6-Banner Sunday: Juwan and Romeo open up in interviews
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In this week’s edition:
• Juwan and Romeo open up
• Trayce and Armaan set to lead Indiana All-Stars in annual grudge match against Kentucky
• Victor Oladipo and Archie Miller teaming up for an IU basketball fantasy camp
• Assessing the impact of the Big Ten’s two new head coaches
• Former Nebraska coach Tim Miles once broke into Assembly Hall (seriously)
• Happenings across IU sports
Juwan and Romeo open up
As Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford prepare for the NBA Draft, they have had several opportunities to speak with media. And each time they do, it seems we learn something interesting.
HoopsHype caught up with both of them.
How much did it mean for you to earn your degree and finish your studies?
JM: It meant a ton to me. I was the first person in my family to do that. It was an amazing feeling being able to walk across the stage and have all my family supporting me. I know that having a degree from Indiana holds a lot of weight. I feel it will carry me long after my basketball career is done. My degree was in sports communication and broadcasting.
Is that something you are interested in pursuing after your basketball career?
JM: Definitely. The media school at IU did a great job making me a more versatile person. I’d be happy behind the scenes in radio or television but I would love to be on camera, too. I think I would be best at radio play-by-play because I love being able to speak about what is happening and people can picture it based on how I describe it. If you listen to Don Fischer at Indiana call a game, it is amazing. The two of us have had more conversations than you can probably imagine and it is so insightful to pick his brain and learn how he sees the game. I also love Gus Johnson.
And now Romeo:
What are some of the things you want to show teams during your workouts and meetings?
RL: During the meetings, I think the main thing is my personality. If you’re on the outside and you don’t really know me, you don’t really get to see who I am. I want each team to get to know me and get a feel for who I am. I want to show them that I’m not the quiet, shy person that a lot of people think I am. Then, in my workouts, I just want teams to realize how much I love the game and the passion that I have to get better and that I really am a dog. [I want them to know] that I have that in me.
You’ve said before that you really value education and that you wanted to get your degree. I also read that your favorite classes in high school were Math and Calculus. Do you think you’ll try to go back to school at some point to get your degree?
RL: Yeah, I’m definitely going back to school at some point in the future because I want to get my degree. The major I want to stick with is something around sports media because when I get done playing, I want to be able to stay in that realm of basketball and sports.
In case you missed it, here is a recap of Romeo’s time at the NBA Draft Combine.
Trayce and Armaan set to lead Indiana All-Stars in annual grudge match against Kentucky
Trayce Jackson-Davis and Armaan Franklin will be among the top players on the 2019 Indiana All-Stars when they face off against the Kentucky All-Stars in early June. They join Purdue signees Brandon Newman, Isaiah Thompson, and Mason Gillis (injured) on the senior team.
The junior roster includes IU targets Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway.
Victor Oladipo and Archie Miller are teaming up for an IU basketball fantasy camp
If you want to get a taste of what it’s like to play or coach for IU, there is a now a “basketball fantasy experience” that will give you exactly that. (Assuming you have $4,000+ to spend on it.)
The camp gives you the option of either a playing package or a coaching package, with Victor, Archie, and the rest of IU’s coaching staff there to make it an authentic experience.
Learn more here: http://victoroladipoexperience.com
Assessing the impact of the Big Ten’s two new head coaches
This week on Assembly Call Radio, Andy and Coach discussed a number of Hoosier Headlines, and then provided their thoughts on the impact they expect Fred Hoiberg and Juwan Howard to have at Nebraska and Michigan, respectively,
They also discuss the merits of a new coach being stubborn about installing his own system, even if it’s not perfect for his initial personnel … or trying to adjust to his personnel in an effort to win as much as possible early on.
Hear that and more on this week’s edition of Assembly Call Radio.
Former Nebraska coach Tim Miles once broke into Assembly Hall (seriously)
This week on Podcast on the Brink, we had the chance to chat with recently fired Nebraska coach Tim Miles. It was easily one of the most enjoyable conversations we’ve had on POTB.
Many IU fans remember Miles from his on-court confrontation with Tom Crean (which he addresses), and from some disappointing IU losses to Miles’ Cornhusker teams, but most IU fans may not realize the deep reservoir of respect and admiration Miles has for the Indiana program.
So much so that he once … yes … broke into Assembly Hall, on the same day that he broke into a couple of other iconic sports venues in the Hoosier State. It’s a story you have to hear to believe.
Hear all of that and more on this week’s Podcast on the Brink.
Happenings across IU sports
This content was contributed by Aaron Shifron (twitter @ashifron).
As the athletic season winds down, IU Baseball will head for the NCAA tournament and several other sports are also at the tail end of their campaigns.
• For baseball, IU went two and out at the Big Ten Tournament and will now see where they are travelling for the NCAA tournament. The selection show is at Noon on ESPNU. In the Big Ten Tournament IU fell 4-2 and 9-4 to go two and out. On a more positive note for the Hoosiers, several players and Coach Jeff Mercer were named All-Conference in light of IU’s Big Ten Title last week. Also those with a subscription to the Assembly Call Community can read a story about former Hoosier pitcher Christian Morris, who was on IU’s College World Series Team in the “Baseball” topic.
• Women’s Golf finished 21st at the NCAA Championships which was their highest since 1998.
• Men’s and Women’s Track and Field headed to the NCAA Tournament at the NCAA East Preliminaries. Day One and Two both saw several Hoosier move on to NCAA Championship.
• Rowing finished 5th at Big Ten Championships and now heads for NCAA Tournament.
• Women’s Soccer announced their Schedule for 2019.
• Men’s Soccer signed two more recruits. Also, those with a subscription to the Assembly Call Community can read a story about recent former Hoosier Jeremiah Gutjahr in the “Other Sports” topic.
• IU Water Polo announced a coaching change this week.
• IU Swimming and Diving announced staff additions.
And with that, the joy of hanging Banner #6 is now one week closer.
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