Reports: IU expected to hire Roberts as third assistant

Indiana will reportedly hire Hoosier alum Mike Roberts as the program’s third assistant.

247Sports’ Evan Daniels reported Wednesday that Roberts was expected to be hired, citing sources. That follows a report from 247Sports’ Jeff Rabjohns on Tuesday night saying Roberts was a candidate. IU has not officially announced the hire.

Roberts, a 2005 IU grad, will replace Ed Schilling, who departed the program in June. Roberts joins Bruiser Flint and Tom Ostrom as assistants on third-year coach Archie Miller’s staff.

In Roberts, the Hoosiers would be getting a former Bob Knight recruit who has most recently spent eight seasons as associate head coach at UNC-Greensboro. Prior to that, he spent two years under Ben Braun at California, following Braun to Rice for another four seasons. Immediately after his playing days, Roberts was a graduate assistant for Knight at Texas Tech.

In the Southern Conference, UNC-Greenboro has been a success during Robert’s and head coach Wes Miller’s tenure. They have posted 25-, 27-, and 29-win seasons in consecutive years, each program best marks. They have consistently made the postseason, though their runs have been short.

Greensboro lost to Lipscomb in the second round of the NIT last year. The Spartans clinched their first NCAA tournament berth in 17 years in 2017-18, but they fell to Gonzaga in a first-round matchup. The year before that, Greensboro ran into Syracuse in the NIT’s first round.

Roberts is a native of Terre Haute but didn’t play high school ball in Indiana. He started at South Eugene High School in Oregon before moving on to the New Hampton School in New Hampshire. The 6-foot-9 forward was part of three NCAA tournament squads at IU, including the 2002 runners-up squad. His stat line was modest — 88 career points to go with 65 rebounds — but Roberts was a team captain as a fifth-year senior.

The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection also won the conference’s sportsmanship award in 2005.

Roberts will certainly bring energy and an emphasis on the defensive end. His bio at UNC-Greenboro credits the former Hoosier for his work with posts and guards, including two-time SoCon defensive player of the year Isaiah Miller (guard). While at Rice, he worked primarily with the program’s posts.

7 comments

  1. I have no recollection of this man…..I was at the games in Lexington and Atlanta when we made our Final Four run. He was actually on the team? Well, I suppose Dane Fife is only interested in the head job.

    A Knight prodigy…? Looks like we’re getting closer to a Haunted Hall of Hoops appearance from Bob Knight. He’ll be coming as ‘Creature from the Blacklisted Lagoon.’

    1. H4H,
      I’m obviously reserving judgement on this, but this may turn out to be a great hire. Robert’s BB philosophy appears to be very compatible with AM. Known to value hard defense and a style of BB many have long desired back at IU, and if I remember right, many of the same things you have called for frequently. Saw somewhere that he is known to be a good recruiter both domestically and internationally.

      Roberts has apparently earned his coaching chops in a very workmanlike manner. Doesn’t hurt the resume with Hoosier Nation that RMK thought enough of him to bring him along as a Grad assistant at TTU. I know it sounds redundant but this another one of those let’s wait and see how he does. Hopefully Roberts will exceed all expectations.

  2. H4H..If you check on his bio ;Roberts has had a very successful coaching career to date, his experience seems to be working with post players which ,I would think lend itself to successful recruiting. He probably learned a great deal from the “Bob Knight Classroom of Basketball” while redshirting. I am reminded that some GREAT coaches were not starters in their chose sport. 1 name comes to mind, a backup catcher at best BUT probably the best hitting instructor and teacher since Ted Williams . Charlie Lau.

  3. Lean heavily confident with the hiring of MR as the timeline from Schilling’s departure has given Coach Miller abundant time to prospect and research a bunch of candidates. Certainly better than some kneejerk action showing how quickly the spot could be filled. Makes me think ES left more on his own than Miller doing any pushing. Maybe not, maybe so. I like the hire.

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