Notebook: With roster turnover, Miller keeping one eye on future

Archie Miller has so far succeeded at keeping Indiana’s roster intact, but the new IU coach also recognizes that his biggest challenges may lie ahead.

In Miller’s experience, the most noteworthy roster turnover oftern occurs after a coaching staff has had a full year to install new philosophies and standards in a program. So as he keeps one eye on the present, and his ability to make the Hoosiers a winner next season, Miller is also looking to the future to prepare for whatever changes may be looming.

“Our expectation is to do what we do, which is find a way to create a culture from day one, then this current team has to facilitate the future teams,” Miller said. “Then year two or three, you’re going to see massive turnover, you just are. There’s graduation, there’s again NBA and maybe after that first year certain philosophies or families or kids that didn’t fit you. You always have to be ready for that year of turnover in year two. You could start over in year two. Every year is going to be a transition at this level — things are fluid.”

Indiana’s roster for the 2017-18 season, Miller’s first in Bloomington, is still far from settled.

Now that signees Justin Smith, Al Durham and Clifton Moore have reaffirmed their commitments to the Hoosiers, IU currently has 15 players potentially in the mix for the 13 scholarships allowed by NCAA rules. Clarity could come in the form of the NBA Draft after James Blackmon Jr., Thomas Bryant and Robert Johnson each officially declared last week.

Those players have until May 24 to withdraw their names and return to school. The invitation-only NBA Draft Combine is scheduled for May 9 through 14 in Chicago.

This time next year, IU is already guaranteed to experience a great degree of turnover. Including Blackmon and Johnson, Indiana has six seniors penciled in on its roster for next season. Natural attrition like that is one of the many reasons why Miller and his staff appear to be prioritizing 2018 recruits like New Albany’s Romeo Langford, Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow, McCutcheon’s Robert Phinisee and others.

So far, Miller has succeeded in make sure his Hoosiers wish to remain Hoosiers.

But he’s also cognizant of the fact that, in college basketball, everything is fluid — especially after a coaching change.

“After year one, you keep moving toward your goal which is don’t ever compromise your system, don’t ever compromise your daily routine, your culture, because the guys staying here year after year, that’s how you get better in that flow all the time,” Miller said. “Then the winning mentality you hope carries over year to year and recruiting is everything.”

Jallow to take unofficial visit Thursday

The first campus visitor of the Archie Miller era will be Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow.

Jallow, the Herald-Times All-Area Player of the Year, will be on campus for an unnoficial visit on Thursday. As a local, the four-star forward has made numerous trips to IU in the past. He was first offered a scholarship by former Indiana coach Tom Crean in December 2015.

Scout.com was first to report Jallow’s visit.

Jallow averaged a near double-double as a junior for the Cougars, leading the area with 24.1 points per game.

Virginia, Oregon, Purdue, Stanford, Butler, Vanderbilt and Northwestern are among the other schools currently pursuing Jallow.

Moore draws praise

Following his appearance in last week’s Jordan Brand Classic regional game, Clifton Moore is drawing praise from the analysts at Draft Express.

Moore played 21 minutes, scored 11 points, grabbed two rebounds, dished one assist, blocked one shot and made two steals while playing for the Blue team. According to Draft Express, Moore’s strengths include his long arms, projectable shooting motion and defensive upside.

The scouting site also notes that the 6-foot-10 forward must continue to work on playing more physical on the defensive end and add additional weight to play in the Big Ten, among other critiques.

After requesting a release from his signed National Letter of Intent last month, Moore reaffirmed his commitment to IU on Sunday evening.

“The Indiana signee stood out as the most interesting long-term prospect in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game,” Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz wrote. “At 6-10, he has the size and length to play some five down the road once he fills out, and the agility to play the four. It’s hard to find bigs with Moore’s tools and shooting potential, which is likely the key to unlocking his long-term upside. Given the nature of the game we weren’t able to get an extended look at Moore’s defensive intensity and decision making, but we were able to identify him as an NBA prospect worth tracking. Moore elected to remain committed to Indiana despite the coaching change, and is a major building block for Archie Miller and his staff moving forward.”