On Tuesday, Indiana basketball coach Archie Miller met with local beat writers for the first time since his introductory press conference on March 27.
We’ll have plenty of stories to flesh out in the coming days. For now, here is a collection of notes and observations from Miller one month into his new job:
- Miller seems particularly high on the potential of sophomore forward De’Ron Davis: “He’s gonna be a major, major league player for us.”
- Miller says he wants to be aggressive with getting Davis’ body and motor right for next season: “He’s got great hands and feet. He’s got great hands and feet. We’ve just got to find a way that when you guys see him in October and November that you say, wow, what happened to him. If you’re not saying that, then we didn’t get it done. That’s just the way it’s going to be. If we say that, then you’re like wow, he looks like a new man, then he’s going to have a chance to have a good year.”
- Miller says OG Anunoby, Thomas Bryant, James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson are all ready to dive into the NBA Draft process and digest the feedback that’s about to come their way. ” I think all four of them are confident. I know OG’s on his way. I think Thomas has continued to really push towards finding answers out, and I know James and Rob once they finish up the semester here, so to speak, with some finals, think those guys are going to get their opportunity as well.”
- Miller says Devonte Green reminds me of guards he’s coached in the past: ” He’s got some stuff to him. He’s physical. He can really get the ball to the rim. We need guys like that.”
- Miller says Blackmon is “probably the best shooter I’ve ever been around, just in terms of what we were able to accomplish with him in three weeks and watching him workout in our framework and watching him shoot and do some of the things that he did, and looking at his numbers. Probably best numbers I’ve seen in my time doing some of the stuff that we were doing.”
- After an inconsistent junior season, Miller says Johnson looked good in workouts this spring: “Rob also shot the ball particularly well this spring, and he’s in tremendous shape.”
- Miller also says Josh Newkirk communicated well and practiced with a purpose this spring.
- Miller believes Juwan Morgan could have a break-out junior season: “Watching his skillset and what he’s doing with the ball in his hands and some things, I think he could really blossom with how we play. I think he’s going to have a lot of decision making with it.”
- Miller is still in the process of building a non-conference schedule that serves “a great purpose” for the development of next year’s team. “This year we’ll take on a certain level what we can pull off. Down the line, though, I think you’ll see a different model with what we’re trying to do. It’s going to take some time.”