A look at how Indiana recruiting targets have performed on the adidas Gauntlet circuit

  • 05/18/2017 9:20 am in

The new Indiana coaching staff spent a lot of time last month evaluating prospects on the adidas Gauntlet circuit, which features Romeo Langford, Robert Phinisee, Race Thompson, Robby Carmody and many others.

Here’s our spring recap of how each of IU’s recruiting targets in the class of 2018 performed statistically on the Gauntlet circuit through two sessions. The adidas Gauntlet circuit will conclude in July in Spartanburg, South Carolina:

(Special thanks to Open Analytics for several advanced statistics referenced in this story.)

· Robert Phinisee, Indiana Elite (2-6): The McCutcheon point guard, a core Indiana Junior All-Star, played in six of Indiana Elite’s eight games this spring and averaged 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 25 minutes per game.

He’s shooting just 35.7 percent from the field overall, 37.5 percent on 3s and 73.3 percent from the free throw line.

Phinisee is using a team-high 26.9 percent of Indiana Elite’s possession with an effective field goal percentage of 40. His assist rate of 20.4 leads the team. Phinisee has the second best defensive rebounding percentage on Indiana Elite’s roster at 13.5.

· Romeo Langford, Twenty-Two Vision (4-4): Langford, a consensus top five player nationally in the 2018 class, averaged 21.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 28.9 minutes per game this spring.

He’s shooting 43.1 percent from the field overall, 21.7 percent on 3s and 74.2 percent from the free throw line.

His usage rate of 32.6 percent was by far the highest on Twenty-Two Vision and he owns an effective field goal percentage of 47.7. Langford is shooting 58.7 percent on 2s, but over 42 percent of his shot attempts came from behind the 3-point line.

He did a terrific job of drawing fouls with a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 56.9 percent.

· Race Thompson, D1 Minnesota (5-3): Thompson recently added a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers after averaging 14.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 26.8 minutes per game this spring on the Gauntlet circuit.

Thompson is shooting 51.2 percent from the field and owns an effective field goal percentage of 54.2. His offensive rebounding percentage of 8.4 is the best on D1 Minnesota’s roster and he also leads the team in defensive rebounding percentage at 17.6.

He also owns a strong block percentage (3.8) and has a turnover percentage of just 11. Through two Gauntlet sessions, efficiency has been a staple of Thompson’s game.

· Robby Carmody, Ohio Basketball Club (2-6): OBC is just 2-6, but Carmody has played well with averages of 19.6 points and five rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game.

Carmody is shooting 44.1 percent overall from the field, 35.5 percent on 3s and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. He’s using 29.5 percent of OBC’s possessions and owns an effective field goal percentage of 57.6.

He’s also been solid on the defensive glass (13.7 DR%) and owns a steal percentage of 3.3. Known as a shooting, it shouldn’t be surprising that 58 percent of Carmody’s field goal attempts on the circuit have been 3-pointers.

· Luguentz Dort, Brookwood Elite (5-3): Dort has been a standout through two Gauntlet sessions with averages of 21 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.1 minutes per game. He added an Indiana scholarship offer in early May.

Dort is using a team-high 32.7 percent of possessions for Brookwood Elite and has a very solid 55.1 effective field goal percentage. He also has a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) close to 50 percent and is knocking down close to 70 percent of his attempts from the foul line.

The Canada native is now ranked the No. 12 prospect by 247Sports and is expected to move up significantly in the 247Composite when the other national services update their rankings.

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  • BruceA

    I like all these players, but there’s something about the Carmody kid I really like. Hope we can garner a couple of these kids!

  • We’reAllForYou82

    I was going to post the same thing almost. Race seems like someone I hope they will really be going after too. He’s got the build.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Agreed on Carmody. A previous article talking about how tough he was sold me. That’s been a hole on the roster for a while. I’m already trying to think of nicknames for his. “The Bruiser.” “Elbows” Carmody. “Break-Your-Legs-Breakaway.”

  • We’reAllForYou82

    Ha. I like Elbows. We have a Bruiser I think. Maybe “Bowser”

  • Jim Bradley

    If Romeo can get that 3 point percentage higher, he will be unstoppable at this level

  • SCHoosier

    Good stuff Alex…nice of you to “feed the famished” this time of year with a b-ball info meal! Luguentz Dort?? Sounds like a diagnosis from your friendly dermatologist!?
    This kid a big or wing or what?

  • SCHoosier

    Maybe “razor” (Cliff) Moore given his thin physique?

  • Hardwood83

    A lot to like from each of these kids. I really hope IU is able to land a center for ’18. Not sure Thompson qualifies. I’m not a fan of ‘small-ball’ and only having one Post player on the roster makes me nervous. I never again want to be in the position where Colin Hartman has to start at Center (even if we did thump Maryland with that lineup!)

  • N71

    Does anyone have a feel/inside track on who and when our first ’18 commitment will be?

  • iugradmark

    I am also curious to see which assistant coach brings in the first recruit.

  • John D Murphy

    His name is hyperlinked to his profile in the recruiting page. 6-4 guard.

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    Good material, Alex & Open Analytics.

    My non-data driven goals for IU’s class of 18:

    1) Romeo Langford
    2) Darius Garland
    3) Cole Swider
    4) Musa Jallow
    5) Robby Carmody
    6) Race Thompson

    This guard-wing heavy class flies in the face of the roster’s need of a big and Archie’s belief that without a post you are somewhat of a fraud.

    Given Archie’s comments on building Identity first and then Culture, can you imagine some combination of:

    1 year of Romeo Langford
    2-3 years of Darius Garland
    4 years of Swider, Jallow, Carmody, Thompson

  • unclekerfuffle

    For some reason, I suspect that Carmody has a similar attitude about the game as Hulls, Coverdale and Fife.
    The type of player who gets an elbow in the face resulting in a broken nose or a couple of missing teeth and just says with a smile, “That didn’t hurt. Keep me in, coach.”

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    Archie and the IU staff must be pretty high on Dort. Unlike Carmody, he received an offer quickly and unlike Carmody, Dort doesn’t have a background with Archie and the Miller family.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    seems like a nice mix of 1, 2, and 34 year players. heard some good stuff about RT, about him being a tough kid, and not being afraid of contact. that’s the type of player i want to see CM go after.

  • John D Murphy

    Let’s not start on the oversigned stuff again. We have 5 spots. 5.

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    True. Five is firm. Throw an asterisk up there that I will take a combination of those five.

  • SCHoosier

    Thanks..he looks a bit like the Alkins kid.

  • SilentBob

    I was about to say the same thing lol. Both in his face and build. Have real similar games too, but Alkins is the better athlete.

  • John D Murphy

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we even leave one on the table since the next class is JM only at this point (+1 if we get Romeo). Or maybe fill the spot with a one year grad t’fer. I think our classes will become more balanced under Archie and he has a much longer runway to put together a ’19 class that is laden with talent. I don’t think he will just fill the spots like TC did a couple of times.

  • John D Murphy

    Rawle may never be a star in the NBA but he will be there for a long while.

  • iugradmark

    I think the post / fraud quote was attributed to Calipari by Bruiser.

  • Outoftheloop

    Collin, Josh, Freddie, Rob, Tim, that equals 5. 3 from 2017; 4 from 2016; plus Juwan, that equals 8. 5+8=13. All neat and tidy. So for 2018 I expect 3 or 4, plus a late 1 for any transfers, NBA moves, etc. that actually happen.

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes we need to “get in” on a true 5 for 2018. But there is time (not much)!

  • IU Cal 1809

    Guys I really want Carmody in the candy strips!!!

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    Yep. The calculus gets interesting in light of ’19 and the tighter numbers. You might be onto something too in light of Archie reportedly running a shorter bench with a 7-8 man rotation.

    There would be a potential benefit in keeping a slot open.

    If we are unable to land Romeo or Garland, it would be interesting to see what combination we could land that would create balance while still keeping an eye toward ’19. Who would your Big Three be outside of Garland, Romeo?

    I’d go with 1) Phinesse 2) Jallow 3) Swider

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice list.

  • Jolene Smythe

    Interesting you only list white players. DJ and Victor were tough SOBs too. The masked racism on these comments are cracking me up. All take Dort all day over Carmody- what the hell are you guys watching? Clearly the much better talent

  • Jolene Smythe


  • Jolene Smythe

    I’ll take the other kids over Carmody, but I know how some of you only want a team of white guys….smh

  • Jolene Smythe

    Get Race in shape and he’ll be a beast

  • Jolene Smythe

    Well he’s a much better player so that makes sense. Dort is future NBA, Carmody probably not

  • Jolene Smythe

    Why him over the other guys? He’s solid, but not nearly as talented as some other guys were on

  • HoosierMumma

    I don’t want to derail the thread, but I’m so glad somebody finally mentioned this. I’ve talked about it privately for a while, but there seems to be an attitude on most college sports forums that white players are tough workhorses with high basketball IQ, and black players are just athletic talents who are often too lazy to reach their full potential.

  • TomJameson

    You are so far off base. I don’t know what you’re reacting to, but your comments are completely out of line, and probably need to be deleted by the monitors.

  • TomJameson

    I’ve been on this forum for a long time and I haven’t seen that attitude at all. Seems to me that you’re expressing a personal thought and trying to garner a little agreement for such a horrible attitude.

    Really, moderators please, Can this line be cleaned up a bit?

  • TomJameson

    Be that as it may, to build a good team for the long run, they need really good, solid, four-year guys for the continuity aspect. That’s why Collin and RJ are going to be so valuable to this team this season. Carmody will be a team leader down the line for some team, hope it can be for IU.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Really? You came to the conclusion that I, and apparently everyone else in the state, must be
    , in some form or fashion
    , racist based on my listing of GUARDS who were known for playing through injury.

    I apologize to your sensitivities for my obvious slight to players who play/played in other positions and have/had reputations for playing through injury such as Mogan, Cheaney, Henderson, et al. I would include Hartman and Evans on the list but that might only serve to diminish your already low opinion of me.

    Again, I apologize if my post offended you.

    Have a good day.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Why cause I like his game! And I don’t think he is even close to his ceiling. Don’t get me wrong I would be happy with any of the above. But I enjoy the 4 year basketball player and today’s college game it seem to be frowned about if u are.

  • John D Murphy

    I don’t have a strong opinion on who (I know people are shocked I don’t have a strong opinion on something). I’ll trust Archie.

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    There are two types of people in the world, John. Those who make strong, hyperbolic statements and generalizations and those who don’t.

    In Archie We Trust…

  • John D Murphy

    I normally fall into the first camp. It’s a character flaw that I generally enjoy in myself. But today seems to be my monthly days of self-deprecation.

  • BruceA

    Nothing to do with color Jolene…just like the way he plays.


    Don’t give people like that one a second thought. Those of us that have been reading your comments over the years know you aren’t racist. I always read your comments and have heard your opinion on a whole lot of topics and have never sensed even a tinge of racism. I guess if you are, then I am as well cause I have more often than not agreed with them. lol

  • unclekerfuffle

    Thanks, Mike. The comment hurt but I too have a reputation for playing through injuries. I’ll get over it.

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  • marcusgresham

    Demolition Car-mody