IUBB: Hoosiers get first 2020 commit in Galloway

Culver Academy’s Trey Galloway had his choice of programs with prestige.

He had offers from Georgetown, Michigan State, Purdue, and Butler. Kansas had building interest in the 6-foot-5 wing.

But none of those programs could match IU. At least not in one way.

“Indiana felt like home,” Galloway said Friday following his verbal commitment to the Hoosiers.

IU coach Archie Miller has talked a lot about an “inside-out” recruiting strategy, but it has turned out to be more than a cheap slogan. He’s backed it up, securing six in-state prospects in his first three recruiting classes. And counting. IU could bring in as many as four players in the 2020 class.

Galloway, IU’s first commit for 2020, believes in what Miller is building in Bloomington, and he wanted to be a part of it.

“It means a lot to just represent Indiana,” Galloway said. “I know how much history has gone through that program. I just think it’s really cool to say I’m coming to Indiana and put on that jersey someday and go out there and try to bring back that history.”

Miller’s in-state momentum has been built via some splashy commitments, including Mr. Basketball winners in Romeo Langford (2018) and Trayce Jackson-Davis (2019). Galloway is considered a three-star prospect, and the No. 178 player nationally, according to 247Sports, but that evaluation may not fully capture his potential.

After helping Culver Academy to a Class 3A state title as a sophomore, Galloway led them back to the final game with averages of 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals per contest in 2018-19. He shot just 27 percent from beyond the arc as a junior, but a wrist injury suffered in January may be partially to blame.

Playing for his AAU team Indiana Elite at the Adidas Gauntlet, Galloway hit 33 percent of his 3-pointers. He is more than willing to work for points in transition and can finish with both hands, sporting a 60 percent overall shooting percentage against elite competition at the shoe-company tournament.

“I’d say all-around I’ve been pretty versatile in kind of doing whatever it takes to help my team,” Galloway said. “I feel like I can do a lot of stuff. I can speed it up, slow it down and knock down some shots. Mainly, my competitiveness and helping my team win is what I take pride in.”

As far as character is concerned, Galloway is a coach’s kid who plays with intensity on both ends of the floor. His father, Mark, is heading into his 10th season as Culver Academy’s head coach.

His family grew up neither IU or Purdue fans, but the Hoosiers were a very consistent presence throughout his recruitment, especially assistant Tom Ostrom. Miller’s words were also powerful.

“I want to play for him because I knew what he brings to the table and how much he wants to win,” Galloway said.

Now the question is whether Galloway’s AAU teammate will be won over by Miller’s words.

On Thursday, Bloomington South’s Anthony Leal trimmed his list of potential suitors to IU and Stanford. He said it could be anywhere from “a couple of weeks to a few months” before he makes a final decision, but Leal also said the possibility of playing with Galloway at IU was “intriguing.”

Galloway said he texts with Leal every day, and he certainly had a few words for him following his commitment. But he wouldn’t go as far as to call himself a “recruiter” for Leal, considered the state’s No. 1 prospect by recruiting services.

“I don’t have to be a recruiter for him. He’s one of my best friends. He knows how much I want him to come,” Galloway said. “Obviously, we’ve been tight for a while now. If he makes that choice, it’s his choice. But it will be his choice for a reason.”

Galloway and Leal have spent a lot of time together this offseason, because they were both “core” Indiana Junior All-Stars in June. They will face off this coming season when South plays Culver Academy at the Forum Tip-off Classic on Dec. 14 at Southport. Both are bound to be front-runners for Mr. Basketball. At least one will be a Hoosier.

The label of “IU commit” will probably bring added attention to Galloway during his senior season, but that is something he tries not to think about. Nor is he gunning for Mr. Basketball.

Again, winning is all that matters.

“I’m not going to focus on Mr. Basketball during the season, because the main goal is to try to get back to the state championship,” Galloway said. “It takes one game at a time. I’m going to try to keep it positive and keep it going.”

68 comments

  1. I love this kid. Tough, incredible work ethic, constantly improving, a great teammate. But where did you get the height as 6’4, the other IU sites say 6’5? We are going to to love Trey. Now Trey go out and build your class: Leal, Cross and Loveday. That would be awesome!

  2. Great start to the 2020 Class a very critical recruiting class for I U Basketball and Coach Miller!

  3. Beilein would have gobbled up this northern Indiana baller….

    Keep stockpiling the Hoosier kids, Archie. You may not capture a Final Four immediately, but you will capture the hearts of Hoosiers spread about this state from town to town. I love the change of focus now building on recruiting inside the borders and then outward. Goodbye toe-tripping projects and pipelines to Jersey. Hello INDIANA and the Midwest again!

  4. Pretty incredible shooting percentage for a guard. Looks like a great pick up. Having an outside threat might have turned the corner in a few games last season.

    As for Leal, as a Hoosier fan I want him in Bloomington. If I was from southern Indiana (and I am) and the choice was between staying at home or living in Palo Alto and attending one of the top universities in the country…that would be hard for me to pass up.

    But…I was never in that kind of position.

    1. It all depends upon what you want for your life. If Leal wants to be a techie/computer guy with a starring basketball role and loves Northern California then it is Stanford all the way. If he wants the highest basketball ceiling with the Kelley School of Business and to be a Hoosier Legend, then it is IU all the way. Both are great choices.

  5. I can’t help but think of all the coaches kids IU has had over the years and can easily state I can’t think of 1 without a stellar work ethic. Been hearing about Galloway ever since his team won state couple years back. A close friend of mine who is the most in tune with Hoosier HS sports I’ve ever known(for years he’s traveled the state endlessly week after week after week to HS baseball, basketball, football, wrestling and track competitions)has told me for 2 years Galloway just had to be an IU get. I honestly believe this tips Leal to IU.

  6. H4h. I totally agree about getting back an Indiana and Midwest identity/self image. It is so much more fun and feels so much better following IU basketball located in Indiana. So much better than following an nba farm team whether players are good enough or not from all around the country . This is getting the program stabilized rather than like it is in nba where players come and go and traded at will in a revolving door. How can any professional basketball fan even have much of an idea of what team they are following because players that played for one team last year are playing for another team the next year. The illusion is the fans think they are following a team. It is only an illusion. In reality fans don’t even understand what they follow. I am not an nba fan. Not good but GREAT for IU in getting back especially the Indiana and Midwest flavor on the basketball team.

  7. Just finished reading an article in this month’s “Indianapolis Monthly” that gives both sides of the debate on Fred Glass’s handling of the I U Athletic Program. One interesting number in the article, ticket revenues for I U, 2018 were $17 million, Michigan football 2018 ticket sales over $55 million.

  8. Glass was a mediocre selection who has lived up to the average expectations people had for him. On the plus side, he’s taken the Big Ten money and engaged in a badly needed facilities expansion across nearly all sports. He’s also supplemented that money with some outstanding fundraising, and he’s managed to keep the department safely in the black.

    On the other hand, his lack of experience in hiring and managing coaches has hurt him, as has the corresponding performance of the football and men’s basketball programs. And the facilities for those sports, while nice (particularly for basketball), aren’t close to the top of the Big Ten. Football facilities need to keep developing or they’ll fall further behind.

    I think Glass gets a B- / C+ which is probably fine for most IU fans and supporters. Not bad, not great, not hurtful, and definitely not game-changing.

    1. I would give him an A- to a solid B+. In my lifetime, going back to Branch McCracken, IU has hired 1 great basketball coach, Bob Knight, and zero great football coaches! That is fact! But for a program with very modest fan support for football, IU is very well led in sports!

      1. Glass has made some truly outstanding coaching hires. Football hasn’t turned the corner and we don’t know yet about men’s basketball but we have NEVER had baseball and women’s basketball teams this good before. Most of the non revenue sports are doing great.

        1. Football hasn’t turned the corner and we don’t know yet about men’s basketball

          The two sports most people give a hoot about…..In the two major sports there has been basically zero movement and a lot of dollars flushed on huge salaries. 25 Elite Eights and 17 Final Fours for ‘Conference Midwest Elite’ over the last nine years….to Indiana’s ZERO.

          The two BIGGEST viewership sports are absent the biggest stages. That’s the true bottom line of Fred Glass. After a decade of trying, it’s time to absorb some of the responsibility for such dismal results.

    2. BD,
      I find your concern about the mediocrity of Glass as AD, which he is, curious. While Glass may or may not be the best of AD’s, he is only the symptom of the problem, not the root cause. Criticism of Glass may be well deserved, but where is the criticism for the real culprits, the IU BOT and administration?
      Let’s also not forget those who control the BOT, which controls the administration, which controls the AD. The governor’s 6 appointed BOT members and the alumni’s 3 elected members. If we are going to cry AD mediocrity, let’s follow the food chain all the back to the source.

      1. The source, in the case of IU, is overwhelmingly the office of the President. And he’s not someone who cares much for or even “gets” intercollegiate athletics. He never has. But he hasn’t been alone. After all, IU has made a point of hiring athletic directors with no experience in the field (imagine doing that for any other position). Doninger, Clapacs and Glass were all devoid of college athletics administration experience. Nada. Yet IU put each in the top job. And the BOT, while having oversight, has less regular involvement than you might believe, which is by both design and desire.

        1. BD,
          I agree with your assessment of the McRobbie, and also how the BOT tries to hide from their collective responsibilities or accountability for decisions made. Starting with who they, the BOT, select as university president. When we fail to hold the IU President, BOT, Indiana Governor, and IU Alumni accountable for their role in the success or failure of IU athletics, we are giving them a pass they don’t deserve. Especially in light of the market forces reshaping the face of college athletics. Unfortunately, no one in that list has shown much foresight in regards to getting ahead of what is coming.

          The IU administration is perfectly happy to spend a portion of the B1G proceeds on things other than keeping their own athletic product viable, but what happens when market forces dictate the athletes responsible for bringing in this largess must be compensated at higher levels? This is coming whether any of us like it or not, and it is the height of irresponsibility to not prepare for it. Sadly, there are far too many who are either oblivious to, or are symbolically putting their fingers in their ears whilst singing Kumbaya as loud as they can, to avoid facing the coming reality.

  9. Take look at the Northwestern Walter Athletic Complex that opened August 2018, just viewed a video, a really impressive facility. With all of the bragging that I U does about their current facilities, as I U fans we need to look at the other Big Ten school’s facilities before thinking we are in the lead on facilities.

    1. The Walker Athletic Complex is great but it is not a stand alone arena. It was built for practice (like the Mellencamp facility), multiple sport competition (IU just finished a new facility just for volleyball and wrestling, new baseball and softball stadiums, etc.), and ‘recreation’ (i.e. intramural sports).

      It’s apples and oranges. It is s great facility but it is not in the same league as the multiple facilities on the IU campus.

  10. The NW place is unreal and far and away above anything IU has. Check out Iowa’s new football only facilities, or the one Illinois is getting ready to open, or Minnesota’s. Top notch all the way. That doesn’t make IU’s stuff bad or inadequate, but the notion that the facilities are at or near the top of the Big Ten isn’t true at all.

  11. IU facilities are right where they need to be. In the top half of the B1G. Coaching hires across the 24 teams do not hold dire futures by a long shot. I’d give AD Glass a solid B.

    1. They aren’t in the top half of the Big Ten. They’re certainly much improved overall, but it’s not accurate to say they’re in the top half of the Big Ten.

        1. Yes, they are. IU has built some of the finest non revenue sports facilities in the country.

          It’s not all about the football stadium.

          Assembly Hall/Cook Hall is a helluva facility. Duke fans would kill to have an arena like Assembly Hall.

          The new volleyball and wrestling facility just opened in January. Check out the baseball and softball stadiums.

        2. No they aren’t. UM, PSU, OSU, MSU, UNL, Iowa, UW are definitely above them, and Minnesota is likely above them, too. PU and UI each have very impressive new football facilities that are nicer and roomier than IU’s, too. So, top half? No.

          1. Bear, be specific. You are looking at football only not at all of the athletic venues. Unless you have done the full tour and had a kid recruited there, you really don’t know what you are talking about.

          2. Have seen the facilities at all 14 schools. IU’s are nice but definitely not in the top half (8-10 is a fair slot for them).

          3. BP your facts based argument trumps Bear Down’s opinion. AD Glass is a solid B. Because the FB program is not yet producing at the financial optimum level proves conclusively how good a job AD Glass has done with revenues and budgets. Outstanding facilities, teams earning national attention. The biggest revenue maker over the last 4 seasons displays progress with a 22-26 record, 2 bowl appearances advancements in recruiting. I absolutely like what I see being produced under the AD’s purview. Solid B.

        3. Seeing all 14 isn’t hard if you follow IU football on the road and occasionally have the opportunity to see some other games, so no need to be “sceptical”. IU’s facilities are very nice, they just aren’t in the top half of the Big Ten overall or for football.

          1. Great facilities are nice….but so are great settings and unique campuses.

            I doubt there are many campuses as beautiful as Bloomington, Indiana. And downtown Bloomington has retained a lot of charm….I know those aren’t necessarily important factors to a jock, but in totality, it’s a pretty damn nice place to spend a few years of youth. I’ll always remember the gorgeous young freshman coed from Brazil who sat next to me in my history class lecture hall….
            There was something about Bloomington that brought her so far from home…I hope that ‘something’ never leaves regardless of the sports so relatively inconsequential.

  12. If you’ve not recently been under the confines of MS you need to treat yourself. I got an unorganized, unscheduled tour 3 years ago. As far as positive goes it was eye opening and much more has gone on during the past 3 years. Also, can’t wait to see the completed golf course.

  13. Have been there, and it’s very nice. But above which schools would MS be placed in the Big Ten? NW? Yes. Purdue? Today, yes. After that, it’s hard to find any examples.

      1. Memorial Stadium, IU’s football stadium. Illinois’s stadium is also named Memorial Stadium.

    1. Other than capacity MS is easily as attractive and chock full of athletic fulfillment amenities. I doubt there are 2 weight rooms in any conference verified better than IU. It is truly a complete FB complex in the top half of the conference.

      1. Better than Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, MSU, UM, OSU, PSU? Sorry, that’s just not the case. And if you haven’t seen Purdue’s football facility or the new one about to open at Illinois, you’ll understand why IU needs to keep adding on to what they already have. Same goes for Minnesota. Very impressive places and stadiums.

          1. If there are 7 or 8 that are better, it’s not possible to be in the top half. I’m “sceptical” that you’ve seen any outside of Bloomington, so it’s just a fun debate anyway.

  14. l give Glass an ‘F’ as in Fred and another ‘F’ as in Fireworks….One more for hiring another ‘F’ as in Fraud…who had nothing of basketball Acumen(as in ‘A’) above a ‘D-‘ …as in D-Wade.

    I will give Fred an ‘A+’ for Archie Acumen…..but he gets another ‘F’ for wasting 10 years to ‘Finally’ get there. That makes 4 F’s, a D-…and one A+.

    Question: Why was there never a Grade ‘E?’ Everything hinges on the Big E! Yes, there was once a thing known as a sweet turnaround jumper in basketball. Lost ‘A’ as in art.

  15. He should change his title to ‘Facilities Director Fred'(I suppose that makes for one more ‘F’) because he proved to know very little about Athletics.
    Much like the basketball preceding Archie, Fred thought being around the legacy of Bobby (the only real reason we have much to resurrect, relish or remember from either of our 2 major athletic programs in the “modern era”) would rub off on him. How would any director or coach be perceived at IU if not for the ‘legacy’ they get to spin and use as a marketing prop…or the “It’s Indiana” jargon ….or even speak of “reunions” and “resurrections?”

    Our most anticipated weekends should be in the late March of March Madness and not in hyped weekend reunions of teams from 35 to 45 years ago.

  16. Rutgers?? ‘nough said. Minnesota is a pretty soleless stadium. They have a new athletic facility but it’s for all sports, not just football. Maryland is probably on par with MS. The other MS is an ugly place in an ugly town. Illinois has nothing on IU. So there’s 4 more.

  17. IUFB in running for 4-star offensive guard with Miami and Louisville. Jonathan Denis announcing tonight. Come on TA, close the deal! Would be a HUGE win.

    1. That’s probably a hope and a prayer on getting this kid. All signs point to Miami getting him.

      1. He’s already committed and de-committed from Miami. Miami fans think it’s between IU and Louisville. He took visits to only IU and Louisville this month. Here’s what he said about IU:

        “I just like how much we talk,” Denis said after spending time in Bloomington on an official visit. “I haven’t really done much research, but with the way that [offensive line coach Darren Hiller] has been talking to me, I just believe in him and think he can take me to the next level.”

        If he thinks Hiller can get him to the NFL, he’s probably committing to IU.

  18. I give IU a good chance at nabbing this OL. If it happens it would not be an outlier. 4*’s from other states should be next to be served up by the staff. With his comments in mind I think he picks IU.

  19. I’m arriving late to the party. A few comments about the various topics discussed above.
    1. 11 consecutive losing seasons for IU Football. That’s all you need to know about the job Fred Glass has done as IU’s AD. As IU South alludes, that fact is just devastating to IU Athletics’ revenue, and in so many other ways. No other Power-five conference AD could have survived that failure.
    2. Yes, facilities have been improved significantly, so at least they’re no longer an embarrassment or major disadvantage. Fred Glass deserves credit for that at least, but otherwise he’s been a total failure as the leader of IU’s Athletic Department. I grade his performances as a D. But to think’s point above, Glass may just be the symptom of a troubling disease. The BOT and Administration certainly deserve to share the blame that get attributed to Glass.
    3. As much as anyone, I want the best IU HS athletes to play for IU. But only if they have the talent necessary to contribute to IU winning Big Ten Championships. Nostalgia has its place, but IU’s coaches can’t afford to deploy a parochial recruiting philosophy. If IU Archie loads his roster with the best Indiana HS talent but continues to produce mediocre results, Archie will lose his job. In the end, no one really cares where the kids come from as long as they’re good citizens and help IU win. In a state with a relatively small population, competing for recruits with two in-state Power-five conference schools, and surrounded by schools with powerhouse athletic programs, IU must be effective in recruiting out-of-state players.

    1. P-Dunker, there is more to life than football, and much more (23 teams) to IU athletics. The AD has to care about and focus on all 24! Your grade is a joke!

      1. Which sports pay the way for those other sports? They’re the life blood of any P5 athletic department. And Glass’s record of oversight for both has been really poor.

  20. Postgame interview with Remy was a delight. What a great ambassador for basketball.

    1. IU needs to start winning recruiting battles for linemen. Moving up or down the Big Ten is decided on signing day. Hiller kept Bedford last year but otherwise has had to settle for lower 3-star guys. Hiller’s first job as a coach is to recruit better talent. You can’t coach up what you don’t have.

  21. It is interesting what a crappy history will do to you.

    I don’t think it has played much of a role in their decline, because of their coaching blunders have been pretty spectacular, but have any of you ever been to Neyland Stadium at UT? I have never been to any type of stadium anywhere as awful as that fire trap.

    Sure, it seats 100k plus but, in the non luxury seating, you cannot put your knees pointing to the front. Everyone in a row must turn their knees in the same direction. You cannot go against the flow. I’m not a big person and I found it incredibly uncomfortable.

    Restrooms? Guttering nailed to the wall for urinals. The restroom nearest me had one toilet with a piece of plywood hanging by one hinge. It’s okay, though, because it is nearly impossible to get out of your seat.

    The place is one dropped match from being a disaster story on the History Channel.

    My father in law bled orange and he finally just gave up his season tickets for the next sucker on the list.

    They do have the following. Not sure how much longer the big bucks will keep coming for bad football, though.

  22. IU Football is ranked #44 for value, about $182 million, behind MN but ahead of NW, IL, Maryland, Purdue, and Rutgers, by the Wall Street Journal.

  23. IU is ranked #32 in the Learfield Directors Cup (a ranking of all sports performance for 2018-19). IU is ahead of all B1G schools except MI, OSU, PSU, WI and MN! Our AD is doing a very good job!

    1. So, 6th out of 14 is “very good”? Sounds like a B- / C+ level of achievement based on, well, the results.

    2. BP,
      I’m going to have to agree with BD on this point. Citing the Learfield Directors cup in this discussion is to cite a relatively meaningless fact in the bigger picture. Yes, the overall sports program may be doing well, but the only two which matter are not. The only programs which matter are those which pay the bills and only FB and men’s basketball have that capacity at this point. Everything else is subsidized by these two programs.

      Because payment of college athletes is coming, AD’s can be no longer judged by such criteria as Learfield, but rather by how well are the income producing programs doing. For those doubters regarding athlete payment, pay attention to what is going on around the country, consensus on this issue is growing whether any of us like it or not. When this arrives, and may be sooner than we might imagine, even more pressure will be brought to bear upon athletic departments in ways which will be hard to fully anticipate. As it stands right now, Glass’ record on the two programs that matter is yet to be determined. If CAM and CTA are successful, then Glass has done well. Only time will tell.

  24. Conversations get so negative here…Bickering about subjective reviews of facilities and stadium urinals? I’d rub knees with cute coeds while evacuating into Depends for some BigTen football dominance.

    Enjoy life…Watch Remy Abell and Maurice Creek loving the game of basketball and getting more ESPN time than our football program.

  25. On a different note, I noticed a picture of Galloway on another Scoop thread(the piece about being a coach’s son).

    Haven’t seen the young man play, but I like to see a kid who releases the ball at a very high point above the head(as shown in the picture). He’ll rarely have his shot blocked. I transformed my shot in high school to a higher release point…Took a while to get the accuracy back. I wonder if Galloway experience some slump in percentages due to a similar transformation? Maybe got back on track in his junior season? No way of knowing if he moved the release, but he’ll play a few inches taller as a shooting guard with that release point.

    Just some rambling observations…while I think back to my younger summer nights of pounding the round ball into a dirt court under an old Huntington Indiana street light.

  26. Glass is blessed to be the AD for a school whose fans have such low expectations of their football program. Eleven consecutive losing seasons under his watch and he still has his job! No other AD of a Power-five conference school could survive that record. But Glass knows that the Hoosier Nation has been conditioned to have virtually no expectations of their football program, and he survives because of those low expectations. But it’s not like IU BB has recovered its elite status since Glass got the job. Three consecutive mediocre seasons and recruiting classes ranked in the 50’s?

    Yes, Glass gets a D from me, and he deserves it. While I hope he has finally figured out how to identify coaching talent, the jury is still out on his two most important hires. And save all the chatter about how IU’s non-revenue-producing sports are doing. As someone commented above, Football and Basketball are the sports that matter most. Get those two programs right, and you have the money to improve those sports’ facilities and hire the best coaches. Have a successful football and/or basketball program, and you transform the student body and the atmosphere of the campus and surrounding community.

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