IU expected to get good look at Phinisee in July

Robert Phinisee is already hearing plenty from Indiana coaches.

During the next month, he’ll be seeing them often, too.

The four-star point guard from Lafayette remains a priority recruiting target for IU coach Archie Miller and his staff, and with the July evaluation period for high school prospects on the horizon, Phinisee has assurance that he’ll be at the forefront of Indiana’s summer plans.

“They say they’re gonna try to have somebody at my game, every single game in July,” Phinisee said. “So we’ll see how it goes.”

IU coaches already have Phinisee’s phone buzzing.

The McCutcheon product says he hears frequently from Miller and assistant Bruiser Flint, estimating they check in five times a week to talk basketball and get to know him.

Phinisee also made his “fourth or fifth” trip to IU’s campus this weekend for Indiana’s team camp, where his McCutcheon team took the floor for a series of games inside IU’s basketball facilities. There, he impressed with his quickness and creativity as a point guard, while also showing his capacity as a versatile scorer.

With Josh Newkirk set to graduate after the upcoming season, Phinisee says IU coaches are pitching the opportunity to step onto campus in 2018 and take control of the point responsibilities.

“They want a guard in 2018 to come in and run the team,” Phinisee said. “That’s their message.”

Indiana is also recruiting five-star Tennessee point guard Darius Garland, the top-ranked player at his position in the 247 Sports Composite.

Phinisee is considered the No. 20 point guard in the class and the No. 3 rising senior in the state of Indiana, according to 247.

In Phinisee’s recruitment, Indiana is up against hometown Purdue, Butler, Virginia and Ohio State, where Phinisee ventured for an unofficial visit on Monday.

After the July evaluation period is complete, Phinisee said he anticipates narrowing his focus in August or September and arranging official visits for the fall.

“If I do go far away from home, (I want to know) how comfortable I am with the players and the coaching staff, and just everybody around the basketball program,” Phinisee said. “Player development (is important) and just really making me a better person.”