This and that from Archie Miller’s preseason preview

Archie Miller will conduct his first practice of preseason camp on Friday.

Today, he met with local reporters to preview his first season as IU men’s basketball coach.

A few highlights:

  • As expected, Josh Newkirk will enter the season as Indiana’s primary point guard, but Miller envisions a rotation that will also include Al Durham, Robert Johnson and Devonte Green at the 1.

    “Josh has clearly established himself as a clearcut point guard,” Miller said. “I think that everybody else on our team can play a couple spots.”

  • Lanky freshman center Clifton Moore has added 14 pounds to his 6-foot-10 frame since arriving on campus this summer. Moore now weighs approximately 220 pounds.

    “I think that, as the season applies into January, February, March, you can see a guy really blossom into what we think is going to be a star here one day,” Miller said.

 

  • Miller likes the physical gains Johnson has made in the past few months.

    “He’s probably the best conditioned player that I’ve ever been around,” Miller said. “That’s not to say our other guys aren’t doing a great job. I think Rob has really stood out from a fall perspective and a preseason of really continuing to stay on the course of wanting to have a great year.”

 

  • 75 percent of Indiana’s recent team workouts have been focused on defense.

    “We’re having the base stuff put in,” Miller said. “We’re building. We’re not as sophisticated as we’re going to be, but I think from a base perspective, our team is learning.”

 

  • Miller envisions Johnson, De’Ron Davis and Juwan Morgan carrying the offensive load this season. 

    “Juwan has to become an offensive threat,” Miller said. “Juwan has to become more of an offensive minded player from a production standpoint. He’s got great skills. I think he’s got to do it consistently over the course of some months.”

 

  • There’s a lot to like in Green’s skill set. He’s creative and flashy, and while Miller appreciates those qualities, the IU coach wants Green to find a balance that fits within the framework of the offense. 

    “He’s got a lot of style,” Miller said. “Now, we’ve got to take a little bit of the style and tone it down. Just to get a layup, it doesn’t need to be that pretty type of thing. Or don’t try to make the play every single time.”

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