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Hoosiers take flier on latest off-radar recruit

The forces of supply and demand, at least in Indiana's case, dramatically favored the suppliers in recent weeks.

Much like Jeremiah April, Tim Priller – a secondary recruit – suddenly landed a bigger prize. Big Ten scholarships aren't usually so easy to nab out on the market.

The Hoosiers now have 12 players for 13 slots after getting a commitment (by Twitter announcement) from Priller late Saturday.

“Going to Indiana for basketball,” Priller wrote. “Can't wait to see what the future holds.”

A forward from Texas who will arrive next season, Priller, who checks in at 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, does not exude greatness based on his prep numbers.

His stats at Richland High School this past season are fairly encouraging – a shooting percentage in the mid 50s, an average of about a free throw for every three field goal attempts and an average of 17.2 points per game.

However, his varsity stats from a year earlier yield ho-hum scoring and rebounding totals. And even as a senior, his were disappointing rebounding stats.

Looking at Priller on tape, there is thought that he may be hard-pressed to maintain some of his successes against Big Ten athletes.

His 3-point shooting is solid, so the best hope for development is likely as a floor-spacing 4. Obviously, the touch is there – 50.6 percent on 3s and 78.8 percent from the line last season.

There are issues to overcome.

Priller shot 59 percent on 2s, not indicative of a low-post threat.

In 63 varsity games over the past three seasons, he rejected just 67 shots, a rate of blocks below average for the position he played in high school (center).

And his assist and turnover numbers were poor.

Between all that and the defensive costs – Priller may struggle in physical matchups – he faces an uphill battle. He needs to improve his body for his college career to gain traction.

The Hoosiers now have five recruits due in for the fall and still one available scholarship to use if they choose to. April, a 7-footer who jumped on board last week, also was a surprise, out-of-the-blue addition. Neither he nor Priller was rated by the major recruiting services.

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