Indiana added its third commitment of the 2018 cycle today in Lafayette (Ind.) McCutcheon guard Rob Phinisee.
TheHoosier.com has covered a number of Phinisee's games over the last several months, and has some scouting notes on him below, followed by a full video breaking down what the Hoosiers are getting in Phinisee.
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Recruiting Summary: Phinisee committed to IU over Ohio State, Purdue and Virginia among others.
Stats/Accolades: Averaged 21.4 points, 6.9 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game as a junior to lead McCutcheon to a 24-3 overall record ... Named an Indiana Junior All-Star, first team All-State by the Associated Press, and named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Underclass All-State Supreme team.
True Point Guard
In Phinisee the Hoosiers are getting a true point guard who can create both for himself and others. Since he's a smaller point guard, he's learning how to utilize both a stepback and crossover move to create space for himself on the perimeter - some of which is highlighted in our video at the bottom - and he's excellent in the drive and kick game.
In our video, you'll see Phinisee drive and take his defender to the basket if left in a one-on-one situation. He's not an above-the-rim finisher, but is crafty enough to convert difficult layups - although, it will be an adjustment scoring these on Big Ten defenders. If the defense collapses harder on him, then he has the passing ability and IQ to find the open teammate.
Defensively, he has decent length and quickness, but as already noted is a bit on the smaller side.
For a three minute video showing what IU is getting in Phinisee, check out the clips embedded below.
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