Q & A: Tim Priller talks Indiana commitment

  • 04/28/2014 6:22 pm in

The fifth member of IU’s class of 2014 recruiting class made a commitment to the program on Saturday night as 6-foot-9 forward Tim Priller of Richland (Tex.) gave a verbal pledge to the Hoosiers.

Inside the Hall caught up with Priller, a two-star prospect ranked No. 374 by the 247Composite, on Monday afternoon to discuss his decision to attend Indiana and much more.

Our full Q & A with Priller follows:

Inside the Hall: Your commitment on Saturday seemed to come out of nowhere. Can you talk about how it came together so quickly and how you made the commitment?

Tim Priller: Coach (Richard) Bacon and I had talked and I had an offer from Incarnate Word and not being cocky, but personally, I thought I could do better. Coach Bacon and I talked and we decided that I was just going to wait it out and see what happened. And then I had a pretty good season and some schools were interested and some schools offered. Indiana came into the picture, they liked what they saw and they offered me and I took it.

ITH: As far as the timing of that offer from Incarnate Word, was that back in the fall?

TP: It was a long time ago.

ITH: What other schools at this point were you looking at and who else had come into the picture?

TP: Albany, Illinois-Chicago, Drexel and Lamar. They had all offered me.

ITH: What was it about Indiana that sold you on that option?

TP: Well, when they came down to visit, we didn’t really talk (because of NCAA rules). First of all, it’s Indiana. Good basketball, good coach, great opportunity to succeed not just in basketball but in life as well.

ITH: When do you plan to get up and see the campus? What are you looking forward to most about that?

TP: I’m going to take a visit sometime in the next week and a half. I’m just excited to see the atmosphere, how it is, the people there, just everything.

ITH: As far as the reaction you’ve gotten, there’s going to be some people who doubt you because you’re under the radar, but I’ve noticed that a lot of IU fans have also been supportive. How are you handling the spotlight that you’re now in?

TP: I definitely feel like a little celebrity the last couple of days. I gained like 1,500 followers on Twitter in like 10 hours. A lot of people welcoming me, that’s pretty cool. And then there’s haters, but I don’t really care for all of the haters. I actually enjoy it. I like haters because it just motivates me to get better.

ITH: What do you feel like you can bring the most to Indiana on the floor?

TP: (I can contribute) in the pick and pop. When a guard penetrates and kicks it. Rebounding, once I get more aggressive there I’ll be a good rebounder. Scoring, first of all. I’m a four that can (help) space.

ITH: Indiana has some good guards that can drive and dish, the fact that you can help space the floor, how does that fit in?

TP: Well on the perimeter, I’m a pretty good 3-point shooter. I shot 51 percent for the season. I could have taken a lot more 3s, but I also spent a lot of time in the paint, too. Maybe my percentage would have been higher or the same. But with really good guards, that will be good because they’ll penetrate and then kick it out.

ITH: Besides the four other schools that had offered, which other schools had been showing interest?

TP: SFA (Stephen F. Austin), Arkansas, Old Dominion and Portland.

ITH: As far as what you want to study in school, have you thought about that?

TP: Yeah, I’ve thought about marketing or somewhere in the business field. Or maybe just becoming a teacher and a coach and working my way up to being a principal one day.

ITH: Are you planning to arrive on campus with the other signees in late June?

TP: Coach Crean hasn’t told me anything yet because he’s been busy (with recruiting) and I haven’t really talked to him, I’ll probably talk to him tonight maybe. But I’m pretty sure that’s what is going to happen.

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  • Outoftheloop

    Bring it from TX, no one in IN will be able to decipher the codes.

  • Outoftheloop

    What the heck, an excellent post on ITH!

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that Max backs up Troy at the 3.

  • Outoftheloop

    Then IU will have had a great season, Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA’s!

  • Outoftheloop

    Evans freshman year was 1992-93, his stats: 35/4 GP/GS, 17.57 min/game, 5.3 pts/g, 3.9 reb/g, 46/29 A/TO, 5 blk, 18 stl, .425 fg%, .354 3-pt %, .685 FT %. A pretty good freshman on a great team (27-7)!

  • Outoftheloop

    Did I also see that he was #2 to Myles Turner for the 6’9 and over group in TX (it could have been still not committed)?

  • ForeverIU

    Your comment is making me think too hard. Can you state your point more plainly.

  • ForeverIU

    I saw that comment from his coach, and I looked at the Texas center “rankings” on 247. There are a few ranked above him, but I didn’t check if they were committed or not. I bet you’re right.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    There have been some great players come out of Texas the last decade. We have had a few at IU the past 20 years as well. Hopefully, we can find an inroad to this pipeline.

  • ForeverIU

    Exactly what I was thinking. I don’t think it’s coincidence we get two kids from Texas and Arizona. It will be interesting to see our new recruiting hire and if we will be looking more southwesterly.

  • ForeverIU

    Dear Tim, can you now get on the phone with fellow Texan Myles Turner
    and convince him to consider IU? You will play together for a year, we
    will win a championship, then you can inherit his dynasty when he goes
    as top pick in the NBA.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I think if Watford can do it, these guys should be able to as well

  • ForeverIU

    Do you know off the top of your head if we’ve had recent TX recruits?

  • HoosierGrampy

    My favorite RMK story=Zeke was getting ripped throughout his FR year and not performing up to expectations. One day RMK took out his AMEX card, threw it to Thomas and told him to go back to Chicago. Joby Wright sought to build back his confidence by saying to the effect that you cannot get upset when he calls you a SOB or something worse. It’s just his style. BUT if he tells you WHY you’re a SOB–listen up.

  • JetpackJunky

    I had a friend in school who was 28 with an Arizona ID. He would fairly regularly get denied access places because they insisted it was a fake.

  • jmoney

    I remember that he had a great game against pUKe his freshman year. He was shown on the cover of Sports Illustrated rising up for a trey while Pitino is in the background looking like he’s going to be ill.

  • FinEndNow

    I wanted him too. Then we got April and Priller.

  • MPmike B

    I like T.P.’s attitude and now he has to approach this summer and his freshman season with that edge and “have to prove to everyone” (me against the world) motivation to play. This will keep him for not being content on just being here at IU, but wanting to be the best and never satisfied. Welcome to IU nation T.P. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • calbert40

    When I was a little kid, I thought the IU logo was a red cactus. I always wondered why they used a cactus. I figured it out as I got older!!

  • calbert40

    Bracey Wright is the most recent one I can think of. Patterson before him, but I don’t know if we can call either of them “recent.”

  • Barancy Peloma

    i wish the guy luck. but considering his list of offers, i don’t expect much. iu has always struggled getting decent players who are 6’9 or taller.