Indiana Basketball may only utilize 11 of 13 scholarships spots. Is Archie struggling at recruiting?

Indiana Basketball may only utilize 11 of 13 scholarships spots. Is Archie struggling at recruiting?

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Indiana Basketball may only utilize 11 of 13 scholarships spots. Is Archie struggling at recruiting?

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In a year where Indiana Basketball had a lot of high hopes in recruiting power, Archie Miller was only able to lockdown two freshman in Trayce Jackson-Davis and Armaan Franklin.  That and the edition of transfer Joey Brunk leaves the Hoosiers to 11 scholarship players on varsity as opposed to the max of 13.  Does Archie know what he is doing with this smaller roster or is it showing his failing skills in being able to lock in key recruits.  IU Insider Zach Osterman joins the show as Kevin Bowen and Mike Wells fill in for DD.

Why is Indiana not using the final two scholarship positions?

"The truth is, they tried to fill them.  Archie Miller talked about it Wednesday, he's talked about it since his hiring that he doesn't wanna force it to be full if he doesn't feel like he has the right guys.  If he's happy being a guy or two short unless he can sign can really make a difference for Indiana in the short or the long term.  In this particular case between NBA attrition, graduation, and some transfers; Indiana just hasn't been able to fill those spots.  They had official visitors through the spring, guys who wound up at North Carolina or at Memphis.  Obviously they are still taking Joey Brunk the transfer from Butler.  It doesn't seem they have gone two deep into the grad transfer market beyond Brunk.  So maybe Archie's mind is made up that his team is where it is and he has in fairness been clear that it isn't imparitive to have a fully stacked roster if the guys at the end won't be able to help."

When does the pressure truly start setting in for Archie Miller as the coach of Indiana?

"Well a little bit of it started last season and we can have a more reasoned discussion about Indiana last year starting off so well and then things started falling off as injuries piled up and depth issues and experience took Indiana down.  That isn't the only issue as Archie and his staff should wear some of that and work through some of that and how they could've done better.  The one-liner that was thrown around last year was that Indiana was a dealt a bad hand and then played it poorly through the course of last winter.  I feel a fair amount of expectations are going to play into next year, I'm confident that it is not a do or die year.  I do think it's around that time that Indiana fans will expect or learn what is the Archie program gonna be based on or worked on."

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