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  1. pumpfake

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    It's announcement day for a top level recruit with us being mentioned as one of the two finalists and I have almost no interest (apparently same goes for many others on this board). Don't get me wrong, I'd really love to add Trendon to the roster but our perceived outsider status and the ridiculously long decision process leaves me numb. I can see why Mr. & Mrs. Watford want their son to play closer to home, so they can travel much easier but choosing LSU would be a real disappointment in Trendon and his family.
  2. r.e. MSU: It's something I've thought for quite a while, that the top schools with long-time coaches will likely take a big hit. It is more of the rule than exception it seems to me. Fans always clamor for the grand slam hire, but those rarely ever occur. There's only so many coaches that fit the bill and usually they're already at top programs and would be very unlikely to jump. Heck, we look at the team in Lexington and they were rebuffed by Donovan (the clear fan favorite). Unless a team can lure a top name alumni coach, they will almost always go through a coach or two before finding their guy and odds aren't great he'll be HOF material. I think with Beilein it's a case of wanting to coach - not spend much of your time recruiting players and then having to deal with being hamstrung by the stupid NBA draft rules. It's why I don't think guys like Donovan or Stevens would want to get back in college coaching, at least if they're given a choice.
  3. I wonder if KB Senior uses twitter? Somehow it wouldn't surprise me if some griping tweets popup during the upcoming season.
  4. I can certainly understand the many reasons why a coach would get sick of it. You may spend more time recruiting a player than coaching him.
  5. pumpfake

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    I don't remember where it was posted, but a couple of months ago an "insider" said something like "don't expect Archie to pursue any more 5-star recruits" (very loosely paraphrased). I'm 100% fine with that as long as he gets the right players.
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    Interesting insight about TJD and shot selection. It can be a concern from a fan perspective that players work on things they aren't proficient at during games trying to impress the experts. I felt there was some of that with Morgan this past year firing 3's after the NBA evaluation last year. I understand players want to impress, especially hoping to get to the NBA, but as a fan I'm only interested in team success.
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    Ultimately, I guess I don't really care how highly ranked the players Archie brings in are. The bottom line is build a team that wins, a program that has success and sustains it, and plays within the rules. Getting players from Indiana is important but not the be-all, end-all. I'm not one that gives two hoots in hell about highlights, spectacular dunks and so on. I get more enjoyment watching team basketball like we saw from teams like TT and Virginia. I hate what 1-and-done does to the game. I'm also going to play the old grump card and say that a lot of the attention seeking, prima donna act with so many of the 'elite' players rubs me the wrong way.
  8. IMO Archie will get a fourth (and fifth) unless something significant occurs, like some sort of recruiting scandal or behavioral issue. That said, a bottom 5 finish or missing the tournament again would probably make a lot of natives restless.
  9. I agree, and frankly it makes me nervous simply because of the uncertainty around JH (will he be able to play and how good will he be). It's likely the roster is set for next season. We're over due for some good luck so hopefully we see the improvement from returning players, the freshmen live up to expectations, and we can sustain full health for a change.
  10. I completely agree. The Watford saga has dragged on far too long and I never got the sense they were truly interested in considering us. Frankly, it seems both players are most interested in self-promotion and their futures beyond college.
  11. pumpfake

    2018-19 NBA Thread

    No, I believe you are correct. I don't really follow pro ball (Pacers) anymore for this very reason. You need multiple stars to win in the NBA and the Pacers always seem to have one borderline all-star and a few decent players - just enough to be mediocre, make the playoffs as a lower seed but most importantly remain profitable. Indy isn't going to attract big name free agents, so aside from a rare mid-round gem, they need to get stars via high draft picks. With Vic out for most of the season this would have been a good year to "tank" and draft high, but that's not what the Simons want. Job #1 is to make money, which is fine as they own the team, but I gave up watching long ago knowing that's their main objective.
  12. pumpfake

    Joey Brunk to Indiana

    I really like the idea of adding a guy with experience who has multiple years of eligibility left and fills a position of need. Welcome aboard big guy!
  13. I was just thinking this morning that getting Quinones or Beverly would really, really make me feel better about things.
  14. pumpfake

    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    Absolutely. We have many former players that were very good and played several seasons, so a single season guy would have to be outstanding to reach legacy status. George McGinnis had such a season and is recognized for it, but isn't as highly revered as a lot of other guys who may not have been nearly as talented. I had to look up those stats - wow! https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/george-mcginnis-1.html
  15. pumpfake

    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    The only thing that lends any credence to this rumor is the reports during the season of a fight in the lockerroom. That and the fact that the team didn't seem the same during that long stretch. Whatever the truth is, we're unlikely to ever get an "official" account of what did (or didn't) happen.