After a disappointing end of its efforts to assemble the recruiting class of 2019, the Indiana University basketball program will look to get some momentum going with its class of 2020. An early commitment would certainly help to move the conversation forward.
Recruiting service Rivals reported ($) that IU will have three visitors this week, and The Daily Hoosier has confirmed that an official visit from in-state guard Trey Galloway is leading things off.
Indiana has been watching northern Indiana product Galloway for a couple years. The Culver, Ind. native has been key piece of a successful Culver Academies high school program, including a 2018 state championship.
Galloway averaged 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest for his junior season. Playing for his father Mark, Culver returned to Indianapolis and was the 3A state runner-up in 2019.
It has been improved play this spring on the Adidas Gauntlet AAU circuit that led to an Indiana offer in April.
Playing alongside fellow Indiana targets Anthony Leal and Khristian Lander, Galloway has taken his game to another level.
The 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 19.9 points on 65.5 percent shooting from the field including 38.8 percent from behind the three point line this spring through seven games. He is adding 5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. Galloway’s numbers from this weekend in Chicago are not included in those averages.
With the IU offer, and changes at other suitors, Galloway’s recruitment has taken a turn in recent weeks. Purdue and Michigan have been long believed to be serious contenders for Galloway, but Jaden Ivey’s commitment to the Boilers and John Beilein’s abrupt exit in Ann Arbor have likely impacted his thinking.
Those changes appear to have created a good opportunity for IU to jump in and assume one of the leading positions. Notre Dame is generally regarded as very strong competition in this recruitment as well.
The Hoosier coaching staff will have a chance to make a strong impression this week with Galloway on campus May 27-29.
Hometown – Culver, IN (Culver Academies)
Position – Shooting Guard
Height – 6-foot-5
Weight – 200
Current 247 Sports Composite Rating – 3-star / No. 208 nationally
Primary Competition – Notre Dame, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Butler
Timeline — Galloway has indicated that he would like to wrap up the recruiting process prior to his final high school basketball season.
Indiana Connections — Galloway has been in contact with the current IU coaching staff throughout their tenure in Bloomington and he has attended multiple games at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
RECRUITING SERVICE ASSESSMENT
“An athletic and tough prospect, Galloway is at his best attacking the rim and finishing with athleticism and strength. As a defender, he is tremendous, and his strength and lateral movement allow him to guard almost anybody on the perimeter.”
On the IU Offer:
“It meant a lot to me and my family, just knowing they came all the way up to Culver to come in for a home visit and to meet with me,” Trey Galloway said. “It was a cool experience, just getting to catch up with them, and sit and talk with them.”
HOW HE FITS AT INDIANA
One major missing ingredient on the IU roster during Archie Miller’s first two years has been tough, gritty players. Galloway checks that box. He is also a team first player and a floor leader — additional attributes that can be hard to find and that Miller covets. Galloway is a coach’s son that appears to have all of the intangibles that you typically see from a young man that has grown up in the gym.
Galloway’s ability to defend the perimeter would be a nice fit in Miller’s pack-line defense, which values length to recover on shooters.
The one question, at least recently, regarding Galloway’s game has been his perimeter shot. Of course any such concerns are going to raise questions in the minds of IU fans desperate for shooters. Galloway has generally been regarded as a good shooter despite having struggles during his junior season of high school. He shot just 27 percent from three-point distance for the 2018-19 season after hitting 38 and 36 percent, respectively, from long range for his first two years of high school.
Several reports indicated that a wrist injury may have contributed to the issue. Galloway’s improved performance this spring should generally eliminate this concern.
TREY GALLOWAY VIDEO
This video is from a couple weeks ago at the Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne.
You can watch a full game from Culver’s 2018-19 season below. This contest is against Mishawaka Marian and Purdue commit Jaden Ivey (#13). Galloway is #32.
You can watch Galloway’s full 2018-19 highlights here.
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