Archie Miller didn’t have to look outside his borders to land his first commit in the 2019 class.
Armaan Franklin, a top-150 recruit, committed to the Hoosiers on Thursday via a social media announcement.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Indianapolis picked Indiana over offers from the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, Xavier, Butler and Purdue, which he visited, along with Indiana, late last month.
“He’s a great defender, and that’s what is going to get him on the floor as a freshman at IU I think,” his high school coach, Jason Delaney, told the Indianapolis Star. “I don’t think players today realize how far willingness and desire to play both ends of the floor can take you.”
“His offense comes within the flow of an offense,” Delaney added. “It’s not him out there hunting shots. And he’s very efficient when he does shoot. He’s a guy other players like to play with, and by not being selfish, guys know he’s going to get them the ball.”
Franklin averaged 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists last year as a junior for Cathedral High School, playing point guard after spending the previous years as a forward.
“He was willing to shoulder the coaching that came with it,” Delaney told The Star. “If things weren’t going right on the floor, I was going to him, because things weren’t getting done. He embraced every bit of that. He got better.”
Miller has had little trouble translating his success at Dayton to wins on the recruiting trail in the Big Ten as he landed a top-10 class in 2018, landing three four-star recruits and five-star stud Romeo Langford, in his first full recruiting class in Bloomington.