Indiana staff love the connection between Baltimore and Montverde Academy.
2024 class forward Derik Queen, a native of Baltimore and recently transferred to Montverde, has announced an offer from Indiana.
“Glad to be offered by IU,” Queen wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday night.
The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game last season at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He scored a career-high 56 points on March 12 against the Annapolis Area Christian School. On film he shows a lot of versatility and skill as an indoor / outdoor scorer with impressive grips for his size.
Brandon Jenkins, 247Sports National Recruitment Analyst, recently gave this assessment after watching Queen this summer:
“Queen is a tall, skilled man with great feel around the rim and right down to the three point line,” Jenkins wrote. “His best asset is his fantastic hands. It all shows in the way he shoots, grabs the rebounds and passes the basketball. Queen has an excellent sense of the game and is a good passer. He’s also a great ball handler who can remove the ball from the defensive glass and lead the break for some dribbling.
Queen joined IU 2022 pledge Jalen Hood-Schifino and Target 2023 and fellow Baltimore product Kwame Evans, Jr. in Montverde, Fla. For his second season. For AAU basketball, he plays for Team Thrill on the Under Armor circuit.
Named National MaxPreps Freshman of the Year, ESPN ranked Queen as the second player in the 2024 class and ranked her as a 5-star prospect.
According to Queen’s 247Sports profile page, Arizona State, Auburn, DePaul, Georgetown, LSU, Maryland, Texas and Virginia Tech have all volunteered in addition to IU. Based on geography and relationship with Montverde, we would expect assistant coach Kenya Hunter to lead this recruiting.
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