For James Hardy, his commitment today to Indiana is the first step in his recruiting process. Hardy, a 6-7 forward who can score points, gave head coach Mike Davis a verbal commitment. However, the deal isn't sealed yet. "I am going to wait until next spring to sign," Hardy said. "Look what happened to the coach at Illinois (Bill Self). He left. If coach Davis has a great year, he could leave too."
Davis said he wants to do what Charlie Villanueva was advised to do this past season. Villanueva gave a verbal commitment to Illinois. After the season was over, Roy Williams left Kansas for UNC and Self landed at Kansas. "I have to be sure," said Hardy. "I want to protect myself."
Hardy said his bond with Mike Davis is strong. "We talk about more than basketball," Hardy said. "He is very easy to talk to. It's the best school for me right now. Right now I am committed to Indiana."
Hardy said if he lands at Indiana, Hoosier fans can expect someone who can bolster the IU offense. "I can shoot the jumper," said Hardy, who is likely to move up in the Rivals.com top 150. "I can score some points for Indiana."
Besides Indiana, Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Michigan State, and DePaul were considered.