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Honkyman

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  1. Honkyman

    IUBB - 2020 Off-Season News

    I agree that recruiting a shooting guard makes little sense at this point in time. If I am a recruit and saw that IU's team next season already has four shooting guards and six guards total (included Phinisee and Lander) I wouldn't choose to join the IU team.
  2. Honkyman

    IUBB - 2020 Off-Season News

    Charles Minlend shot 30% from 3-point range last season and 28% the year before. That's better than Armaan Franklin but not as good as Al Durham and Rob Phinisee. Archie apparently does not think either Leal or Galloway are ready for significant playing time next season if he is recruiting another shooting guard. It could also mean that there are indications that Lander won't be able to re-classify or that another IU player has told Archie he plans to transfer.
  3. Joe Hillman was highly recruited. He was the top scorer in California his senior year of high school. Knight recruited him because he wasn't getting a sufficient number of good enough players at that time out of Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio where he usually recruited. That's also why he started bringing in Junior College transfers like Keith Smart and Dean Garrett.
  4. Honkyman

    College Bball Thread

    Cal likely promised Keion more playing time next season. Keion wasn't going to get drafted but he has talent and might have transferred if he wasn't told his playing time would increase. I wouldn't take what he says publicly about postponing a move to the NBA. He's only a kid and these kids say things even if they aren't terribly credible even to themselves.
  5. I started this out several pages ago by saying Duncomb is ranked about where Joey Brunk was ranked coming out of high school so we can expect that Duncomb will be roughly the kind of player Brunk is. After all, he was recruited to replace Brunk who completes his eligibility in a year. Some took offense at that but I think Brunk is a good player who plays hard and has shown some important leadership qualities. Brunk may not start all of next year as Race Thompson develops but he will still get decent playing time and will likely contribute important minutes. If that's what we get out of Duncomb, that's a solid recruit and as LCS says it probably also means we have recruited a 5-star at Trayce Jackson Davis' level to replace TJD when he leaves. I think everyone is sort of agreeing although some predict starting numbers by Duncomb's 3rd or 4th year. It could happen. We'll see. There is good reason to be pleased either way.
  6. Obviously player development matters. Juwan Morgan was ranked in the low 100s and ended up being one of IU's better players. But most--not all by any means--wind up having roughly the kind of impact other players similarly ranked have. It is not inaccurate to say the odds are Duncomb will have the kind of impact other players similarly ranked will have. He's top 100 and that's solid. If Duncomb wasn't a top 100 player, IU would probably not have recruited him.
  7. Honkyman

    College Bball Thread

    Some players, like Juwan Morgan and Yogi Farrell, who aren't projected to be drafted stick around for 4 years. Others, like James Blackmon, who don't think they will get anything more out of college leave after 2 or 3 years. Not sure why some think this is a big deal. Schools usually know what they are getting when they recruit these players.
  8. Logan Dunomb is ranked about where Joey Brunk was ranked. So that is roughly the kind of player we are getting.
  9. Honkyman

    College Bball Thread

    The three greatest, most talented players to put an IU uniform are Isiah Thomas, George McGinnis, and Walt Bellamy. There are many players who played 3 or four years who are rated higher because of the overall contribution that a longer career allowed--e.g., Scott May, Calbert Cheaney, Steve Alford. But the talent level of Thomas, McGinnis, and Bellamy was head and shoulders above all the other great IU players.
  10. Honkyman

    Early BIG Projections (2020-21)

    IU was terrible Archie's first season. We couldn't beat anyone who was any good and we lost to several teams that we should have beaten. There is no way one can conclude that IU overachieved Archie's first year. BTW, Robert Johnson was a top 100 4-star player coming out of high school who was a good college player, especially during his first three years.
  11. Honkyman

    Early BIG Projections (2020-21)

    "The first year for Archie and Holtman I think both IU and OSU overachieved;" OSU definitely overachieved. But how did IU overachieve during Archie's first year? They were 16-15. They had several good and well rated players back including senior Robert Johnson, junior Juwan Morgan, and sophomore D'ron Davis (who got hurt half way through the season), as well as Collin Hartman. They didn't beat anyone who was any good and they lost to several teams with weaker personnel. IU lost to Indiana State and IUFP. They lost in the Big Ten Tournament to lowly Rutgers. IU didn't even make the NIT much less the NCAA. It is hard to make the argument they overachieved during Archie's first season. The only thing one can conclude about the first season was that it was Archie's first season and his recruits were not playing yet.
  12. Honkyman

    A Transfer Coming?

    Obviously, the coach will decide whether Lander and Leal deserve to start over Durham. Lander is a point guard and there is only one other point guard on the team. So presumably Phinisee and Lander will share point guard duties, though there may be occasions when both are on the floor. Durham, Franklin and Leal will fight it out for the other guard spot. Any one of those three could end up starting although all three are likely to see playing time. I think it is premature to conclude that Leal is already better than Durham or Franklin.
  13. Honkyman

    Early BIG Projections (2020-21)

    Some of you have short memories. OG was projected as a 1st rounder after his spectacular play in the NCAA tournament. He had to fend off questions about whether he was going to the NBA. In fact, OG's high pick was based as much on his tournament play during his freshman year than anything in his sophomore year when first he was sick and then injured.
  14. Honkyman

    Early BIG Projections (2020-21)

    There is a reason why some players like OG Anunoby do not go through the process. Anunoby like Trayce Jackson Davis had already decided to return to college for another year and knew he would have another chance in just one year to go through this process. In Anunoby's case he became a lottery pick without having to get advice from NBA types. He understood he was better off spending the time working on his basketball skills than chasing down NBA scouts and executives for advice.
  15. Honkyman

    Early BIG Projections (2020-21)

    "The only reason to argue against a kid going through this process is because of your desire for them to stay at IU longer..." That's a totally absurd statement. The question isn't whether TJD is going through the process in order to see if he can go pro now rather than later. He has already stated he is coming back to IU. The question is whether a player who knows he is coming back to school benefits sufficiently from the process to make it worth his time. I think in most cases it doesn't, imo. But it wouldn't bother me if he went through the process or even if he decided to try to latch onto an NBA team. The latter is not likely to happen, however.
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