Starting 5: Class of 2014 stars

Editor's note: Every Monday in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to tip off your week in proper form. We'll set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the water cooler conversations around the office.

This week's edition of Starting 5 includes a look at Indiana trying to close out a top junior, why the 2014 class has taken center stage, an introduction to freshman Trent Forrest, revisiting the best available seniors, and how much of a toll the spring and summer takes on top recruits.

1. Indiana trying to close out elite junior

The head coach of the nation's top college basketball team found himself in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday night. Indiana coach Tom Crean and assistant Kenny Johnson sat courtside for the 3-A North Carolina Independent Schools state championship. Crean flew in and joined Johnson, who'd already seen the quarterfinals and semis of the event.

Crean made his statement. He's in enemy territory and he's on the prowl.