On Saturday afternoon the Indiana Hoosiers made their men’s basketball coaching hire and they chose Dayton’s Archie Miller. Miller recently completed his sixth season as head coach with his fourth trip consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Before getting to Dayton, Miller was an assistant coach at Arizona State, Ohio State, and Arizona, so he is more than familiar with the high-major recruiting scene, and has excelled on the recruiting trail throughout his career.
As a head coach he has had two very impressive classes at Dayton. The first was this past graduating senior class in which he battled high-major programs for players such as Scoochie Smith out of New York and Kendall Pollard out of Chicago.
Those two were stalwarts of the Flyers program and each multi-year starters who really played a big role in the success the team had.
Also this incoming success featured going guard McKinley Wright who had multiple high-major offers and shooting guard Jordan Davis from South Carolina who has on the high-major radar. This 2017 class combined with class of 2016 academic redshirt, and four-star prospect Kostas Antetokounmpo were expected to be the heart and soul of the Flyers for the next several years.
As an assistant at Arizona, Miller was instrumental in getting players such as Derrick Williams and Solomon Hill to commit to the program immediately upon getting the job.
Before that at Ohio State, Miller played a significant role in getting Jordan Sibert and Aaron Craft to stay home and attend school in Columbus.
Also Miller has a good relationship with some in Indiana. One of the biggest gets of his career was Fort Wayne native Steve McElvene. McElvene was seen as a tremendous get, and was set to have a great career in Dayton before tragically passing away this off season.
Still Miller developed a good relationship with the coaches of the high powered Spiece Indy Heat program, and he has continued to recruit in the state of Indiana for the past several years.
Overall Miller is seen as somebody with a lot of ability to develop and cultivate relationships. Miller has high-major experience on the recruiting trail, but also knows how hard you have to work as a coach of a non-power league program.
In general this is a coach who is a very good recruiter, and should work hard for Indiana on the trail with a focus on regional recruits, and then spreading nationally to try and land stars.