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10 hours ago, dwtaylor1055 said:

I for one would welcome a TJ Leaf to Indiana University, however, I for one would never welcome TJ Leaf to the Indiana Pacers...….Oh wait he's still in blue and gold sadly

TJ's family is from Indiana. In a perfect world, his mother and father would have never been divorced, he would have grew up in Indy rather than San Diego, and he would have led us to a Final 4. I watched him play quit a bit in San Diego. He wasn't far from where I lived. 

 

But the world is far from perfect. 

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Bryan Moss, publisher of the Memphis Rivals page, changed his FutureCast pick of Memphis to Indiana today.

I heard Kaufman and Miller won't play together.

I think the other option is Creighton, he will pick IU sooner rather than later and will have ZERO impact on Kaufman.

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21 hours ago, BobSaccamanno said:

He gives me a TJ Leaf vibe.  I think Leaf has been a better rebounder but I admittedly don’t know enough about Miller. 

The clips I’ve seen give you an idea on his skill set.  With his range and mobility I think he can play the 3 on offense.  An open question is whether he can defend a three, given the old saying “you are what you can defend.”  He’d have to bulk up a ton to defend a four at the B1G level.  So, does he have the agility and foot speed to defend a three?  Length can sometimes make up for other deficiencies and he’s pretty long for a three.  

Yes..his defense and rebounding is very suspect...especially for a B1G program. He needs a weight and strength training to play the 4...or work on his agility for the 3. Discussed this with some others. It isn’t like Mike was known for his defense. Perhaps our scheme can help hide some of his deficiencies but Archie won’t play a kid that can’t defend his position.

As for my comp it was Matthew Hurt...a slimmer/smaller version but a kid that can stroke it..lots of offensive moves in his arsenal but probably never asked to guard anyone in his career. Hurt lost minutes at Duke because he couldn’t defend...Miller will have to work at it for sure. That said his a specialist..NBA is full of them and he certainly could help us.

I also don’t think this would influence Kaufman either. Definitely can coexist.

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14 hours ago, IndySportsPartizan said:

TJ's family is from Indiana. In a perfect world, his mother and father would have never been divorced, he would have grew up in Indy rather than San Diego, and he would have led us to a Final 4. I watched him play quit a bit in San Diego. He wasn't far from where I lived. 

 

But the world is far from perfect. 

Another "I had no idea" for me. Thanks for the info.

https://www.courierpress.com/story/sports/2017/09/25/engelhardt-brad-leaf-taught-son-all-hoosier-hysteria/701794001/

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Looks like he had a lot of fun with the guys. I don’t know for a fact but I heard Sam Mitchell was a big part of the basketball development part for the kids there and when he left I could see why Mike wants to take his kid elsewhere.

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On 6/10/2020 at 7:35 PM, dgambill said:

Looks like he had a lot of fun with the guys. I don’t know for a fact but I heard Sam Mitchell was a big part of the basketball development part for the kids there and when he left I could see why Mike wants to take his kid elsewhere.

That and the connection with coach O! I hope we are in good!!

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24 minutes ago, Hoosierdave said:

With Mason's dads connection to Ostrom, I think it could be a real possibility he ends up here.  I can't see Kaufman not choosing IU should Miller pop for IU before Kaufman decides to pop. 

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7 hours ago, Hoosierdave said:

Think it’s probably a long shot but they can certainly play together. I could see Florida and others get more involved now that his dad left Memphis. Love the combo though.

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10 minutes ago, dgambill said:

Think it’s probably a long shot but they can certainly play together. I could see Florida and others get more involved now that his dad left Memphis. Love the combo though.

I'll be ecstatic if we land 2 of the 3 bigs we're after (Trey, Trey, and Mason).  

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4 minutes ago, Billingsley99 said:

Any news on this one. I am still hearing this month but only from 1 guy. Everyone else I talk with just say we are in a good position that's all

Do you think if Miller committed to us in the next couple of months it would cause Kaufman go elsewhere.

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Just now, IU Scott said:

Do you think if Miller committed to us in the next couple of months it would cause Kaufman go elsewhere.

Personally I don't think it would impact him. I think TK feels he can start anywhere that he goes and with a few exceptions he can IMO

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4 minutes ago, Billingsley99 said:

Personally I don't think it would impact him. I think TK feels he can start anywhere that he goes and with a few exceptions he can IMO

I also see them being able to be on the court together. I think Miller is more of a 3 and Kaufman a 4 and it is not a lot of 4's in college are a true big men anyways.

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28 minutes ago, Billingsley99 said:

Any news on this one. I am still hearing this month but only from 1 guy. Everyone else I talk with just say we are in a good position that's all

Seems like we are in good shape...i only here IU when he is mentioned...CTO is the key

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