breaking news

Brooke Richardson off house arrest, but judge imposes other restrictions

SPORTS DAILY: Here’s why Archie Miller recruited Ed Schilling


What a pair they must make on the recruiting trail, former Dayton coach Archie Miller and former Wright State coach Ed Schilling combing the countryside for basketball talent.

Call it a Gem City Jam road trip — two guys working together who once ran crosstown programs at schools that wouldn’t play each other.

But that’s not where the connection ends between Miller, the new Indiana coach, and his assistant, Ed Schilling, who was recently poached from UCLA.

They have jumped into the recruiting pool for 6-foot-7 forward Keion Brooks Jr., a five-star stud at Fort Wayne North Side and supposedly the top sophomore in Indiana. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because his father, a 6-3 guard, was Schilling’s best player at Wright State for two seasons in the late 1990s.

Before Miller and Schilling arrived at Indiana, Brooks reportedly had been leaning toward Michigan State or Purdue because previous coach Tom Crean had not shown him much love. Now IU is said to be very much in the picture.

Brooks announced Thursday he has received an offer from Indiana.

No guarantee it will pay off in championships, but let’s just say Miller knew what he was doing when he made Schilling one of his first recruiting targets.

Another former Schilling player, Vernard Hollins, could help with Brooks and steer even more talent Indiana’s way. The sixth-leading scorer in Wright State history, Hollins runs the Always 100 Basketball Academy, which “conducts pro-level, high-intensity group and individual workouts with youth, high school, and collegiate level athletes,” according to Hollins’ website.

Hollins followed Brooks to Wright State after succeeding him at North Side. Sense a theme here?

Schilling, who has coached in high school, college and the NBA, knows talent. Perhaps more importantly, he knows everybody. Especially in Indiana, where he grew up and not long ago was guiding Park Tudor High School to consecutive Indiana state championships with such players as Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell and Xavier’s Trevon Blueitt, another NBA prospect.

If you remember Schilling from Wright State, you recall a six-year ride that wasn’t the smoothest. After some early stumbles, the Raiders seemed to turn a competitive corner in years three and four of Schilling’s tenure only to see the program regress into the abyss of irrelevance.

It was Schilling’s inability to recruit to Wright State that ultimately led to his firing. He couldn’t keep pace with Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Butler and others back then, even with all his Indiana ties.

But he had a positive impact on those who did take the Wright State plunge. What sticks with me is how transfers such as Jesse Deister, Cain Doliboa and Seth Doliboa, all noteworthy Midwestern mid-major players, said they wished they could have spent their entire college careers with Schilling.

Keion Brooks Jr., if as good as advertised, won’t spend more than a year or two in college, but the list of those who have coached a player and his son can’t be long.

It would be something if Brooks were to become a Hoosier.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Florida Gators Columbia PFG Bonehead Short Sleeve Shirt
Florida Gators Columbia PFG Bonehead Short Sleeve Shirt

Celebrate your Florida Gators fandom while on the dock or boat with this Collegiate Bonehead angler shirt from Columbia! This cool shirt features embroidered Florida Gators graphics that will help you showcase your team pride while relaxing. It also has mesh lining in the back, four pockets at the chest, a rod holder and a utility...
2018 NBA Draft: Scout offers advice as Kentucky’s Washington, Vanderbilt, Gabriel test waters
2018 NBA Draft: Scout offers advice as Kentucky’s Washington, Vanderbilt, Gabriel test waters

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The next 37 days will go a long way toward shaping the 2018-19 Kentucky basketball roster. In that time, forwards PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel must decide whether to leave their names in the NBA draft or pull out and return for another season in Lexington. Unlike former teammates...
What Jake Wray’s commitment means for Ohio State football
What Jake Wray’s commitment means for Ohio State football

Ohio State landed its first commitment of the 2020 recruiting class on Monday afternoon, receiving a verbal pledge from Marietta (Ga.) tackle Jake Wray. Wray is the younger brother of 2018 tackle signee Max Wray, who is on campus as an early enrollee for the Buckeyes. The younger Wray chose Ohio State over offers from Georgia...
What Jake Wray’s commitment means for Ohio State football
What Jake Wray’s commitment means for Ohio State football

Ohio State landed its first commitment of the 2020 recruiting class on Monday afternoon, receiving a verbal pledge from Marietta (Ga.) tackle Jake Wray. Wray is the younger brother of 2018 tackle signee Max Wray, who is on campus as an early enrollee for the Buckeyes. The younger Wray chose Ohio State over offers from Georgia...
GM John Lynch gives telling comment about Reuben Foster’s future with San Francisco 49ers
GM John Lynch gives telling comment about Reuben Foster’s future with San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch offered a no-nonsense message about Reuben Foster’s future with the franchise. If the charges against the former Alabama linebacker are proven true, Foster won’t be part of the organization. On Monday, Lynch delivered the strong comment about Foster’s future with San Francisco, as relayed...
More Stories