Five takeaways from Archie Miller’s team camp

  • 06/26/2017 9:18 am in

Archie Miller and the IU coaching staff held their first team camp over the weekend in Bloomington and Inside the Hall was there on Saturday observing the camp and the action.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the camp:

· Camp draws some of the best programs from around the state: Miller talked at length during his introductory press conference about the importance of connecting with high school programs around the state. This camp was another example of putting that vision into action.

Early in his tenure, Miller and the coaching staff have made it a priority to engage high school programs and coaches around the state. Among the programs represented at team camp: Center Grove, Cathedral, Warren Central, Lawrence North, Crispus Attucks, Marion, Hamilton Southeastern, McCutcheon, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Floyd Central, Fort Wayne North, Culver Academy, Southport and Carmel. There were also programs from Ohio represented with both Pickerington North and Central in attendance as well as Dublin Coffman.

Indiana’s connection with high school programs in the state wasn’t a strong suit in the back half of Tom Crean’s tenure in Bloomington. Miller and the new coaching staff are making it a priority to change that quickly.

· Three new offers to report: Three players in camp received scholarship offers while on campus. In the 2018 class, four-star forward Jerome Hunter of Pickerington North added an offer on Saturday.

And in 2019, Pickerington Central’s Jeremiah Francis and Center Grove’s Trayce Jackson-Davis both received offers.

Not only is the team camp an excellent opportunity for the staff to evaluate players in a team setting at IU’s facility, it’s also a chance to showcase the campus, Cook Hall, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and get prospects and families on campus.

· Phinisee impressive on Saturday: One of IU’s 2018 recruiting targets was impressive on Saturday afternoon under the bright lights in Assembly Hall.

McCutcheon’s Robert Phinisee, a top 100 player nationally, went head-to-head with Musa Jallow and Bloomington North and won comfortably despite being down a couple of key players.

Phinisee can score in a variety of ways, can handle the ball and get to the basket effectively and is also a very solid passer. While his athleticism might not be elite, it’s going to be good enough to make him a very good college player. On Saturday, Phinisee told Inside the Hall that IU, Purdue, Ohio State, Virginia and Butler are the main schools involved in his recruitment.

· A trimmed down De’Ron Davis: Miller talked about the transformation of Davis in his comments late last month at Huber Winery and after seeing Davis walking around Assembly Hall on Saturday, he wasn’t exaggerating.

Davis looks noticeably lighter than he was at the end of last season for the Hoosiers, when he struggled at times to play 15 minutes a game.

Also of note: The weight room in Cook Hall will undergo some improvements that should be completed in August. Clif Marshall, IU’s new director of athletic performance, was also in attendance at camp.

· A little more on the camp’s format: We’ve had some questions on Twitter regarding the camp’s format, so we’ll do our best to answer them with our final takeaway.

The camp ran all day Saturday and Sunday with most teams attending one day and playing three games that day. Games were held in both gyms of Cook Hall, in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and also off site at Bloomington South.

The game format was two 20-minute halves with a running clock to keep the action moving and to accommodate games starting each hour. Hosting a camp like this is a terrific idea for all parties involved. The high school teams get the opportunity to play together in world class facilities in the offseason. And the coaching staff and program can show off the facilities and also meet and talk to coaches, prospects and parents who attend.

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  • HoosierBballNut

    Yipeeeeee .. Sounds like things are rolling well !! Cannot wait for the season to start !!!!

  • BruceA

    Camp sounds like a win-win for everyone! Go Hoosiers!

  • Kelin Blab

    I really love Miller bringing back team camps. Not sure how much evaluation he can do but the relationship piece alone is great. I do know high school coaches love the opportunity get their teams on a college campus.

  • iugradmark

    It is amazing to me that something like this could be done so well in the short time the staff has been together. I accept that we are behind on a lot of kids for next year, but down the road, this should begin to establish IU as a serious contender for in-state kids.

  • Kyl470

    Not trying to beat up on the previous staff, but I’m shocked to hear that this wasn’t being done every summer. I just thought college coaches holding basketball camps on campus was a given. I know growing up in southern Indiana as I kid I attended basketball camps at USI and UE (Evansville) every summer.

  • Camps were done every year, but not team camps in this format.

  • stuart j fultz

    I absolutely love getting all those in-state kids in the gym at once!! Coach Miller’s stock keeps on raising for me. These are the things Coach Knight used to do, Coach Miller reminds me so much of him in the aspects of preperation and attention to detail. I know how special Indiana high school basketball is and what a great way to show the players. It’s telling them that Indiana University recognizes that they are is interested in them. We can’t let those scrappy guards, like the Mcintosh kid at Northwestern, slip through the cracks anymore. I really believe Coach Miller has the mindset of, we want all of Indiana’s best players. I’d still take an Indiana kid ranked in the 150’s over a kid from California ranked in the top 20. Go Hooooooosiers!!!!!

  • Kyl470

    Ok. That makes more sense now.

  • Kyl470

    Agreed that its great to get high school players and coaches to come to IU, but I disagree on the not wanting top 20 players. I still don’t understand why people keep bringing up McIntosh. That year we got JBJ and RJ instead of him. I seriously doubt going back 4 years people would have said I’d rather have McIntosh than two top 60 guards.

  • marcusgresham

    On the radio today I heard that there were several games at which the entire staff was in attendance.

  • Michael Rizzo

    Interesting that we pulled 3 teams within shouting distance of OSU. Pickerington or Dublin are all maybe 20 minutes drive from campus. Yet they were drawn to Bloomington.
    Should be a good omen for recruiting.

  • dwdkc

    Great idea and agree with everyone else here. Music to my ears: “A trimmed down De’Ron Davis”

  • Doc Feldman

    Why no teams from Northwest Indiana (The Calumet Region)? Have they already conceded The Region players to Purdue ?

  • mctravis2

    Glad to hear so many prospects were on camp – especially Fort Wayne North… REALLY want Keion Brooks in Btown!