Four-star suite 2023 Jimmy Kaiser He begins his official visit to Indiana this evening.
Kaiser is a 6-foot-6 winger who is currently ranked 75th nationally by 247Sports, but with him playing in July, he’s sure to move on from that.
Kaiser helped lead the New World AAU program to the adidas 3SSB Championship earlier in July, playing well throughout the week but especially in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and title game against Peegs.com. And Kaiser followed that up with another good week at the adidas event in Seal Beach, California, which ended on Sunday.
He played high school basketball for Bishop Ireton at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, but will play his final year at the strong IMG middle school in Florida.
Kaiser has a good 6-foot-6 wing size. He’s a very good athlete and has super toughness on the wing, both defensively and on the boards. Until this spring, he was also a quarterback in football and had scholarship offers from Power-5 Football Programs.
Kaiser can make 3 seconds, either by capture or off dribbling. He’s made multiple 3s in many of the games Peegs.com discovered this month, both in Rock Hill, SC, and in Seal Beach, CA.
He dodges the Kaiser well to get a wing. He can enter the corridor. It works well in case of congestion and is not disturbed by contact. In fact, there are times when in recoils, it outperforms other wings fighting for center.
He’s lost about 20 pounds of “football weight” recently and that has allowed his speed and pace to take nice steps forward. He shows very good agility and does not lose his balance in defense.
He can get up and hit the defenders. He’s got a great height in his blouse and takes a real jump shot that easily translates to college.
Just this spring he gave up football to focus on basketball, he has a footballer-type toughness and a willingness to put his nose into the fray without hesitation.
He can score on the edge. The son of a college football player – a defensive end and an offensive line – Kaiser competes for every possession whether he scores or not.
In a super physical game with Team Loaded Virginia – a rival team from the DMV – Kaiser had a key and 1 helping put the New World ahead 43-42 with 4:53 to play.
He didn’t have his best shot in that championship match, but he was still the second-best scorer in the New World with 11 points and nearly had a double with nine rebounds from the team.
In the adidas 3SSB semi-finals, Kaiser had 16 points and six rebounds, made 3 big seconds along the court, and earned two free throws in the last minute of a 56-47 win.
In another game, Kaiser had three seconds.
Quotes on Hoosiers
“I love Indiana,” he told Peegs.com at an adidas event in Rock Hill, South Carolina. “Their coaching staff is there all the time. I talk to them almost every day. They came here today with two or three of their coaches. Coach Woodson watches me a lot. I talk to them all the time.”
“I have a great relationship with them. They are definitely at the top of my list or near the top of my list.”
– “It’s very historic. They’re pretty much blue blood. They’ve won championships,” he said this week in Seal Beach.
“I’m really excited to get down there and see what it’s all about. I talk to them a few times a day, so I’m really excited to see them.”
– About Woodson, his style and what attracts him: “It’s a professional style. He needs big wings, and that’s what I am, a big-bodied guy who can play in the Big Ten, a smart player. I can really shoot him. I’m a physical player. I don’t hold back. I think that’s what he really wants. He says I would fit their system really well.”
Where do things stand?
Watch IU coach Mike Woodson and his assistants Kenya Hunter, Yasser Rosmond and Brian Walsh Kaiser through June and July. IU had a training attendance at every Kaiser match during the two July recruitment periods. Woodson went to see him at Rock Hill and Seal Beach.
Woodson and Hunter were in Seal Beach for him on the Thursday and Friday of his second enlistment.
During June, when high school events were open to college coaches, Hunter took a flight from and happened to in Phoenix, to Washington, D.C., to see Kaiser overtime in that assessment period.
Kaiser’s official visit to Indiana begins today and continues through Wednesday. His parents are with him. He then made scheduled official visits to UCLA and Maryland. Miami and Virginia are other schools that have done a very good job of getting him and it definitely looks like it does matter.
Kaiser lists Maryland, UCLA, Indiana, Virginia, and Miami as its top five schools.