Archie Miller landed three top 100 recruits in the span of 20 hours. IndyStar Insider Zach Osterman breaks down the commits and what could be next for the Hoosiers.
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BLOOMINGTON – Archie Miller’s first full recruiting class has its point guard.
Robert Phinisee, another in-state prospect added to a class that already includes South Bend Riley’s Damezi Anderson, picked the Indiana on Saturday, becoming IU’s third commitment in 2018. Phinisee runs point for Lafayette’s McCutcheon, played his AAU basketball with Indiana Elite and has been a priority at the position for Miller since his hiring.
“They want a guard in 2018 to come in and run the team,” Phinisee said in a June interview. “That’s their message.”
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The No. 17 point guard in his class, according to the 247Sports Composite, Phinisee joins Anderson and Pickerington (Ohio) North forward Jerome Hunter in what could turn out to be a five-man class for Indiana.
Point guard has long been a priority for Miller in the current class. Indiana will lose Josh Newkirk after the upcoming season. And while young guards like Devonte Green and Al Durham could develop at the position, there is no pure point besides Newkirk on IU’s roster at the moment.
Phinisee’s commitment leaves IU with at least two spots open in 2018, with five players expected to graduate following the upcoming season.
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Indiana likely will reserve one for New Albany star Romeo Langford, one of the country’s best players, so long as Langford keeps the Hoosiers in the frame.
IU is also heavily involved with a number of highly-rated guards, including Darius Garland, James Akinjo and Luguentz Dort, a Canadian prospect who recently trimmed his list and kept the Hoosiers in his recruitment. Miller also could opt for more forward help with that fifth spot, with players like Collin Hartman, Freddie McSwain and Juwan Morgan all set to graduate within the next two years.
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