Q & A: 2018 forward Damezi Anderson discusses Indiana commitment

  • 07/17/2017 3:27 pm in

It’s been a busy 24 hours for Indiana basketball recruiting as Race Thompson committed Sunday evening, Jerome Hunter committed early Monday afternoon and Damezi Anderson joined Hunter less than two hours later.

Inside the Hall caught up with Anderson to discuss his decision to pledge to the Hoosiers and our full Q & A follows:

On why he decided it was the right time to commit to Indiana:

“I really liked the visit there and the new coaching staff. It’s really home for an Indiana kid. My family and I thought it was the best fit (for me).”

On the fit at Indiana:

“I’ve always liked Indiana going back to when I first started playing basketball. So with the new coaching staff and the new recruiting class, I thought it would be a good place for me. Jerome Hunter and I will be a good fit for each other, playing together.”

On Archie Miller and the IU coaching staff:

“They really felt like it was the best place for me. They really, really like me as a player and as a person. So I really felt like it was the best spot for me.”

On the attention and number of phone calls he’s received since the commitment:

“It’s been outrageous so far (laughs). Hopefully, I’ll be able to deal with it.”

On his game and what he needs to work on:

“I think I’m really good shooting the ball right now. I think I need to keep working on my defense.”

On the potential to recruit other in-state players like Robert Phinisee to join him in Bloomington:

“Me and him have talked already. I told him that we should go to the same school. I think it would be the best fit for both of us. I think it would be a huge deal if Indiana can get Robert.”

(Photo credit: GoldandBlack.com)

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  • Jtime

    Inside out.

  • Lance76

    How about Phinisee and Langford to fill the class out.

  • Outoftheloop

    I agree with Damezi that it would be a “huge deal” for he and Robert to go to the same school! With Jerome, Damezi and Robert IU has a great nucleus to build on for the 2018 recruiting class. And when you add in Race Thompson after a full year of practicing against Juwan and DeRon, WOW!! IU can feel great as they work on Garland, Langford and the other top prospects! Go Archie!

  • Ole Man

    Love that the photo credit is from a Purdue site! LOL!

  • bball at nick’s

    I always felt this kid fit the Purdue system, so it’s sweet taking him off their plate. It also signals to me that we’re going for more methodical basketball as opposed to the frenetic Crean style.

  • Donnie Vick

    Its a good class already…we’ll have to wait on the 5 stars. 247 has IU at no. 4 in the ’18 rankings.

  • HoosierDawg

    I’m practically giddy today. It’s fun feeling good about the direction of the program.

  • Anderson needs to get Phinisee to commit, and then the two of them need to go after Romeo. Seems like Anderson is already singing the “Indiana players bring home the next banner” song…

  • Yeah, that ranking is nice, but it’ll change once it factors in Race going in 2017 and of course some of the other programs getting their own commits. Get in Phinisee or another top PG and it’ll nevertheless be a very strong class, and then if somehow we land Romeo (which seems more possible every day) then it would probably end up top 5.

  • Ole Man

    I wouldn’t label Archie’s system “methodical” by any stretch of the imagination.
    But it won’t be frenetic!

  • bball at nick’s

    True. Fundamental basketball is more like it.