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Honkyman

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  1. Honkyman

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    I agree that Trendon Watford was holding out for a school like Duke. Many of the top 20 players want to be courted by Duke, Kentucky and Kansas and Watford never really was. He was almost surely going to Alabama and then Alabama had a year like Indiana and fired the coach. The situation is like Keion Brooks who would have signed with Indiana in the fall but then saw the school play poorly pushing him to Kentucky. When Alabama crashed, Watford was hoping for Duke but it didn't happen. All of his fallback choices--Memphis, LSU, and Indiana--had more arguments against than for. In the end, he will probably go to Alabama because that's the easiest of no great choices.
  2. Juwan Howard would recruit well because Michigan has a great recruiting base. Michigan coaches even before Beilein have been especially successful recruiting in Detroit and throughout Michigan which have produced many very good players. They have also had success in Ohio, Chicago, and Northern Indiana. Michigan is a great brand. It is one of the few schools where the football and basketball programs are highly successful and respected.The question for Howard is the same as any former NBA player. Do they really want the lifestyle of a college coach? NBA coaches get some time off in the summer. College coaches rarely get any time off. The lifestyle is awful though you are the king of a small kingdom.
  3. I wouldn't count on Michigan dropping down much. They have a great tradition and I suspect they will hire a good coach--maybe not as good as Beilein but someone who can recruit. Izzo isn't going anywhere for at least another five years. Meanwhile, IU can't even find suitable players to fill their available scholarships.
  4. Honkyman

    2019-2020 Basketball Schedule

    IU-Virginia at Assembly Hall would be a better game for IU than playing some 2nd division ACC team.
  5. Honkyman

    2019-2020 Basketball Schedule

    IU-Virginia would be a good match-up. Good time to catch them as they are rebuilding coming off the championship year.
  6. Honkyman

    2019-2020 Basketball Schedule

    Even better record than I thought against North Carolina. Maybe we should play them again.
  7. Honkyman

    2019-2020 Basketball Schedule

    Our best record against any team in the ACC Challenge is against North Carolina, 2-1. Our worst record is against Duke, 0-5. At home we are 5-4 (including the one game we played in Indianapolis which we won). We are 2-7 on the road. We haven't played Louisville in the ACC Challenge so maybe that's who they will match us up with. We haven't played Virginia Tech or Clemson either. So who knows? Maybe it will be Duke again because someone who is scheduling these game wants to give us another shot--or wants to give Duke another win.
  8. Honkyman

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    Its a myth that Indiana's academic standards are too high for graduate transfers. By definition, a graduate student should be a better student than most wherever he or she applies. Also, they had to complete their undergraduate degree in three years which requires more than average academic work and achievement. That's why the six graduate transfer students we've gotten on the IU basketball team have generally been good students to begin with.
  9. Honkyman

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    I'm not alleging a conspiracy. I'm simply pointing to the fact that there is no public information to support the claim that graduate transfer basketball players can't meet the entrance requirements at IU. Other schools, e.g., Notre Dame, have acknowledged that their admission standards are higher. IU has not. Nor have I seen any articles using even anonymous sources to make that point. Only as often happens people on this board making claims without citing facts to support those claims. It can only be considered true if there are fact to support it. There are not.
  10. Honkyman

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    OK. I'll pretend like others here that it is we are losing graduate transfers who actually want to play for IU because it is so difficult to get admitted to an IU grad program even though there are absolutely no facts to support the supposition. I'll also pretend that IU is in good shape to win the Big 10 and compete for a national championship next year even though there is no evidence to support that supposition. Its easier to pretend than it is to live in the real world.
  11. Honkyman

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    This is a totally made up story to try to explain why no graduate transfers are coming to IU. There is absolutely no evidence to back this assertion up. To hide behind privacy requirements is non-sense because if true it could be confirmed without violating privacy. Graduate transfers are not coming to IU for the same reason 2019 targets are not coming. We had a lousy year and players have better options.
  12. Honkyman

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    Can anyone name one graduate transfer basketball target that couldn't transfer to IU because of high admission standards. It sounds like a totally made up theory.
  13. Matta had two final four teams. He is being mentioned as a successor to Beilein at Michigan. He might be the best they can get at this late date. I don't see anyone from the NBA dropping down to the college game.
  14. The Harrison Twins got plenty of game experience starting two years at Kentucky. They just weren't NBA material, although both played (sparingly) in the league two years. But I agree that Keion Brooks would have gotten considerably more playing at IU than Kentucky. Keon is a very talented player, he will get playing time at Kentucky, and in my opinion is definitely NBA material. Whether he can make it there in one year or two remains to be seen. He won't leave after one if he isn't a high draft pick. Keon would gone to IU if he had decided in the fall. After a few more months, he and his family came to believe Kentucky was the right choice for him and that's all that matters. He wanted to be on a team that would be ranked and get in the NCAA tournament. And, he wanted to play for a proven coach. After IU's performance in the 2018-19 season, he didn't see either at IU. I don't blame him. Time to move on.
  15. Michigan cancelled the Lester Quinones official visit because Beilein knew he wasn't going to be at Michigan. He didn't want to mislead him nor did he want to take the time. Good move by Beilein to get out of the recruiting rat race.
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