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Free Jurkin!

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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    That would make too much sense. [emoji1] Smith should be working on his shooting no matter what, just like everybody else on this team. If he can hit enough 3s to make people guard him out there, that's great as it adds another scoring threat and brings a big out to clear space in the lane. If he can't hit the 3, then he either won't play, or he will be spending a lot of time near the hoop. He's had terrible form, so if they're able to fix that, I don't think it's wild to think he can become a decent shooter. If his shot looks the same as last year he has not shot. Either way, this team has depth at the 3/4 assuming Hunter can provide good minutes. Archie doesn't have to continue running him out there like last year when the only other options were Fitzner or Forrester. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    (2020) PG - Caleb Love

    It was poorly written. I meant we shouldn't count on landing a PG in this class. If we do land one, I don't think we should expect them to contribute at the level Rob did while healthy, but the good news is that we shouldn't need it because we'll have an established PG on the roster, unlike last year.
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    (2020) PG - Caleb Love

    We just had a 4* come in last year ready to start in the Big 10. I definitely don't think we should count on it, but if we get one of these top 100 PGs that we're recruiting, they should be able to at least contribute 10 minutes backing up Phinisee. For 2019-20, yes we're probably in trouble if Rob misses extended time, but if Archie lands one of Curbelo/Diarra/Hayes, we should be fine at PG for the 20-21 season.
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    (2020) PG - Caleb Love

    I'm not trying to criticize Romeo. My point was that a lot of people seem to think that the fact that he was a OAD was a problem for the team. I don't think that was the issue, or at least the primary issue. The problem was that he did not perform like a OAD. Not necessarily his fault as he was injured all season, and I realize that his injury likely significantly impacted his play. If you look at the difference between his spot up shooting percentages and off the dribble percentage, where his thumb was likely less of a factor, it seems pretty clear that the thumb caused problems. My point is that we shouldn't shy away from OAD type players just because it didn't work out last year. If Romeo had shot 35%+ from 3 and averaged 20 points, we would have made the tournament, and this narrative that OADs hurt team chemistry wouldn't exist. College players have different goals and career aspirations. The coach's job is to figure out how to make it all work. Plenty of coaches figure out how to mesh 5 stars with 4 year kids. If Archie can't do that, he shouldn't be coaching here, but I think he can. If Archie is interested in Caleb Love, I see no reason to have reservations about adding him. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    (2020) PG - Caleb Love

    I think he'd probably have shot better without the thumb issue, but the skill set he showed last year, whether because of ended up a bad fit. If you had put him on a team with shooters, his slashing would have been much more valuable, but he couldn't capitalize on it with IU because defenses just packed the lane.
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    (2020) PG - Caleb Love

    I think we overrate the "Romeo didn't fit" narrative. Romeo didn't fit because he didn't have a skill set that filled gaps that needed filled. We didn't need a slasher who couldn't shoot. We already had enough of those. If we had gotten a OAD like Garland, who appears to be a real outside threat, instead of Romeo, I don't think we would be talking about bad fit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    (2020) PF Matt Cross to Miami

    Cross just committed to Miami. Seems likely that the Geronimo decision played a part Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    It's the same size or bigger than Virginia's starting backcourt from last year. Green and Al are pretty long, so it's definitely doable. If those guys can all knock down 3s at 40+%, I imagine they'll play together a lot.
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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    I believe Archie said yesterday that Smith was one of the most improved players on the team, so hopefully he's at least good enough to keep teams honest from 3. His defensive versatility is great and gives the team a ton of flexibility, so if he's figured out his role on offense and expanded his skill set, he could be one of our most valuable players. The nice thing is that there's actually depth on the front line this year, so they have better options than Fitzner/Moore/Forrester if he's not performing. But definitely agreed that we need at least 3 serviceable+ 3 point shooters on the court at all times. Archie said that they're going to play a lot of size, which is fine as TJD and Smith are both very athletic, but if we don't have shooters the offense is going to bog down like it did last year, no matter how much size we have inside.
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    College Bball Thread

    Is Kevin Ollie the worst coach in any sport to ever win a title? He was cheating and still had those results?! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    (2020) SG Anthony Leal to IU

    It depends on what he wants to do. If he wants to stay in Indiana, an IU degree plus 4 years of IU basketball would likely be much more valuable than a Stanford degree Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    19/20 Squad = Class Balance

    I don't think he's ever going to figure it out in terms of being able to play consistently under control and run the offense as a PG. But I think Archie can mitigate his recklessness by putting him in the right position for his skill set, and my hope is that they figured that out to close the season. I think a lot of Green's struggles last season had to do with the fact that he had prepared all offseason to play one role, and then because of his injuries and Rob's ascendance, he ended up filling another role. He was clearly pressing a lot early in the season as his role diminished, and he kept looking to make exceptional plays instead of taking the easy ones. It took him a while to get comfortable. That's the glass half full interpretation. It's entirely possible that his success to close the season was a mirage, and he'll continue to be up and down, but hopefully it was a real shift. Next year he should have a clear role as a playmaker. I disagree with some who want him only to be a shooter. He's good at creating shots for others, and he can be effective getting into the lane. He definitely needs work around the rim, as he gets himself to a good spot but then screws it up too often. I wish you could combine his ability to slither into the lane with Rob's finishing. However, he needs to either make a play or get rid of the ball. Things go downhill when he's holding the ball or dribbling too long.
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    19/20 Squad = Class Balance

    He wasn't recruited as a PG, and I think he only ended up playing there out of necessity because of the bad options we had there after Yogi. I think some plays his freshman year made us think he could play PG, but that's clearly not his primary skill set. He has great court vision, and he's a playmaker, but he's not the type of player to control the game and run the offense. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    19/20 Squad = Class Balance

    Burning 3,500 calories a day is almost impossible. A marathon burns about 2,500 calories. Even if somebody is burning that many calories, there's no way they could do it eating at that kind of a deficit. They wouldn't have enough energy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    He's already done that, just not at IU. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk