is going to love me.”

Currently, it seems a legitimate unofficial top three for Langford is Louisville, Kentucky, and Indiana. Langford is in no rush to make a decision. He plans on cutting his list at the end of the summer and will wait till Spring of 2018 to make his choice he told Scout.com.

Darius Garland - Point Guard (No. 10 - 247)

The 6-foot-1 point guard who is originally from Gary (IN) put together a top six list of schools which included Indiana, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, and Vanderbilt, which is relatively close to Garland's home in Tennessee.

Garland hasn't announced when he will make a decision. But, at this point, Duke and Vanderbilt seem to have the edge as far as favorites go.

Robert Phinisee - Point Guard (No. 97 - 247)

A resident of McCutcheon, Indiana, all fingers have pointed to Indiana during Phinisee's recruitment.

Although the Hoosiers are the favorite, Virginia is also in the running for Phinisee and could very well be the reason he hasn't committed to Indiana as early as many people expected.

According to multiple sources, Phinisee's plan is to commit in a couple of weeks, a number that has been thrown around is three weeks.

Big Ten schools such as in-state Purdue and Ohio State, who just hired Chris Holtmann who was recruiting Phinisee at Butler, were also considered to be heavily involved in Phinisee's recruitment but seem to have taken the backseat behind Indiana and dark horse Virginia.

James Akinjo - Point Guard (No. 189 - 247)

Akinjo burst onto the national scene in July after averaging 18 points and seven assists per game in the Peach Jam while leading his Oakland Soldiers to a championship victory at the event in South Carolina.

A 6-foot guard from California, Akinjo has planned three official visits which include Indiana, California, and UConn. As for the Indiana visit, Akinjo intends to come to Bloomington sometime in September and will most likely be Indiana's top target at the point guard position in the 2018 class if Phinisee decides to commit elsewhere.

Aaron Henry - Small Forward (No. 207 - 247)

Hailing from Indianapolis, Henry has captured the attention of high-major Midwest programs this summer. Indiana seemed to be the favorite a couple of weeks ago, but since the commitments of three forwards in the 2018 class, the Hoosiers have fallen off the radar a bit, and Bloomington likely won't be the place for Henry.

Possible suitors for Henry include Michigan State, Ohio State, Butler, and Xavier along with Louisville who has started to express interest.