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Monday, May 07, 2018 6:10 pm

Archie Miller on Romeo Langford, grad transfer Evan Fitzner

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana is coming off the best recruiting week of this offseason, and one of the best of Archie Miller's tenure as coach. On April 30, Indiana Mr. Basketball Romeo Langford picked the Hoosiers over Kansas and Vanderbilt, immediately rocketing the team's freshman recruiting class into the Top 10 in the country.

Three days later, former St. Mary's forward Evan Fitzner announced that he would be playing his final year of college basketball for Indiana. As a graduate transfer, he's immediately eligible and fills out the roster for the 2018-19 season. On Monday, Miller released a statement commenting on the newest Hoosiers. Here is what he said about each player.

On Romeo Langford: "Romeo absolutely fits the profile of who you would want to represent the Indiana University men's basketball program as a person, an athlete and as a student.  He has a team-first mindset and brings great size to a position of need for us and makes the game look effortless.  He can score in any situation. He can shoot over defenders and is relentless in attacking the rim.  He has great vision and is a willing passer who makes others better. As a defender with a 6-10 ½ wingspan, he plays with great poise and discipline. He's not afraid to challenge shots on the perimeter and will only get better as he embraces a strength program that will help him attain his goal of playing at the next level."

On Evan Fitzner: "Evan is an experienced player who will have the ability to help us because he helps our team become older.  He is a career 40 percent plus shooter from three-point range and is someone we are going to look for to stretch the floor with his range.  He's a physical presence who brings much needed depth to our frontcourt and his skillset gives us versatility that will be invaluable. The overall experience he gained at the high level he played over the last three years will be a tremendous asset to our program."

With Langford in the fold, Indiana's recruiting class is No. 9 in the country, per 247sports.com and No. 7 overall per Rivals.com. Fitzner's commitment gives the Hoosiers 13 scholarship players, closing the team's 2018 recruiting cycle.

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