Tim Priller: 'I love the haters'

New Indiana commit Tim Priller has flown under the radar, but he feels he can contribute right away next season. Read what he told AllHoosiers.com on Monday.

In the two days since Texas forward Tim Priller committed to Indiana, the reaction has been mixed around Hoosier Nation. Many are excited Tom Crean and the Hoosiers added another forward to the roster for next season, but some are skeptical Priller can contribute at a Big Ten school.

Priller had only a few offers before Indiana offered him on Saturday, and none were from major conference schools. His five offers came from Albany, Illinois-Chicago, Drexel, Lamar and Incarnate Word.

Priller is ranked 539th nationally by one site and 71st in the state of Texas.

But as Indiana fans well know, the rankings mean very little sometimes. Players like Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey had few major offers, and both turned into very productive players for the Hoosiers.

"There will always be haters out there and I love haters," Priller told AllHoosiers.com on Monday. "if you don't have haters you aren't doing things right. But I will go in working as hard as I can to earn minutes."

Priller said he hasn't necessarily followed Indiana basketball in the past, but he's researched the school on the internet and will visit the campus in the next week and a half.

"What I know is Indiana is a powerhouse," Priller said.

Priller, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward, should help spread the floor as a pick-and-pop big man. He shot 51 percent from beyond the arc during his senior season and averaged 17.8 points per game.

Here's what Priller said Crean told him he'll use him next season and beyond.

"Spacing forward who will be a major part of spot ups, drive and kicks and ball screens," he said. "Defensive rebounder and post fronter. Help defender and be able to play out of the post with your padding and as you add strength be able to score there. Willing to make hustle plays."

Priller said he has texted back and forth with both Max Hoetzel and Jeremiah April, two other members of Indiana's 2014 class, but he has not yet met any of the other four recruits.

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