Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Day 2 Notes: adidas Gauntlet Dallas

We learned more about why a couple four-star 2018 prospects hold strong connections to Indiana head coach Archie Miller during day two of the adidas Gauntlet stop in Dallas.

Indiana stayed two-strong in greater Dallas yesterday with head coach Archie Miller and assistant Ed Schilling watching prospects at both the adidas Gauntlet event in Fort Worth and the NY2LA event in Mansfield.

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The day started with both at Brewer High School. There the duo caught adjacent court games involving Eric Hunter of Indianapolis and Jerome Hunter (no relation) of Pickerington, Ohio (near Columbus).

Jerome Hunter is on our latest 2018 hot board— but not a guy we’ve discussed at any length. He was interesting in that he looked like your modern day “hybrid” forward — a 6’7/6’8 guy who has unusual length to help guard at the four —but also the skills and athleticism to play the three spot. Besides Miller, he had head coaches from West Virginia, Xavier, Pitt and Purdue watching courtside. 

The Ohio native told us he knows Archie Miller well from attending a Dayton camp in the past.

If there was any doubt whether the new Hoosiers staff would prioritize Romeo Langford this month it may have been erased the first two days. Miller attended both of Langford’s games yesterday, being the only head coach involved to be at each of his games on Friday and Saturday at the Game on Sports facility in Fort Worth.

Langford sat on the bench in street clothes for his second game on Saturday, reportedly after having a minor knock on the head in his morning game. Look for him to return to action on Sunday. In the two games he has played, he’s averaging 19.5 points.

Mars, Pennsylvania wing Robby Carmody received an afternoon look from both Miller and Schilling. Teaming with another four-star wing in Dwayne Cohill on Ohio Basketball Club, Carmody hit a bit of a wall on Saturday after a 26-point opener on Friday night. He admitted as much after a double digit loss and added that he and Cohill were still recovering from a basketball related trip to Italy earlier in the week.

Carmody told us he’s known Archie Miller and his father since he was a little kid. Both are from western Pennsylvania and the sons of well known high school coaches. 

Carmody rattled off several Big Ten schools and has strong Notre Dame interest. Through three games he’s among the weekend’s top scorers, averaging 20.7 points. 

Race Thompson is the Minneapolis power forward we wrote about after Friday action. Saturday he was scouted twice by Indiana (both Miller and Schilling) and we had the chance to speak to him after his first game on Saturday. The four-star 2018 prospect said he was visited last week by Indiana assistant Tom Ostrom.

Marquette, Minnesota and Iowa State are among the schools that have been involved the longest with Thompson. 

Bloomington North product Musa Jallow had a bit of a slow start to the weekend but picked a good time to break out with a big late afternoon game for his Team Blaze Select team at the NY2LA. That’s because it was the first live view he received from Miller, the only head coach at the contest. Assistants from Butler, Michigan and Arkansas were also at the game. Jallow hit back to back threes and at least one other long range shot, showing off his improving jumper in a 61-31 victory.

In his first game of the day he was held to 8-10 points with assistants from Stanford and Michigan among those watching in a tight win over a team from Omaha.

Other notables

Both Miller and Schilling watched M33M guard T.J. Moss on Saturday. He’s from Memphis East and recently acquired offers from Vanderbilt and Texas Tech. He’s listed here at 6-foot-5.

Our first day notes included the tidbit that Indiana watched Canadian wing Luguentz Dort from Brookwood Elite. The Florida prep school player is now the fourth overall leading scorer this weekend, averaging 21.3 points.

Indiana’s other two assistants were busy at the other shoe circuit events. Tom Ostrom has spent the first two days in Virginia at the Nike EYBL games and James “Bruiser” Flight has been in New York following prospects at the Under Armour Association league contests.

Class of 2019 forward Akok Akok of Putnam Science Academy had a real statement game on Saturday. The 6-foot-8 forward had 22 points, seven rebounds and 13 blocks in a win for his Mass Rivals team over Texas Pro. Mass Rivals is the same program that former Hoosier Noah Vonleh played.

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