With the news of Indiana hiring (now former) Dayton head coach Archie Miller on Saturday, TheHoosier.com spoke with an assistant coach from a NCAA tournament team to gauge reaction on the hire.
His anonymous quotes are transcribed below.
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TheHoosier.com: Given the reputation IU has in the industry, what kind of quality hire do you think this is for them?
Coach: "Oh it's a great hire. They got a guy who has been successful at every level. He relates to kids and knows basketball, knows the area. I think it's a big-time hire for them."
TheHoosier.com: Given your interactions with him, what kind of person is he? What qualities does he show?
Coach: "He's a great guy. He's very down to earth. He's the same guy - he's never changed from being an assistant to a head coach. He gets guys to play hard and he has a great defensive philosophy. I just think they're getting a winner."
TheHoosier.com: When you watch his teams, what are things you notice that stand out?
Coach: "Style of play. They play fast - they're fun to watch. Defensively they guard you well, and they're tough. They're very fundamentally sound. He's had a lot of success in the tournament - and he's done it with a lot of pieces. He was down to like seven guys a couple years ago and made the tournament and won a game. I mean he gets it done."
TheHoosier.com: Right, just how difficult of a situation is that? I feel like a lot of teams would flame out but he ended up finishing just fine.
Coach: "Yeah that's a heck of a year. And he's done it in other years. He's all about sustained success. The IU job is different as far as one of the more tradition-rich jobs in the country, but I think he'll be just fine with his pedigree and everything he's learned."
TheHoosier.com: Obviously he gets compared to his brother Sean a lot. Do you think that's fair?
Coach: "I think they're different people but I think he'll be very successful at IU. People should be happy to have him. I can't say he'll get to 'X' amount of Elite Eights or whatever, but I think people in Indiana will be very happy with the hire, and 5-7 years from now they could really be back to an elite level."
TheHoosier.com: Do you foresee any issues with recruiting? This is obviously a stepup in that department.
Coach: "IU is a brand that sells itself. He's had success already - and he works at it. The thing about recruiting is you have to be able to work at it, whether you're a head coach or an assistant, but especially as the head coach."
TheHoosier.com: What kind of reputation does he have on the recruiting trail?
Coach: "He's a very good evaluator. He gets guys that fit his program, but I think he does a really good job of developing guys too. At Dayton he got some guys that are maybe two, three-star guys and is developing them into all-conference players. You have to be able to get program guys and turn them into really good players."
TheHoosier.com: Have you ever gone head-to-head with him for a recruit?
Coach: "We did a couple times. He does his job well - does due diligence. He's not a guy that's going to negative recruit. Like I said earlier, he really works at it. I have tremendous respect for him and think he's going to do great there."
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