2017-2018 Player Profile: Tim Priller

  • 10/31/2017 8:40 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ve transitioned from our look at other Big Ten programs to our player-by-player previews of the 2017-18 Indiana roster. Today, our profiles continue with a look at Tim Priller.

A fan favorite since he first stepped on the floor at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, senior Tim Priller is out to prove himself as a worthwhile contributor for the Hoosiers in the first year of the Archie Miller era.

“Just doing everything I need to do in practice. Just whatever (coach Archie Miller) wants me to do, I’ll do it. I’m just going to work as hard as I can in practice,” Priller said at Indiana’s media day.

The forward out of North Richland Hills, Texas has only appeared in 31 games for the Hoosiers, playing a total of 67 minutes.

Of the games Priller has seen the floor in, only ten have come against teams that finished the year in the top 100 of KenPom. Priller’s most notable contribution in his junior season came at Mackey Arena, when he scored a career-high six points, set a flurry of screens and committed four fouls in five minutes.

“(Priller) is getting better. He really is,” then-head coach Tom Crean said after the loss. “He’s got a nice touch, works extremely hard, he puts the same time in that other people do. He doesn’t get the same opportunity because they’re better but he works at it. He was ready when his name was called. I’m proud of him for that.”

After playing in less than two percent of available minutes in 2016-17, Priller may be in line to see an increased workload with Indiana’s lack of frontcourt depth.

For Priller’s part, he has looked like an improved player throughout the early portion of his senior season. His screens have been crisp and effective and he’s been willing to crash the boards.

In the exhibition against Marian, Priller connected on his only field goal attempt, grabbed a rebound, recorded an assist and committed two fouls in three minutes.

Bottom line: The third tallest player on the roster, expect the 6-foot-9 forward to play more minutes than previous years, especially if injuries hamper those in front of him in the rotation. When Miller calls upon Priller, he’ll be expected to be ready to contribute.

Quotable: “There’s a good chance that my man Tim Priller’s going to be in there. Tim’s got to see himself a little differently than he did yesterday. He’s got to go from being a fan favorite to being coach’s favorite. That’s the key,” Miller to Bloom Magazine in August.

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  • Fifer39

    Archie’s quote is spot on and got to be a real motivation for TP. The fact that there hasn’t been a Gelon type conversation means coach has got to see the potential for a valuable contribution, possibly both off and on the court. I’m really looking forward to seeing him contribute some useful minutes this year.

  • TomJameson

    I can see TP averaging 5-6 minutes. But, I think those minutes would be in relief of DD when foul trouble is hitting our big guys. 2 minutes here … 3 minutes there … If consistent, those minutes can add up. 5 fouls to give just may be his greatest contribution, and those great screens he sets.

  • N71

    If Race continues with the plan to redshirt, Tim should see heavy spot duty once player x, y, or z gets into foul trouble. This will be invaluable deep into the Big Ten season when we’re tied with 4 other teams for an upper tier finish, we’re playing at Iowa, DeRon picks up #4, there’s still 5 minutes to go, we’re down 1, and we need to hang in there to have a chance. Tim’s time has come.

  • N71

    I think he’s also pretty good at not making mistakes. He has a knack, like Hartman, for being in the right place at the right time.

  • Fivelefts

    I’d love to see TP having a role with this team! I think he’s a smart player! He definitely has good touch on his shot! And you can’t teach height!

  • Outoftheloop

    Tim is a really good kid! Use him to shore up the front court depth. He works extremely hard, he can score, rebound, defend, and understands the importance of setting screens. He is now a player.

  • bball at nick’s

    Do you mean Race can still change from redshirt to regular player during the season?

  • N71

    I’m no authority so this is only guesswork on my part…but yes. If he were healthy and suddenly needed (e.g. Juwan goes down again) then his status, I believe, can be changed but he’d loose a year of eligibility. I may have told you more than I know.

  • Kyl470

    I think him being a senior and only holding a scholarship for this year is why he didn’t have a “Gelon” conversation.

  • Kurk Bright

    His work in spot duty last year led me to believe he was being underutilized. Tim seems to be one of those guys who just want to do the fundamental things (play defense, rebound, set screens) without any flash. Not exactly Crean’s sort of player, but he should fit right in with Archie.

  • AndyCapp

    Yup, and his height, of course.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    tim priller, what a hitter!

  • Fifer39

    That’s possibly true. I don’t think Archie would be talking up his potential if he didn’t believe he could make a contribution, but I agree it may not have been something he would have invested in over a longer timeframe.

  • RonMlarkey

    I have not seen much from him to jump to the conclusion that “he is now a player” yes hypothetically he can “score, rebound and defend” but does not do any of those at a high level. Going forward a player of this talent level would not be under scholarship for the Hoosiers however this year he benefits from a roster extremely deficient of big men.

  • StudentHoosier

    I’ve posted this before about Priller, but just thought I would tell it again since this will be his last Player Profile.

    Funny story about Priller:

    Last week I was at my little brother’s dorm helping him out with some finite homework that he had due at midnight (real blast from the past being in dorms again, but hey, didn’t mind seeing some of those McNutt girls). Anyways, as I’m leaving, I look out my window and see Tim Priller, alone on the outdoor courts across from Briscoe, doing ball handling drills. Keep in mind that this was at about 11:30 PM, probably mid 50’s at best outside, and Priller is putting in some extra work. Now I know he’s not gonna be Archie’s first guy off the bench, or even his 3rd or 4th. But when his name is called this year, I think he’ll be ready.

  • marcusgresham

    You can pull a redshirt off at any time. You see it happen more frequently in football, where a guy is supposed to sit out the year, but then three or four games in there suddenly aren’t any able bodies at his position.

  • marcusgresham

    You could always apply the flippant comment, “well, he has five fouls to give,” to Priller, but in this instance it’s a fairly accurate one. There aren’t a lot of guys up front, so if a couple of them get in trouble/injured in a game he’s going to have to do his best. You have to figure he’s the 7th option in the frontcourt at this point behind Davis, Moore, Morgan, McSwain, Hartman, and McRoberts, but three of those are probably going to be on the floor together at most times, one of whom is already battling an injury (Hartman,) another of whom has a history of injuries (Morgan,) and another who has a history of picking up fouls (Davis.)

  • Hardwood83

    Great story. I for one hope he gets a chance to make a few real contributions this season. He’s made the most of an unbelievable opportunity and he seems to genuinely appreciate it (as your anecdote confirms). I don’t see any way to fault the guy for that. I’m rooting for him.

  • Outoftheloop

    The Purdue game last season allows me to “jump” to this conclusion. Maybe you should look more carefully.

  • Outoftheloop

    Anytime he and Archie think it would be worth it to “burn” his redshirt year. But probably the redshirt year is the better option.

  • RonMlarkey

    Ah, the one game sample size, classic.

  • Dialogos68

    I’m still trying to figure this guy out…. I know he is raw, but…. IU will need help in the post and at 6-9, Priller would be a huge boost if he can put in a few quality minutes a game…. Especially if (when) Davis is in foul trouble… So…After all of these years, why is Priller still buried so far down the bench? Were his skills that limited when he showed up to the point that they could not be developed? If so, how and why did he get recruited by IU?

  • sarge

    He doesn’t play extended minutes, ever. But he works very hard when he does play and you can never count out his effort. Maybe he isn’t a great option for pt, even as a senior. But there is something to be said about his effort and always being ready to play. Nobody thought he would play against Purdue against Swanigan, but he made the most of the opportunity.

  • sarge

    And frontcourt depth.

  • millzy32

    Why isn’t he inside at the actual practice facility? Don’t they have full time access to the facility? If he’s practicing up for intramurals this is great but he’s an actual IU player. Why not use the facilities?

  • inLinE6

    That’s my first thought too. Cook Hall has been 24/7 to IU players ever since being built. Could this be analogous to camping? People have comfortable beds at home but choose to sleep outside?

  • millzy32

    Could actually be a form of punishment. “I don’t want to see you anywhere including outside without a ball in your hands doing drills” kind of thing. Who knows?

  • TomJameson

    He really wouldn’t lose a year of eligibility. All CBB players get 4 years of eligibility, he would just sort of waste a part of his first year. Say he started playing after half the season, then this half-year of playing still counts as a full year of eligibility. If he plays in the final game of the season, it still means he’s used the first year of eligibility.

    Really don’t think that is going to happen, though. Race will not play, and he will continue his redshirt year, and still have 4 years of eligibility starting in the 2018-19 season.