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Braden Smith - 2022

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4 minutes ago, Seeking6 said:

I said this in the Lander thread after reclassifying. Lander will be here this year and more than likely 1 more. Braden will be our 22 PG or earning very strong minutes off the bench. That's how confident I am in this one.....and I don't know a thing. Just whispers from the North Side.

Would you rather have him over the Thornton kid from Georgia.

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Just now, IU Scott said:

Would you rather have him over the Thornton kid from Georgia.

Personally it's a win/win. To answer your question right now today I take Thornton. Would be happy with either which is refreshing. We have our PG spot locked up with a Burger Boy for (more than likely) 2 years and we get to choose between a top 30 PG with size and understand of our tradition from Georgia.....or a kid who isn't done growing and bleeds Hoosier. 

To think we are sitting solid at PG position in 22 with everything that is going on??? Kudos Archie. 

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2 hours ago, IU Scott said:

Would you rather have him over the Thornton kid from Georgia.

I’d rather have both. Thornton is more day 1 ready as far as body and skill but Smith could give us valuable minutes even as a freshman. I do not want to be in that situation where we only have one primary ball handler on the roster ever again. It’s been so frustrating watching us when Rob leaves the floor...I don’t ever want to go back to that. I sense there is definitely room for two pgs on this roster and with Lander and Rob both gone by 22...absolutely needed. Could even see Smith red shirt to continue to give him time to mature physically and space out the two.

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With his dad being 6’3 and mom 5’8, you would think he’s got a good shot to be 6’2 at the least.  But genetics is complicated so you never know.  

As for Thornton vs Braden, I have no problem taking both.  It can work out.  Seeing the floor and ball handling are always premium skills.  

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12 minutes ago, dgambill said:

I’d rather have both. Thornton is more day 1 ready as far as body and skill but Smith could give us valuable minutes even as a freshman. I do not want to be in that situation where we only have one primary ball handler on the roster ever again. It’s been so frustrating watching us when Rob leaves the floor...I don’t ever want to go back to that. I sense there is definitely room for two pgs on this roster and with Lander and Rob both gone by 22...absolutely needed. Could even see Smith red shirt to continue to give him time to mature physically and space out the two.

I would take both but would two PG from the same class both want to come here.

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43 minutes ago, IU Scott said:

I would take both but would two PG from the same class both want to come here.

Thornton is making a move over to sg this year. I think he could absolutely play alongside Braden even. Who knows...depends on each kids goals. Thornton is the higher recruit the more talented kid physically and skill wise...if Braden is ok with the role so be it. You can’t just have one pg. I do agree I’d like them to be staggered every 2 years but Lander isn’t sticking around longer than 2. Time will tell.

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1 hour ago, dgambill said:

I’d rather have both. Thornton is more day 1 ready as far as body and skill but Smith could give us valuable minutes even as a freshman. I do not want to be in that situation where we only have one primary ball handler on the roster ever again. It’s been so frustrating watching us when Rob leaves the floor...I don’t ever want to go back to that. I sense there is definitely room for two pgs on this roster and with Lander and Rob both gone by 22...absolutely needed. Could even see Smith red shirt to continue to give him time to mature physically and space out the two.

Sorry, I just don't fathom Lander as only a 2yr player. 

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11 minutes ago, Moyeneeded said:

Sorry, I just don't fathom Lander as only a 2yr player. 

I don’t know how to root for that. He is rated the best pg in his class nationally. His goal is to get to the nba as soon as possible. If he doesn’t go in 2 years that would mean he isn’t living up to his ranking and probably not playing well here. It would be good to have him around longer but it is also a problem. Player of his caliber should be getting drafted in the first rd after a couple years.

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31 minutes ago, Moyeneeded said:

Sorry, I just don't fathom Lander as only a 2yr player. 

You think he stays 3?  Or did you phrase that wrong?  No way he stays 3 years.....or am I crazy?

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No offense to Braden he is an outstanding ball player but he isn’t going to scare off a kid like Thornton. We likely aren’t just going to turn the keys to the program over to Braden as a freshman. He is a perfect role player who should earn minutes as he matures...unless he wants to go to a smaller program...and that’s fine too. I mean not many high majors are knocking down his door to have him start as a freshman for them. Back up pg role is realistic with a good chance to start as I could see Thornton going pro anyways after 2-3 years.

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1 minute ago, mookied39 said:

You think he stays 3?  Or did you phrase that wrong?  No way he stays 3 years.....or am I crazy?

He didn’t reclassify with the goal of staying 3 years that’s for sure.

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18 minutes ago, mookied39 said:

You think he stays 3?  Or did you phrase that wrong?  No way he stays 3 years.....or am I crazy?

Did we ever get to the bottom of whether or not he will be draft eligible in 2021?

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1 hour ago, Moyeneeded said:

Sorry, I just don't fathom Lander as only a 2yr player. 

Might need a new fathom. Kids don't reclass to hang for 3 years. We have Lander for next year and probably the following. After that he would be on the Painter program where it takes elite level recruits 3-4 years to get to the NBA. Ain't happening.

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7 minutes ago, Seeking6 said:

Might need a new fathom. Kids don't reclass to hang for 3 years. We have Lander for next year and probably the following. After that he would be on the Painter program where it takes elite level recruits 3-4 years to get to the NBA. Ain't happening.

Probably right but Derrick Thornton reclassified to go to Duke.  He was a 5 star player and actually stayed in school 5 years but went to 3 schools.

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19 hours ago, IU Scott said:

Probably right but Derrick Thornton reclassified to go to Duke.  He was a 5 star player and actually stayed in school 5 years but went to 3 schools.

My guess is if he isn’t a 1st rd pick after two years (barring injury) he isn’t happy with how things are progressing here and transfers anyways. I could get it wrong but again given his skill set and his decisions and focus...going pro is a high priority. Heck he could go after one if he plays well and has first rd stock. I’ll just say 1 year is more likely than 3 from him.

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Braden Smith gives me that “tough Indiana kid” vibe embodied in a guy like Tom Coverdale.   Ranking is irrelevant.   We win with those guys.

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1 hour ago, CC_Hoosier said:

When the 2022 rankings are released, where do we believe Braden will be ranked?  

If I were guessing on undersized guards in this day and age? I'd say 130-150 range. Tops. Doesn't matter to me. Kid has that basketball skill every coach and team needs and wants. Make the offer, get the verbal and wink at the cage/league for 4 years while winning 25+...same for Gibbs but I think he'll be higher ranked when we get around to 23. Probably 50 range.

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3 minutes ago, Billingsley99 said:

I am still saying Smith will be our first 22 committment 

He sounds like the type of player IU fans have always loved to cheer for.  I haven't seen much of him but he sounds a lot like Tom Coverdale and this program can always use that type of recruit.

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32 minutes ago, Billingsley99 said:

I am still saying Smith will be our first 22 committment 

Everything I hear on the North Side....and trust me I rarely get any IU information....says he'll pop when offered. 

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3 minutes ago, Seeking6 said:

Everything I hear on the North Side....and trust me I rarely get any IU information....says he'll pop when offered. 

Sounds good but they said the same thing about Leal

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19 minutes ago, IU Scott said:

Sounds good but they said the same thing about Leal

Can't speak to anything about Leal. Know zilch or nada on that recruitment. From the outside perspective he had some academic interests (Stanford) that had to be weighed. which tells me analytical thinking was part of the process....which I like. 

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24 minutes ago, IU Scott said:

Sounds good but they said the same thing about Leal

Who did end up at IU even if it wasn't as quick of a commitment as anticipated by some.

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