It has been an interesting week for Indiana freshman point guard Rob Phinisee.
The Lafayette native has gone from the ultimate high of a game-winning buzzer beater against Butler last Saturday, to a concussion Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.
Phinisee left Wednesday’s game in the middle of the first half after taking a knee to the head. The McCutcheon High School product took a minute to get back to his feet and remained in the game briefly. Phinisee exited the contest at the 13:09 mark, but did not return and was not on the bench for the second half.
Indiana head coach Archie Miller updated his status on Friday afternoon.
“He’s still in concussion protocol. I don’t think he feels great. He won’t be available tomorrow. From that point forward moving on how he recovers we’ll see post-Christmas but he’s feeling better. I think each day since the night of the game he’s gotten a little better, but he’s still in protocol.”
Phinisee has been a pleasant surprise for Indiana thus far. While expected by most to be a contributor this season, the 6-foot-1 guard is ahead of where many had projected. A starter since the opening game, Phinisee is averaging 7.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per contest while shooting 44.4% from the field overall and 44.8% from three point range.
More than his statistical production, Phinisee has developed a reputation for making big shots late in games, including against Arkansas, Louisville, Penn State and the game-winner against Butler.
Miller has also praised Phinisee’s sturdy defense. Playing at the critical top of the pack-line man-to-man defense, Phinisee has been able to keep the ball in front of him and prevent dribble penetration for the most part.
Indiana will have an extended break after Saturday, returning to action on January 3rd at home against Illinois.
You can see Miller’s full press conference (along with Zach McRoberts and De’Ron Davis) here.
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