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Hoosierfan2017

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  1. Hoosierfan2017

    (2022) PG Braden Smith to Purdue

    There isn’t much difference between a 2 and. 3 in college basketball these days. Gunn is more of a 2-3 than a 1-2, but he won’t be logging any time at the 4 or the 5 so he doesn’t solve our potential frontcourt problems. Right now we don’t even have the scholarship room to add Gunn to the team next year. That’ll be fixed by TJD leaving, but we’d need a number of players to leave the team after this season to have room to add three wing players and multiple front court guys. I think that we can land better players than Braden Smith. That’s why I don’t want him to be a top priority. Coach Woodson landed a top 25 guard after three weeks on the job. He landed one of the best point guards in the transfer portal even faster than that. He convinced an all-American dead set on going pro to come back to IU instead. With the transfer portal, high school recruits, our assistant coaches’ recruiting abilities, and Woodson’s NBA appeal we shouldn’t have any trouble finding high level players. So, that’s why I don’t want IU taking a chance on Smith. Maybe I’d be more comfortable doing it if Woodson was established and things were clicking on all cylinders, but right now we need talent and we need talent that can contribute right away to get IU out of the giant rut we’ve been in over the past half decade.
  2. Hoosierfan2017

    (2022) PG Braden Smith to Purdue

    I mean, there’s no real way to definitively know if one prospect is better than the other. Do I know that Braden Smith isn’t better than Trimble? Nope. He could go to Purdue and be an all-conference player. I’d still rather go with a higher ranked player. A top 25, top 50, top 80 type of player is more likely to play like one in college than a 200+ ranked one is to play like a top 50 recruit in college. Rankings aren’t perfect, but they get it right way more often than not. Look at the top 50 recruits we’ve gotten over the past decade. Only Jeremy Hollowell (drugs/attitude) and Deron Davis (injuries) failed to live up to their ranking. Missing on a player who’s a diamond in the rough like Smith may be is only an issue if you fail to land great players in place of them.
  3. Hoosierfan2017

    (2022) PG Braden Smith to Purdue

    I went back and added this to my previous post right before you responded, but we already have CJ Gunn committed for next year. Unless we have massive roster upheaval I can’t see us taking three guards when we need multiple big guys. Should we use one of the guard spots on Smith? Eh, I don’t think so, but I can see why others disagree.
  4. Hoosierfan2017

    (2022) PG Braden Smith to Purdue

    Trimble isn’t even the guy that I have my heart set on. I want guards who are better than him. But of the ones we seem to be interested in, I’d take Trimble over Smith. We already have CJ Gunn committed. We don’t need multiple point guards in this class when our front court is a bigger concern. TJD will be gone and that leaves Duncomb as our only center.
  5. Hoosierfan2017

    (2022) PG Braden Smith to Purdue

    Nope. But people who have, have him as a top 80 recruit. He has B1G size and athleticism. He’s an explosive leaper. And he also has a much better offer list than Braden Smith
  6. Hoosierfan2017

    (2022) PG Braden Smith to Purdue

    Except Xavier Johnson has played three years of ACC basketball and scored over a thousand points while Braden Smith is a high school junior. We probably wouldn’t have recruited Johnson out of high school either. If Smith comes to college and plays well there’s nothing stopping him from transferring to IU and playing immediately. We just disagree, I don’t think he should be at the top of our priority list. I’d rather get Seth Trimble.
  7. Hoosierfan2017

    (2022) PG Braden Smith to Purdue

    I want Woody bringing in top 25, top 50, type guards. Not unranked 3 star guards. We already have two guys in Leal and Galloway at guard who won’t really be getting minutes. If we’re bringing in more guards I want instant impact guys.
  8. Hoosierfan2017

    (2022) PG Braden Smith to Purdue

    If we strike out on the other guards we’re recruiting then ok, but I hope he’s not our top priority.
  9. Hoosierfan2017

    Who will be most improved player & Why.

    I don’t think we can put it all on Archie. There were a lot of times where Archie was screaming at him to bring it up faster but he still snail walked it up the floor. It’s not impossible for him to make a big jump of course, but he was ranked #135 in his class and through 86 college games he’s played like it more or less. Our guard play was terrible last year and he was a big reason why. I just really don’t want to see him playing 25+ minutes a game like last year after the backcourt improvements we’ve made. He’s not more than a ~10 mpg guy on a conference title contender, imho. He’s undersized at anything other than point guard, and he doesn’t have the shooting or great athleticism to do well as an undersized 2 guard.
  10. Hoosierfan2017

    Who will be most improved player & Why.

    Will his defense be worth his lack of offense? He’s played three seasons and is a career 36% from the field, 29.8% from 3, and 67.5% from the line. That’s going to be tough to improve on, imo. We can’t afford to play guards who aren’t threats to score. I know many people disagree but if he’s getting a lot of minutes next year I’m going to be disappointed. We’ve got Lander/Bates/Johnson/Stewart who I have getting minutes ahead of him
  11. Hoosierfan2017

    Who will be most improved player & Why.

    Khristian Lander or TJD. I think Woody is going to turn Trayce into a monster.
  12. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    Maybe they didn’t want to waste practice reps on a 6th year senior who they knew wouldn’t ever see the floor? Just spitballing as I really have no idea.
  13. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    I just don’t really see how he’d only be a ‘marginal improvement’ over Galloway. Sure he hasn’t been the 5 star, top 25 guy people expected. But, he averaged 10/7 last year in 24 mpg. That’s more points and rebounds than Race Thompson in fewer minutes. Trey isn’t going to get meaningful minutes next year. I feel pretty confident saying that. Keion would get minutes next year. A good amount, imo. So right away we’d be adding a contributor in place of someone who won’t contribute. I don’t know much of anything about Keion’s personality, but I haven’t seen anything that says he’s a bad teammate. He’s very good friends with our best player so I don’t see him causing issues.
  14. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    There’s a difference between recruiting a kid, getting him to commit, and then pushing him out versus coming into a new job and pushing out an existing player you never recruited. Plus, things are different now with the portal than when Crean was here. It’s like NBA free agency only every player is on a one year contract.
  15. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    Yeah, I mean, that makes sense. On that IU team they had 7 guys play about every game and play more then 10 mpg. Baylor this year had a rotation of 8 guys playing 15+ mpg. Gonzaga had 6 guys playing 15+ mpg. We’ll probably have about 8-9 guys playing that much this upcoming year.
  16. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    I just looked and they had 8 guys play 10+ mpg, with each starter playing 28 mpg or more. Alford played 37 mpg.
  17. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    This picture doesn’t show how many minutes any of those guys played.
  18. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    And honestly, it’s not like it’d be the end of the world for the player who gets pushed out. I don’t mean to make light of it because it does stink for them, but Trey is a legitimate D1 player, unlike a guy like Grant Gelon who got pushed out. Trey will still land at a good school, get a free education, and play college basketball.
  19. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    He had a chance to play for Archie Miller. I can’t blame any recruit for not jumping on that chance. Now he has the chance to play for Mike Woodson. Kids commit to the coach more than anything.
  20. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    The portal isn’t just a one way street. Loyalty from players is going to be less than it has been in the past because if they’re not playing much they can transfer to another school and play immediately. That’s going to impact coaches’ decisions moving forward. Galloway is ok with his position right now, but will he still be ok with it after a year of riding the bench? Will he be ok with Coach Woodson bringing in more guys who will play over him? You never know. It’s going to be harder to count on guys being ok with not playing much in years 1 and 2 and then hopefully contributing in years 3 and 4 when they can leave and play immediately. So, give a year or two of Brooks every time. We know he can contribute right now.
  21. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    I strongly disagree that Brooks is only a “slightly better player” than Trey Galloway. Anyway, I don’t see the two as mutually exclusive. You build a good culture but you’re still looking to maximize your talent. No one is irreplaceable and the players know that. Plus, Keion Brooks is very good friends with our best player. The culture would be fine.
  22. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    And this past season he outscored and out rebounded our returning 4 in fewer minutes per game. Woody has a great personality. You don’t get praise from so many former players of his without one. He’s the opposite of Crean in that department. Do you legitimately believe that forcing out an Indiana kid he never recruited would keep top Indiana talent away from IU if we’re consistently top 4 or 5 in the conference?
  23. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    Calipari recruits Indiana and hasn’t struggled to pull top talent out of the state despite pushing players out. We see it differently and that’s fine. If we get Brooks then awesome. If not, I’m happy with the team that we have. We’ll see what happens.
  24. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    I’m sorry, but the whole “burning bridges by making coaches mad” thing is overblown. Do you think John Calipari worries about ‘burning bridges’? He pushes out 5 stars and reloads every year. Do you think Coach K worries about burning bridges? Say Keion comes in next year and helps IU win a Big Ten title or make a tournament run. Do you really think the good that would do to recruiting would be outweighed by the bad from making one coach mad? Because I certainly don’t. Big 10 basketball is the big time. You always need to be looking for ways to improve your roster or else you’re going to get passed up by other teams. Especially now that the transfer portal is going to be permanent.
  25. Hoosierfan2017

    2021 Transfer Portal

    His dad coaches at Culver Academy. Other than Trey, how many guys have we gotten from there? None come to mind. Woody came in and landed a top 25 guard from IMG Academy in a matter of weeks. I don’t think he’s worried about a bad relationship with one Indiana high school coach dooming his recruiting. With his NBA resume, if he succeeds here he will have elite players fighting over spots. Besides, this is different from recruiting a player and then pushing him out. Woody never recruited Trey. We want to be a blue blood, well that’s how blue bloods operate. John Calipari has run off players far better than Trey Galloway and he’s recruiting just fine. I’m not even saying that I hope Trey gets pushed out. But if the chance to get Keion is there, and Trey is the cost, it’s a no brainer. We’re a top 25 team and a legit conference contender next year if that happened. That’d be a helluva outcome after where we were a month ago.
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