It was only a matter of time until McCutcheon (IN) native Robert Phinisee announced his commitment to Archie Miller and the Indiana Hoosiers.
With McCutcheon High School being only eight minutes from West Lafayette and the Purdue campus, the Hoosiers were able to dip their feet in unchartered waters and steal Phinisee from their arch-rival.
A four-star point guard, Phinisee is the No. 100 player in the class of 2018 and the No. 4 recruit in the state of Indiana according to 247Sports. With the commitments of Jerome Hunter and Damezi Anderson earlier in the summer, Phinisee is the third pledge in the 2018 class for the Hoosiers and the second from the Hoosier state.
While most of the highly-touted point guard prospects are known for their wicked handles and crazy highlight dunks, Phinisee's style is different which makes him the perfect floor general under Archie Miller.
Standing at 5-foot-11 and roughly 160 pounds, Phinisee is not an imposing figure on the court. It's easy to look at those vitals and be concerned whether Phinisee will be able to hold his own against taller, stronger opponents at the high-major division one level.
What's special about Phinisee is his ability to lead along with his efficiency on both ends of the floor.
In his junior and senior year, Phinisee averaged 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per contest while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state.
Every team needs a point guard who can take control. A guard who can dictate the tempo. A guard who makes his team better and a guard who doesn't have me first mentality but a team first attitude and Phinisee checks all those boxes.
An Indiana kid, Phinisee is familiar with the tradition of Indiana basketball and the expectations that come with being a member of the program.
During his time at Dayton, Archie Miller had some excellent point guards. For example, Schoochie Smith was really impressive for the Flyers. However, Smith did it without being heavily recruited of high school. He just knew how to win games and will now go down as one of the best point guards in Dayton history.
Although other high-major programs were recruiting Phinisee, he and Smith are related not by their talent, but their knowledge of the game of basketball and leadership on the court.
Phinisee has a chance to do something special in Bloomington. Most likely he will be a four-year player, which is rare nowadays with blueblood programs. As such, he will have the opportunity to build a top-five team in the next couple years with his classmates. These include Anderson and Hunter along with a possible commitment in the future in Romeo Langford.
While Langford is probably going to leave for the NBA after his first year, Phinisee will get four years with the Cream and Crimson, enough time to gel with new and returning teammates and possibly bring a sixth banner to Assembly Hall.
Archie Miller's "inside-outside" recruiting approach is working. First Anderson, now Phinisee, but there's plenty of work more to do on the recruiting front.
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