Archie Miller talks four-star forward Race Thompson

  • 08/23/2017 7:20 pm in

Robbinsdale Armstrong (Minn.) forward Race Thompson, Archie Miller’s first recruit at Indiana, is enrolled and began classes this week in Bloomington.

On Wednesday evening, Indiana released Miller’s first public comments on Thompson, who will redshirt next season.

“We are really excited to have Race join us this fall,” Miller said in the release. “It took a tremendous amount of trust from he and his family to graduate and allow our staff to get to work with him for this year as he gets acclimated to college life.

“He will thrive as he trains and gets ahead of the curve a year from now and be ready to contribute. Race is a great fit for Bloomington, IU and Hoosier basketball.”

Thompson, who averaged 19.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last season at Robbinsdale Armstrong, will wear No. 25 for the Hoosiers.

The 6-foot-8 forward finished at No. 101 in the 247Composite for the class of 2017.

Walk-on, staff addition announced

Indiana also announced the addition of freshman walk-on Ethan Lasko on Wednesday evening.

Lasko, a 6-foot-2, 171 pound guard from Hollywood (Fla.), averaged 25.6 points per game as a senior at Katz Yeshiva High School. According to University Press, Lasko had a scholarship offer from Florida Atlantic.

The complete roster for the 2017-18 season is available here.

IU also announced the addition of Drew Gladstone as a graduate manager.

Here’s the full bio on Gladstone from the IU release:

The Greenwich, Conn., native will pursue a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

He comes to IU after spending the last three years as Head Boys Varsity Coach at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn., from 2014-2017. While at SLS, led team to a 64-12 record, two Fairchester League Championships, two New England Class C Championships and was also named New England Class C Coach of the Year twice. He spent the 2011-12 season as a special assistant at Manhattan College and was part of a program that earned its first post season appearance in six years (CIT). He also Co-Founded High Rise Basketball in 2011, a player development program that runs camps, clinics, training programs, etc. based in Fairfield County, Conn.

He graduated in 2009 from DePaul where he played for Jerry Wainwright before his career ended due to a knee injury. He also played at Cardozo High School in Queens, NY for legendary NYC coach, Ron Naclerio.

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  • gr8iufan

    Man, even the graduate manager can coach.

  • Outoftheloop

    I love the plan that Race and Archie have developed! Welcome to the Candy-Stripes Big Race!

  • Fla Hoosier

    What happened to Zach McRoberts? I see he is not one of the four walk ons.

  • TomJameson

    He was on the roster … follow the complete roster link.

  • Yep, as Tom says, here’s there as one of the FIVE walk-ons. Wow.

  • Dallas

    What about James Blackman’s brother? I thought he was a walk on too.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t kid yourself man. His coaching acumen is why he was hired. Pretty sure he’ll be helping coach up the kids in one way or another. Archie really is building a very good coaching team and can probably be counted as one of the best in CBB. Would be interesting to see how coaching staffs are ranked. Probably can’t do that until they play a game or two though. lol

  • TomJameson

    There are five walk-ons;
    Quentin Taylor — JR — 6’2″ guard
    Johnny Jager — RS SO — 6’0″ guard
    Ethan Lasco — FR — 6’2″ guard
    Zack McRoberts — RS JR — 6’6″ forward
    Vijay Blackmon — SO — 6’2″ guard — may have to sit out a year, not sure of that.

    We all know how good Zack is, and have a hint about Ethan and Vijay. I believe that these three are also preferred walk-ons as well. Seems like they are a cut above and will likely get minutes at some time or another. Pretty sure that Zack will, and time will tell about the other two.

    Overall though, a pretty good group of walk-ons. Wouldn’t want to play them in a pick-up game. 🙂

  • Brent Kado

    Not up on other programs walk-ons but this has to be a top 3 group, if not #1. The players history and pedigree alone…

  • Kwang

    Zach would start for many Div 1 schools.
    Maybe even most Div 1 schools.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree. RT was a top 100 (I think 77 in class of 2018). A redshirt year at IU will, in opinion, elevate RT to an equivalent to a top 25 for the class of 2018. That makes for a HUGE get in 2018 compared to a really nice get in 2018.