IU announces signing of 2020 recruits

Indiana announced the signing of three 2020 recruits Friday.

In-state commits Anthony Leal (Bloomington South) and Trey Galloway (Culver Academies) are officially part of a class with Jordan Geronimo (Newark, N.J./St. Paul’s, Concord, N.H.).

Here is Archie Miller’s statement, along with bios provided by the men’s basketball program.

Archie Miller

“We are excited to add three high-quality young men and their families to the Indiana basketball program.  Anthony, Jordan and Trey have competed  at championship levels in high school, AAU and have been extremely well coached throughout their lives.  They bring toughness, athleticism, versatility and a high basketball IQ and represent everything we look for on and off the court.  They make others better, will have a positive impact on our team culture and are prepared to help us compete at the highest level in the Big Ten.”

Trey Galloway

G  6-4. 200

Ranked: No. 139, 247Sports, No. 137, Rivals.com

Helped Culver Academies, which is coached by his father, Mark, to an Indiana Class 3A state title in 2018 and a championship game appearance in 2019 ..l. averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game…  earned a spot on the  “core six” Indiana Junior All-Star team… named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Underclass All-State-Supreme 15… named second-team All-State by AP… played for Indiana Elite and Coach Mike Fox where he averaged 16.1 points, shot 42.9 percent from 3-point range, 61.4 percent overall from the field and 66.7 percent from the line this past summer …  also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 turnovers and 0.6 steals per game… is the son of Mark and Dawn Galloway…; father played collegiately at Bethel (IN).

Jordan Geronimo

F  6-6 195

Concord, NH (St. Pauls School)

Ranked: No. 81, 247Sports, No. 77, Rivals.com

Has a 7-foot wingspan… at St. Paul’s, Geronimo averaged 14.2 points per game as a junior while shooting 52% on two-pointers and 38% from three-point range… added 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per contest… coached by Maxwell Gordon… played AAU ball for Mass Rivals and coach Vin Pastore where they advanced to the Adidas Gauntlet finals… averaged 9.1 points per game  and shot 56 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from behind the 3-point line…  is the son of Jose and Dawn Geronimo… Dawn (Royster) was a standout basketball player at North Carolina.

Anthony Leal

G  6-5  195

Bloomington, IN (Bloomington South)

Ranked: No. 101, 247Sports, No. 112, Rivals.com

An outstanding student who is a direct admit to the Kelley School of Business… at Bloomington South, he averaged 19.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals as a junior…  led team to a sectional title and a spot in the regional championship game…  has scored 1,143 points … as a sophomore, he made 66 3-pointers, knocking down better than 51 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc while averaging 14.4 points per game… played for legendary coach J.R. Holmes and attended same high school as former Hoosier standout Jordan Hulls… named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Underclass All-State-Supreme 15… earned a spot on the  “core six” Indiana Junior All-Star team… played AAU for Mike Fox and Indiana Elite… is the son of Martin and Sherry Leal.

16 comments

  1. For this to be a good recruiting class, we need Garcia to sign. Anyone know when he’s likely to make his decision?

    As for these three, does anyone see any of them becoming starters or getting significant playing time next season? Aside from opportunities caused by injuries or transfers, I just don’t see how they’re going to beat out any of the more physically mature and experienced teammates. My guess is that Geronimo has the best chance of getting some meaningful playing time next season, but otherwise I’m guessing these guys will be watching and learning and playing only in garbage time throughout their freshman season. Not trying to be negative, it’s just that when I look at next year’s projected roster, I don’t see these guys getting a lot of playing time.

  2. Reality. These recruits will do well in a 2019 November pre conference schedule. In big ten in there junior and senior years they will be competitive with NW, Rutgers, Nebraska, and Penn State. That would = about 4 big ten wins.

    1. That’s true t… he’d to win in the B1G playing 3-on-5…

      Hopefully Archie can sign some additional scholarship players. Not sure how he’ll be able to pull it off at a school like IU, but that’s why he gets the big bucks…

  3. Baring major injuries, I project next year’s starters to be as follows:
    Brunk – Center
    Jackson Davis – Forward (he’s not a one-and-done guy)
    Smith/Hunter – Forward (size and shooting ability)
    Phinisee – Guard (point guard will run the offense)
    Durham – Guard (experience and improved outside shooting)
    Franklin – 6th man
    Key back-ups: Thompson, Anderson

    Maybe I have not watched enough video of these new recruits, but I just don’t see any of them climbing into the first eight or nine spots on next year’s roster. If Leal continues to shoot 3’s at a high percentage, he might come off the bench to provide a scoring boost. Or Geronimo’s long arms could help defend certain opponents. But assuming Archie doesn’t loose more than one player to transfer, I think these these three guys will spend their freshman year watching, learning and providing competition in practice.

    1. Sounds about right Po…. and I don’t see a reason to have it any other way. I really like this class because I believe they build on the culture Archie is creating. My intuition tells me they are tough, defensive-minded, smart, unselfish teammates, who care about winning first. 4 year players who will grow through the program learning from talented upper-classmen, and then be the leaders in their last couple years.
      I’m excited to watch them play, and I think they’re the type of kids that the campus will love and really embrace and support.

  4. All seem like solid ingredients to build a strong roster top to bottom…Staples of the pantry. Strong b-ball IQ’s. Good size in the guards. Inside-out recruiting with the Indiana pair and One.
    Only time will tell how they evolve.
    We do need some star power/fire power on the menu to interest the diners of Hoosier hoops. But can we find a 5-star hungry enough for banners to stay for more than a season….or two? Maybe just get out the wallet like Sean?

  5. My take on this is these are exactly the kind of players Archie needs to be recruiting. Players who will stay 4 years in the age of players who will be one and done or maybe never play college basketball. If you want to hang banners this is what you must do. The pattern is already out there in the way Villanova and Virginia have built their programs. Yes, you can make all the headlines with all the 5* players, but since taking this course, how many banners have these schools hung?

    In the last 5 years this has become extremely noticeable, with Villanova and Virginia winning 3 out of those 5 championships. They are not building their programs on the one and done players. You try to get a standout talent or two to throw into the mix, but the heart of your team is what Archie has with this class so far.

  6. That is one side that I somewhat agree. However, basketball posts of today (last several years really) have transitioned over time what is now a couple decades to sound like historically traditional IU football posts.

  7. Geoff, tai, couldn’t agree more. To me it is BB IQ 1st with a priority on Hoosier HS ballers for Coach Miller. Of course that is absolutely this fan’s flavor. As far as these 3 commits I honestly believe 1 of them will be in the 8-9th man rotation next season. Determined by who can play AM’s m/m D, run the floor in transition, move in the offense and move the ball in the offense. Has to happen or how is any of them ready for ‘prime time’ 20-21? Garcia is icing, cherry and an extra layer of cake for the future. Fingers crossed!

  8. HC, I think Garcia is a lot more than icing and a cherry, he’ll be the back-up center getting about 14 minutes a game. Without him, we’ve only got Jackson Davis to back-up Brunk, and that’s a waste of Jackson Davis.

    As for our three new signees, I wonder if anyone has told them that they’re likely to sit for most of their freshman year? I admit to being cynical about this latest generation of college BB players. They all seem to be very impatient and want instant gratification. So I fear that one or two of these guys will get frustrated by their lack of playing time and decide to transfer after their freshman season.

    With the exception of an injury or a transfer, which current player is going to get displaced from the top nine by one of these three recruits next season? Again, unless someone transfers or gets hurt, I just don’t see that happening. These young men are going to be relegated to garbage time against powder-puff competition in the first month of next season. After that, they’ll ride the pine.

  9. He is icing and cherry if landed. As far as recruiting goes. 1 of the 3 will show early savvy to earn playing time. It’s just the way it works out. Like Franklin has. Who woulda guessed? You’re forgetting Race Thompson for strong rotational post duty. His defense is formidable. Ala ‘Ethan Happ’ last year. Garcia has lots of talented potential but at 6’10”-214 lb. is going to need to get bigger quick for sure. He may start out playing more forward.

  10. By the time Garcia starts playing BB for his college team, he’ll weigh 235 lbs. For a young man that tall, he can put on that amount of extra weight quickly and with no difficulty.

    1. 235#? Guaranteed? Right?
      That’s what you hope. He’ll play more forward as a Frosh till he is stout enough for full time C.

  11. If only the Big Ten was a 6’6″ and under league of “white adjacent” players!!

    Other wise, I have to admit that I agree with t’s postings.

    But then, look at our Football Team this year! We’re going to a Bowl Game!!!!!

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