• BannerOrBust

    Seems to me, Indiana is really putting the full-court press on this kid… I hope it pays off.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Is it just me, or does this compilation tend to show RP as a “shoot first” type of point guard?

    Not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing. I would be curious to read some comments from people who have seen him play a few times in regards to his passing and assists

    He still seems to be the guy we want for the long haul. A while back someone mentioned that a potential 3-4 year point guard is very important to establishing a system. That makes sense to me.

    Also, I get the impression that he WANTS to be a Hoosier–that’s a big deal as well.

  • N71

    Every snip but the last is of him scoring, which he goes onto in that as well, so perhaps the video should be labeled “Robert scoring” versus highlights. The things and timing that go behind “committing” are beyond me. I’m not sure what he’s waiting for. I suppose a feature first thing Monday morning by ITH is a good sign though.

  • marcusgresham

    Um, that’s “shoot only.”
    I’m sure he’s a great passer, he just didn’t do it in any of these clips. He seemed to go left almost every time, but then again, the people guarding him basically gave him an unimpeded lane to the basket that way.

  • BruceA

    For a right handed shooter, he goes to his left really well. I like that and like this kid…keep pressing CM!

  • Fivelefts

    I really like this kid.. He seems fundamentally sound.. However, I don’t think he has very much Explosion! During his time as point guard, here at IU.. He’s gonna be playing with very explosive forwards.. He’s gonna need to finish, with more lift! We saw how the B1G refs called fouls in league play, when Yogi drove to the basket.. No love for the little guys.. I think Duke or Carey, is the ideal size.. I’m still all in on AD.. people forget about him.

  • Outoftheloop

    I am “Hoosier” enough to really want Phinisee as our PG at IU for the next 4 years. I believe that Archie will really develop him for his pro career. But Robert must jump at the IU Scholarship now, before the end of August or it might be gone. Drost, Duke, Galen, Carey, not to mention Garland all “out-rank” him in “stars”. When he say yes soon, IU will have only 1 scholarship to offer until Romeo says “yes or no”. And IU has many options now with 2 scholarships to offer with visits on the calendar.

  • Outoftheloop

    If he really “wants” to play for IU, why wait, grab the scholarship now? It may not be there latter on.

  • Brian Goodman

    Like others have said I think this is just mostly a short highlight video of him scoring. Keep in mind he averaged 22 7 and 6 last year, so he’s really just an all around guy. A PG like him who does it all is someone who I am very glad we’re prioritizing, especially because we lose 5 seniors this year and will need a little bit of everything (and more) to replace them.

  • MGDC

    I see a player who seemed very much under control, who was able to get the ball up against bigger players with ease. I didn’t see a lack of explosion at all. I remember watching Isaiah Thomas just about every day the Summer before his sophomore season scrimmagging against his teammates at AH. He always played under great control, not having to use his explosiveness to get by guys. I’m not saying Robert is remotely at Zeek’s level, but he sure seemed in total control of his game and the action on the court. I think he’s going to be a helluva player. Gets in the lane with either hand and finishes beautifully.

  • SCHoosier

    Didn’t see much of his handle or passing prowess..but the kid can really get to the hole. Has a nice jumper . Deserves his status as a Hoosier “Most wanted.” IMO

  • Matt Humphrey

    Wow, very impressive finisher around the rim. Reminds me of Melo Trimble in some ways – crafty, good finisher, good jumper, good with the ball, but not super explosive yet. I would LOVE for him to end up at IU.

  • Milton H. Williams

    I’ll except your assessment! I really like his game.. Haven’t seen him live..

  • VOXAC30

    The angles in which he gets to the rack helps him because he doesn’t have a quick first step and he really knows how to protect the ball with his body.

  • IU-Buckets!!

    This kid may be undervalued, but I GUARANTEE he has a hoosier heart and work ethic. This kid will be special.

  • As a lefty, first thing I realized. It wasn’t till half way through the clip when he shot a jumper and I was sure he was a right.
    The ability to finish with both hands, including the body control and knack for “english” even with his off hand is impressive.

    He’s slithery, crafty, controlled, and ambidextrous. Worst case is a super sub/4 year stud as it stands.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Those numbers are definitely encouraging.


    It’s good to see him finishing in contact. He also is making some great decisions to slash when the lane is open. He is fearless in transition. I would have liked to see more evidence of his half court leadership and his distribution. Lots of players are athletic and can slash, but IU needs a floor general. it is very possible he has those skills, but its just not showing up in this edit.

  • With Race Thompson reclassifying to 2017, I believe we have three scholarships for 2018.

  • On top of it all, he’s slipped back into the top 100. So, if we land him, then Archie’s first four recruits will be top 100 four stars, two from the state.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Do you think we land him?

  • I think there’s a really good chance. I hope so — some folks want Garland, but I think that’s much less likely and part of me thinks Phinisee would be the better long-term prospect.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Ya I’m not that big of a fan of Garland. I’m with you with long-term with Phinisee. But if he wasn’t from Indiana would we be as high on him?

  • That’s a great question, and I don’t have an answer. I know there are some other point guards we’re looking at beyond those two, and I admit that I don’t know much about them. So as far as I’m concerned, that kind of answers your question. That said, I think the fact that he’s from Indiana and so we are familiar with him isn’t nothing in this context.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Don’t get me wrong Phinisee is right up there with Romeo for my wish list. Cause both are from Indiana and if Miller shows great with these new recruits he may very well close the border for future classes.

  • If we were to land both Romeo and Phinisee, then we’d have the #1, #3, and #4 best players in the state from the 2018 class. Then if we landed Brooks in 2019, that would be the #1 players in the state, both five-stars, two years in a row — and both top five players in the country. That would be remarkable.

    I’m not saying it will happen, but it’s certainly possible. At the beginning of March, I would never have imagined anything like it.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Ya definitely exciting times to be IU fan. It seems like Miller is working his plan to T. I really can’t wait to see what he does with this team. This team is going to surprise people and I think that’s what’s going help to sale Romeo on jumping on bored.

  • I’m trying to be realistic, but I’m incredibly impressed with everything Archie is doing so far. And it shouldn’t really be a surprise when you consider his pedigree and experience — I think it’s kind of exciting to experience it when it’s your school’s new coach and you’re smack dab in the middle of the whole thing as a fan.

  • BruceA

    Didn’t mention it in my initial post but I thought he was left handed as well.

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes, but 1 saved for Romeo for the spring.

  • So, yes, to be precise: right now we have three scholarships available. One to Phinisee would leave two, and then one to Romeo would leave one remaining. That could either go to someone else in the 2018 class or be held for 2019, which will be a very stacked class.

  • Hooriers76

    Just read ESPN article saying that it would be nice to have Romeo, but Miller doesn’t have to get him… My thinking is that if it’s that hard for an in-state kid to want to play for IU, then let him go elsewhere. I’d rather have a kid who may be a little less talented, but has great potential, who grew up dreaming of playing at IU anyday, than a likely one-and-done that has to narrow it down to 7 schools this summer and then take months to decide on one from that list. It’s obvious that IU was never a dream destination for him. I’d rather see CAM and staff focus on players who really want to be wearing the candy stripes, who have the burning desire to be a Hoosier, and get them signed up!!! GO HOOSIERS!!!