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Project or impact player?
That answer won’t come until next season.
Welcome to the Indiana basketball mystery that is Tim Priller, which follows last week’s mystery of who is Jeremiah April?
Priller entered the Cream ‘n Crimson world by tweeting his commitment on Saturday. Like April, he comes out of high school with zero rating stars. Unlike April, who spent a year at prep school before committing earlier this month, Priller is a high school senior from Texas.
He is listed at 6-9 and a slender 200 pounds, in part because of his fast growth. As a high school freshman he was 6-2, and retains some guard skills.
That gives the Hoosiers two big men they were looking for to replace the departed Noah Vonleh (leaving for the NBA draft) and Luke Fischer (transferred to Marquette).
With most of the heralded big men already committed, IU went under the radar to land players who, potentially, could develop into solid Big Ten frontcourt players.
As a senior at Richland High School, Priller averaged 17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. In keeping with Tom Crean’s bid to boost team shooting, Priller shot 51 percent from three-point range (45-for-89). Richland went 19-11.
Richland coach Richard Bacon compared Priller to Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky as far as being a big man who can shoot from the outside.
Texas Tech, TCU, Tulsa, Miami of Florida and Arkansas were recruiting Priller when he committed to Indiana.
IU coaches learned about Priller from Bacon, who coached with associate head coach Steve McClain at TCU in the mid-1990s.
IU has one scholarship remaining and is still in the running for 6-7 Chicago forward Josh Cunningham, who is ranked No. 80 in the Class of 2014.