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Stromboli last won the day on September 1 2019

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  1. Stromboli

    (2021) PF Trey Kaufman

    As always, thanks for the information you have. I view this as a good thing. The plan has always been to take the visits, and he wasn't going to deviate. We know that he would have preferred to have open campuses/tours etc. Looks like he is no longer going to wait to see if restrictions are lifted. Perhaps he wants to check these boxes so he can take his visits and ideally be closer to making his decision. I like this far better than waiting on the off chance he can go and get the 5* treatment later, while we wait. Props to Trey for being diligent here. My Hoosier fan side thinks that the recent offers and recruiting activity are at least some incentive for him to claim his spot. Here's hoping. Add in the excellent weekend playing with Logan, his recent comments praising Lander. Trey would be another excellent player. We haven't had recruiting like this in so long. Really impressive work by the staff. I think Crean showed us that us being Indiana alone isn't draw enough.
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    Bruiser Could Leave for UK?

    Harmon's reaction to news is that it won't change interest in Indiana. Nice to hear, but of course it can just be saying the right things: https://www.thedailyhoosier.com/report-indiana-assistant-coach-bruiser-flint-will-join-longtime-friend-john-calipari-at-kentucky/ Look, if Archie wanted him on his staff, then it is a loss. On one hand it stinks that UK can poach a coach from us. On the other hand, that at least speaks somewhat to the quality that Flint would bring. From what I've seen and come to understand, Bruiser was pretty crucial in communicating with some of the families of recruits and players. I've even seen quotes from parents that they feel better having Bruiser there with their kids. And yes, much of this is absolutely because he is a black man. Archie, I'm sure, is keeping this in mind as he considers his next hire. It matters. (Good souls I hope I didn't just spark a nasty discussion here.) Also, can we agree the name alone is irreplaceable? Bruiser Flint? Are you kidding me? Coolest name ever.
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    2021 General Recruiting Thread

    You’re a beacon of hope in these dark times!!! Good to hear from you bud.
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    All-Time Underrated Team

    Relevant https://www.insidethehall.com/2020/06/17/romeo-loves-iu-romeo-langfords-journey-through-indiana-to-nba-dream/
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    All-Time Underrated Team

    Not quite the question, but I think the 2016 B1G Champion team gets very little appreciation. It's weird since they were our last good, successful team. I hear about the '13 team and the Syracuse zone and Zeller, Oladipo, etc, non-stop. The '16 Team could get red hot. Yogi is maybe my favorite player all time. The guys really seemed to like each other. Attitude and maturity and fire at the same time. And yeah, they won the B1G that year at 15-3. Also, Yogi. 5* PG from Indiana, played 4 years, played on the '13 and '16 teams. All-Time Assists leader. 6th in Scoring?! Check out some of the guys he's in front of. You know the rest of the B1G was sick of that guy. Also I didn't remember Coverdale getting so many steals. Top Ten? Same team, I always think of Newton and Jeffries playing together, and how well it worked. Linky: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Hoosiers_men's_basketball_statistical_leaders
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    I see the Coronavirus thread is still going swimmingly.
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    College Bball Thread

    Izzo in shambles!!
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    2021 General Recruiting Thread

    This is the kid from Hamilton Heights, right? The entire community rallied around this kid, and he brought it. Tough story, but inspiring too. I went to Noblesville, but Cicero was really my stomping grounds. This is just another retelling of the Indiana basketball story. Kid lifted his entire community.
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    Pre-kids I’d have been all over this thread. Browning O/U, Benelli autos, SR-15, DDM4, Wilsons, Baers, Colts, some of the rare imported stuff from Arsenal, Bulgarian and Russian. All the 9mm Glocks. All the Sigs (this is back when P228 was preferred over P229 and a compact single stack meant P225 and P239). Some nice HKs (VP9 is so sweet!). Brief foray into chasing the no dash, -1 and -2 Smiths. Quite a few builds. Weekends at Atterbury (before and after the makeover), Atlanta Conservation Club (dabbled in IDPA), Indy Gun Club (sporting clays only). I was on ARFCOM for the sunset In 2004, and rode through several of the panics over the years. The hobby more or less just lost its priority spot and the collection is gone. I have kids. My shooting buddies have kids. And maybe I need to get my testosterone checked because I get more excited about gardening, cooking, and I’d really like a sailboat.
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    Justin Smith Declares

    No reason not to. I hope the best for him. Justin (and Al) have likely entered that rare position of being four-year players for us. In my opinion, they’ve earned our support because of it. They’ll both still have some down moments this year, just as they have in the past. But at this point they deserve maybe a higher level of gratitude from the fan base. I felt the same about DeRon and Devonte last year. To come this far, they’ve been through a lot with this team and program. I’d prefer at this point not to focus on any of their low points and instead appreciate that they’ve stuck with it for their entire eligibility. I’m no scout but it doesn’t take much insight to know that Justin hasn’t yet shown that he can produce at an NBA level. If he can demonstrate some 3pt range, nose for the ball, nose for being in the right place to take a pass, make the pass that creates a higher percentage shot, and maybe assert himself a bit more in his senior year, then maybe? Basically become a star. Maybe you guys remember Carlisle talking about demonstrating you have an NBA skill. The comments were made in reference to Yogi in that awesome 4 game breakout he had. Yogi has limitations (mostly height), so for him to see a roster he needed to demonstrate that he could offer an NBA skill. He did that and has had a decent little NBA run. What NBA skill can Justin demonstrate? Defense helps, but he’s not an OG level defender. He won’t be a star. Maybe he can demonstrate he complements TJD out there? I really don’t know.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Allow me to answer my question with an answer. The Papadia. Which is apparently Part Pizza, Part Sandwich. https://www.papajohns.com/papadias/ ****. (Whattup Aloha, feel better dude.)
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Wait wait wait. This is important. What is this folded pizza called? (Anyone remember the epic pizza thread back during the coaching search/fire Crean days?)
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Are you telling all of us that there is no pizza? It's just a variety of open-face sandwich? I'm freaking out, man.
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    Coronavirus and Its Impact

    Um. Excuse me. I am the Sandwich Man. To my imposter: I'm willing to discuss putting gravy on myself if it serves the greater good. A Gravy Pizza Sandwich might just be what we all need.
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    2020 April Evaluation Period

    Buddy I wish!! Would have been great to see you. I’d have had at least my oldest son with me, too. Yesterday I turned off Minecraft and Avengers long enough for us to rewatch the Nebraska game again. Real excited to watch TJD’s sophomore season. Too bad we won’t get that experience watching the 2021 guys from AAU up to college ball. Take care bud. I just went to the Post Office to ship my sister a birthday care package. Everyone was really strict about social distancing, yelled at anyone trying to disobey the 10 capacity inside rule. I’d say 80% wore masks. Appreciate you guys keeping things going.