After a long drought of recruiting woes, last Friday, Indiana Head Coach Archie Miller received his first commitment of a scholarship high school recruit since December. On July 26, Trey Galloway, a class of 2020 shooting guard of Culver Academy picked Indiana over a long list of schools including Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Notre Dame and others.
— Jackson Yeary (@YearyJackson) July 26, 2019
He didn’t receive an offer from Indiana until April 29, but the coaching staff picked up ground quickly, landing an official visit in May and a commitment just two months later. Galloway is the sixth of Miller’s total nine earned commitments to be an in-state prospect from Indiana.
Galloway, Miller’s first commitment of the 2020 recruiting cycle, is considered a three-star talent and nationally ranked as the No. 178 overall player and the No. 5 player in Indiana according to the 24/7 Sports Composite. He may not be as highly rated as some of the big names in Miller’s past recruiting classes, but Galloway brings a winning mentality and toughness to Indiana.
“He (Coach Miller) wants to win, and I want to win,” Galloway said. “He’s all business.”
Winning is something that has alluded Miller in his two seasons at Indiana. Hovering about a .500 winning percentage with a 35-31 overall record and one NIT quarterfinal appearance in 2019 was not what was expected of him.
Galloway has the ability to help change that. In his three seasons at Culver Academy in the northern part of the state, his team has gone 68-13, making the Indiana High School Class 3A State Finals the last two seasons, and winning it all in 2018.
— Culver Basketball (@CMABasketball) March 25, 2018
Additionally, while playing for Indiana Elite 2020 on the Adidas Gauntlet Circuit in AAU, Galloway’s team has been remarkably good. The team’s 2017 campaign featured a 48-1 record while winning multiple championships over the years.
“I feel like with the experience I’ve had in big games, that will definitely help,” Galloway said. “I feel like it can benefit me at Indiana.”
In addition to the winning, Galloway’s skillset is adaptable and diverse. The wing player is a staunch defender and excellent passer. He also excels at scoring the ball as a tough driver with soft touch around the rim paired with a strong jumper too.
Underrated Trey Galloway picked Indiana over offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Purdue, Butler, Iowa and Georgetown (among others)! pic.twitter.com/9YY7Bj6Nr7
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 28, 2019
“One thing that he (Miller) really liked in my game is the versatility,” Galloway said.
As a hustler with strong fundamentals and a high basketball IQ, the wing’s game is ripe for Miller’s system at Indiana.
The high basketball IQ comes from being the son of a coach. Galloway is the son of his high school’s head coach, Mark Galloway.
“I just think being around the game forever is something that has really helped me a lot,” Galloway said. “I’ve been around the game since I was like two or three and have grown up watching his practices. Just having him in the gym with me has helped because he knows a lot and he’s been able to teach that knowledge to me.”
Along with being raised by a college coach which has prepared him for life on the court, coming from a boarding school with an emphasis on college preparation in Culver Academy should give Galloway skills to thrive off of it too.
“It’s been really good for just balancing everything,” Galloway said. “It’s good to know that when I go on to college, I’ve already kind of experienced it here at Culver.”
While being the first member of Indiana’s 2020 class, Galloway could end up reuniting with one of his best friends and long-time AAU Elite teammate, Anthony Leal. Leal, a four-star shooting guard of Bloomington South High School has cut his list to two – Indiana and Stanford.
Thank you to every coach who recruited and believed in me, but through God’s grace I am proud to announce my final two schools: pic.twitter.com/dQr4R3helV
— Anthony Leal??♂️ (@anthonyl3al) July 25, 2019
The two talented guards both received their Indiana offers on the same day during each of their in-home visits with the Indiana coaching staff. They are also the only two players in the 2020 class in Indiana to be offered by IU.
“We benefit each other pretty well,” Galloway said. “Some of the things he can do are really helpful for me and I think we just have that chemistry. We’ve played well together for a while.”
Though Galloway would love to have Leal as a Hoosier, he said he’ll be supportive of Leal’s choice either way.
“We talk all the time,” Galloway said. “He’s one of my best friends. I want him to come with me, but at the end of the day it’s his decision and whatever he picks will be the right one.”
Having Leal join him would mean a lot to Galloway but getting to be part of Indiana Basketball itself and representing his home is something that holds tremendous value to him as well.
“It means a lot to know that I’m committed to Indiana and all the history that has been there,” Galloway said. “It’s a blessing to represent the state of Indiana.”