That’s A Wrap: Tim Priller

  • 04/03/2018 11:19 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2017-2018 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Tim Priller.

Priller (4 games): 0.3 points, 0.5 rebounds, 50 FT% in 1 minute per game.

An Indiana fan favorite from almost the first moment he stepped out on the Assembly Hall floor, Tim Priller’s Hoosier career is now in the books.

In April of 2014, Tom Crean took a chance on Priller, a two-star forward. The list of other schools interested in Priller’s services was far from spectacular – Incarnate Word, University of Illinois Chicago and Old Dominion – but Crean saw something in the lanky Texan and offered him a scholarship.

Priller played sparingly in his three years under Crean, logging 67 total minutes over 31 games. Other than a rare opportunity here or there when several of Indiana’s bigs were in foul trouble, Priller only saw minutes in garbage time. His career-high in minutes played came in his first game when he saw nine minutes of action in a blowout victory over Mississippi Valley State.

When Archie Miller took over the program, “Priller Time” decreased further. With Indiana facing a tougher out of conference schedule that left them on the winning side of fewer blowouts, Priller recorded career-lows in games (4), minutes (4) and points (1). Priller’s lone point scored in his senior year came as a result of a free throw in the final minute of a rout over Minnesota.

Bottom line: Priller’s role primarily came in practice, where he challenged his teammates in scrimmages. In the fleeting moments where he did see playing time, fans had their eyes transfixed on the court as they anticipated his every move. Even when it was something as small as setting a screen in the final minute of a 20-point game, fans would cheer as if he dunked over a 7-footer.

Quotable: “My freshman year I went in at the end of the game and hit a three, but it was a little long and hit the backboard, but went in though. I got a steal and after that, I was trending on Twitter and ever since then, it’s just been a thing, I guess. I don’t know.” Priller, on Inside IU Basketball in February, on how he earned his cult-like status

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  • coachv

    especially if you get a few drinks in me

  • coachv

    i don’t know when or why people started pluralizing “effort” but now priller has multiple personalities? yikes

  • coachv

    because i declared myself king of this realm

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    I use everyone loosely.

  • coachv

    upon reconsideration, you have convinced me to change my mind. now if miller can just recruit 12 more tim prillers we can finally compete for a national championship

  • Guyton25

    I don’t want to taper my optimism anymore because I believe in Archie’s IU, so I’m really getting my hopes up on Ryan Taylor and Romeo Langford being in our backcourt next season. I really think we can make some noise with them paired with the frontcourt studs of Morgan and Davis and then Mr. Intangibles McRoberts at the 3 spot.

  • Fifer39

    I think you’re hypotheses here is flawed. You seem to suggest that a D1 scholarship is justified if there isn’t anything better available and if it doesn’t put someone better off coming. I disagree. If in 4 years you’re not going to contribute any more than a few minutes in trash time then I’m not sure it’s worth it. I think even Archie has talked about playing with fewer schollys if necessary as he did at Dayton. Nothing against TP – he did what could be expected of him and clearly he showed the right attitude. But one question…if he was available tomorrow, would Archie sign him?

  • Fifer39

    For McRoberts even to get a mention in that starting line up is incredible. If his stock is that high then he needs to get one of the 2 schollys remaining even if he couldn’t get one for the second half of the season just gone.

  • Molon Labe

    It was embarrassing to have a four year scholarship player treated by the fans like he was a walk on. Especially at IU. It really was not much better than the bench mob at Nebraska. Every time he got in a game it was like he was a sideshow act.
    By the way. I appreciate the classiness of your second sentence, but we have all come to expect that from you by now.

  • Tenacious Newt

    The Hamilton Heights homeland had no business EVER getting an IU scholarship either. Leave the kid alone. This is why rolling out REM in the winter and snaking an Atlanta recruit or two will suffice in Athens.

  • Guyton25

    Maybe he won’t get the starting role right off the bat, but maybe he will. I think he should have it though.

  • coachv

    in a pig’s eye

  • coachv

    or is it “in a pigsty”?

  • Outoftheloop

    You can only bring what you are, 100% of the time. No one ever questioned Tim’s effort or desire! Have a great life Tim!

  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly!

  • Outoftheloop

    I loved Erik!

  • Greg M. Bailey

    That was uncalled for Tony. You are completely out of line. Your comments are over the line a lot of times. Just because someone does not have the same opinion as you does not mean you can demean them.

  • Ole Man

    Greg, his original post was demeaning to Priller. Yet, you have no problem with that.
    I called out his post.
    Then his next post continues to demean Priller.
    Also, he moved into PERSONAL attack mode, not I.
    Again, you have no problem with that.

    My comments are mild for the internet.
    I did not “demean” him, as you call it. I responded in kind when he called me classless.
    You seem like a nice guy.
    I think you’re mistaken in this instance.
    When I’ve been wrong or truly “over the line” in the past, I’ve apologized for it.
    I’ve never seen that come back toward me; just little boys throwing mud at me in the playground, so to speak.
    But you don’t hear me whining about it.

    So, Peace Out.