6-foot-9 Tim Priller becomes fifth member of Indiana’s 2014 recruiting class

  • 04/26/2014 9:38 pm in

Indiana picked up its fifth commitment of the 2014 recruiting class Saturday evening, as 6-foot-9, 200-pound Richland (Texas) forward Tim Priller announced his commitment to the Hoosiers via his Twitter account.

According to his high school coach, Richard Bacon, Indiana became involved in Priller’s recruitment just after this year’s Final Four, when associate head coach Tim Buckley saw Priller play. After being under-recruited during the fall recruiting period, he chose to stay unsigned rather than committing to a mid-major college.

This past week, Indiana coach Tom Crean and assistant Steve McClain went to Texas and saw Priller, as well, and extended a scholarship offer.

Priller chose Indiana over interest from TCU, Arkansas, Miami, Texas Tech, Drexel, Illinois, Colgate, UT-Arlington and Illinois-Chicago, according to Bacon.

But when the Hoosiers extended their offer, “it was hard for me to get Tim to think about anybody else.” Priller, a stretch-four, was born in Dyer, Indiana. Even without visiting Bloomington, it was a done deal from the start, according to Bacon.

“When Indiana started showing interest, he flat out told me, ‘Coach, if Indiana offers me, I’m going to take that right now,'” Bacon said. “I was like, OK.”

Bacon also described Priller as someone who “can score from any place on the floor.” He shot 51 percent on 3-pointers and had the second-most attempts on his team. He shot 48 percent from the floor, overall. He was their best free throw shooter, shooting 78 percent from the line and was also their technical-foul shooter. And on top of that, he was also the target for Richland’s game-ending plays.

“But he’s got to get a little stronger, and he knows that,” Bacon said. “Like I told coach Crean, they’re going to appreciate more, and the fans of Indiana are going to appreciate him more and more the more they see the kid. The more they’re around him, the more they’ll say ‘Wow, I didn’t know he could make that shot,’ or ‘Wow, I didn’t know he could do this.’

“He’s been doing this for quite a while.”

At 6-foot-9, Priller is seven inches taller than he was his freshman year of high school, and Bacon said he would not be surprised if he grew more. He will also be playing in Dallas this upcoming Thursday for the DFW East/West All-Star Game.

Priller now joins James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Max Hoetzel and Jeremiah April as members of Indiana’s 2014 recruiting class.

(Photo credit: TexasHoopsGASO on Twitter)

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  • Kenneth234

    You are insane, just look at all 10,000 of your posts! That is all that needs to be done to witness your negativity about everything that has to do with Indiana basketball in current times. And who is making personal attacks Silly?

  • oldiugymnast

    Thank you- It seems a lot of our fans think we have a coach that plays a very traditional low post motion offense rather than the modified dribble drive that he actually runs.

  • KmanCRK

    At a minimum, the 10th practice position. Until this kid, we had 9 guys for practice including April. Not very easy to get better without able bodies for practice. I am not counting on Hartman coming back next year at all. I fully expect a red shirt season for him.

  • Bryce Kepner

    No I understand were you are coming from. But let’s be even more real..Peter Jurkin will never see significant minutes and most likely Hartman never will either. I think Priller and April could be an upgrade over both of them. Either way I think that these two signings won’t prevent us from getting anyone in 2015. If a talented played from 2015 wants to come to Indiana, Crean will make room and make it happen.

  • Ole Man

    I see what you’re sayin’, but politely disagree. I think of a stretch four being more like a Watford–someone who can get inside and bang a little and rebound some.
    Not sure the kid fits that description. But, we shall see 🙂 Anticipation!

  • tommyo

    I am not sure either. But watson wasn`t the biggest strongest guy. He did it with effort. Lets hope this guys a hustler. Thats also something the team needs. I will stay positive and we`ll see. You may be correct.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Glad to have you Tim. As long as you leave it all on the court you will always have my support. Can’t wait for November.

  • Ole Man

    Tryin’ to stay positive, so thanks for the push in that direction 🙂

  • Ole Man

    You obviously are only here to complain about other posters.
    IF you had been reading these blogs carefully, you would see that I have been a huge proponent of Gant since it was mentioned that he may decommitt from MO.

  • Dee McDonald

    It’s also more important to recruits that IU (Tom Crean) has had 2 big men in each of the last 2 years get drafted Top10 in the NBA draft. While I agree that they haven’t been developed enough, you can’t argue with the results. If that’s not attractive to recruits, then what is?

  • Ole Man

    No; the sad thing is that you have to troll to get attention.

  • iudawg

    When he sinks a 3 we can call it Prillah Scrillah!

  • Ole Man

    A stable program which is constantly in the dance and generally mentioned as a current blueblood 🙂

  • Dee McDonald

    Yeah, I get it. I don’t disagree that we might not be perceived as a blueblood right now. However, we still are a historic blueblood. No one can deny that. You don’t have 5 national titles and not be a blueblood. UCLA hasn’t won in almost 2 decades, even though they’ve been to more Final 4’s in that stretch, and they should never fall out of that conversation. It’s a crappy feeling to be talking about this though…I can tell you that much.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Uh oh I think someone forgot to tell Michigan that “this is the Big Ten”. They just signed 2014 SG Aubrey Dawkins. 2 star and ranked 321st. He only had offers from Rhode Island, Bucknell, Cal Poly, College of Charleston, and South Alabama. HAHAHA

  • Ole Man

    Amen on that feeling! Hopefully, we’ll be joining the present rather than the past in a couple of years!

  • CreanFaithful

    This I can vouch for… Ole Man won’t shut up about Grant. LOL! I’d be all for him, but he has yet to ask for his release and that doesn’t seem promising…

  • tommyo

    Doubting Beilein. Not a good idea.

  • CreanFaithful

    I’m not sure it is a good idea to doubt ANY coach in the B1G. We have a lot of guys I have tremendous respect for…

  • Ole Man

    Love it, CF!! LOL!

  • Ole Man

    How does that relate to IU and CTC?
    Answer: it doesn’t.

  • Bryce Kepner


  • Bryce Kepner

    I was joking. Just the fact that so many people on here made it seem like we committed some basketball sin by signing someone ranked in the 300s that only had offers from small school, when it happens with all teams in the Big Ten.

  • tommyo

    Sorry. Sarcasm is hard to measure online.

  • ForeverIU

    Gant, not Grant, LOL!

  • ForeverIU

    Kim Anderson’s been hired. Do you think Gant and Fuller stay or leave?

  • HoosierGrampy

    I neither said nor implied that we should compete w/Colgate for recruits. You took issue w/a comment from “Loop” regarding Colgate/Bucknell’s appearances in the NCAAs, and I simply replied to your remark. That’s it.

  • William Hagenmaier

    you must be a purdue troll

  • millzy32

    I hope you are right and so does Crean. His job will be depending on some of this under recruited talent turning into future Oladipo’s of the world. Go Hoosiers.