Montreal rewind: Tim Priller

  • 08/24/2014 11:02 am in

Welcome to “Montreal rewind,” our player-by-player recap from Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada. Today: Tim Priller. Previously: Nick Zeisloft, Devin Davis, Troy Williams, Yogi Ferrell, Robert Johnson, Stanford Robinson, James Blackmon Jr.

The addition of Tim Priller in late April came as a surprise as the forward from Richland (Tex.) was a relative unknown nationally.

At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Priller shot over 50 percent on 3s as a senior in high school and our first look on-court look at the freshman came in Canada as he logged 44 minutes over four exhibition games.

Despite his size, Priller’s offensive game is very perimeter oriented as five of his nine field goal attempts on the trip came from behind the 3-point arc.

Tom Crean described Priller as “a little bit situational right now” in early July, which suggests that his role, at least right now, will be as a reserve who can help with his perimeter shooting. It’s a role that Priller seems to be embracing as he knocked down three of his five 3-point attempts on the exhibition tour.

“I definitely have to earn my minutes, it is not just a given thing,” he said after IU’s win over McGill University in Montreal. “I think I need to rebound, that is probably the biggest thing for me that I need to work on.”

The rebounding piece, along with defense, seem to be the two areas where Priller has work to do. As he continues to work with Je’Ney Jackson, improvement in strength and conditioning should be able to help him in both areas.

“Tim’s feet are improving,” Crean said in early July. “Tim’s movements are improving and his strength is improving and his level of conditioning.”

The recent addition of Emmitt Holt, who has been touted as a strong rebounder and shot blocker by his coaches, may allow Crean to use Priller almost exclusively as a shooting specialist. Along with Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Devin Davis, Holt and Jeremiah April figure to play the majority of the post minutes with Priller and fellow freshman Max Hoetzel helping to stretch the floor in spots.

“I think I have improved a lot,” Priller said. “I definitely need to get better – everyone needs to get better – but I need to get better at some things. My teammates are really helping me out. There is no negativity on the team and they are really just pushing me to do better and help them out as well.”

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  • NateMH

    This sharp shooter from Texas could really help us four or five years down the road!

  • SCHoosier

    More strength and lateral quickness and Priller the Thriller could be an excellent role player for the Hoosiers over the next four years. He seems to know what his challenges are..let’s hope Tim is successful in addressing them. The kid can flat out shoot.

  • Arch Puddington

    “There is no negativity on this team”

    Great to hear. We have heard that from multiple players at this point, and it seemed to me that it was reflected in their on-court chemistry in Canada. It takes more than warm-fuzzies to win in the B1G, but as we all saw last year, behind the scenes problems can impact wins and losses. Better shooting and better camaraderie will by themselves make us a better team this year.

    And whatever he contributes this year, if TP stays confident and works hard, he will make some big buckets before he is done at IU. Glad to have him.

  • ForeverIU

    He looks like he’s holding back a chuckle, lol! I like Tim, doesn’t take himself too seriously, but I’m sure he takes his game seriously.

  • Ole Man

    You can’t learn “quickness”; but you can learn positioning, blocking out, and other basketball skills which improve your defense.
    So, I agree that Tim could become a real contributor in the years ahead.

  • IUJeff

    You can’t teach 6’9″. Add in that he is a confident shooter who shoots well, seems to be high character, really wants to be here, what is not to like about Tim as a role player?

  • oldiugymnast

    You sure as anything can improve quickness! It’s easier for athletes – but quickness can be improved with improved strength.

  • Snookafly

    I am definitely rooting for Tim, and I hope he has great success. However his strength, speed, quickness, and stamina are all below what it takes for someone to really play in the B1G. His footwork and even his hands will need improvement. He can knock down threes for sure, but his release is a little slower. His odd technique might even negate some of that size.

    He has the right attitude though. Who’s to say how quickly he can improve if he maintains focus? What really pleases me is that this team seems much more supportive of each other than last years. Hopefully teamwork can overcome some of our deficiencies.

  • Ole Man

    I’m curious as to why you would say that. You can stretch the muscles, which improves movement and mobility, and can speed up reaction. But certain strengthening exercises can actually slow you down.
    I’ll be happy to admit I’m wrong; but I can’t think of how you can “teach” synapses to “learn” something they have to be “born” with. Quickness is an athletic attribute.
    Maybe we’re saying the same thing, but using different vocabularies.

  • oldiugymnast

    Quickness levels aren’t set in stone and kinesiology is a complicated subject. Certain training regimes increase fast twitch muscle ratios. Having a weak core or pelvis can limit your ability to move laterally. An old gymnast friend of mine was very slow at 13-15, but his coaches had him work on speed and he ended up with 6 golds in 1992. When you see the team doing those ladder drills and core workout, they are trying to increase speed. Think of the difference in Purdue Brad Miller and same Brad Miller playing “point center” at the Kings. He definitely got faster. He won’t ever be a Olidipo type athlete, but he can definitely improve.

  • ForeverIU

    One trainer in San Diego thinks/knows you can improve lateral quickness by improving hip mobilitiy, lateral movement strength, and footwork and polymetric drills … I’m sure Je’Ney has a magic formula. Speaking of lateral movement, did the earthquake shake you up? I remembered you after that wine conversation.

  • Bk39

    So can Tim be an offensive sub in situations at the end of quarters this year with his ability to set a pick and hit a 3pt shot and spread the defense?

  • oldiugymnast

    It didn’t wake me up – but I am almost 3 hours south of the epicenter. Agree 100% that the right training can make you faster – have witnessed it myself….

  • ronb

    I would agree that the quickest we have that is God given can not be learned. However many basketball skills can be learned to make a player better. You can be quicker to the ball, to your defensive stance, and at getting rid of the ball by pass or shot through practice.

    If you remember old RMK says his best team ever was the 1975 team with Steve Green in the starting line up. Then of course Scot May broke his arm and we had to wait until 1976 to go undefeated without Steve who was a senior and left the team.

    Many of us thought that RMK did not have a good replacement for Steve Green. The year before Tom Abernethy was slow and awkward but Coach started him as SG’S replacement and to our amazement he did well.
    He got his shot of quicker, his defense was better, he got to the ball quicker, and he set some great block outs all a result of hours spent practicing. He even went on to play in the NBA which no one thought possible after the 1975 season.

  • ronb

    Sorry I know that w as long but my point as an old Coach is that you can get quicker at some thing though practice
    and conditioning. Tim reminds me of Tom and I hope in 3 or 4 years he will b e better in many things to go along with that great shot he has.

  • Bryce Kepner

    The thing I liked about what I saw from him in the games in Canada, he let the game come to him and played his game. At times some of the guys tried to do too much or something that really isn’t in their game. Priller took his shots confidently but didn’t force them up. Also, he may not be the quickest guy in the world, but in the game that was broadcasted online, he saved tons of balls that were going out of bounds. Those type of hustle plays plus his excellent shooting will earn him playing time

  • Bryce Kepner

    They did that a few times in Canada and it seemed to work well

  • Ole Man

    Thanks for that input.

  • Snookafly

    I heard part of it was Noah, Troy, Stan and DD cliquing up and sort of ignoring the input of their teammates but I don’t know for certain.

  • Bryce Kepner

    WHAT?! It was probably taken during a dead ball period or between free throws

  • Snookafly

    We were up by 30 in an open gym practice. I’m amazed they were as focused as that.

  • Outoftheloop

    I like Tim and his attitude: “no negativity”! I believe that he will produce much for IU Basketball over his 4 year career.

  • Outoftheloop

    USA College Basketball has half’s not quarter’s.

  • INUnivHoosier

    It was definitely a dead ball. All those guys are just taking a seat.

  • Outoftheloop

    I played pick-up with Tom sometimes. He was always very crafty, a look here, a fake there, his body into you, and a million ways to release the ball to score from 12′ in! He was such a solid player that no one I knew doubted that he could play in the NBA if given a shot.

  • skotchie

    No one actually knows what’s going on, the program keeps a
    tight lip and close to the hip, hence the bickering on forum’s like this. This
    breeds speculation like from me wondering how issues can always be so one sided
    in favor of the program. From others speculation of how could anyone question
    the program I place on such a pedestal (insert sounds of the sunlight breaking
    through the clouds here).

    Personally I have no problem asking hard questions which infuriates
    the tow the company line group on here for which I incur their wrath being
    called always negative and I should go become a uk or PU fan.

    See the Snookafly comment above, look I don’t know where he
    gets his information maybe it’s true and even Snookafly admits not to be certain
    but no one seems to bat an eye when a finger is pointed at a player(s) for any indiscretion
    yet if I were to do the same toward CTC or the program many on here would go
    bizzirk after me.

    I like this recruiting class my hope is it mirrors the “09-10”
    class that truly started with a vision that was to build toward a championship
    caliber team. They did and honestly had VO, Cody, Mo, and Remy not left with
    them I think it may have been realized. Unfortunately it did not become a
    reload situation but a rebuild with a big recruiting class from which only 2
    remain 1 still in question what will the contribution be. From last year to
    this year the rebuild is in full motion anything from 18 – 22 wins I see as
    realistic, if it’s an NIT bid that comes about I hope for a run to the
    championship game, if rewarded with an NCAA bid I see the ceiling at another
    Sweet Sixteen.

  • skotchie

    I don’t think CTC redshirts players unless for injury. Can
    find nothing when trying to google the subject someone help me out here if you
    can think of an IU player under CTC that was a redshirt and not injured.

  • Gregory Spera

    Wow. That post is like a Charles Bukowski poem.

  • Alford Bailey

    Tim is a roster filler. I’m sure Crean was very up front about that. 2 years max then move to the better mid major fit when we need the scholly. The signing gives Tim some solid experience and allows for full roster to practice with. Win-win for both sides right now and gives Crean options later. This 4 year great player talk just isn’t reality. Tim is not that type of talent.

  • Bk39

    Duh. Senior moment before being senior. So what do you think can Tim contribute in this manner, what are your thoughts?

  • Outoftheloop

    No way! Crean has ZERO power to force a student in good standing to move on . AD Glass rules on the 4 year commitment! As a Christian Crean has no leeway to make Tim (or any player’s life miserable). All he can do is not play Tim, and if Tim hits 60% of his 3’s, we fans will drive Crean away!

  • Outoftheloop

    Absolutely! But not just at the end of the half’s. Put Tim in 1 corner, Max in the other corner, have Yogi and Hanner run a high pick and roll (with Hanner crashing to the rim and not stepping back) with James, Robert or Nick at the 3-point line up top, and what will the defense do? Give up a good 3-point look or a lay-up or dunk? I like the offensive possibilities of this full roster! I just hope that Tim and Max can play enough defense and rebound to make this a “routine” possibility.

  • Outoftheloop

    This season, before a full year of strength, conditioning, nutrition, etc., all we need is 10 minutes/game from Tim.

  • NateMH

    Looking back it sure would have been nice to red shirt Hanner. Especially, considering he was ineligible first third of season, and then used very sparingly.

  • well said. i agree with everything there. i dont see priller here for more than a year, two max, but i sure hope he proves me wrong.