Archie Miller discusses 2018 recruiting class

  • 11/08/2017 8:07 pm in

Indiana received signed National Letter of Intents from all four of its class of 2018 recruits today – Robert Phinisee, Jerome Hunter, Damezi Anderson and Jake Forrester.

Here’s what first-year coach Archie Miller had to say about the four signees and the class as a whole:

Archie Miller on the Class:

“We are excited to announce our first recruiting class as coaches of the Indiana Hoosiers. This is a group of four young men who we identified right away in the spring as players who not only fit our needs on the basketball court, but also fit the IU community and culture. They are all outstanding kids who come from great families and basketball programs. They truly embody what an IU student-athlete represents.”

“As I have stated many times, the players, coaches and programs of the state of Indiana are of utmost importance to our staff and program. We were able to sign two players from parts of the state that it’s been several years since someone from that area became a Hoosier. We signed a player we have been watching for almost three years that we believe is the best player in the state of Ohio. We also went to the state of Pennsylvania to get a player who has tremendous upside and gets better and better by the day.”

“We feel this class will lay the foundation for future Hoosiers for years to come and be building blocks for future great Indiana basketball teams.”

Miller on Anderson:

“Damezi is an excellent addition to our program. He is a big wing who has a knack for scoring the basketball. His ability to shoot the basketball with great range has stood out from the first time I watched him play. Damezi and his family are very excited that he is the first scholarship basketball player from South Bend that has signed with IU in almost 45 years.”

Miller on Forrester:

“Jake is a versatile front court player who has only scratched the surface of his basketball ability. He has a tremendous work ethic and seems to improve daily. He comes from a basketball family and is coached by Seth Berger at Westtown School, which has produced many high-level college basketball players. Jake can play multiple positions on offense and guard multiple positions on defense. His best basketball is ahead of him and the sky is the limit for who he can become as a player.”

Miller on Hunter:

“I have known Jerome and his family since his sophomore year of high school. I have watched him grow as a player and person. He is an extremely versatile wing who has great size for his position. He loves being in the gym and is constantly looking for ways to improve. Jerome’s ability to play both on the perimeter and inside will make him a great addition to our team.”

Miller on Phinisee:

“Rob is a name that came up on my first day on the job. We immediately identified him as a priority and began developing a relationship with him and his family. Rob is a throwback point guard who cares only about running the team and winning. His teammates love playing with him and he makes the game easier for everyone around him. We are proud that Rob is the first scholarship basketball player to play for Indiana from Lafayette in almost 70 years.”

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  • HoosierMitch

    Welcome to IU. I look forward to seeing you guys in candy stripes this time next year. Have great senior years and stay healthy.

  • Ole Man

    Great class to start Archie’s time at IU!

  • pcantidote

    Winning in Lafayette (LOL at Purdue) and South Bend are huge statements. Inside out 2.0 is working!

  • bleeding crimson

    I love all of these recruits, as one said the will be the “foundation movement” with one more to add (please Lord). Ranked Top 12 first year in his first Month, not bad. I think I like what he said the best “As I have stated many times, the players, coaches and programs of the state of Indiana are of utmost importance to our staff and program.” That alone speaks volumes on how our future recruiting will be.

  • Tommy Morrsion

    That video was great. Love the increased social media presence of IUBB. Branding is huge today, especially if you want to be a national brand (Duke/UK). And branding does make a difference to recruits. Small detail in running a program, but Archie stressing IUBB’s brand is bigger then it may seem.

  • inLinE6

    Albeit no 5-star signs with us yet, being able to recruit at Lafayette and South Bend is tremendous.

  • Speed

    If this class is a preview of years to come the ceiling for Hoosier basketball is extremely high!

  • Donnie Vick

    The Irish and the Boilers have officially been put on notice. There’s a new sheriff in town!

  • Donnie Vick

    Vol. I–is that a hint?

  • VOXAC30

    I’m very excited about all these kids but I am probably most excited about Robert Phinisee he reminds me of Avery Johnson if anyone remembers him. Avery was a leader and he was intense. I’m excited about this year as well and I cannot wait for the season to start. All these kids are studs and I’m excited about all of them.

    I think we get both Romeo and Darius Garland… I mean I have given up YouTube, 247Sports, and Facebook (except happy birthdays) as a tribute to the recruiting God’s. Guys….. we have to will this to happen like Carlton Fisk did in Game 6. I Know the reds took game 7 but still will it to happen.

  • PalmettoHoosier

    So let me get this straight, his first recruiting class he cherry picks two players out of ND and PU’s backyard, has a kid from his former state he was “grooming” for his system, plus one from Penn who sounds like an under rated hella motivated type? And there is still a shot at a 5 star? Damn, this guy is good! Maybe it’s been the football hangover that has kept me from getting over the moon about our basketball team but thank god it’s November!!!

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  • sd chuck

    What a great group for his first class!

  • unclekerfuffle

    Welcome to the Hoosier family. Continue to make us proud.

  • Arch Puddington

    “We are proud that Rob is the first scholarship basketball player to play for Indiana from Lafayette in almost 70 years.”

    Like a lovely sonata…..

  • HoosierEconomist

    More like ND, PU, AND OSU’s living room.

  • Meadows007

    Was Crean not going after South Bend, was he not landing any of them, or was there not that much talent from South Bend the past few years? Just curious

  • Donnie Vick

    That stinks!

  • Oldguyy

    Wasn’t just Crean, it was all the coaches back to Knight’s early days after Laz and Aber went down there. Not sure how many IU-level talents there were in that area over the years, though.

  • N71

    Demetrius Jackson was solid, went to Notre Dame. Crean couldn’t even hold down Indianapolis…South Bend, the region, and Ft. Wayne were out of the question. Northern Indiana was even difficult for Knight to be fair.

  • david r

    I’m actually most excited about future classes. I know Indiana high schools will continue to produce 4 and 5 star players. And I have complete confidence that Archie will get the next Gary Harris, Trey Lyles, or Mike Conley, to name a few guys we missed on.

  • Doug Wilson

    I am a Hoosier fan who grew up in the Greater Lafayette area. I can not wait to hear player introductions from Mackey Arena 2019 and beyond Arch. the Robert Phinisee signing is huge in my books

  • John

    AM recruited like the last successful coach from Ohio that led the Hoosiers for 29 years. Recruit great offensive players. Teach them defense. Make them play defense. Value each possession. Do that and you will play valuable minutes. If not AOB. Knight had a saying in his locker room: Victory goes to the team that makes the fewest mistakes. Looks like AM feels the same way. Ready for Friday

  • Bankshot

    Steve Alford and Kent Benson played at New Castle! Dan Dakitch played at Merrilville !

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    like what i hear about these kids, and refreshing to have a coach who recruits to his system. solid class already, now we just need one or two cherries on top. what’s up!

  • Ross Smith

    Dakich played at Andrean…in Merrillville 🙂

  • Koko

    Well done coach….keep it going……tomorrow begins an era.

  • StudentHoosier

    Just a note on Forrester for those without Twitter. A random IUBB fan tweeted that Jake Forrester was “the most underrated member” of the class, or something along those lines. And Forrester actually responded… with three words….

    “Let them sleep.”

  • Outoftheloop

    I think (hope) that Jake will be 6’10 by November 2018! He is a talent!

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    And don’t forget about Race!

  • Bankshot

    Hey Thanks! My point was that coach Knight recruited northern Indiana. Booby Wilkerson played at Anderson, I don’t know which high school! Crean, on the other hand, created disdain with Indiana high school coaches!

  • Doug Wilson

    “He’s a 6’1 Guard from Lafayette,INDIANA. Robert Phinisee!” and the crowd boos. Matt Painter has been passed up by IU again. First Booby Knight wouldn’t recruit him. Now he looses the best point guard in years to come from Lafayette. To where? that is right Arch, INDIANA!

  • John D Murphy

    Don’t forget race was from Minnesota and the gophers they had him locked

  • VOXAC30

    Amen John …. That was unbelievable!