McCutcheon point guard Robert Phinisee becomes third member of IU’s 2018 recruiting class

  • 08/19/2017 4:48 pm in

Indiana added to its 2018 recruiting class on Saturday with the commitment of McCutcheon point guard Robert Phinisee.

The 6-foot-1 point guard chose the Hoosiers over offers from Ohio State, Purdue, Virginia, Butler and a few others.

Phinisee, the No. 100 player nationally according to the 247Composite, joins Jerome Hunter and Damezi Anderson as the third member of IU’s 2018 class.

We’ll have more shortly on this developing story.

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  • Lance76

    Welcome! Looking forward to seeing Robert play—good fit.

  • inLinE6

    Great get! But does that mean we are closing the door for Garland?

  • gr8iufan

    Great News. Right from puKES backdoor.

  • Jtime

    Happy for the kid and for the university. Great match for both parties.

  • RDD#76

    I would think so but if he wants to come to IU too we would be happy to take him. A big and Romeo would be awesome.

  • iugradmark

    Happy and relieved

  • So, four recruits so far, four 4-star top 100, two from Indiana. Not bad, Archie. Not bad at all.

  • calbert40

    Excellent! Great pickup not only because he will be great for us, but because PU or OSU aren’t going to get him. Great job Archie!!

  • Outoftheloop

    I fully expected Robert to join Damezi and Jerome in Candy-Stripes. But I am still thrilled and excited! This is perfect news. Archie has a great first class of recruits! And with two more scholarships to offer this could be the best class in the B1G and a top 5 class nationally. Save one scholarship for Romeo, but let’s land a top 44, 38, or higher with our 4th.

  • Ole Man

    I would hope not.
    RP needs a couple/three years to really come into this on.
    Garland can contribute from day one!

  • AndyCapp

    Was thinking the same thing and especially in regards to PU. Second player from their area I’m sure they were thinking they were going to get.

  • enickman

    It feels like Christmas in Indiana!!!

  • CableGuy

    YESSS!!! Great decision Robert, you will fit in very well!

  • Ms hoosier

    It’s so great to have Indiana kids excited about Indiana basketball again!!!! Archie and the coaching staff is doing one hell of a job!!!!

  • timamac

    Yes. Now get one more Indiana kid… Where art thou Romeo?

  • TomJameson

    So I’m a day late to this party. Happened the last time too. Busy with life and didn’t check in for a day, one lousy day … and we get an important commitment. LOL

    Hmmm … maybe I should miss a day right before Romeo commits.

  • TomJameson

    I’d say he does what he says he’ll do.

  • TomJameson

    I really doubt that Phinisee takes to his Junior year to come into his own. I do believe that his first year (working alongside Garland and Newkirk) will be a small learning curve, but his Sophomore year he’ll be the cats meow.

  • Larry Brown

    The kid could have gone to Ohio State and probably played practically 40 minutes a game, but he chose IU. Nice job coach Miller!

  • Ole Man

    Love the enthusiasm that we will get Garland!

  • TomJameson

    I really hope we do, but don’t really expect it unfortunately.
    BTW, I understand your reluctance to jump on the Phinisee bandwagon. Just wanted to let you know I appreciate your keeping things grounded. No bad vibes here.

  • Ms hoosier

    Good idea!! Lol

  • Ole Man

    And I love that we got RP. Hope that isn’t misunderstood. He’ll have his chance and that’s all anyone can ask for.

  • kaponya44

    One of those remaining scholarships needs to go to a big!

  • kaponya44

    I’ve been doing a little research on him after catching a rumor he would be committing soon.Kid learns very fast.Will put in the work based on reports .Ole Man,he may make strides in his on court game even if his strength needs time to come around..Iron should sharpen iron further when he gets every opposing high school guard with aspirations to “outshine the IU commit” this season-‘s best effort.He’s shown what he can do to some degree already,and given his stature bigger,stronger players are nothing new to him.Not many are going to be faster and quicker so that always has a chance to get him on the court producing.Imagine a kid ,with strengths that are,if not alot alike then similar enough to Yogi, and arguably makes better decisions with the ball at the same point in their respective careers.That’s the general take I’ve heard.YF could go out and tally across the entire stat sheet,and Rob P should be able to as well.Like YF he will have veteran guards around him in would-be Juniors Cujo,and Green.Rob P. is maybe not the same pure scorer as Hulls or volume shooter+penetrator as YF,but overall ceiling is probab;ly somewhere in between the two ,also coming in right away. As stated by others his biggest weakness is his weight/strength,and could polish his shot more. I’ll take that and him being a better defender than Jordan Hulls any day.

  • True that.

  • TomJameson

    ^^ Absolutely. I like it that they all have a chance and have to earn their positions.

  • Ole Man

    Good point about iron on iron.
    However, as much as I like the kid I could never make comparisons to Yogi; the two aren’t even in the same ball park.

  • david r

    Archie is the man. You know he’s gonna kill it on the recruiting trail for years to come. Come one, come all! There’s a dynasty brewin’!