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  1. Hunter, in a zoom meeting, said today that he finally isn’t having any issues out of his leg anymore. Says he’s way behind on defense but is gaining confidence quickly. Saw this on Twitter but not sure from who. Goes with what I’ve been wondering for some time. Basically he’s just now getting healthy for the first time since his injury.
    18 points
  2. Man that loss was tough. I was on the edge of my seat. We had our chances to win it. It was very frustrating. Beat Nebraska then the remaining schedule looks rough but I see this team competing and fighting tooth and nail. Hopefully that translates into enough wins to get in. The effort is there. Just need to make those winning plays in the big moments.
    8 points
  3. UConn's Javonte Brown cites departure of assistant coach Kenya Hunter as reason he's transferring Brown told Hearst Connecticut Media on Friday that he considered transferring at the time of Hunter’s departure, but “I put it off for a little while to see how I would adjust to him not being there.” According to Brown, the lack of playing time “was pretty disappointing, but it was expected, due to the fact that I was there to develop and learn behind (Isaiah) Whaley and (Josh) Carlton and those guys. It was disappointing, but I knew what I was getting into.” Brown, who was driving back to Canada on Friday afternoon, added that his brief time at UConn was “a very good experience,” and he had no hard feelings against Dan Hurley and his staff. In October, Hurley described Brown as “a piece of clay. A legit 7-footer with tremendous upside, really, really nice skill set. Just got to figure out how to maneuver his body. He’s an 18-year-old, 7-foot, 265-pound puppy who is gonna be special. Right now, he’s got to sort things out physically, and figure out the intensity level of practice and everything a freshman’s got to do that way. But, big-time potential, very high ceiling, and unlike a lot of big guys, he loves to play. He plays with a competitiveness. He doesn’t play basketball because he’s tall, which a lot of tall guys only play basketball because somebody makes them play, because they’re tall. He plays basketball because he loves to play, and it shows up on the floor.” Brown said he has no idea where he’ll end up, but intends to play next season. He noted that Indiana could be one of many possibilities. https://www.nhregister.com/uconn/article/UConn-freshman-center-Javonte-Brown-entering-NCAA-15855961.php
    8 points
  4. Kenya's hiring just keeps looking better
    7 points
  5. Sounds pretty encouraging for IU to get him
    7 points
  6. This is what people who want instant microwave results need to understand. Archie has a philosophy, one I beleive in. It is a slow burn to get there. We are seeing incriminental improvements on the floor, and in culture. Enjoy the ride guys. We have a system where players stay. We get to know them. We see them grow up and improve. As much as it has its growing pains, I like that approach.
    6 points
  7. Agree. Part of the maturation of this team, if that is what is happening, is going to Nebraska after a tough loss and taking care of business as opposed to having a let down.
    6 points
  8. I'll repeat this once more since it's apparent you're struggling here... The "tournament appearance" wasn't brought up until a few idiots with an agenda decided to make the ridiculous statement to the effect that Archie has been at IU three years without making the tournament. That's just asinine and screams agenda. Of course reasonable people pushed back at such a stupid statement. I'll say it once more so try to read slowly here and soak it in... The only reason people argue IU would have made the tournament last March is that idiots with an agenda included year three in their "hasn't made the tournament" argument. Stop making such dumb statements and people will stop arguing that IU would have made the tournament. I guarantee it.
    6 points
  9. The best thing I heard was “the loss lit a fire under us” I was a little worried how we would handle another tough loss. Some of them can just demoralize you as a team.
    5 points
  10. I noticed the last game that he seemed to have some spring in his legs and he was moving a little more fluidly. Hopefully he regains some of his lateral quickness. I think he could be a real difference maker and gaining his leg strength back will only improve his jump shot. I wish nothing but the best for this young man. You have to respect him for what he has gone through and the progress he has made.
    5 points
  11. Wow would be a big get...would also allow Duncomb to slide to the 4 some in the next couple years as well. If somehow Trayce stays he could really mentor the kid. We need a pure 5 to pound against these other bigs. I’m excited about this kid. Lots of potential.
    5 points
  12. Correct. Same has been pointed out about Lander. He's getting few minutes, struggles when playing, but he jumps up off the bench and cheers his teammates with a big smile.
    4 points
  13. One thing I’m sure everyone noticed but I forgot to mention: Galloway wasn’t playing down the stretch. But he was visibly pumped up with high level competitiveness. He really, really wanted to win that game. And he wasn’t even in. That’s a high character kid. Our whole freshman class is high character. They are going to set a great example for the next set of recruits following them. I wouldn’t want to be a kid without a high motor and have to face these guys as they become upperclassmen. And Archie has us on a course of having a roster full of that mentality.
    4 points
  14. Hunter, I beleive Archie's first recruit....got to feel good for him and his future. Early reports from the secret Loyola scrimmage he was the best player with Langford second. I do wish he would not fade on his three point shot. Already a good shooter, got to think if his balance was better he would be even better. But, that is all. He played hard last game and his feet were the most active as I could remember. He looks more comfortable at the 3 as well.
    4 points
  15. On defense, to me it looks like he’s not in a good stance enough. @BGleas can chime in since he’s tall and played, but to me at 6’7 if you could get a lower center of gravity you can move your feet better. He looks upright and then gets blown by off the drive. I can’t imagine he’s as slow as he looks at times. I have have noticed Trayce defends quicker on the perimeter this year and he’s doing what I described above as lacking with Hunter. NBA scouts will like that. I was actually surprised the first couple of times I saw that with Trayce. Back to Hunter, I just bring that all up because it seems very correctable and not hopeless. He hit that monster three that I can’t stop talking about but I’m probably honestly even giddier about the aggressive dunks late too.
    4 points
  16. I think you are right about jealousy (the three players that played for us last year that are no longer here definitely did not seem to embrace Romeo and then TJD). I also think that it's also true to say that Archie only inherited two self starting workers, Juwan Morgan and Robert Johnson. Colin Hartman would count as well, but his body had given up on him by then. I think in both of their cases they were exhausted and fairly reluctant leaders. I would say that Juwan Morgan did not completely buy in to the changes in system. He is a great guy and a hard worker, but there was always some subtext in the way that he talked about CAM and the transition. As an outsider I think that what we saw with Robert Johnson and Juwan Morgan is similar to what we saw with Sheehey, just a kinder gentler version. They had seen success and then seen all of their friends leave for the NBA and they struggled to embrace a role as transitioning to the next era (modern day Kent Benson?). They were looking backwards to the good old days rather than thinking about what needed to happen here and now...at least that was my interpretation of it. I think you can contrast this to what Holtmann was allowed to do at OSU. He got on campus and showed Lyle and Funderburke the door and then also inherited a Big Ten Player of the year guy in Keita Bates-Diop. Holtmann was given flexibility to bring in transfers and to suggest transfers and bring in recruits that had committed to him at Butler and was left with a group that was fully committed to him and his system.
    4 points
  17. Hunter coming into his own would be huge. What a great story it would be too.
    4 points
  18. This seems like a layup for IU. Kid wants to be with Hunter.
    4 points
  19. Fact. I am still craving cherry skoal, even-though I have a headache after reading the last page of this thread.
    4 points
  20. They get points for making your teeth whiter...😁
    4 points
  21. Your comment directed at the op is no longer valid. This thread has been hijacked and now serves as a 12 v 1 lynching. Tape measures are now required..
    4 points
  22. This is exactly the stupidity I'm talking about. You know what you're doing here and we can all see through your agenda. Your "fact" is absolutely meaningless unless you completely ignore context and yet it's used as a sledgehammer against Archie. It's stupid. Just stop.
    4 points
  23. 4 points
  24. This talk gets made when someone uses the idiotic argument that Archie hasn't made the tournament at IU. If people stop that kind of dumb chatter, this argument goes away. It's the people using it as a sledgehammer that keep this thing going. Anyone with reason is confident that IU would have played in March last season.
    4 points
  25. BREAKING: Ty Fryfogle is officially coming to IU!
    4 points
  26. I liked his recognition playing without the ball in the Wisky game. Cutting to the basket when teammates faced doubles.
    3 points
  27. If Archie can come up big and close on his favorite targets for 2022, we might be taking off. The identity of the program is forming and we have some high character young guys already who will bring about continuity. Now if we add the next gen of recruits in the same mindset, it’s going to be like a snowball rolling down a mountain, picking up steam. If we get an entire team with Archie’s favorite recruits, no one will be happy to play us. They will be in for a war.
    3 points
  28. In the Zoom meeting, he said Archie's (and he did indeed call him "Archie" and not "Coach" or "Coach Miller") confidence in him helped with his own confidence. Kudos to our coach.
    3 points
  29. Got my second one yesterday. Same as first one, woke up with just arm a little sore.
    3 points
  30. In summary, Hoopster is a fan of Jerome, thinks Leal played well against Wisky, and enjoys playing lawyer even when not at work.
    3 points
  31. A lot to this: BLOOMINGTON – “I need a rim.” Armaan Franklin had been home a week, maybe. The college basketball season abruptly shut down, and IU’s campus along with it, so Franklin moved back in March. Normally, India Franklin wouldn’t need to worry about this. Armaan was away at college most of the time, and Indianapolis is hardly starved for gym space. But COVID-19 shut everyone’s doors. Armaan couldn’t even get into the practice facility in Bloomington. The season was over, but there would be a new one eventually, and he was desperate to get shots up. “I’m like, ‘You need a what?’” India Franklin, his mother, said laughing. They got one. Put it up that night. The next day, Armaan Franklin started working toward his sophomore season. “It was like a week into quarantine I realized I wasn’t really doing much,” he said. “I brought it up to my mom, could we go get a basketball hoop? We went half on it. We set it up that night. The next day I was just out there shooting.” https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/college/indiana/2020/12/18/indiana-basketball-armaan-franklin-becoming-complete-guard-hoosiers/3962461001/
    3 points
  32. It is incredibly disingenuous to say he hasn't made the tournament and this is his fourth year coaching at IU, because we all know he didn't get to complete his third season and was projected to make it by nearly everyone. So I think the biggest takeaway is that you are factually disingenuous and add nothing to the conversation.
    3 points
  33. Of course not! This is the Leal thread. Why would we be talking about HIM, for 5fouls sake! 😁
    3 points
  34. IU needs frontcourt help. KH better have already picked up the phone and the fact that he’s 7’0 tall is even better.
    3 points
  35. Didn't want to start a new thread on this. But, at this point in the season, these are TJD's national rankings in some stats. 1st - 2 point FG attempts 2nd - 2 point FGs made (to Garza) 2nd in FTs made (to Marcus Carr) 2nd in FTs attempted (Jalen Moore of Oakland) 9th in Minutes played 6th in defensive rebounds 8th in total rebounds 4th in total points 8th in Defensive Win Shares 7th in Total Win Shares I know some think he doesn't get enough touches, but these numbers indicate otherwise. 2020-21 Leaders | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com (sports-reference.com)
    3 points
  36. ARK manages to get past GA 99-69 without J Smith. 56 point second half
    2 points
  37. Thanks for posting this. Interesting listen. I like how Archie is trying to build confidence in his shooters, the missing piece at the moment. This team has a lot of kids I enjoy rooting for. Keep working Jerome (and get just a little less vertical on defense 😁).
    2 points
  38. https://www.zagsblog.com/2021/01/09/class-of-2022-forward-alex-karaban-says-five-schools-working-the-hardest/ i couldn't open your link, reposted it.
    2 points
  39. Said it early this season: Rivers can be serviceable, but isn't the guy you want under center in the fourth quarter of a playoff game. He just can't make the throws he used to and he gives up on too many plays. That last series he wasted two downs by just chucking it out of bounds.
    2 points
  40. This load is solely on Frank Reich and his stupid decions. As a Colt's fan we are use to seeing these stupid decions because ner haven't way to many the last 3 years. He should be let go of his duties tommorow at the latest. Him using stupid analytics to make decisions is just idiotic
    2 points
  41. I agree that he didn’t look explosive, but the blessing for that is maybe he stays 3-4 years. What won me over were Hurley’s quotes. Competitive, loves playing, etc. Couple that with 7’0 and let’s go.
    2 points
  42. Last time I was in Nationals Stadium, and, no, they weren't playing the Cubs, but I always wear the colors...
    2 points
  43. It's interesting because he's listed on the recruiting sites as 220-230. On UConn's site he's listed as 250 and Hurley said he's 265. Maybe he's added some weight.
    2 points
  44. 2 points
  45. I started this thread and it needs to be resurrected. With young men making the decision to return, and with young men making the decision to leave their schools and come to IU... how can this fan base not cherish what CTA brings to the table? If the powers that be ever make the decision to not pay whatever it takes to keep Allen in Bloomington, I will rescind my lifetime Alumni Club membership and forego any future contribution to the university
    2 points
  46. So, what exactly is your point here? Did you major in semantics? Your schtick gets really old really quick. I hope you feel good about yourself... proving your point and all. Please bring something to this board worth the time to read it. All I see is as negative as you can be... and really, is it that satisfying to you to believe you’re the smartest guy in the room?
    2 points
  47. Leal looked really solid last night. First time I’d say he looked like a former state mr basketball. Him and Galloways game will complement each other really well in the future. Throw in Landers ability to get downhill and that is a lot of potential.
    2 points
  48. Part of “more opportunity” is the higher intensity minutes. The fact that coach Miller trusted Hunter in the end of the second half and in both overtimes is huge. It’s not strictly more minutes.
    2 points
  49. I don't wanna get the stamp! 😁
    2 points
  50. If you are going to mock me at least be accurate. It is the 80's and 90's that were better
    2 points
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