Indiana has missed the NCAA Tournament three seasons in a row. At a traditional blue-blood program, that's cause for consternation and calls for a ground-up rebuild.
Coach Archie Miller is working on building the next great Indiana team and is looking inside the Hoosier State to do it.
He's signed back-to-back Indiana Mr. Basketball winners – Romeo Langford and Trayce Jackson-Davis – and has offered scholarships to a group of players that could compete for the award in the coming years.
Among those the Hoosiers are prioritizing is 2020 shooting guard Trey Galloway of Culver Military Academy.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Galloway is the No. 5 player in Indiana, per 247sports.com and plays AAU basketball for Indiana Elite 2020, which he helped lead to a perfect 8-0 mark at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run N Slam at Spiece Fieldhouse over the weekend.
Galloway received a scholarship offer from Indiana during an in-home visit with Miller and his top recruiter, assistant coach Tom Ostrom. Galloway and his family knew the Hoosiers' staff was serious after Miller traveled the three hours from Bloomington to Culver.
“Means a lot to me and my family, just for them to come all the way up to Culver and do a home visit,” Galloway said. “It was really cool just to catch up with coach Miller and coach Ostrom and they said they wanted to offer me.”
Galloway averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a junior at Culver while shooting 52% from the field, but Indiana impressed his family with its knowledge of his intangibles rather than his numbers.
“The one thing I liked that (Miller) said was that Trey has the DNA that they're looking for, that competitive grit, that will to win and the will to make plays for teammates,” Galloway's father, Mark Galloway, told IndyStar. “They've taken some time to evaluate that and recognize that, because that's not really a stat that pops out on a stat sheet.”
Galloway's Indiana Elite team is loaded with talent. He takes the floor with 2020 guard Anthony Leal of Bloomington South and 2021 guard Khristian Lander of Evansville Reitz, both of whom are elite prospects and have interest in Indiana, as well.
Despite playing with several other potential Division I recruits, Galloway stood out at the Run N Slam, especially during a game Sunday morning when Lander, a five-star guard, sat out.
With the point guard off the floor, the offense often ran through Galloway and he delivered, displaying a feel for getting to the rim off the dribble, as well as an improved jump shot.
His outside shooting was the one question mark in his game last season, as he shot just 27% from 3-point range for the Eagles.
He flashed a smooth stroke at Spiece, however, knocking down one particularly important 3-pointer off the dribble following a screen from Leal. The shot helped put away a victory over the Grand Rapids Storm.
Galloway, who also has interest from Michigan State and Purdue, among others, has talked to Miller about taking an official visit to Indiana in the near future. As an in-state prospect, he already knows all the tradition the Hoosiers can bring to a recruiting push.
“Obviously I know it's a lot of IU history in that program,” he said. “The fans, they're die-hard fans. It's a really good program to play for, everyone loves Indiana basketball.”