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  1. Small poolside update came through this morning. Hope you all are having a great summer. Per conversation, JHS is the best guard on the team and it’s not even close. Malik Reneau is better than Race all over the board. Kaleb Banks also. Talk about Bates was good as well. My take after that info, this is Woodsons deal to screw up. This is one of the better assembled teams as IU has had in a long time. As long as he puts the best 5 on the floor no matter their age/year, the trajectory is up. Otherwise, future recruiting will suffer.
    20 points
  2. I saw on another site saying that Rabjohn is reporting that Kaiser has cancelled his visit to UCLA. He also said that his visit to IU went very well.
    18 points
  3. Gabe Cupps is hands down the best pure high school point guard I've ever seen. A facilitator extraordinaire. Not a big point scorer but puts up clutch points when needed. Or creates points with some crazy assist. Basketball IQ as high as it gets. Still has a year left to improve under his father who is a brilliant coach and motivator in his own right. Last night was a total beat down of Bronny's team as that game was never in doubt. IU should someday win a NCAA Championship under his leadership. Since I live in Dayton, I will have the pleasure of watching him play this winter for a measly $8 a game. Eat your hearts out!
    15 points
  4. all right... gonna brag on my son again... he started preseason workouts at Presbyterian July 5th. he is a walk on and seems to be really fitting in and liking the team and coaches a lot. here's my brag - he hit 108 straight FTs a few days ago. also ran the fastest mile on the team. some good ways for a walk on to make an impression!
    15 points
  5. I would not be surprised if he reclassified, staff likes him a LOT more than Booker
    14 points
  6. Guess I'll throw this one in here because I didn't want to start a new thread for meeting with former IU players. Had to help my aunt open an account at United Fidelity. Anyway our own Derek Elston was the guy helping. Was awesome to catch up with him....said he just spoke with Jordy yesterday and good things coming. Not sure if that meant for our recruit on campus or just in general. He also said that Brian Walsh is the real deal....has heard nothing but great things about him. Talked about the Sampson time a bit, Crean was all work....I'll also just add this. Archie was just so regimented. Zero personal side to him....he didn't come out and say it specifically but a couple years of Archie was all it took for him to take this new position. He and his wife just had a little one and wife has a restaurant or something in Zionsville. Good to see him, see him doing well...and also good the vibe I got from him about not only this year but future years to come. He didn't say a cloud was over Bloomington under Archie....but just so tense. Nobody was having fun. Not the case anymore. All smiles and laughter in the 812.
    14 points
  7. He was Ohio Mr. Basketball as a junior. Ohio is big state that puts out some athletes from time to time and to say he's the best player across it as a junior is impressive.
    13 points
  8. From the intel I've gathered here in the DMV, the Maryland staff feels more "confident" that DeShawn Harris-Smith will commit than Kaiser, for two main reasons: 1. They apparently are the only program presenting him with the opportunity to come in and play PG, and; 2. Obviously, he's a hometown kid and his fam and friends would be able to come watch him all the time. For Kaiser, people seem to be split on opinions, kinda like this thread lol. Some are fully convinced he's a lock for the Terps, while others believe Indiana has the upper hand. Both guys come from really good families. They're high character, level-headed kids. A reminder that you can check out their complete games at these links, complete with film clips of every aspect of their skillsets: DeShawn Harris-Smith Player Evaluation Jamie Kaiser Player Evaluation Good luck!
    12 points
  9. Kentuckian to his wife: "The game is in Washington, so we can go see The White House too!"
    12 points
  10. OV recap for Harris-Smith. I really enjoyed talking to him. He had a lot of interesting things to say. Hope you enjoy it. https://www.thedailyhoosier.com/post-visit-qa-with-iu-basketball-class-of-2023-recruiting-target-deshawn-harris-smith/
    12 points
  11. So... I just got a pretty cool offer. When JHS is home he trains with the guy who trains my son. The trainer just texted and said he is training him Thurs if I'd like to come and help out. Now, I have never liked training. I am an old school coach who likes to run team practices and build a team to prepare for games, but I guess I would be stupid to not go and at least pass him some balls and what not, huh?
    11 points
  12. We already knew he wasn't going to Purdue
    11 points
  13. I have said it before on here. My good friend and long time minister Tom Rust ,was IU mens basketball chaplain, told me the Mike is as fine of a person he ever met. Mike led several players to Christ not because he preached to him but they saw something in Mike that was special and they wanted it too.
    11 points
  14. Say hello to my firstborn...
    10 points
  15. Not calling anyone out, but… TJD is a Hoosier because of CAM. Other current players as well. All this talk about how bad he recruited. All the past conversations about how players and their families read this board… And yet, the bashing, of the coach, and his recruits, continues. I get it. CAM flamed out. Terribly. But there are guys wearing the Candy Stripes, giving their all, for the glory of old IU, because of their connection to him. In other words, time to put it to rest
    10 points
  16. Back in the Sampson days, most of them would have been ringing it for #3...
    10 points
  17. Good at shooting yes, it's the making of shots that seems to be the issue
    10 points
  18. Can we lock this since there is a recruiting thread on him already?
    10 points
  19. Sports rivalries are and should always be for entertainment purposes only. When I graduated high school and enrolled at IU, just as many of my friends enrolled at Purdue. They didn't stop being my friends, and I still drove to West Lafayette for weekend parties and poker nights. When I met the woman who would become my wife at a concert in Indianapolis, I didn't stop dating her because she graduated from Purdue. That would be silly. Because as soon as you allow a sports rivalry to spill over into any serious aspect of your life, you're doing it wrong. I don't know why you're so hostile to fans of other schools. But their acceptance here speaks to the strength of this board, not its weakness. The hostility you've displayed is excessive, and frankly more than a little bizarre. You realize it's just basketball, right?
    9 points
  20. From my perspective, nothing is 'wrong' here. It's a great board full of people I enjoy discussing things with. Personally, I hope HSN never changes from what is is today and always been here. That 's why I am here and not somewhere else.
    9 points
  21. My thought is that it's not really fair to say Woodson made a mistake playing Kopp and Stewart. As most agree, Bates wasn't ready, Lander was virtually unplayable, and then we all know Galloway and Phinisee were both hurt and also did take minutes from both of those guys when healthy. With that said, a coach that's trying to win is going to play the guys he trusts. It's not as simple as looking at Kopp/Stewart's total scoring numbers. Kopp/Stewart were our most reliable defenders on the wing, and beyond that they were smart offensively for the most part. This was a team with three main players (TJD, X and Race), so you wanted to surround them with high ball IQ, focused guys. In that spot, you'd rather have Kopp and Stewart playing solid D, not taking bad shots even if it meant less points, and not turning it over, as opposed to Bates going 2-for-7 and taking 4-5 bad or rushed shots while missing some defensive assignments. We needed to play through TJD, X and Race, and while Kopp/Stewart were largely unspectacular, they were solid and understood that.
    9 points
  22. At IU today on a unoffical visit.
    9 points
  23. I think there’s an obvious sincerity that comes through with Woody. And he can walk the walk in a way few can. From being a league MVP to playing in the NBA to coaching forever in the league and knowing both what it’s like to be a player and the skills coveted at the next level, he’s got all of that in a way that your typical college coach doesn’t. That all appears to translate to recruits and their families.
    9 points
  24. I agree that's the way the coaching business works. But jeepers, I'd love it if IU would double the pay of staff we want to keep. Or triple it. Whatever it takes to start winning championships, or get back to Top 10 status. Jamie Kaiser (recruit) said this about Woodson after today's visit: "He’s a stand-up guy. He doesn’t need money, he doesn’t need a new job. He’s doing this because he loves it. Other places that you go, coaches are hunting for that next job or they’re at risk in their position."
    9 points
  25. Great point! Seems like for at least the last 20ish years the big men have all been one at a time. Not that there weren't some decent role playing bigs alongside these guys, but you had Jeffries, Killingsworth, DJ White, Zeller, Vonleh, Bryant, Morgan (not really a true big) and then TJD, but all pretty much one at a time. I'm pretty sure White was injured the Killingsworth year and Morgan wasn't really ready his freshmen year with Bryant. I remember after Zeller's sophomore year but before he declared for the NBA, thinking how great it would he to have a year where Zeller and Vonleh are teaming together with Luke Fisher learning from Zeller off the bench. This TJD, Race, Reneau scenario isn't one IU has been fortunate enough to have very often. It's a great way to build continuity moving forward.
    9 points
  26. We have the 2 best recruiters possible w/JHS and Malik. Coaches, staffs, fans, tv,etc....all play their role but if JHS and Malik do their thing this year and next. Those are the best recruiters we could have for future Montverde kids. Glad Coach Woodson and staff got in there early.
    8 points
  27. I personally hate the preseason predictions. They're of course fun to discuss, but I hate how fans and media use them after the season to make huge declarations on whether a team/coach failed or succeeded. I think IU should absolutely finish top 4 in the conference, probably top 3. But if IU finishes 3rd, I dont view that as some failure just because so many media members projected them to win the conference. Did IU fail to meet expectations or were the preseason predictions just jacked up to begin with? Long way of saying, I think we're a top 3-4 team with a legit chance to win the conference, but not the only team with a chance to win the conference. There are a lot of variables.
    8 points
  28. Yeah, you’d think people who come here just to be negative could at least attempt to be factual.
    8 points
  29. We really need more reaction choices...
    8 points
  30. Hoping for the best but expecting the worse . Today is a day that makes me remember our great friend @milehiiu that would remind us to remember Jared Jefferies . You are never forgotten KEN!!
    8 points
  31. God...what a giant mangina he is. I hope they get thumped.
    8 points
  32. The Big 12 walking into Big Ten country, believing they can convince a team to take less money and defect.
    8 points
  33. Part of his evaluation I really liked: Disposition/Presence Plays hard on both ends. Really puts out. Very competitive. Competes with a great motor Plays hard through adversity Doesn’t allow misses, turnovers, mistakes (his or his teammates’) to affect his effort Even-keeled Exhibits the consistently positive body language Does not argue with the referees Good, positive teammate Runs to help his teammates off the floor Encourages his teammates Patient with his teammates’ mistakes A team-first player who plays to win Let’s his game do the talking High character
    8 points
  34. Freshmen have been doing better than advertised during scrimmages from what I’ve been told
    8 points
  35. Quick update on this. First off....Pupusas where have you been all my life? I don't know if the folks making them yesterday just have magic hands or what but I've been googling Pupusa restaurants in Indy this morning. Back to the fundraiser. $26, 430 was raised yesterday at this families home at 30th and Lafayette. I don't think they expected this many people. When we got there line was 60 deep or so but only took a couple of hours. Phenomenal food, amazing resolve by the people involved. https://www.wrtv.com/news/local-news/johnson-county/greenwood/fundraisers-honor-remember-victims-of-greenwood-park-mall-shooting
    8 points
  36. I will put this here. Hearing that the staff feels very good that the next commitment will happen before classes start in August. I have some good ideas but need more info. If I get anything I will share and hopefully someone else out there will provide more intel
    8 points
  37. The thing is, he had such an easy job. Support the schools of Indiana in all sports. Say nice things. Rail against the rivals. Be informed, and bring the insider's perspective to current events. Especially for basketball, coaching, and recruiting. Stay away from politics. Don't bully people. Don't be a jerk. It shouldn't have been that hard.
    8 points
  38. Awesome article with a capital A Lots of good comments from former players and coaches at IU https://theathletic.com/3397918/2022/07/13/indiana-hoosiers-mike-woodson/?amp=1
    8 points
  39. I just read it too… Regarding your last paragraph, hindsight is 20/20. I think many thought Archie would be a great hire. A guy could have the experience, say all the right things in interviews, but it will always be hard to know how he will perform when he’s in the thick of it. At the time, we were mad at Crean for a) lack of defense and b) not getting in-state recruits. Everybody wanted something different - even Knight. CAM was the ‘anti-Crean’ in that sense…..but a complete ‘anti-Crean’ coach, in hindsight, was an over-correction. We lost all the things Crean excelled at too. We lost the shooting. We lost the enthusiasm. We lost the respect for the program’s history and at least attempting to use that to our advantage. Crean tried and understood in a way that CAM couldn’t. If we’re being honest, I think Woody is getting away with things another coach couldn’t because he’s an insider. ‘Outsider’ coaches don’t get the benefit of the doubt when they attempt to adapt to the modern game. Woody has primarily recruited outside of Indiana. He’s a player’s coach. He wants to instill a 4 out/1 in offense. Could another coach not tied to the program do this and avoid criticism? I honestly don’t think so. I thought an ‘IU hire’ wasn’t the sure-fire answer during our last coaching search, perhaps I was wrong, and I’m beginning to understand why. Our program (fans, former players, administration, etc.) is too stubborn to let an outsider succeed.
    8 points
  40. Good press conference by Allen after the first scrimmage. If you have 15 min., he gives a good synopsis of where we are. Discusses some players too. Few tidbits off the top of my head -Katic, Bedford, and Haggard are bigger and stronger. Sounds like Carpenter at center. -He also mentioned Tim Weaver and Khalil Benson as getting better. -Loves McCulley with the ball in his hands. I could not agree more. He ran with as much authority as any freshman QB I can remember. Tough guy with the ball in his hands. He doesn’t hold back. -Omar is a freshman but he is starting to get it a little bit. I got the sense that he’s playing Iike a freshman but he’s got a ton of promise. -Jacquez Green is nicked. I think he said a hammy. -He loves Cam Camper at receiver. Sounds like we really got a good one. -Other than DJ I get the sense that Allen wanted to overhaul the receiver room. He wants big plays so you don’t have to constantly rely on 12 or so plays per drive when so many things can go wrong. -On defense he said some young guys are starting to come on and he specifically mentioned Beau Robbins. -Loves Tevis on the d line. He’s an MBA student (with Allen’s son) and still able to juggle football. I think Tevis will move around. -He mentioned that he thought our D line was too light last year. He mentioned the two Ole Miss transfers as giving us more mass at tackle. I think they will rotate in behind Elliott and Sio. I bet Tevis will kick inside at times too. -He loves Barner at TE. We’ve heard that over and over. Bomba is doing well as a guy with size. I think he’s a good blocking TE.
    7 points
  41. Had a checkup this week. 60 days into a significant lifestyle change and my BP was 128/80. It was 160/120 when they put me on a med. Hopefully I can start to ween off soon.
    7 points
  42. Oh for the love of God... Can't we just appreciate what Coach Knight did for our program without trying to jam him in a friggin time machine and start picking at his flaws? Vince Lombardi probably couldn't coach in the NFL nowadays either... But he was still a great coach... If it wasn't for Coach Knight, we'd be almost as pathetic as Purdue and their Helms Banner...
    7 points
  43. I think these freshmen are better than what we are used to. I think we have a chance to be very, very good. Our starters should be able to play with anyone. And, when we go to the bench, we should be much stronger than we were a year ago. Malik off the bench is better than Durr was, no disrespect to that young man. And, I think we can do that for every position.
    7 points
  44. Just talked with him at Finish line in Castleton. Very polite young man told him he would look great in a Hoosier uniform His guardian said right now winning a state title is all that he is focused on
    7 points
  45. I like the evaluations from @PointGuardEyes. Hope he does all our commits.
    7 points
  46. Dont use my quote to spew your bullshit.
    7 points
  47. 7 points
  48. Makes me proud to watch Cody, Vic, Anunoby, Yogi, Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan etc. Wish we had more sustained success. But in hindsight, Tom Crean really brought in some major character guys to Bloomimgton, and into to the NBA.
    7 points
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