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Thursday / May 30.
  • Indiana officially signs Stanford transfer Kanaan Carlyle

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Indiana coach Mike Woodson and his staff officially signed Stanford transfer Kanaan Carlyle after he committed on April 20.

    Carlyle joins Arizona transfer Oumar Ballo and Washington State transfer Myles Rice in Indiana’s latest class.

    “Kanaan is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands with the length and skillset to create scoring chances for himself and others,” Woodson said. “His ability off the bounce pairs nicely with his shooting stroke. His length, quickness, and mentality give him the capability to be a high-impact defender for our ballclub. We are really excited to welcome him and his family to IU.”

    The 6-foot-3 Atlanta native averaged 11.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season at Stanford and opted to leave following the coach change that ushered in Mark Madsen.

    Damien Wilkins, the former general manager and head of basketball for Overtime Elite, had high praise for Carlyle when he signed with Stanford in 2022.

    “Kanaan is special. He’s a guy that plays hard on both ends of the floor,” Wilkins said then..

    “He’s quick, fast and athletic. He’s got a skill package where he can shoot it, he can drive,” City Reapers coach Dave Leitao said in 2022. “The potential for his overall package is limitless. Now, he’s got to respect the game, grow, continue to work so that his gifts can continue to flourish. I love him. I absolutely love him.

    He added: “He’s got some real unteachable gifts. One is his ferocious approach to the game on both ends. He can defend the ball very, very well.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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