Those looking for a look inside Indiana basketball’s offseason workouts have gotten several glimpses this offseason.
Just this week, two different videos were shared that showed a sandpit workout as well as workouts in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and Cook Hall. We’ve embedded both below:
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) July 12, 2018
In addition, an update video showing De’Ron Davis back on the court was shared:
First July evaluation period continues through Sunday
The first of three July evaluation periods continued on Thursday with the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) finals at the Peach Jam continuing to draw a plethora of coaches from around the country.
Eric Bossi of Rivals.com is publishing a daily blog from the event and mentioned on Thursday that Archie Miller watched both Meanstreets (Brandon Newman, Armaan Franklin) as well as Drive Nation (Jahmius Ramsey).
In addition, Jordan Wells of TheHoosier.com captured this photo of Miller, Tom Ostrom and Ed Schilling sitting courtside for the Indy Heat-Bluff City Legends game on Thursday night.
— Jordan Wells (@JWellsTH) July 13, 2018
At just 1-2 through its first three games of the Peach Jam, Indy Heat looks to be a long shot to advance beyond pool play in the Peach Jam.
Things are likely to become a bit more spread out on Friday for the Indiana coaching staff as the adidas Gauntlet Finale gets into full swing in New York. The D1 Minnesota (17u) team and Indiana Elite (16u) team both play their first games in New York today.
Two other events drawing coaches around the country include the Under Armour Finale near Atlanta and the NY2LA Next Level Invitational in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Jeffries candid in comments regarding Miller, Crean
The standout of Indiana’s 2002 national runner-up team, Jared Jeffries, did a radio interview in Indianapolis on Thursday in which he praised Archie Miller and was critical of former coach Tom Crean.
The Indianapolis Star has a full recap of the interview with Jeffries on The Ride with JMV on 1070, which you can listen to in its entirety right here.
Here’s what Jeffries said about Miller:
“I’m excited about it. I think that (Miller) is exactly what the university needed. You’ve gotta have energy in there that is positive and with a real person.”
“His inability to reach out to the fan base in a genuine manner really concerned me.”
“I was never a big fan. I knew he was always hunting for new jobs. … I don’t respect that. If you’re going to be at Indiana, you’ve got to be two feet in.”
Carton wraps up official visit to Ohio State
Five-star point guard DJ Carton’s official visit to Ohio State was Wednesday and Thursday, which means that the Bettendorf (Iowa) standout could soon be entering decision making mode.
As UMHoops mentioned in its roundup earlier this week ($), Michigan is leading in the Crystal Ball for Carton:
Carton took official visits to Michigan and Indiana last week and is expected to announce his college decision before the month of July is over. That decision could come within the next week. He’s also expected to sit out at least this weekend on the grassroots circuit as he recovers from a minor knee injury.
Carton is now ranked at No. 21 in the country, per 247 Sports Composite Rankings, and he could be Michigan’s first five-star commitment since the 2012 class.
Michigan is the nationally perceived leader, with 12-of-12 crystal ball projections, but this race isn’t over yet. Carton’s visit to Indiana went well by all accounts and the official visit to Ohio State is his second trip to Columbus this spring.