That’s A Wrap: Rob Phinisee


Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2020-2021 Indiana Hoosiers. At present: Rob Phinisee.

Phinisee (27 video games): 7.1 ppg, 2.9 apg, 2.3 rpg, .8 spg, 34.7% FG, 26% 3PFG, 63.8% FT in 27 minutes per sport.

Beforehand: Anthony Leal, Trey Galloway, Jordan Geronimo, Khristian Lander, Armaan Franklin, Trayce Jackson-Davis

As a four-star recruit out of McCutcheon within the class of 2018, it didn’t take Rob Phinisee lengthy to make an impression in Bloomington.

As a freshman, Phinisee began 24 video games and earned the “Huge Shot Rob” nickname along with his buzzer-beater that propelled the Hoosiers previous Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse within the Crossroads Basic. However simply seven days later, Phinisee was hit within the head in a win over Central Arkansas and needed to enter concussion protocol. That setback compelled him to overlook three straight video games and he scored in double figures in simply 4 of Indiana’s ultimate 20 video games.

His sophomore season was additionally marred by accidents. Earlier than the beginning of the season, Phinisee was slowed by a decrease belly damage. He began the 2019-20 season coming off the bench and it didn’t take lengthy for him to begin lacking video games. Phinisee missed an early season sport towards Troy resulting from strep throat after which missed 4 straight video games from Nov. 25-Dec. 7 with an ankle damage.

Phinisee’s junior marketing campaign started with optimism as he spoke late in the summertime about his enhancing well being and a contemporary outlook after the abrupt ending of his sophomore season as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“I really feel so significantly better,” he mentioned final July. “Actually, this wasn’t how we needed to finish the (2019-20) season, however it actually helped my physique simply have the day without work. I really feel like that is the very best I’ve felt shortly.”

Whereas there have been vivid spots for Phinisee as a junior, his third collegiate season was arguably his worst from an effectivity standpoint. He posted profession lows in 3-point capturing and free throw proportion and his help fee fell seven % from his sophomore season. His offensive ranking was the bottom of his profession at 89.8.

The excessive factors for Phinisee got here in a pair of wins on the highway in convention play. He scored 18 factors and made three of his six 3-point makes an attempt in an 84-76 win at Nebraska on Jan. 10. And in IU’s 81-69 upset win at Iowa on Jan. 21, he once more scored 18 factors and hit 4 of his seven 3-point makes an attempt. His protection towards Jordan Bohannon, who went scoreless, was a significant motive the Hoosiers have been capable of win comfortably.

After displaying nice promise at occasions in his first two seasons as a defender, Phinisee’s confidence appeared to return and go in his third season and it had an impression on his protection. New assistant coach Dane Fife mentioned lately {that a} main motive Michigan State was capable of beat Indiana twice this previous season was that Phinisee didn’t play the “ball-hawking” protection that he did towards the Spartans the earlier two seasons.

The end to Phinisee’s junior season was arguably his worst stretch of basketball as a Hoosier. Over Indiana’s ultimate six video games – all losses – he shot 4-of-26 on 3-pointers. His confidence, like most of Indiana’s staff, had cratered by that time as Archie Miller’s message had seemingly missed the mark within the locker room.

On the conclusion of the season, Miller was dismissed, however Phinisee’s dedication to stay a Hoosier seems to be steadfast. He didn’t enter the NCAA switch portal and has been extremely seen in all the content material launched by IU on social media this offseason. And Fife has already talked up his significance to this system transferring ahead by exclaiming that the Hoosiers have “gotta get him again” when it comes to his defensive prowess.

Backside Line: Phinisee’s struggles final season have been troublesome to look at and his insecurity is without doubt one of the largest failures of Miller’s tenure as IU’s coach. Phinisee got here to Bloomington as a extremely productive and profitable participant from McCutcheon. However three years into his profession, he hasn’t progressed to the extent of participant many believed doable. The Hoosiers are bringing in Pittsburgh switch Xavier Johnson and are additionally returning Khristian Lander, who might problem for minutes within the backcourt. Finally, if Phinisee will get again to being the defender that he confirmed early in his profession at IU, he’ll stay a key cog within the guard rotation and it appears like he already has a significant advocate on the teaching workers in Fife, who known as him the “greatest defender within the Huge Ten.”

Quotable: “I lasted 4 years with crappy offense and nonetheless performed loads of minutes and it labored out for me ultimately. I acquired a little bit offensive confidence. My private story is rather a lot like Phinisee’s. Protection is his area of interest, and he can become profitable doing it if he actually places his thoughts to it. He’ll get confidence by good protection, as effectively.” – Fife on Phinisee in mid-April.

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