After a tumultuous offseason filled with departures, the Indiana Hoosiers are slowly but surely rebuilding their roster. A week after big man Jeremiah April committed to Indiana, forward Tim Priller has decided to come to Bloomington in the fall.
Many teams around the country were interested in Priller's services, but he chose Indiana over TCU, Miami, Texas Tech, Illinois, Colgate, Arkansas, Drexel, UT-Arlington and Illinois-Chicago. Let's take a look at the 6'9" stretch-4 from Richland High School in Texas.
When observing Priller, the first thing you notice is his size. But, like a lot of taller players these days, he can shoot effectively from the outside.
This season for Richland High, while averaging 17 points per game, Priller made an eye-popping 51 percent of his three-point attempts. And it wasn't like he barely shot from beyond the arc. He took the second most three-point shots on his team.
Priller's total field-goal percentage was 48 percent, so he wasn't too shabby from other areas of the floor. Finally, he shot a respectable 78 percent from the free-throw line.
The biggest thing Priller will need to work on as he gets ready for his freshman season is his strength. Per Inside the Hall, his high school coach, Richard Bacon, said, "But he's got to get a little stronger, and he knows that."
At 200 pounds, he needs to constantly be in the weight room in order to add muscle.
While Priller may be relatively unknown, Indiana can't fans can't complain about this signing. He could be in line to see minutes that would have belonged to Austin Etherington or Jeremy Hollowell, and they were less than stellar this season.
Priller could end up being a nice pickup for Indiana because of his size and shooting. At 6'9", he brings a bigger body to a roster that was depleted of size.
But, most importantly, his three-point shooting may be a big boost to an IU offense that struggled at many times throughout the 2013-14 season.
Because of his size, Priller will most likely be covered by an opposing big. The fact that he can play on the wing, spread the floor and open up the lane for his teammates is important. IU has three players who love to attack the basket in Yogi Ferrell, Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams, so having Priller on the floor could be a huge help to them.
Also, if defenses have to account for attacking IU guards and leave Priller to help, the sharpshooter will be left open on the outside, where he's shown he can make teams pay. So, depending on how Priller develops, he could be a legitimate three-point threat on a team that only had one true outside shooter this season (Ferrell).
Will Priller be a key contributor as a freshman? Let's not rule it out.
There are definitely minutes up for grabs, as the Hoosiers' bench will be totally different from what it was in 2013-14. If he can knock down some meaningful outside shots, he will have earned his keep.
*All stats via Inside the Hall unless otherwise noted.
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