Armaan Franklin commits to IU, becomes Hoosiers’ 1st 2019 pickup

The recruiting attention for Armaan Franklin was slow to arrive.

But once he transferred back to Cathedral last summer, showing off expanded skill, confidence and versatility, there was reason to believe he was on the verge of becoming someone to watch.

“Here’s the funny thing,” Cathedral coach Jason Delaney said. “He got back into Cathedral last June and I started calling college coaches and said, ‘Listen, this kid’s gonna be big time.’ A lot of people didn’t listen.”

Purdue did. So did Indiana. Both schools began pursuing Franklin as his star rose during his junior season last winter.

And on Thursday evening, the 6-foot-4 combo guard rewarded the Hoosiers with a verbal commitment — IU’s first in the 2019 recruiting class.

“He’s a guy who can guard multiple positions, play multiple positions,” Delaney said. “He can post up, he can drain a long 3 and take it to the basket. He can kind of do everything. That’s what makes him so talented and such a threat.”

Last season, Franklin went from playing forward to playing point guard, helping the Fighting Irish to a 19-5 record. He averaged 23 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists, while shooting 35 percent from 3-point range, 62 percent from inside the arc and 83 percent from the line.

But it’s his attention to defense that might help build the most favor with Indiana coach Archie Miller, especially as a freshman in 2019.

“He has that burning desire to play on the defensive end,” Delaney said. “That’s what I believe is gonna get him on the floor early in his college career. That’s not something that every guy’s willing to do. Skill development is good with him.”

Indiana will graduate forwards Juwan Morgan and Evan Fitzner, a transfer from Saint Mary’s, after the season. Star freshman Romeo Langford could also opt to enter the NBA Draft.

So Franklin is the first to join a 2019 recruiting class that could grow to three in the coming months.

In Miller’s first year and a half in Bloomington, he’s now landed four of the top in-state players. Franklin joins a list that includes Langford out of New Albany, McCutcheon’s Robert Phinisee and South Bend Riley’s Damezi Anderson.

And Miller may not be done in the state for 2019.

Blue-chip frontcourt recruits Trayce Jackson-Davis and Keion Brooks, as well as four-star guard Brandon Newman remain in play for the current recruiting cycle.

With his latest pickup, Miller is proving that he knows how to keep the best Indiana prospects interested in IU.

“Archie Miller made it known the second he took it over that he wanted to make Indiana a destination for in-state guys,” Rivals recruiting analyst Eric Bossi said. “You get three of them, including the big fish in Romeo Langford in 2018. You start off with one of your primary targets in 2019 and you still have the three that you’re in pretty good shape for with Trayce Jackson-Davis, Keion Brooks and Brandon Newman.

“It’s hard to envision a scenario where they don’t get at least one of those guys. That’s five guys in a little over a year. I don’t know that you can get off to a much better start when you say you want to lock down the state of Indiana. I don’t know how you can do much better than that.”

Ultimately, it was the aura of IU’s storied program that led Franklin to choose the Hoosiers. He took an official visit to Bloomington two weekends ago.

“One (reason he chose IU) is the big stage,” Delaney said. “You have IU, who has the five banners and they get more national publicity. That, and I know when he was there on his official visit he commented on watching Coach (Ed) Schilling work with the guards. Then there’s the chance, too, of playing next year when he comes in as a freshman. If somebody leaves, he’s able to play a couple different spots. So I think all that drew him there.”

Already this month, Franklin is showing signs that his game continues to grow. In workouts, he’s flashed extended shooting range and even better court vision. Delaney also raves about his approach to being a good teammate.

“It’s amazing to see how much he’s grown in a year,” Delaney said. “We were laughing about that the other day.”

8 comments

  1. I had wondered about this one, looks like a prototypical AM player, long, lean, and able to get after you defensively.

    Don’t know about the rest, but I find Archie’s recruiting style very interesting. Not much said but you know they are interested. Reminds me of the old submarine flick, “Run Silent, Run Deep.” You don’t hear anything, you don’t see anything, then all the sudden there’s three torpedoes on the way.

  2. Armaan is exactly what IU wants and needs! His ranking means nothing. He is 6’4, terrific on defense, really versatile, able to play the 1-2-3, a tough rebounder, and getting his 3 point shot to fall now. Welcome to the Hoosier Nation! Now recruit Brandon, Keion, and Trayce for an awesome class!

  3. Refreshing, isn’t it? And no needless headlines stealing of any hoopla from the football program.
    And to think we tolerated 10 years of carnival and zero success at deep NCAA runs….And how did we tolerate such depleting inroads made with Indiana recruits?
    Is it all Archie or a combination of acquiring a genuine coach while removing a haughty narcissist who only appealed to a “base” empowering him at Indiana?
    Almost sounds like national politics. We were duped for 10 years by someone who could push the right simpleton buttons for a forgotten sect easily suckered by self-indulgence, seeking of scapegoats, and empty hype…..Rather than witch hunts and isolationism appealing to fears of lost lore, we return to quiet determination forever present in our Hoosier core; a core built of statewide passion, cream & crimson, and the game of basketball.
    It’s not just an Archie miracle…It’s simply returning Indiana University basketball back to the heart it had been usurped.

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