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  1. Yeah Brunk is limited but does some nice things. I was hard on him early this year (less here than in texts with other IU fans) but he’s been better lately. having him come off the bench frees interior space for TJD and puts a song shooter, Hunter, out there for more spacing.
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    College Bball Thread

    The Big Game pod is good in general but this week’s UL/UM recap has some great pack line discussion: https://mobile.twitter.com/hoopvision68/status/1202617623780966401
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    (2020) PF/C - Dawson Garcia to Marquette

    I also like having a full 13, but to pair this with the point @Stuhoo made, we could take a mid year sit out transfer since we have the space.
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    (2020) PF/C - Dawson Garcia to Marquette

    I wonder if the Hauser brothers would have any advice about Marquette for a skilled big.
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    Secret Scrimmage Information

    I do like this idea, of Davis anchoring the bench office and bullying backups.
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    Secret Scrimmage Information

    Well fair, although I said things could be different this year. Bruno’s foot speed and height could make him a good defender, but I’m saying that was demonstrably not true at Butler. Butler plays man; pack line is a variant thereof but it’s about principles. It’s possible he’ll be better this year but we have two years of evidence he’s not great on D This was my point all along, not that I know Davis will be better than Brunk this year, but that he has been every year so far.
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    Secret Scrimmage Information

    Last year, and compared to Brunk? Yep. And actually, IU has been better defensively with him on the court than off his entire career, which surprised me, per comparing his defensive points per possession on court vs. IU’s as a team each of those three years. He’s not Draymond Green or whatever, but he’s a plus on that side. (A hot take I haven’t shared here is I think IU will spend some time in lineups with TJD at the 5, Phinisee and Green at the guards, and some combo of Durham, Hunter, Thompson, and Smith at the 3/4 and some version of it might be its best lineup on both ends, but maybe that’s a different can of worms.)
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    Secret Scrimmage Information

    Sure, I won’t rule out Brunk having a better year; players improve and fit differently. But they’ve both been good offensively and only Davis has been good defensively. I was concerned Davis wouldn’t be quick enough to handle the pick and roll defensive responsibility asked of him in the pack line but the numbers and the eye test have surprised me. Brunk seems more fleet of foot and this all could change.
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    Secret Scrimmage Information

    I am glad IU landed Joey Brunk, and given De’Ron Davis’s injury history, they needed a solid alternative at the 5. I assumed Davis would start this year, health permitting, and even assumed Brunk starting yesterday was, as @Stuhoo said about other guys, part of working in new guys/getting an extended look. But @Chris007’s comment has me concerned that Brunk is going to start over Davis even though everything in their respective careers indicates Davis gives you more.
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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    As I said in my reply to @Hoosierfan2017, this is about keeping defenses honest (for Smith and his teammates) as much as the actual made 3s. You’re cherry-picking on your VO comparison: as frosh Smith actually shot better than Vic on FTs by 6%. I’m not making some case that Smith 2019 = VO 2012; no one is. I’m saying that writing him off is premature and that players add skills or improve, and it isn’t always linear. A guy who had a rough year shooting the ball can improve and/or bounce back. In the big picture, I’ll add that at this point in his career, the things that would makes Smith more attractive to the NBA are things that would help IU.
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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    This is fair — shooting development is one of my specific concerns under Archie so far. I think there are obvious mechanical changes Smith could make to his jumper. He shot better from 2, 3, and the line (67%) as a frosh. And I guess I believe shooting is a “natural” talent less than some. Food for thought: the difference between Smith’s sophomore 3p% and 34% was only 4 makes. That doesn’t seem crazy at all! I think the difference goes a long way to keeping defenses honest (recall the OSU game at SSAH) and that’s a modest increase.
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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    Why are some folks assuming players can’t improve as shooters? He doesn’t have to be Klay Thompson, he needs to hit like 34% to be a demonstrably better player.
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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    Also, those dismissing his defense are telling on themselves. Of course he was imperfect and prone to focus lapses, but how many guys In the conference could stay with Cassius Winston on a switch AND body MSU’s bigs on the same possession? No one is saying he’s an NBA player now, but the raw tools are unteachable.
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    (2021) PF Caleb Furst

    As far as I know this hadn’t been reported or posted about previously: Furst’s brother is a freshman at IU https://www.insidethehall.com/2019/10/12/caleb-furst-to-continue-skill-development-while-assessing-college-options/
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    (2021) SF Trey Patterson

    Yep, trying to figure this one out (but I’m not mad)!