Q & A: Jake Forrester’s father, Dwight, discusses his son’s IU commitment

  • 09/11/2017 7:14 pm in

Indiana added its fourth class of 2018 commitment on Monday evening with Westtown (Pa.) forward Jake Forrester.

The three-star forward joins Robert Phinisee, Jerome Hunter and Damezi Anderson in what is currently a top five recruiting class nationally.

Inside the Hall spoke with Forrester’s father, Dwight, about his son’s decision to commit, where he projects to play in college, the family’s comfort level with the IU program and much more. Our full Q & A follows:

On the official visit and why Jake decided it was time to commit:

“I think coach Archie (Miller) and coach Bruiser (Flint) and the guys on staff, they laid it out for him and they made him feel like he belongs. That had everything to do with it. They made him feel like family. They made him feel comfortable. And they let him know that he would play a significant role as a freshman. He has the ability to play a significant role as a freshman. And that’s what he wanted to hear. On top of that, it’s Indiana basketball. One of the most prestigious basketball programs in the country. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”

On what most impressive about the visit:

“Everything. Everything. From the coaching staff to the facilities to the educational piece to the alumni piece. The campus is beautiful. I have a long standing relationship with Bruiser Flint. We go back to the early 80’s when he played at St. Joseph’s and I played at Temple. Every 15 minutes I would say to him, ‘you’ve gotta take care of my son, that’s all I want is someone that’s going to take care of him.’ And they made me feel like they were going to take care of him.”

On the role the coaching staff envisions for Jake:

“He’s a hard worker. Jake goes up and down the floor. He plays hard and he runs hard. Miller’s style, if you look at his style of play from Dayton, his players run hard and play hard. And Jake runs hard, he plays hard. He defends. He can defend from two to five. If you look at Archie’s program and his body of work from Dayton and if he’s going to bring that same body of work to Indiana, that’s a perfect fit for him. That’s a perfect fit for my son.”

On where Jake is right now as a player and his long term upside:

“I think his upside for me, as a dad and I might be a little bit biased, but I don’t think anybody works as hard as he does. My son is a hard worker. He works hard and he plays hard. He has a motor that is unbelievable. He defends, he blocks shots and he rebounds. At 6-foot-10, not 6-foot-8 or 6-foot-10 on paper, but a legitimate 6-foot-10 young man, but not many schools or the schools that were on his list, had anybody like him. He’s 6-foot-10, can run like a deer and plays hard 24/7.”

On his position and where he’ll play:

“He’s more of a four. He’s definitely a stretch four. He can put the ball on the floor. He can shoot 3s. He’s definitely a four. I’d be lying to anybody if I said my son was a three or even had aspirations of being a three. And the way basketball is going now, basketball is about to be position-less. It’ll just be five guys who play hard and win. And do what it takes to win. And my son is one of those guys.”

On what Archie has told the family about his vision for IU basketball:

“If you look at Indiana basketball’s history, it’s time for them to go back to the way they used to be. It’s time for them to be a power. It’s time for them … we’re not talking about just making it to the (NCAA) tournament. The talk from Archie and the talk from Bruiser is, we want to win it. We don’t just want to go to the tournament. It’s time for us to be Final Four contenders. It’s time for us to get back to those days of Indiana basketball. I think with that staff and what they have and what’s coming, I think that’s a possibility.”

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  • E Foy McNaughton

    I think your correct on DD likely a junior before going to the league. One random thought – the recruits for 2019 that we are agressively pursuing – are 5 stars or very high 4 stars. Most of them will not be deciding on their college of choice until the spring of 2019. By the spring of 2019, IU should have a fairly good idea (even if just in house knowledge) who is staying and who is going. So I doubt it affects the recruitment much, if at all.

  • Larry Brown

    Well isn’t this kid 6’10”? Both he and Moore sound like that type of player. But everyone is going to have to be PATIENT while these kids develop; they’re not 5-stars.

  • Larry Brown

    If they can guard the paint, that’s all that matters. They’re both in the mold of Jarod Jeffries, and he played center on an IU Final 4 team

  • TomJameson

    Good random thought. 🙂 . There’ll be a lot of basketball played between here and there. Recruiting is so fluid, and one of those reasons is that some players just break out and have fantastic years. Player development is huge. Just a lot of time for things to change for a hundred reasons.

  • VAHoosier

    Ugh! Stick to your day job 🙂

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    welcome Jake!! we have quite the 2018 class plus one more. GO HOOSIERS!!

  • William Stephens

    Much trust has to be given to the new staff. I would rather have a class with a broad selection of positions than a class without a center and power forward. You can’t teach big! We have a PG who can play and develop/stay over a few years, we have a selection of wing players who can do the very same. Now, we have a power forward who can compliment all the earlier commits. And may become the best of the bunch! We still have a spot for another player. (center-SG-CG-PG) If we can develop our center position and these incoming players develop we will be better than good! It is not a requirement to have a five star at every position, teams have to “jell” and when that happens high school ratings really don’t matter! Indiana is in competent hands, let him do his job then if magic takes place…IU will be fine! GO IU!!!

  • William Stephens

    Does the NCAA require someone be a 5?

  • William Stephens

    I’m a 5’4″ 63 year old man, I don’t want to be Kevin Durant. I would like some of his money though!

  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly!

  • TomJameson

    Well said William, nice thoughts too.