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Recruiting the state? Tom Allen loves it

New Indiana basketball coach Archie Miller wants to recruit the state. To a guy like IU football coach Tom Allen, who grew up in New Castle and coached at Ben Davis, that’s music to his ears.

During his introductory press conference, new Indiana basketball coach Archie Miller discussed how important recruiting the state will be.

Miller laid out an inside out approach, and mentioned making connections with the high school coaches in a state that routinely produces high-major basketball talent.

Those comments hit home with a lot of people, including Indiana football coach Tom Allen, who grew up in New Castle, Ind., home of the largest high school gymnasium in the nation.

“I love it,” Allen told about Miller’s desire to recruit the state of Indiana. “I think our home state is the foundation of our programs in both football and basketball.

“I’m fully aware of the basketball tradition in this great state, and he’s right. I don’t know coach Miller. I look forward to working beside him. I just think he understands the value of that. He said something that I thought was really huge, and that’s the connection with the high school coaches.

“Even as a football guy, I’ve always respected the quality of programs in our state,” added Allen, who coached football at Ben Davis, which just won the Class 4A state basketball title.

“You can go from 1A to the biggest school in Indiana, and you’re going to see good, fundamental basketball and well-run programs. I think he acknowledged that, and he’s right.” Top Stories