Bloomington – IU returned to its big talent pool at one of the nation’s most prominent prep programs for a fourth commitment in the 2022 class on Monday.
Renault owner Galen Hood-Chevino announced his commitment to Indiana via social media. It became Hoosiers’ second highest commitment in the freshman class, behind a middle school classmate.
“After my visit, it was clear to me that there was no point in visiting other schools,” Reno told IndyStar on Monday. “Coach (Mike) Woodson and his staff, they only gave me the game plan when I got there. It was very clear to me. There was no thinking. It was easy to talk to the coaches and players, it was easy to communicate with them.”
Renault is building an impressive class for Woodson, near the end of Woodson’s first full employment cycle as a college coach. A five-star prospect at 247Sports Composite, Reneau cements the front yard already backed by Race Thompson’s decision to return for his sixth year in Indiana, but one of them is also setting himself up for the prospect of Trayce Jackson-Davis losing to the NBA draft.
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Four spot, Renault is listed at 6-8. Composite ranked it 28th overall in its class, just behind Hood-Chevino at 21st, and Renault is fourth in the standings in 2022.
Hood-Chevino came with Renault to Bloomington last weekend, after the two players competed in the Jordan Brand Classic in Chicago on Friday. He’s been a major recruit at Hoosiers since Renault reopened his hiring following Mike White’s departure from Florida last month. Renault had previously signed with the Gators.
“It’s not just about Fino,” said Renault. “Vino is great. We’ve had this relationship for a long time. We’ve been talking about it and things like that. The coaching staff was really nice. Fino is doing a great job, but he’s been on the visit eating all day. But yeah, he made all his points.
“He said it would be easy to talk to the coaches. He was right about that. Everyone knows how to communicate with each other. I think you play better when you are able to communicate with the coaches and understand what they are looking for.”
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His commitment to the Hoosiers team has risen past Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State to number one in the Big Ten in the 247Sports Composite 2022 rankings, and the Hoosiers are landing in the top five nationally as well.
Reno became the third player 30th or better by the compound to commit to Indiana State since Woodson’s arrival, after Hood Cheveno in 2022, and Tamar Bates in 2021. He adds the depth of the front field to an upcoming new chapter that is already deepening IU at one point. guard (Hood-Schifino), two guards (Lawrence North standout CJ Gunn) and on the wing, where hybrid striker Kaleb Banks can develop into a game-changer in college.
Reno’s commitment creates a potential quandary for scholarships, though perhaps it falls into the category of good problems faced by Woodson.
With Jackson-Davis currently testing the NBA draft waters while retaining his eligibility, and Thompson returning for the sixth season, Reno nominally fills the space that Jackson-Davis would have if he stayed in the draft. If Jackson-Davis chooses to return to Indiana, the Hoosiers will be at the scholarship limit for 2022-23.
But they would also boast not only enviable depth of field, but also versatility, with up to five players – Jackson Davis, Thompson, Rhino, Banks and Jordan Geronimo – able to play any of Woodson’s forward positions.
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