Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, where we highlight the six most essential IU basketball stories of the past week.
The final full week of August was a relatively quiet one on the IU basketball front. With less than two months to go until Hoosier Hysteria, recruiting news has begun to wind down.
Still, there were several developments around college basketball, including a potential schedule change for the 2018-19 Big Ten season. Also, our friends at Inside the Hall put up their annual post where you can predict the Hoosiers’ upcoming season record.
In this week’s edition:
- Big Ten to add two conference games?
- Miller comments on Thompson, Lasko
- Miller speaks to IU alumni in New York
- Sorting out the Grant Gelon situation
- Phinisee on IU commitment
- Farewell to the Great Alaska Shootout
Big Ten to add two conference games?
The biggest Big Ten bombshell (if you can call it that) of the week came from Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. In a report published on Tuesday, league sources told Rothstein that the Big Ten is “heading in (the) direction” of a 20-game conference schedule for the 2018-19 season.
This news shouldn’t come as a shock, as the Big Ten wants to keep up with the ACC, which will be moving to a 20-game conference slate in 2019-20. It will also provide each team with two more quality games and likely lead to rivalries being home-and-home every season (Michigan-Michigan St., Northwestern-Illinois, Indiana-Purdue, etc.).
Although it would decrease the non-conference season, the full restoration of the IU-Purdue series would be a huge boon for the state of Indiana.
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Miller comments on Thompson, Lasko
The IU roster was updated early last week on the team’s website. The roster includes 18 players — 13 scholarship players and five walk-ons.
Also this week, Archie Miller commented on the signing of Race Thompson for the first time.
“We are really excited to have Race join us this fall. 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.”
That quote should finally put to rest any speculation that Thompson would not spend this year as a redshirt. Thompson is the first Minnesotan on the IU basketball roster since Luke Jimenez (1997-00)
In the same release, the program announced the addition of walk-on Ethan Lasko. The 6-foot-2 guard out of Hollywood, Florida. Although he was far from a heralded prospect, Lasko played varsity for four years at Katz Yeshiva High School, averaging over 25 points per contest as a junior and senior. Lasko played AAU ball for the Florida Vipers.
Miller speaks to IU alumni in New York
Archie Miller was in New York City on Tuesday night speaking to IU alumni at the American Museum of Natural History.
The speaking engagement came one day after addressing his team on the first day of classes, and according to Avi Zaleon of the Indy Star, spoke at length about the importance of pride.
“We talked about the word ‘pride,’” the first-year coach said of the meeting. “Our players are responsible every day — whether it be a practice, meeting, film study, you name it — to break with the word ‘pride’ said as a group.”
As for Tuesday’s engagement, Miller remarked on three points of emphasis — recruiting, player development and building a system that excels.
“If we stay with those three things and don’t talk about anything else,” Miller said. “I think we can get to be a Big Ten perennial championship team, a second- and third-weekend team (in the NCAA tournament) and ultimately a team that’s contending for a national championship on a yearly basis.”
Sorting out the Grant Gelon situation
Last Sunday, Grant Gelon and his family spoke on the record for the first time since he transferred from the Indiana program.
The story, from The Times of Northwest Indiana, made it clear that Grant Gelon was not in Archie Miller’s plans for the program. Most notably, Gelon said he felt “blindsided” and lied to by Miller and his staff.
Granted, Gelon, a two-star prospect when he committed to Indiana, could stay on scholarship at IU if he wished because of the school’s Student-Athlete Bill of Rights.
Indiana’s statement to The Times, in part, said Gelon requested a release from his scholarship.
“After working with our team during of the first month of their tenure, our coaches met with each player to discuss their role and each player’s own expectations for the future. Grant was made aware that our staff believed his abilities were not of the caliber that would allow him to receive playing time of any kind in the future for the IU program. He asked for and was granted a release from his scholarship.”
Over at NBC Sports, Rob Dauster opined on the situation. Although he said he feels for Gelon, he believes Indiana made the right decision.
Was Miller callous?
That wouldn’t surprise me. He’s not the type of guy to mince words, and there really is not a good way to sugar-coat, ‘You are not good enough for us.’
But Gelon was not having his scholarship taken away. Indiana was living up to their promise of paying for his education. They did not do him wrong. The staff gave him more than a month to prove himself as a player and, eventually, made the decision he would not be in their plans moving forward.
So he was cut. That opening allowed a four-star power forward to enroll this year.
That’s the harsh reality of life in the Big Ten.
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Phinisee on IU commitment
Four-star 2018 guard Rob Phinisee, IU’s new commit, spoke to WLFI last week. Among his reasons for committing to IU, Phinisee, a Lafayette, Indiana, native, noted his relationship with coach Archie Miller.
I feel like I just connected better with coach Miller than I did with some of the other coaches. Nothing against Purdue, I really like them a lot. I have a lot of respect for them. I just connected better with coach Miller.
Also: This week’s Assembly Call Radio breaks down Phinisee’s game and potential impact for IU basketball.
Farewell, Great Alaska Shootout
Before the Maui Invitational, the Battle 4 Atlantis, and countless other regular-season tournaments were created, there was one that ruled them all.
Now the Great Alaska Shootout, the longest-running regular season tournament in college basketball is coming to an end due to a lack of funding.
The event used to feature the elite names of college basketball, but when warmer weather tournaments were formed and the big boys flocked south. As a result, the Shootout lost its ESPN television deal and was forced to make due with mid-major participants.
A staple of November college basketball since 1978, the 2017 Great Alaska Shootout will be the last.
The Hoosiers competed twice in the Great Alaska Shootout, in November of both 1995 and 2001. The entirety of the Hoosiers’ 1995 matchup with Mike Krzyzewski and Duke is available on Youtube.
Edit: Indiana actually competed three times in then Great Alaska Shootout. The Hoosiers were also involved in 1978, finishing 7th.
In 2001, Mike Davis and IU took on Tom Crean, Dwyane Wade and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Although I couldn’t find video of the matchup online, the 50-49 Marquette win occasionally airs on ESPN Classic.
Before you go:
- Branch McCracken court was refinished and repainted this summer (ITH)
- A look at who is coming and going in the Big Ten (ITH)
- Five-star 2019 forward Keion Brooks reportedly visited IU on Saturday (Peegs) … and according to his dad (who played for IU assistant Ed Schilling at Wright State) the visit went well!
- IU football revealed a new set of uniforms honoring the late Terry Hoeppner (247 Indiana)
- College Gameday is coming to Bloomington on Thursday, and Kirk Herbstreit is “fired up” (TheHoosier)
- Robert Johnson will grace the cover of several regional editions of college basketball magazines (ITH)
And with that, the joy of hanging Banner #6 is now one week closer.
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