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In 2021 recruiting news, the Hoosiers have offered Silver Creek (Sellersburg, IN) 2021 PF Trey Kaufman during Archie Miller’s team basketball camp this weekend. He joins five-star PG Khristian Lander (Evansville Reitz) and PF Caleb Furst (Fort Wayne Christian) as class of 2021 in-state targets that hold Indiana scholarship offers. Four-star Trey Kaufman is the next highest ranked recruit within the state.
Check out our in-depth interview with Trey Kaufman where we discuss the latest on his recruitment, Indiana’s message to him, and more.
Shortly after visiting Indiana and receiving and offer from Archie Miller, Trey Kaufman told IndianaHQ that he would be visiting Purdue. Well the fruits of that trip included a second back-to-back offer from Purdue.
Kaufman is a 6-foot-8 PF that currently weighs in at around 190-200 pounds. The Silver Creek High School star played in 28 games for his Silver Creek Dragons team and nearly averaged a double-double on the season with 14.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game during this past sophomore year.
His contributions have been critical for his Silver Creek team that finished the season with a record of 25-3 and helped enable his team advance all the way to the Indiana High School 3A State Championships, where he faced fellow Indiana 2020 target Trey Galloway and Culver Academy. Despite Kaufman only having four points in the state championships, his 13 rebounds were a key to Silver Creek’s first ever state championship in the history of their program.
Trey Kaufman is currently ranked 75th according to the 247Sports Composite ranking and he currently sits at four-star status. He has other scholarship offers from Evansville, Indiana State, and Xavier. Purdue, Iowa, and Butler have also expressed interest in the 2021 forward.
Get to Know Trey Kaufman
Right away, Trey Kaufman’s size as a sophomore draws the attention of many coaches. Standing 6-foot-8 already, who knows how much more room the sophomore has to fill out. While he has the height, Kaufman has room to grow in the weight room, which will certainly be a focus for him as he finishes his high school career and prepares to play at the next level.
Kaufman very much plays a more traditional back-to-the-basket style of ball. He has strong footwork and understands creative ways to finish around the rim. Archie Miller will have a room full of game tape to help coach Trey Kaufman with players like De’Ron Davis, Trayce Jackson-Davis, and Joey Brunk on the 2019-2020 Hoosiers roster. He has the beginning fundamentals of an effective foot-work-based front-court player and more strength will make him that much more effective at the next level.
On a small scouting note, he has a preference to score from the left block under the rim. When he gets the ball on the right side block, he tends to look for the pass more often.
Like former Hoosier front-court player and current Washington Wizard Thomas Bryant, Kaufman has two characteristics that have bumped up his stock and make him a potential prospect for the next level. He has a strong motor that can get up and down the court without any issue. He also has a solid three-point stroke and actually finished his sophomore year shooting 40% from behind the arc (42 attempts).
Because of his threat deep, he mixes in an effective pump-then-drive move from the perimeter. He has no problem putting the ball on the floor and handling from outside. Juwan Morgan similarly had this skill as a big for the Hoosiers.
Where he may be most interesting for Archie Miller is his ability to support other areas of the game. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time for boards, and never gives up on play. Defensively his size has made him a threat across all areas of the floor, and to some degree it has made up for potential mistakes. Defensively, Kaufman still has an opportunity for one-on-one refinement and better understanding of appropriate times to help versus falling back.
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Archie Miller’s philosophy of “Inside. Out.” recruiting continues to roll well into the 2021 recruiting classes. In Archie Miller’s own two full recruiting classes, he has already signed 6 players from the state of Indiana, including two back-to-back Indiana Mr. Basketballs.
In 2018, Archie Miller signed 3 in-state Hoosiers led by Indiana Mr. Basketball Romeo Langford and backed by two critical pieces of this upcoming roster Rob Phinisee and Damezi Anderson. In 2019, Archie Miller picked up a second Indiana Mr. Basketball in five-star Trayce Jackson-Davis, Armaan Franklin, and finished the recruiting class with in-state graduate transfer Joey Brunk.
While Indiana does not yet have a commitment from the 2020 class, there is no doubt that the top of the 2020 recruiting board includes a number of in-state players.
The Hoosiers have already offered two of the top class of 2021 players in-state, and today’s offer to Trey Kaufman makes him the third in-state offer in the 2021 class.