Fox’s Goodman: Memphis transfer Sallie to visit IU

Fox basketball reporter Jeff Goodman tweets that Memphis transfer Roburt Sallie will be visiting Louisville on Thursday and Indiana on Saturday. We’re trying to get confirmation on this, though that might not be achievable until tomorrow. Regardless, here’s what we know about Sallie.

Sallie is graduating from Memphis in August, so he can transfer without sitting out a year and he has one year of eligibility remaining. A 6-foot-5, 200-pound wing guard, Sallie averaged 10.5 points per game last season, which was good for third on a Memphis team that finished 24-10 and won a game in the NIT. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds and just under two assists per game. He also led the Tigers with 64 3-pointers, shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc.

The 24-year-old Sallie is a native of Sacramento, Calif. After averaging 21.6 points per game in his final year at Sacramento Valley High School, he spent two years at North Carolina prep schools, first on a prep school national championship team at Laurinberg Prep, then on a Patterson School team that finished the year ranked No. 3 in the country. He played junior college ball at the City College of San Francisco for a year, earning California Junior College Player of the Year honors by scoring 15.6 points per game. In his first year at Memphis, he averaged 5.8 points per game as a reserve, but shot 47 percent from beyond the 3-point arc to set a school record. His 55 3-pointers ranked second on the team.


  1. I know Bawa’s departure opened up a scholarship, but I sure didn’t think we’d fill it *this* soon. Wow. Another potential unconventional pick-up (Negedu and Offutt being the others).

  2. What is not to like? Doesn’t affect the scholarship situation…..experienced and can shoot

    At the very least, he will add depth.

  3. 6-5″ and can shoot the three ball..Fabulous. This would take a lot of pressure off rushing Creek’s recovery and provide needed punch from the outside. Hope we can land this kid.

  4. What would be the point of not signing him for this year? we would still have a two scholarships available for the next year. There is not a downside by signing him for just this year.

  5. He led the Tigers in steals..Quickness with the ability to give us points off turnovers…That could definitely add a new dimension and a needed boost for stronger perimeter defensive pressure.

    We can give this guy a lot more playing time than the Cardinals. He could contribute immediately. I like the fact that he’s older and possesses a bit of a bad-boy image..Maybe it would slow down much whining coach’s pet routines and provide some new personality dynamics on a team just out of diapers.

    Go Hoosiers!!

  6. correction: “Maybe it would slow down [the] whining coach’s pet routines and provide some new personality dynamics on a team just out of diapers.”

    I believe he’ll pick IU. This is a gift from a good friend.

  7. As long as there are no attitude or team chemistry issues, I see no reason not to do this.

  8. Hopefully he’ll take Rivers minutes if he comes to IU. Is there someone else thinking about leaving?

  9. Perhaps my thought process is outdated and or old school, but I only want players on the Indiana basketball team who truly want to be a Hoosier from day one until the day they are done. I have enjoyed watching the IU basketball players grow and mature over the years. College basketball seems to mirror professional basketball a little too much. It is almost like this kid is a free agent. We don’t need this. This is not the Indiana basketball tradition we are trying to honor.

  10. ITH reported this morning, via Twitter, that IU currently has no visits scheduled this weekend.

  11. It’s my understanding that he didn’t even realize he had another year of eligibility…I don’t know all the details, but you can find the interview with the new Memphis coach on YouTube…What’s wrong with a fresh start?

    I would have loved to see Jordan Crawford blossom as a Hoosier…Most argue a fresh start was best for him. I don’t think we can have it both ways. Many very talented players may be pursuing college basketball programs knowing full well they won’t stay for more than a year or two..Transferring may mimic the NBA, but self-serving attitudes aren’t necessarily the only reasons kids move to different programs or have change of heart. Circumstances change…Did Butler’s Cinderella NCAA run provide Hayward enough national exposure to change his pathway? Did Butler get to watch Gordon Hayward blossom? The alternative to stopping a kid from seeking new avenues their talent is to rarely field a team competitive enough to stay atop the conference or have realistic chance to make any noise in postseason play.

    And why should we expect such loyalty in sport from only athletes? Are coaches loyal to programs? Are employees loyal their employers? Are employers loyal to employees to the degree of accepting mediocre performance? Do we not all search to advance opportunities and look for environments where we feel valued.

    I we sign this kid, let’s make him feel valued.
    Let’s make him realize he will play the last year of college hoops with the best basketball program he has ever known. Let’s welcome him, adopt him, and make him a Hoosier.

  12. Correction:
    “Do we not all search to advance opportunities and look for environments where we feel valued?

  13. I don’t believe ITH is claiming Goodman is providing false information of the visit this Saturday. It sounds like ITH is merely stating via their site/Twitter that they currently have no verification the visit.

  14. I want answers. I want them now. I don’t want interesting notes. Where’s 4tarballs? He always has answers. If no answer in one hour, then I will sound the Fox warning bell.

  15. Casey,
    He was recruited to Memphis by Coach Cal so, in all likelihood, he is planning on making a living with a ball, not with an education (I know he’s graduating…from Memphis). I fear a one and done who will feel the need to display his individual skills to the detriment of the team.
    My oldest brother went to Memphis. It’s a bait and tackle store.

  16. Yes, a one and done with only one year of eligibility left. Like Guy he can make a short term impact till the next four year commit appears. If his play adds two more wins this season what is the problem, he is not going to be here for more.

  17. Chet,

    Those are good points. We’ll just have to see though, since they’re reliant upon a lot of things we’ll never know.

    I’m hoping Crean has those same considerations in his mind when/if he seriously considers bringing him on. If he does, I think the proper decision would be made.

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