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Maedhros

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  1. Maedhros

    Hoosier Hysteria

    From context, you appear to be thinking of recruits ranked top 25 in their class. I believe what Honkyman had in mind, based on the previous discussion, was top 25 players in the conference. A different measure to be sure, one entirely compatible with the mantra of "get old, stay old". There's project Alex Bozich and Dylan Burkhardt do every year, ranking the top 25 players for the upcoming season of the Big Ten. If we reach our goal of reloading instead of rebuilding, this is the type of list we should be able to populate with multiple guys every season. This year, Indiana had only one player listed: Trayce Jackson-Davis squeaked in at 24.
  2. Maedhros

    Hoosier Hysteria

    With only four scholarship guards on the roster, Armaan is going to have a role, whether ready for it or not. Last season Romeo, Al, Rob and Devonte were all over 25 minutes per game. Those numbers may come down some depending on what happens on the wing - if Jerome can hold up for heavy minutes, if Justin has developed a perimeter game, if Damezi has made a significant jump - but regardless I think we're going to need far more minutes from Armaan than we ever asked of Damezi.
  3. Maedhros

    (2020) PG - Caleb Love

    Dropped the Adidas schools. Smart.
  4. Maedhros

    Fire Fred Glass

    I'm completely on board with this timeline. It's weird to hear the Glass era referred to as an embarrassing time for the basketball program. I think we saw Crean's ceiling and it was time for him to go, but we experienced a lot of exciting successes and recruiting wins that provided hope for the future during his time here as well. Outside of Davis's outlier run to the Final Four, Crean provided the only Big Ten titles and Sweet Sixteens I've experienced in my memory as a fan. It takes a narrow sort of hindsight to believe Glass should have fired Crean any earlier than he did.
  5. Maedhros

    Fire Fred Glass

    Obviously that's improvement from point A to point B. But if those seasons are your points B and C, then it's hard to see improvement from point A. Speaking personally, Archie built up a deficit of trust from me in that first season, and last year's collapse wasn't enough to yet dig him out of it. I need to see more in the seasons to come to buy Old Friend's claim that we're on a dramatic upswing. As for the preceding discussion of the basketball team missing the tournament in 7 of the past 11 seasons (EDIT: not your discussion USPS, just using this post for my response), that's a silly use of arbitrary end points. It encompasses the seasons directly after the basketball program was burned to the ground, a process completed before Fred Glass was ever hired. It also includes the two seasons directly after Fred Glass already decided the performance of the program wasn't good enough and took action to make a change. Setting those seasons aside, making the tournament four out of six years (or seven, depending on how you feel about Crean's third season) and three times advancing to the Sweet Sixteen doesn't sound so bad. The Archie era hasn't yet worked out the way we'd all hoped, but if it continues that way I don't doubt Glass will fairly receive his share of the blame.
  6. Damn, this sounds word for word like something I would write. I've shared similar sentiments on other sites. I'm sure he'll be a fine player, but Cross was never a prospect that excited me.
  7. It's easy to win a point when you tailor the rules narrowly to suit your purpose. I asked for examples of difference makers that fit your criteria so we could continue the discussion on the same page, but if you're not interested supporting the claim right there in your post, then I'll consider the point ceded and we can move on. As you note, Indiana had Dakich on staff in 2008. By all accounts arguably the worst year for the culture of this program in a generation. What exactly did having a Knight guy on staff accomplish? What did Dan do as an assistant to build the culture or the brand? I'm not talking about who he booted after he was named interim, but while he was still an assistant, the position we're trying to fill. I want to hear what you think our new assistant will do for us that Bruiser Flint isn't, that you think requires a Knight guy.
  8. How many difference makers would you say IU has had over the past fifteen years (which includes some of the worst in program history), excluding one and dones, even from the state of Indiana? Eric Gordon is out. Romeo Langford is out. If Bryant doesn't count then neither does Zeller; both were in town for two seasons. Do you have anyone other than Yogi? Maybe James Blackmon? I'll add DJ White (Tuscaloosa AL) to Victor Oladipo and have you matched. Depending on what you consider a difference maker, I could name Christian Watford and Juwan Morgan. Troy Williams and Robert Johnson were key parts of our last Big Ten title team. If you want to expand to the last 20 years, our last Final Four team doesn't get there without Jeff Newton, Kyle Hornsby and AJ Moye. That team maybe wins it all if Kirk Haston stays for his senior year. It's self-defeating and unnecessary to limit yourself to recruiting only the state and immediately surrounding areas. None of those kids were Indiana guys before they arrived. Tough to claim any weren't Indiana kids after they left. In that regard they're not unlike Bob Knight. Every time I read about needing an Indiana guy, it always seems to be code for someone with ties to the Knight era. But Knight was born in Ohio, played for Ohio State, and started his coaching career at Army. There was nothing tying him to the culture of Indiana Basketball until he arrived on campus. Archie was born in Pennsylvania, played at NC State, coached in Ohio, but in his introductory presser he spoke in his prepared remarks of being a Hoosier at heart. There's no reason to think he isn't capable of following in Knight's path and instilling exactly the culture you desire. If he's not, I'm not sure his choice of assist is going to do much to change that.
  9. Maedhros

    State of the program

    Speaking for myself, I want players ranked in the 25-80 range. The low-end five stars that will be around more than one year. The high-end four stars that can hold a spot in the rotation in year one, and will be around for three or four. This is the range that programs like recent champions Villanova, Virginia and North Carolina have built their rosters. I think we have that with Trayce. I think we'll have that with Jerome, health permitting. I wouldn't yet place anyone Archie has brought in within that grouping. Romeo was a great get and I'd love to add him to a roster of such players, ready to contend, but we weren't and he's gone now. Rob showed flashes last season, but whether due to experience or injury, flashes are all we saw. Race, Jake, and Damezi weren't ready to contribute at this level. What makes our 2020 targets underwhelming for me is they seem more the caliber of Jake and Damezi, players at the fringes of that fourth star. They will likely be around for three or four years but probably won't contribute until then, either. That felt fine when Archie was a new coach, recruiting kids to Indiana for the very first time. It doesn't feel great to be still trying to build a foundation three recruiting classes in, with several seasons to go after that before the talent develops. Some of this is undoubtedly due to the weakness of the 2020 class within the state. The 2021 class is loaded, and I'm sure we'll see our targets shift accordingly. But we also saw Archie target those top 50, top 80 kids in the 2019 class. It didn't go well. The only visits we received in the summer and fall, even before our season went sideways, were from the in-state kids. Lester Quinones and Anthony Harris visited in the spring, but committed elsewhere. We haven't landed an out of state target since Race and Jerome were Archie's first two commits, two years ago this week. We're going to need to step outside the state to fill our diet of the kids I want to see us land. I just don't have a lot of confidence right now in this staff's ability to do so. That's why I also feel underwhelmed by the new offers I saw go out this week to five-stars in the 2021 class. I have my fingers crossed for Lander. I don't have any expectation of landing Franck Kepnang from PA, a player right in my preferred range that should have me excited, but I'm just not.
  10. I'm not sure what you're trying to defend against here. There is no one to blame for my poor opinion of Dan Dakich other than Dan himself. It's not as though there's some ulterior motive at play to tarnish his legacy; he's earned it all through the way he carries himself and treats others. Maybe he truly is a terrific person in private, but that's not how he's chosen to use his public platform. If you want to tell me it's all shtick, an act he only does to get ratings, I'm not sure how that's supposed to be any better. I'll never get to know the real Dan, the person he is in his private life. All I'll ever see is the side of himself he chooses to put out in the world. And that side is obnoxious as hell. If he wanted me to think well of him the choice would be clear: don't be a dick. But that's not how he's chosen to get his ratings.
  11. Maedhros

    College Bball Thread

    We weren't expected to make the tournament? What fresh nonsense is this? We were picked third in the Big Ten preseason media poll. Both the AP preason poll and the preseason KenPom rankings had us at 28 nationally. National writers like Rob Dauster, Gary Parrish and Andy Katz all had us ranked in the 20's of their preseason rankings. Those are all the marks of a tournament worthy team, and one that would be favored to win a game. We finished the year at 52 in KenPom, and stopped receiving AP votes in January.
  12. Maedhros

    College Bball Thread

    It's the second time in as many pages that I've seen the media previews mentioned. The media had this team picked top five or better in the conference. Brendan Quinn at the Athletic ran the unofficial Big Ten media poll, and Indiana was picked third. That's where Alex Bozich and Zach Ostermann picked Indiana, as well. Gary Parrish at CBS had Indiana 4th in the Big Ten, 25th in the country. Rob Dauster at NBC had Indiana 28th in the country, but 3rd in the Big Ten. Andy Katz at NCAA had Indiana 5th in the Big Ten, but 22nd in the country. Even the preseason AP Poll and KenPom ratings both had us 28th in the country, 4th and 5th in the Big Ten respectively. Anyone talking about banner number 6 was being objectively foolish, but I don't think those picks translate to "middle of the pack" either. We certainly weren't picked to place around where we finished, as claimed by a poster on the previous page. As for taking the level of success of Purdue, we've already decided that's not good enough. Matt Painter is in his 14th season at Purdue, and only just now got past the Sweet Sixteen. It took him 12 seasons to achieve his second Big Ten title and third Sweet Sixteen appearance. We fired a coach with those accomplishments nine seasons after we had asked that coach to start from scratch. In his ninth season, Matt Painter finished dead last in the conference That's my bar. I don't need Archie to be Bob Knight, and hang multiple banners. I just want him to be better than the guy he replaced. I'm 36, and for as much as they get talked down on these boards, those five years from when Cody arrived to when Yogi left were the most consistent success Indiana has achieved within memory. Those are the years I want Archie to meet and exceed.
  13. Maedhros

    What will it take to win #6

    By both KenPom and Bart Torvik, we actually rated out worse on offense this season than we did the year prior. Our rank may have climbed ten spots on KenPom, but our actual Adjusted Offensive Efficiency dropped a few ticks.
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    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    I agree, but then I also think we're already there. Over the summer we had offers out to Tre Mann (26), DJ Carton (28), Jahmius Ramsey (30), Jalen Lecque (33), Anthony Harris (66), James Bouknight (70), Tyrell Terry (76). Some of those were more serious than others, but the only guy we could even get in for a visit was DJ Carton. The Indiana kids Brandon Newman (128) Armaan Franklin (156) were among the last guards we offered, and we took the commitment of the least heralded of them all. I don't say that to mean recruiting rankings are definitive, only that we appear to have already swung and missed on our top options, when you look at who we recruited and when. It's awesome that there are still two Top 100 guards available, and with Indiana interest, but it does feel like we're already at or past our 4th or 5th choice.
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    2019 April Evaluation Period

    Far from casting judgment, I'm just curious to see who we actually target in the 2020 class. I went to the EYBL event in Westfield last year and had a blast watching Trendon Watford, Kira Lewis, Keion Brooks and Trayce Jackson-Davis alongside the biggest coaches in the business. If I hadn't been watching Indy Heat, I could have taken in Armaan Franklin and Brandon Newman on the court next to me. This season, I genuinely don't know who to plan to see when the EYBL returns in May. Hoping to have some clarity over the next month.
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