Final day notes from the first adidas Gauntlet series stop in Dallas:
The Indiana staff backed up the early comments from Archie Miller by prioritizing state of Indiana players over this three days of the Gauntlet series. Archie Miller was the only head coach to see each game five-star New Albany guard Romeo Langford had over the first two days of the weekend in Texas at the adidas Gauntlet event. While in the Dallas area he also attended the first couple games for Robert Phinisee, caught Eric Hunter for a Saturday morning contest and was there for Musa Jallow’s final game on Saturday over in Mansfield, Texas at the NY2LA league event.
Sunday saw Archie Miller head to Virginia for EYBL action but a pair of assistants (Ed Schilling and Tom Ostrom), were on hand in Texas for the above mentioned Indiana prospects.
He also got Indiana another viewing of Canadian Luguentz Dort, a 6-foot-4 wing who really lit up this weekend for his Brookwood Elite team. Dort shot 59 percent overall and was among the top scorers with a 21.7 p.p.g. average as his team went 3-1.
Schilling will be IU’s point guy on most of the in-state prospects and watched Langford and Phinisee during the morning.
Langford had a big final game, scoring 35 points on 12-for-22 shots, and added four assists versus just one turnover. That helped the New Albany High junior finish the week as the top overall scorer in Dallas, averaging 24.7 points over four games.
Phinisee had a big 22 point game on Friday and then slumped the final three games, averaging just six points over that stretch. He did have nine assists versus just three turnovers in two Sunday games. His Indiana Elite team just went 1-3 over the weekend and will have some work to do next weekend in at the Gauntlet Atlanta stop to put themselves back into a better position for July’s Gauntlet Finale qualification.
An Indiana Elite team that did have a big week was the 2019 squad of juniors-to-be. Led by a big final day from Ohio point guard Jeremiah Francis, Indiana Elite 2019 won the Blue division tournament on Sunday with a 74-52 championship game win over D1 Minnesota.
Shoe circuits to Indiana
While the adidas Gauntlet circuit goes to Atlanta next weekend the other two shoe circuit series will come to Indiana for the final of the two spring live periods where college coaches can watch the events. The Nike EYBL series will come to Westfield at Jonathan Byrd’s Field House and the Under Armour Association heads to Fishers at the Best Choice Fieldhouse.