Indiana coach Archie Miller and assistant Tom Ostrom made a swing through the Indianapolis area today and impressed high school coaches and administrators.
The two saw Indianapolis Tindley 2018 guard Eric Hunter, but also made a number of stops to visit with high school coaches in and around the capital city.
“I thought it was great,” said Warren Central’s Criss Beyers, the 2017 Marion County Coach of the Year. “They called and asked if they could by and asked if a certain time was possible. I was very impressed that they wanted to come by.
“My principal and I sat down and talked with them. They said, ‘We’re here for you guys. Anything we can do, let us know. You’re welcome to come by practice. You’re welcome to come to workouts. If there’s anything we can help you with, let us know.’
“We talked about them keeping the recruits, the three (2017) kids. We talked a little about AAU. He played on a team out of Pittsburgh that we played when we were Bloomington Red. It was a good conversation. He wasn’t talking at you. He was talking with you. He was open for questions. He said, ‘If there’s somebody we need to look at, let us know.’
“He wanted to introduce himself and let you know he’s approachable, and let you know he’s there if you need anything. It wasn’t just lip service. He meant it. He was very genuine. I was very impressed and my principal was very impressed.”
Miller and Ostrom also stopped by Southport to talk with coach Kyle Simpson.
“It was really good,” Simpson said. “We talked about the plan he has, looking at team camps and different things. We talked about the coaches’ clinics, about when I went to the coaches’ clinics when coach (Bob) Knight used to do them. We talked about the IBCA coaches clinic and things like that.
“It was really just him and I getting to talk. We talked about his vision for Indiana, about my time in Bloomington, my time around the program.
“He was really good. He extended invitations to coaches to watch practice and workouts.”
The IU coaches also hit Lawrence North, led by veteran Marion County coach Jack Keefer, the only basketball coach Lawrence North has had.
“We’ve known him for quite a while. He recruited Eron Harris a few years ago. We’ve known him. He’s a good coach. He’s a good coach and a good man. He’s a basketball guy. He’ll be great for IU.
“We talked about the talent in the area. We’ve got several players who are pretty good for us. We talked abut Kevin Easley, who has decommitted. I encouraged him to take a look at him, but I don’t know what all positions he needs.
“It was 40 minutes of good basketball talk. He’s a basketball man.”