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TXHoosierDaddy

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    TXHoosierDaddy reacted to Aaron in IU Baseball   
    If this guy is as good as advertised he should be our shortstop next 2-3 years depending on his age. Jeremy Houston is decent defensively but has always been a weak link with the bat, so Espalin should be able to beat him out easily I would hope.
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from HoosierDYT in IUBB - 2020 Off-Season News   
    Much better going north/south on the break. He was limited when we went into our half court set. His only real move was driving down the lane and kind of laying up a shot from a few feet out. Never found the mid-range jumper throughout his career here. Really didn't have great handles to speak of and primarily went to his right for everything. Really liked him as a 4 but if he wants to play the 3 probably best to go elsewhere. Really liked his defense and motor but it was questioned at times. As some mentioned, I was surprised he actually came back last year. Would have liked to still have him but the numbers don't tell the true story on the loss here (or lack thereof imo)
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from HoosierDYT in IUBB - 2020 Off-Season News   
    Much better going north/south on the break. He was limited when we went into our half court set. His only real move was driving down the lane and kind of laying up a shot from a few feet out. Never found the mid-range jumper throughout his career here. Really didn't have great handles to speak of and primarily went to his right for everything. Really liked him as a 4 but if he wants to play the 3 probably best to go elsewhere. Really liked his defense and motor but it was questioned at times. As some mentioned, I was surprised he actually came back last year. Would have liked to still have him but the numbers don't tell the true story on the loss here (or lack thereof imo)
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from HoosierDYT in IUBB - 2020 Off-Season News   
    Much better going north/south on the break. He was limited when we went into our half court set. His only real move was driving down the lane and kind of laying up a shot from a few feet out. Never found the mid-range jumper throughout his career here. Really didn't have great handles to speak of and primarily went to his right for everything. Really liked him as a 4 but if he wants to play the 3 probably best to go elsewhere. Really liked his defense and motor but it was questioned at times. As some mentioned, I was surprised he actually came back last year. Would have liked to still have him but the numbers don't tell the true story on the loss here (or lack thereof imo)
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    TXHoosierDaddy reacted to GnarlyTimGarl in IUBB - 2020 Off-Season News   
    RE: Justin Smith's Transfer... If there's one word I would use to describe my feelings towards this... it's disappointment.
    Smith wanted to be a "3". That's what he thought he was. He made that clear to the media several times (see: Wichita State NIT postgame from 2019.) The inference was that his first couple of years he played out of position which hampered his ability to truly succeed as an individual and help the team. I'm also sure he felt that's what his NBA position would be. So, with the addition of Brunk and TJD, Archie gave Smith a chance to play the "3" quite a bit during the 2019-2020 season. What were the results?
    From a defensive standpoint, he showed he had the ability to hamper his opponent... particularly on the ball. When he was dialed-in, his play made him a candidate for the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. There were a number of occasions where he used his size and athleticism to shut down his man. However, there were multiple occasions during the year where his motor was questioned which limited his effectiveness as a defensive-stopper. That being said, he still proved that he could be an effective Big Ten "3" on defense.
    From an offensive standpoint, we saw problems. His most effective areas were definitely in transition and near the basket where, once again, he could use his athleticism to his advantage. I would go as far to say he was well above-average in this regard considering what seemed to be the majority of his points came in these situations and he ended up averaging double-figures. Outside of that, he struggled. At no point during the season was he able to find any consistency on his jump shot. And he had opportunities. He shot 26.3% from 3FG (10/38) which allowed defenses to sag off of him and pack the paint... which made life all the more difficult for TJD. (InsideTheHall had a feature on how OSU defended him in 2019 which proves this point.) His ball-handling and passing were suspect as evidenced by his 0.6 A/T ratio. His FT% was an unspectacular 67.3%. For a team that already lacked consistent offensive firepower from the "1" and "2" positions, you really need to have more efficient offensive production from the "3"to be anything above mediocre.
    I think it's clear that by bringing in four new players this offseason who were slated to play the 1-3 positions, Smith was going to be pushed back to the "4". To most observers, this would be the best move in order to maximize the strengths and potential of the team as a whole... and even put Smith in better positions where he isn't asked to do things he has shown he is unable to do. However, I think Smith was very much against that. In my opinion, he wanted to be an NBA player and in order to do that he was going to need to showcase certain skills. I figure that Archie was relatively unwilling to allow that because slotting Smith at the "3" for next season would limit the overall effectiveness of the team considering Smith's proven limitations on offense. So, Smith leaves because he wants to be an NBA player but thinks he won't get the opportunities at IU next year to prove it.
    I don't blame Smith for wanting to play in the NBA. Most Big Ten players do. But the fact is this... few actually ever will. I believe what Matt Painter recently said on the Dan Dakich Show holds true in this situation. Smith showed he could be a good college player. Not great, just good. He was never All-Conference. And he hasn't shown he has an NBA game. And he's had plenty of opportunity to do so. Is that Archie's fault? Is it the system's fault? At some point, I would think a player and his family would understand that the NBA is probably not in the cards. Instead, relish in the opportunity to be a senior leader on what could be a pretty good IU team in 2020-2021.
    However, Smith has the right to make the decision that is best for him. I wish the best for him and his future endeavors and hope that he finds what he's looking for in basketball and in life. To be honest, I'm surprised he didn't transfer last year considering all of the unflattering things his father said about Archie on Twitter in 2019. But in the end, I'm a Hoosier fan. And he's no longer on the team, so I look for the next man up. We have two guys in Race Thompson and Jerome Hunter who are oozing potential to be really good college players. Thompson's per-minute stats show he can be a very active and effective player at this level, while Hunter's raw abilities show that he can become a high-level player if/when healthy. This is not to mention any of the Leal/Galloway/Geronimo combo. My point? While there is a void left with Smith's absence, we have several guys who are capable of filling it either on their own or by committee. My opinion of this team being Top 25 caliber for most of the season remains unchanged with Smith's departure.
    As always, this is nothing but conjecture and one fan's opinion that doesn't mean anything. Who knows... this could all be about simply wanting to play close to home... showing that I have no idea what I'm talking about. :)
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from woodenshoemanHoosierfan in Movies   
    Been watching some documentaries. Free Solo on Hulu was incredible. Have some other really good recommendations on docs if anyone is interested. 
    Crazy stupid love is a pretty good rom com with the family that I just saw on Hulu as well. 
    Oh and watched Parasite. Don't know if it deserved movie of the year but it was good. Also, on Hulu. 
     
     
     
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    TXHoosierDaddy reacted to CS2 in Emmitt Holt   
    After watching him play a couple of AAU games he was among the most impressive physical players I have ever seen.  His ten cent head neutralized his physical ability. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from pumpfake in Emmitt Holt   
    I've never been more excited about a player based on high school highlights and then been so disappointed. Not only contributed hardly anything but seemed like a poison pill as you mentioned. That class in general was so hyped...and none came even close to it outside of Yogi who exceeded it and much more. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy reacted to HoosierFan1994 in A Transfer Coming?   
    I think the reason Damezi isn't transferring is because nobody really wants him. I'm being honest, I'm not sure he would've even started for the Evansville Aces this last year. I was off on him too. I thought he would be a decent role player. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from jk34 in College Bball Thread   
    And he's been nothing more than mediocre over the last 4-5 years. But that title and the fact that he is basically the mayor there makes him untouchable. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from jk34 in College Bball Thread   
    And he's been nothing more than mediocre over the last 4-5 years. But that title and the fact that he is basically the mayor there makes him untouchable. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from Loaded Chicken Sandwich in Archie and Progress   
    Yet to see a really good offense with Archie. Points are hard to come by. At some point this has to change if we are going to stop being a .500 BIG team and win a few more on the road. Year 4 he has to show improvement here. I don't care where the scoring comes from who else he brings in but its got to get better. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from Loaded Chicken Sandwich in Archie and Progress   
    Yet to see a really good offense with Archie. Points are hard to come by. At some point this has to change if we are going to stop being a .500 BIG team and win a few more on the road. Year 4 he has to show improvement here. I don't care where the scoring comes from who else he brings in but its got to get better. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from Loaded Chicken Sandwich in Archie and Progress   
    Yet to see a really good offense with Archie. Points are hard to come by. At some point this has to change if we are going to stop being a .500 BIG team and win a few more on the road. Year 4 he has to show improvement here. I don't care where the scoring comes from who else he brings in but its got to get better. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from BornAHoosierFan in A Transfer Coming?   
    First transfer I have publicly seen us in on. I hope there are more. We absolutely need a grad transfer shooter this upcoming season.  
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from Lebowski in IU Football Off-Season   
    I think James is a big loss. Maybe not this year if Scott stays healthy but next year. He looked to have everything you want in a RB and now we are left with absolutely nothing behind Scott as insurance. Deboer was going to leave regardless so I can't fault that but a large part of those 8 wins had to do with our offense taking a huge step forward. No excuse for the new OC to not build on that momentum as that was Allen's most important hire/decision this offseason. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy reacted to Lebowski in IU Football Off-Season   
    I hear ya.  A position that once had too much depth is now looking pretty darn thin.  We'll see.  Hopefully our beloved Hoosiers will figure something out. 
     
    They might end up moving around some players in other positions.  Does anyone know of players on the current roster that was a RB in high school?
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from Lebowski in IU Football Off-Season   
    I think James is a big loss. Maybe not this year if Scott stays healthy but next year. He looked to have everything you want in a RB and now we are left with absolutely nothing behind Scott as insurance. Deboer was going to leave regardless so I can't fault that but a large part of those 8 wins had to do with our offense taking a huge step forward. No excuse for the new OC to not build on that momentum as that was Allen's most important hire/decision this offseason. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from Hoosierfan2017 in IU Football Off-Season   
    It's Indiana football. Most other D1 football schools care enough to have some accountability here. However, Allen is going to ride this 8-4 season for probably a few years without anyone saying a word. And basketball season allows this to go under the radar to many. We've managed to now lose a top OL, a damn good backup QB, two key RB's, and at least four coaches I think? 
    I don't ever think I have seen a max exodus for a team coming off their best season in years with the HC still around and a talented QB coming back....
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from Hoosierfan2017 in IU Football Off-Season   
    It's Indiana football. Most other D1 football schools care enough to have some accountability here. However, Allen is going to ride this 8-4 season for probably a few years without anyone saying a word. And basketball season allows this to go under the radar to many. We've managed to now lose a top OL, a damn good backup QB, two key RB's, and at least four coaches I think? 
    I don't ever think I have seen a max exodus for a team coming off their best season in years with the HC still around and a talented QB coming back....
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from BtownBanner6 in (2021) PG Khristian Lander to INDIANA (IN 2020!)   
    Says offer is coming. You are right, no offer at the moment. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from BtownBanner6 in (2021) PG Khristian Lander to INDIANA (IN 2020!)   
    Says offer is coming. You are right, no offer at the moment. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy reacted to Drew L in Beilein will be available.....   
    This times a thousand!


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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from lillurk in Beilein will be available.....   
    Respect the opinion of those that wouldn't want him unless its because of his age. Coach K is 73, Roy is 69....Beilein has at least 4 or 5 good years left in him and we just need someone to get the program on the right track. It shouldn't be a blocker that they are expected to be with IU for X number of years. This program just needs momentum and a winning attitude. 
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    TXHoosierDaddy got a reaction from lillurk in Beilein will be available.....   
    Respect the opinion of those that wouldn't want him unless its because of his age. Coach K is 73, Roy is 69....Beilein has at least 4 or 5 good years left in him and we just need someone to get the program on the right track. It shouldn't be a blocker that they are expected to be with IU for X number of years. This program just needs momentum and a winning attitude. 
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