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BROTHERLY BOND Green, Davis have been pushing each other since first rooming together as freshmen at Indiana By Jon Blau
When Devonte Green’s team wins a drill at practice, he intends to savor the moment. Especially if De’Ron Davis is on the losing end. “Yeah, D-Ro. Run!” Devonte will shout, sending his 6-foot-10 roommate off on a down-and-back. Consider it Devonte’s victory lap, only De’Ron is running it for him. This is the friendliest version of contempt, two highly competitive alphas keeping score and getting even. Their
mano-a-mano started on Day 1, just after the big man from Colorado and the guard from Long Island converged in a freshman dorm. De’Ron bragged about all the work he’d put in back home, learning how to smother smaller, quicker players on the perimeter. “Yeah,” Devonte answered, “I’m probably a little different than the guards you’ve been guarding in Colorado.” The first time he matched up with De’Ron in a drill, Devonte proved it with his best move. Drive right. Step-back left. Swish. “He took all my confidence,” De’Ron said. “Boom! Not there yet.” As initial impressions go, Devonte thought De’Ron was cocky, too sure of his top 50 recruiting ranking. It turns out, he could admit defeat. Devonte, SEE BOND | PAGE F4
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to De’Ron, appeared laidback and introspective, but that stepback revealed the take-any-shot, make-any-shot mentality driving a supremely confident scorer. Three years later, De’Ron and Devonte are the “the old heads,” veterans who fondly remember a time when they were young and anxious to get to the pros. That was before a coaching change freshman year, an Achilles tear for De’Ron sophomore year, and bouts of waning self-confidence for Devonte through his junior year. Three years in, they have yet to make an NCAA tournament appearance. If the Hoosiers fall short, again, De’Ron and Devonte will comprise the first IU class since 1972 to miss the tournament completely. This is it. The time is now. “We have a lot riding on our shoulders,” De’Ron said. “Being the two competitors we are, we fully embrace the challenge. I feel like we are going to attack it this year.” And that means, at times, they will go after each other. Through trials, the other’s voice has been a constant. If Devonte wins a drill, it’s “Yeah, D-Ro. Run!” If De’Ron triumphs, it’s “Yeah, Devonte. Run!” If there are no sprints, De’Ron turns to the powers that be, surprised. “Coach, you takin’ it easy on him today? What’s going on?” Of course, during the last January practice of De’Ron’s sophomore year, he could hear Devonte chirping on his down-and-backs. There was something extra, too, what felt like a ball tossed at his heel. De’Ron turned around briefly, aggravated at whoever was pulling the prank. On his next step, De’Ron collapsed. “Get up!” Devonte piled on. “Stop faking! Get off the floor!”
Indiana’s De’Ron Davis (left) talks with Devonte Green as they and Quentin Taylor (right) return to shore after their visit to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor on Nov. 9, 2016, in Honolulu. The Hoosiers were in Hawaii to face Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic. (Chris Howell / Herald-Times)
Two days after a loss at Georgia Tech in the 2017 NIT, the man who recruited them to Indiana, Tom Crean, was fired. Archie Miller was hired nine days later, and the first member of their class to leave, Grant Gelon, was gone in two months. Curtis Jones left before the fall semester ended. A month after that, De’Ron went down in practice, clutching his Achilles. Devonte felt bad about his ill-timed trash talk. The shifts have come so suddenly, it wasn’t until the end of last season that De’Ron and Devonte wrapped their heads around all that’s changed. “Yo, bro,” De’Ron said. “We’re the last two.” • • • And not just for the men’s basThe twists and turns in De’Ron ketball team. The women’s squad and Devonte’s college careers lost its entire 2016 class. Of all the have come in short order. hoopers who arrived that year,
Devonte and De’Ron were it. So why were they outliers? Maybe because they each have a healthy level of confidence in their ability to influence winning. Also, they had each other. “The easy way is to leave,” Devonte said. “Not taking anything away from the people that did leave, because everyone has their own path. We weren’t always happy here. But we figured if we stuck it out, we’d get what we wanted.” “We had our options,” De’Ron said. “But do we want to risk that? What if I transfer, sit out a year, and then I don’t like that coach? We were kind of like ‘We here, We comfortable.’ Let’s see how Coach Miller does things.” Their hometowns are 1,800 miles apart, but there is a common thread of resilience — and maybe stubbornness
— running through De’Ron and Devonte’s lives. From a very early age, it was NBA or bust for De’Ron. He grew up in the Denver neighborhood of Park Hill, an area rife with crime. De’Ron’s father, Ronald, died when he was 11, which forced a boy to see himself as a man. He saw his mom, Terri Latson, and his younger brother, D.J., as people he needed to provide for. De’Ron grew from a clumsy, uncoordinated kid into a highlyskilled, high-IQ post for a reason. Overland High coach Danny Fisher distinctly remembers one conversation with De’Ron while driving to a tournament in Kansas. “He said basketball has to work because I don’t know what else I’m good at and what else I can do to take care of my family,” Fisher said. “To hear a young kid
say that, it was in a sense disheartening, but at the same time, it brought into reality his life and some of our lives based on where we come from. “Honestly, I was kind of proud and relieved he did feel such a sense of responsibility.” Devonte’s circumstances were much different but just as difficult. He was raised in North Babylon, N.Y., with only his father in his life from the age of 2. In 2006, when Devonte was 9, Danny Green Sr. was arrested in a drug bust. Most of his charges were later dropped, but after 18 months behind bars, Danny plea-bargained to cap his stay at 21 total. Devonte experienced instability and insecurities. It was his older brother, Danny Jr., who climbed the basketball ladder with a well-rounded, understated SEE BOND | PAGE F6
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game. Maybe the more naturally gifted of the two, Devonte was still just “Danny’s little brother” to most people. The label stuck, no matter how aggressively Devonte tried to escape it. He moved extraordinarily quick. Devonte played for a high school varsity team in seventh grade. “It was definitely one of the most annoying things I’ve ever had to deal with,” Devonte said. “It took me a while to get over that and, I guess, accept it. It’s not a bad thing he made it to the NBA. It’s a good thing and I’m happy for him. “But you want to be your own person at some point.” When the coaching change happened freshman year at IU, Devonte and De’Ron could have gone their separate ways. But there was no straighter path to success available. The skilled big man looked at the free-wheeling guard as a sparring partner but also a friend. They argued like brothers, whether it was about De’Ron’s penchant for putting ketchup on his pizza or Devonte’s total disdain for pepper. “Pepper’s in most of the food you eat,” De’Ron said. “You just don’t see people adding extra pepper. You don’t taste the pepper. It’s a seasoning!” “He’s trying to tell me it’s normal to put ketchup on everything,” Devonte said. “He’s like ‘No, there is tomato sauce already in the pizza.’ Yeah, there’s enough tomato sauce. You don’t need ketchup on top of the pizza.” They also found common ground. They both like Lil’ Wayne. Devonte turned De’Ron, a Dragon Ball Z guy, on to the anime series Naruto, though De’Ron waits for old episodes to be released in English. He refuses to read subtitles. Freshman year, De’Ron, Devonte, and Curtis Jones all got bikes because they were tired of walking to class. The two guards sped down the hill on Fee Lane,
Indiana seniors De’Ron Davis (left) and Devonte Green listen to the national anthem before an exhibition game against Gannon Oct. 29 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. (Rich Janzaruk / Herald-Times)
while De’Ron, his head propped just a few additional inches above the pavement, rolled cautiously. De’Ron heard Devonte the entire way down. “He was scared to go fast,” Devonte said. “I would always make fun of him for that.” • • • As sophomores and juniors, a fuller picture revealed itself to De’Ron and Devonte. Their route to the pros wasn’t going to be a sprint but a long, winding marathon. And maybe it was for the better. “God is slowing you down,” Danny Sr. told Devonte, “because he knows you are not ready.” Danny Sr., who maintains his innocence on his prior charges, wants to believe everything happens for a reason. At 13 years old, Devonte seemed to think he knew everything about basketball. Of course, he didn’t. Unfortunately, perhaps, he was also supremely talented, able to whip passes behind his neck, draining reverse layups and stepbacks with ease. Danny Sr. has
wondered if Devonte’s doubledose of flash isn’t a result of a deeper yearning, just a boy who missed having a mother — and, at some points, a father — and needs to be special. “He’s a good kid, a sweet kid,” Danny Sr. said. He told Devonte as much during a conversation in middle school. “Anybody who is not involved in your life the way they should be, it’s their loss.” There are tattoos of cartoons covering the entirety of Devonte’s left arm, including the now-famous “cheat code” from Grand Theft Auto. A cartoonish view of the world seemingly follows him onto the basketball floor. There hasn’t been a shot Devonte can’t imagine hitting. Devonte is stubborn, as well, kind of like his old man. Criticism — an admission of his limits — could be hard for Devonte to take, especially from his father. “By the time he was in eighth grade, it was ‘I should be out of high school.’ Well, that’s tough to do at 13,” Danny Sr. said. “In his mind, he believes it. ‘I’ll come in and dominate the game.’ That’s great, Devonte, I love that you
believe in yourself, but reality has to kick in, too.” Bad habits followed Devonte to IU. It took two years of limited playing time and limited success to open his ears a little more. During last year’s three-game suspension, Devonte was on the phone with Danny Sr. and Danny Jr. “It could be worse,” said a father who knows that very well. Devonte could still make the most of his basketball dreams. Danny Sr. flew to Indiana with his son Rashad and sat in a hotel room with Devonte, watching game film on an iPad. At a low point, he was receptive, asking questions. They harkened back to the lessons of Devonte’s trainer, Jerry Powell, who worked with Devonte and Danny Jr., as well as NBA icons like Kobe Bryant and Paul George. “S l ow - f a s t ” i s w hat h e preaches. “Devonte will play 100 miles an hour,” Danny Sr. said. “Defenses are locked and loaded, waiting for you to come. You have to lull them to sleep. You have to act like you are doing nothing to get something.” In the last seven games of Devonte’s junior season, he showed promise. He scored 15.4 points per game, including a 26point outburst on Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament. That day he hit almost everything, going 8-of-10 from 3-point range. Archie Miller has talked about giving Devonte more “rope” this season, the freedom to take more shots and fully tap his scorer’s potential. His opportunity has arrived. In the offseason, Devonte and De’Ron took a Fourth of July trip to Long Island. They ate burgers, hot dogs, and green beans off of Danny Sr.’s grill. The O.G. was also dishing wisdom, telling De’Ron to be confident in himself, to take care of his body, to lead by example. That led De’Ron to give Devonte a piece of advice. “I told him afterward, ‘Bro, you need to listen to your dad,’” De’Ron said. “I’m going so hard because I don’t have my dad in my life right now. Whatever your
dad is saying, I don’t know, but his dad and his people were cool to me. It was all love there.” De’Ron knows the value of a father’s voice. He had only 11 years with his dad, Ronald, but every repetitive movement during De’Ron’s rehab from the Achilles tear reached back to his father’s words. He attacked the next rep, and the next rep, because never, ever in Ronald’s mind could De’Ron do anything right. “I was the biggest kid in football, so I used to get interceptions from the defensive line. I would just stand up and balls would come into my hands. It was ridiculous,” De’Ron said. “I would have three touchdowns, six sacks ... I could have an outrageous, stupid game, and he would find a reason to say you should have done this or that better.” “He never settled.” Raising his sons in Park Hill, Ronald may have needed a hardened exterior. He would sit outside in his lawn chair, keeping watch over his children as they played. George Williams, whose trucking route brought him by the McDonald’s near the Davis residence, often exchanged pleasantries with Ronald. It just so happened he was starting a club basketball team and needed players. De’Ron was very, very tall. “But he couldn’t chew bubble gum and walk,” George quipped. When it all came together, De’Ron skyrocketed. He had an IU offer in eighth grade. But well before that day ever came, Ronald, who suffered from heart problems, set into motion De’Ron’s maturation into a man. “Telling an 11-year-old about sex or death in the way he did, how blunt he was, probably isn’t the most agreeable tactic,” De’Ron said. “But I was able to handle it. The day of his death, I shed a tear. It was a tear. “It was not that I was trying not to cry or be tough. I just knew from that point on I needed to stop all the kid stuff and become a man.” The tattoos on De’Ron’s body SEE BOND | PAGE F8
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De’Ron Davis (20) congratulates Devonte Green (11) on his last second half-court shot against Northwestern on Feb. 25, 2017, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. (Chris Howell / Herald-Times)
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all have some connection to faith and family. Several relate specifically to his father or his passing, including a quote from Corinthians, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Recently, he tattooed a set of four playing cards, all kings, to his left arm, along with a roulette table and the street sign marking where his father was born. Devonte helped with the design. Ronald wouldn’t have allowed De’Ron to wallow in pity after his injury. Devonte wouldn’t, either. “I would always tell him, it’s a minor setback for a major comeback,” Devonte said. De’Ron’s rehab was long and monotonous. But patience and persistence served De’Ron well. He’s no longer the young teen who saw his life as NBA-or-bust. There is still hope there, that this will be a year where he keeps weight off and staves off the nagging ankle issues of his junior campaign. At the same time, three years of college have taught him to think critically. He wants to open a rec center one day. He mentions the NFL’s “Play 60” campaign, which De’Ron feels could be more inclusive. “What about the kids that can’t walk or can’t talk or can’t move their bodies at all?” De’Ron said, envisioning a virtual-reality solution to those issues. He has other, more personal questions, like what his father would think of the man he’s become. De’Ron was told if he ever dropped out of school, he couldn’t live in Ronald’s house, even though Ronald probably knew he would never see his son in a cap and gown. The fact that De’Ron’s still in school, on pace to play all four years and graduate, would make Ronald proud. Even if he’d never say it. “When I was 18, I knew, yo, it’s either the league or die,” De’Ron said. “Now, I look at it as there’s other ways to get to the league, there are other things I can do with my talent. Just because I’m in school for four years and I’ve had all these injuries doesn’t mean I can’t take what I’ve learned and help other people.” • • •
De’Ron and Devonte can feel they are getting old. De’Ron can tell because his mind is constantly thinking about IU’s freshmen, telling them to call if they ever need a ride, or ask for info on where to get some “fire eats.” “They got a lot of energy,” De’Ron said. “They are running around campus, going to every event. We just have to make sure that they are safe.” Then there is Devonte, a co-captain, rounding guys up to head to the gym early. For most of their careers, De’Ron was the one spending hours warming up and stretching. Devonte, dreading practice, would show up just a few minutes before the opening whistle. Now Devonte is in the training room at all hours. That’s another lesson he learned the hard way, battling through a deep thigh bruise for much of his junior season, which wore on his confidence that much more. “I’d be like ‘There is nothing wrong with me, I don’t need to get treatment,’” Devonte said. “That was just the immature part of me. Now I realize my body is my work. I need to take care of it like I’m serious about playing for a long time.” As seriously as they are taking their final chapter at IU, some things never change between De’Ron and Devonte. In warmups for a Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage neither would play in, Devonte came up to De’Ron and smacked a basketball out of his hand. Within seconds, both were handing their cell phones to a manager. As De’Ron prepared to post up, Devonte shoved a forearm into his back. A lazy fade-away jumper bounced off the rim. De’Ron walked toward the bench, clapping his hands in frustration. He then turned back toward Devonte, smacking his left hand against his right elbow. “Foul, foul, foul,” De’Ron was signaling. (“I didn’t foul him,” Devonte said later, ending the discussion there. “Go ahead.”) On Devonte’s turn with the ball, he casually whipped a hook shot over De’Ron’s arm. It bounced off the back rim and in. They both walked back to the bench, smiling, jawing, their cell phones in hand. It wasn’t quite the step-back of freshman year, but Devonte had won another round. “He didn’t talk too much trash after. That was just our first encounter,” De’Ron recalled. “He really talks trash now.” Contact Jon Blau at 812-331-4266, jblau@
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Class: Junior. Height: 6-1. Weight: 185. High School (hometown): Edgewood (Ellettsville, Ind.) Key stats: Scored 7.1 points per game for Olney Central as a sophomore. Connected on 41.9 percent of his 3-pointers. Outlook: Of the Hoosiers’ walk-ons, Bybee has the most experience. He spent two years at a junior college program as a reserve. While it’s unlikely he sees significant playing time, he can knock down a 3-pointer. Regardless, he is a hometown kid who grew up a Hoosier fan. He is the first IU men’s player from Ellettsville since Verne Pfaff.
Class: Junior. Height: 6-4. Weight: 185. High school (hometown): Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.) Key stats: A starter for 30 of 34 games last season after starting nine as a freshman. Saw his points (4.8 to 8.3 ppg) and 3-point rate (28.6 and 34.8 percent) increase.
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Outlook: Durham has value to the Hoosiers in a myriad of ways. As an experienced junior, he’s not only going to
be relied on for on-court production but also leadership. Voted a captain, he’s clearly well-liked by his teammates. Along with commanding the locker room, he will also need to rotate in at point guard to take some of the burden off of Rob Phinisee. Archie Miller says the offense is fastest with Durham at the point, and the Hoosiers want to pick up their pace. Durham could also relieve offensive pressure from his teammates by continuing to make strides as a shooter, both beyond the arc and at the free throw line. His 74-percent mark from the charity stripe was tops for a team that struggled there last year. According to Archie Miller, Durham hit 92 percent of his free throws this offseason.
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Class: Freshman. Height: 6-4. Weight: 195. High school (hometown): Cathedral (Indianapolis, Ind.) Key stats: Averaged 23.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game as a senior, but his assist mark was 3.8 per game when he played point as a junior. Outlook: Trayce Jackson-Davis gets most of the hype because of his Mr. Basketball title, but Franklin’s impact on the team, at least early on, could be just as vital. With all three of the Hoosiers’ main ball-handlers hurt this preseason, Franklin has been forced into action at the point. He led the Hoosiers in scoring in the closed scrimmage with Marquette at 14 points. He then added another 12 versus Gannon in his exhibition opener at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. In the latter contest, he showed an ability to attack the basket. He hit an open 3. Franklin wasn’t afraid to crash the boards, either, racking up eight. His future is probably off the ball, a reliable two-way player with length and athleticism. But whatever ball-handling he can provide in the interim would be a huge plus, because he may be needed.
Class: Junior. Height: 6-7. Weight: 230. High school (hometown): Stevenson (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) Key stats: Averaged 8.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest as a sophomore, starting in all but three games. Outlook: Blessed with a 6-7 frame and a 48-inch vertical leap, the Hoosiers aren’t just excited about Smith’s offensive potential. Miller wants the junior forward to be an All-Big Ten defender this season. He has the length and athleticism to match up with guards but also switch off and help on bigger players in the post. There’s a bigger question about what he can provide on the offensive end. His shooting numbers have to improve, especially his free throw percentage, which dipped from 67.3 to 51.4 in his second season with the Hoosiers. He was not much of a 3-point shooter, either, connecting on 7-of-32 from beyond the arc. He did hit 3-of-6 in a win over Michigan State, but it’s not yet clear if that’s a glimmer of potential untapped or just an outlier. In the exhibition with Gannon, Smith hit 8-of-9 from the free throw line and was 5-of-5 from the floor, sinking a couple of mid-range shots in the lane.
Class: Freshman. Height: 6-9. Weight: 245. High school (hometown): Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) Key stats: Averaged 22 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks per game as a senior. Outlook: Landing a second consecutive Mr. Basketball was a major recruiting win for Miller. Now it’s a question of how quickly Jackson-Davis can fit in with the Hoosiers. Not every freshman can come in and lead a team in scoring like Romeo Langford. Adjusting to Big Ten basketball as a post is tough, as well. What makes JacksonDavis so intriguing is his versatility. He can get up and down the floor as a five, but he could likely play the four next to De’Ron Davis (6-10) or Joey Brunk (6-11). Those big lineups will give the Hoosiers a lot of length on the floor. It will be interesting to see how far Jackson-Davis’ range extends, too. He flashed a mid-range game in high school but was more a putback machine against smaller foes. He produced a nice line — 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks — versus Gannon.
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Class: Freshman. Height: 6-3. Weight: 185. High School (hometown): Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) Key stats: Started every game and averaged 6 points., 2 rebounds, and 2 assists per contest for a 29-0 state title team his senior year. Outlook: One of three walk-ons to join the Hoosiers in the fall, and Shipp is a winner. Moeller won back-to-back state titles to cap his career.
Class: Sophomore. Height: 6-1. Weight: 190. High school (hometown): McCutcheon (Lafayette, Ind.) Key stats: Led the Hoosiers in assists as a freshman with 94, boasting a 2.29 assist-to-turnover ratio. Started in 29 of the 32 games he played. Outlook: Injuries made it difficult for Phinisee to truly get in a groove last season. He’s dealt with an abdominal issue this preseason, as well. But the Hoosiers need him healthy, because they are better with him on the floor. As a freshman, his assist-to-turnover ratio ranked third for an IU player since 1996-97. He could also be a pain in the side of opposing point guards, forcing 35 steals (and a team-high 20 in conference play). Archie Miller has talked about upping the tempo, and Phinisee’s ability to force turnovers could really spark the Hoosiers in transition. He does need to improve his shooting (36.1 percent from the field, 66 percent from the line) but staying injury-free could go a long way toward helping Phinisee surpass those marks. He was able to play limited minutes versus Gannon.
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Class: Senior. Height: 6-3. Weight: 185. High school (hometown): Long Island Lutheran (North Babylon, N.Y.) Key stats: IU’s leading returning scorer at 9.4 points per game. He averaged 15.4 points per game in his final seven games of the season. Outlook: Archie Miller has talked about giving Green more “rope” this season to look for scoring opportunities, because with Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan graduated, the Hoosiers will need their most gifted point-producer to live up to his potential. That “rope” acknowledges Green will take some shots that don’t look great, but Miller seems to think allowing a few of those hair-graying efforts will result in overall better play from the senior guard. Just as an overall person, the consensus seems to be that Green, voted a captain, has matured from the frustrations of previous years, including last year’s threegame suspension. He will share the ball-handling load, but look for the Hoosiers to also try to get Green moving off the ball to open up the 41-percent 3-point shooter for some looks there. He just has to get healthy, though. He has missed most of October with hamstring issues.
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Class: Freshman. Height: 6-6. Weight: 210. High School (hometown): Zionsville (Zionsville, Ind.) Key stats: Averaged 14.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game as a senior in high school. Outlook: Bybee may be the more experienced walkon, but Childress may be the most athletic. He was one of six Hoosiers — the rest scholarship athletes — to record a max vertical of 40-plus inches in the offseason. He’s young, and he’s not on scholarship, but it’s not out the question that he contributes at some point during his career.
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Class: Senior. Height: 6-2. Weight: 190. High School (hometown): Brownsburg (Brownsburg, Ind.) Key stats: Contributed 8.6 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per contest as a senior in high school. Outlook: Chapman is a 2016 high school graduate joining a Division I basketball program late. He has one year to contribute.
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Class: Redshirt freshman. Height: 6-7. Weight: 220. High School (hometown): Pickerington North (Pinkerington, Ohio) Key stats: Scored 1,314 points and pulled down 729 rebounds in his prep career but missed his true freshman campaign with a lower-leg condition. Outlook: Hunter is probably one of the biggest variables in the Hoosiers’ upcoming season. There is a need for scorers, and the 6-7 forward has the potential to provide that. He’s versatile, flashing an ability to both post up and stretch out to the 3-point line. But the question is how high expectations should be for a player that had to sit out last season with a lower-leg condition. That issue forced him to miss large chunks of the offseason following corrective surgeries. He was cleared for all basketball activities in the fall. It could take some time for Hunter to get up to speed with his conditioning, as well as finding a groove on the floor. The sooner he can contribute, the better.
Class: Senior. Height: 6-10. Weight: 255. High school (hometown): Overland (Park Hill, Colo.) Key stats: An efficient scorer with a 55.7-percent success rate, which ranks seventh in program history. But injuries have limited his playing time to 14.7 minutes per game. Outlook: At the tail end of Davis’ freshman season, the big man seemed to be trending toward a breakout. But
a ruptured Achilles cut his second season short midway through, leading to a long recovery and a junior season that was also hampered by ankle injuries. This is Davis’ chance to finally show his full potential, both as a scorer and a facilitator from the paint. The latter is what makes Davis truly unique, and it’s one reason why playing more inside-out basketball this season makes a lot of sense. A big key to Davis staying healthy will depend on his weight. His goal is to play 10 pounds lighter than his listed weight, at 245, for most of his final year. That will keep pressure off of his legs and, hopefully, allow him to finally play a full season and show off the skills that made him a top recruit.
Class: Senior. Height: 6-2. Weight: 190. High School (hometown): Brownsburg (Brownsburg, Ind.) Key stats: Contributed 8.6 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per contest as a senior in high school. Outlook: Like Chapman, Henderson is a 2016 high school graduate joining a Division I basketball program late. He has one year to contribute.
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Class: Redshirt sophomore. Height: 6-8. Weight: 235. High school (hometown): Armstrong (Plymouth, Minn.) Key stats: Played in nine games last year, limited by injuries. Just 2-of-5 from the field but pulled down 19 rebounds in 63 minutes of play. Outlook: Thompson reclassified to leave high school a year early and redshirt his true freshman season. His redshirt freshman campaign was halted by a groin injury, then a concussion put him out for even longer. He’s now fully healthy, adding to a deep rotation in the frontcourt. What Thompson mainly provides is a tenacious rebounder and post defender. He’s been in the program for all three of Archie Miller’s years, so there is a good feeling about his knowledge of what the Hoosiers are trying to do. Miller has singled Thompson out as a good “team” defender within the pack-line scheme. The question is how much he can provide offensively. In his limited minutes, he was 0-of-3 from beyond the arc. Can he be more of a perimeter threat or is he a banger underneath? The answer to that question could dictate who he plays with and how often.
Class: Sophomore. Height: 6-7. Weight: 225. High School (hometown): Riley (South Bend, Ind.) Key stats: Averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game as a true freshman. Hit 23.3 percent from the 3-point line. Outlook: Anderson’s best skill is supposed to be his 3-point shooting but that didn’t quite come to fruition as a freshman. But the Hoosiers are hopeful that a stronger, more mature athlete is better equipped for the college game — especially on the defensive end of the floor — as a sophomore. Anderson has to show he can guard, which will be even more difficult if he’s forced to play the two spot as he was versus Gannon. Ideally, the Hoosiers get their backcourt pieces back and Anderson moves back to a forward spot. On the offensive end, he should be able to stretch defenses. He looked good in the Hoosiers’ lone public exhibition, knocking down 2 of 4 from 3-point range. As a high school senior, Anderson hit 43 percent of his 3s. If he could be that kind of shooter at the college level, he could be a really important piece of the puzzle.
Class: Redshirt junior. Height: 6-11. Weight: 245. High school (hometown): Southport (Indianapolis, Ind.) Key stats: Played in all 33 of Butler’s games last season and started 13. Led the team with a 61.7-percent success rate from the floor. Outlook: Brunk is a rare grad transfer with two years of eligibility, giving him a chance at a real second chapter of his college basketball career. He had a difficult start at Butler, receiving a hardship waiver from the NCAA as he dealt with the cancer diagnosis and eventual death of his father. He worked his way into a major role as a redshirt sophomore, averaging 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest. He was incredibly efficient in his shot-making, which should give the Hoosiers another savvy post player to switch off with Davis. He clearly came into the offseason motivated, winning the Hoosiers’ “belt” as the weight room champion. His work ethic and veteran voice should be as important an addition as his on-court skill. Brunk started both the closed scrimmage and the exhibition with Gannon.
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Uncertainty the prevailing sentiment for the Hoosiers
Archie Miller begins his third season as the Indiana head coach trying to remold the program in his image and still looking for a first NCAA bid. (Rich Janzaruk / Herald-Times)
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I don’t know. Three words that aren’t supposed to appear on this page. Perhaps you were expecting to read some sort of definitive prediction for the upcoming Indiana basketball season. Something that would bolster the notion that this is the season in which the Hoosiers reclaim a place on the national stage and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. And if not that, then some dire words of doom suggesting that the spiraling of the drain that began three years ago is not yet complete. Sorry, I just don’t know. Entering the 2019-20 campaign, the face of IU basketball is senior guard Devonte Green. Jeremy Price That’s only fitting, H-T SPORTS because the Long WRITER Island Lutheran grad is the definition of unpredictability. He could be the very best version of himself, the one who provides a spark when needed, knocks down difficult shots and sets up teammates in spectacular fashion. Or it could go the other way with Green, a player who has struggled to limit turnovers, understand what a good shot looks like and find a sustained measure of consistency. The same goes for the rest of the Hoosiers. Do we get the Justin Smith who looks like he’s All-Big Ten caliber or the one who’s just punching the clock? Do we get a consistent presence from De’Ron Davis or the injury-prone, foulprone version? Can Jerome Hunter regain the form that made him a top-50 recruit? Can Race Thompson stay healthy enough to show what he’s capable of doing? Will Damezi Anderson make a sophomore transformation? On and on the questions go, whether you’re talking about Al Durham or Rob
Phinisee or Joey Brunk or the dynamic freshman duo of Armaan Franklin and Trayce Jackson-Davis. The ceiling suggests a lockdown defensive team with enough balance and depth to finish in the upper third of the Big Ten and play multiple games in the Big Dance. The floor is another injury-plagued season with more skid marks than burnouts. I simply do not know which one it’s going to be. And anyone who says they do is throwing darts in the dark. All that said, the uncertainty doesn’t make this season any the less important, especially for IU coach Archie Miller. Now in his third season in Bloomington, Miller has been trying to remold the program in his image. The first year he got a pass while figuring out what parts of the roster did and didn’t fit. The second year took a step in Miller’s preferred direction while hoping the infusion of one-and-done Romeo Langford might accelerate the process. Maybe in a healthier vacuum, it would have, but it didn’t. Now the building process features a more measured approach. Whether that means more consistency in results or just a more modest rollercoaster remains to be seen. It’s too soon to start handing out ultimatums on Miller’s status at Indiana. It will be another year before he’s had a full recruiting cycle, and that’s if you count the class of Durham and Smith that was re-recruited to stick with Indiana after Tom Crean was fired. If the goal is to make Indiana the perennial contender it once was, not just a flash in the pan, then patience is of the utmost importance. Will it pay off? And if so, will we start to see the payoff this season? All good questions. The answer, however, is still the same. I don’t know. Contact Jeremy Price at 812-331-4342, jprice@ heraldt.com or follow @JPPrice on Twitter.
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Trayce Jackson-Davis and 6-11 redshirt junior Joey Brunk, Maryland Terrapins a transfer from Butler, gives the Hoosiers a roster with Last season: 14-18 overall, 7-13 in Big Ten Last season: 23-11 overall, 13-7 in Big Ten seven players listed at 6-7 or taller. Jackson-Davis, the son (t10th). (5th). of former Indiana Pacers forward Dale Davis and a McDonCoach: Brad Underwood 26-39 in third season ald’s All-American, is expected to make the most immediCoach: Mark Turgeon, 180-92 in ninth season at Illinois, 135-66 in seventh season overall. ate impact. The Hoosiers are also banking in-state recruit at Maryland, 430-251 in 23rd season overall. Facility: State Farm Center (15,544). Armaan Franklin to provide some scoring punch after he Facility: Xfinity Center (17,950). Outlook: The team is built around highly touted 6-foot-5 averaged 23.0 points last season at Indianapolis Cathedral. Outlook: Talented and deep, mature and hungry, No. 7 sophomore guard/forward Ayo Dosunmu, who averaged Maryland brings the potential for greatness into coach 13.8 points per game last season. Dosunmu flirted with the Iowa Hawkeyes Mark Turgeon’s ninth year. The leading scorer from last NBA draft last season but returned to Illinois to lead a team season, senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr., will be accompaLast season: 23-12 overall, 10-10 in Big Ten known for its swarming defense and ability to score points nied by forward Jalen Smith, who has added some bulk to (6th). in a hurry. The Illini also return the backcourt of junior Trent his lean frame following a strong freshman season. StartCoach: Fran McCaffery, 174-132 in 10th seaFrazier and senior Andres Feliz. Frazier is a 3-point shooter son at Iowa, 425-309 in 24th season overall. ers Eric Ayala and Darryl Morsell are also back, to be joined who can spark a run at any given moment, while Feliz by a skilled freshman class that includes 6-foot-10 twins Facility: Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,056). played in all 33 games last year and averaged 8.3 points. Makhi and Makhel Mitchell. Outlook: Iowa has a leadership void to fill after forward Tyler Cook left for the NBA, point guard Jordan Bohannon Indiana Hoosiers had hip surgery and guard Isaiah Moss bolted for Kansas. Michigan Wolverines Last season: 19-16 overall, 8-12 in Big Ten (t8th). All three were lined up to play their senior years for the Last season: 30-7 overall, 15-5 in Big Ten (3rd). Coach: Archie Miller, 35-31 in third season at Hawkeyes. Iowa’s hopes of might hinge on how much Joe Coach: Juwan Howard, first season. Indiana, 174-94 in ninth season overall. Wieskamp improves as a sophomore. The two-time Iowa Facility: Crisler Center (12,707). Facility: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,472). Gatorade Player of the Year was one of the biggest recruits Outlook: Juwan Howard will have an immediate chance Outlook: The most obvious difference between last in school history, and he responded with 11.1 points and SEE BIG TEN | PAGE F20 season’s team and this one — size. Adding 6-7 freshman 4.9 rebounds a game last year.
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Indiana men’s statistics (19-16, 8-12 B1G) Player Romeo Langford Juwan Morgan Devonte Green Al Durham Justin Smith Rob Phinisee De’Ron Davis Evan Fitzner Jake Forrester Damezi Anderson Clifton Moore Vijay Blackmon Zach McRoberts Race Thompson Johnny Jager Quentin Taylor Total Opponents
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GP-GS 32-32 35-35 28-9 34-30 35-32 32-29 30-3 31-0 13-0 21-0 15-0 7-0 26-5 9-0 7-0 7-0 35 35
Min. 34.0 29.8 25.2 28.7 24.7 27.3 13.6 11.4 4.3 9.6 4.0 1.7 13.7 7.0 2.3 1.3
AFG 177-395 215-385 88-219 94-233 122-246 78-216 60-100 41-99 12-22 12-43 7-11 3-5 8-26 2-5 0-2 0-2 919-2009 862-2057
Pct. .448 .558 .402 .403 .496 .361 .600 .414 .545 .279 .636 .600 .308 .400 .000 .000 .457 .419
3PFG 34-125 26-88 48-117 40-115 7-32 27-87 0-0 17-55 0-0 7-30 0-0 1-2 4-19 0-3 0-2 0-1 211-676 260-785
Pct. .272 .295 .410 .348 .219 .310 .000 .309 .000 .233 .000 .500 .211 .000 .000 .000 .312 .331
FT 140-194 88-136 39-53 54-73 36-70 35-53 41-71 10-15 3-9 0-1 5-12 0-0 0-0 2-4 2-4 0-0 455-695 390-601
Pct. .722 .647 .736 .740 .514 .660 .577 .667 .333 .000 .417 .000 .000 .500 .500 .000 .655 .649
Pts. 528 544 263 282 287 218 161 109 27 31 19 7 20 6 2 0 2504 2374
Avg. 16.5 15.5 9.4 8.3 8.2 6.8 5.4 3.5 2.1 1.5 1.3 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.3 0.0 71.5 67.8
O-Reb 45-172 88-287 6-96 6-65 61-156 12-104 25-76 15-63 6-17 3-24 7-25 0-1 7-55 5-19 0-2 0-3 341-1272 363-1234
Avg. 5.4 8.2 3.4 1.9 4.5 3.3 2.5 2.0 1.3 1.1 1.7 0.1 2.1 2.1 0.3 0.4 36.3 35.3
PF 60 100 39 72 84 67 62 33 15 17 9 2 27 4 2 3 596 643
Ast. 75 65 85 54 28 94 27 12 0 8 4 1 14 1 1 0 469 471
TO 68 68 63 42 65 41 30 11 5 11 4 1 8 0 1 1 433 439
Stl 25 41 38 16 22 35 13 9 1 3 3 0 14 3 2 1 226 204
Blk. 26 54 13 9 15 4 18 4 4 0 3 0 1 3 0 0 154 135
Ast. 149 45 40 82 13 53 11 7 6 1 407 412
TO 99 91 46 88 57 53 33 18 11 0 512 496
Stl 37 32 41 51 6 24 8 10 4 0 213 236
Blk. 10 9 13 22 14 3 23 3 3 0 100 151
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GP-GS 31-31 34-34 34-34 34-33 34-34 34-4 32-0 26-0 31-0 10-0 34 34
Min. 35.5 30.4 33.1 32.1 20.6 20.2 17.0 6.7 11.5 1.2
AFG 169-386 178-441 123-282 128-324 87-149 79-187 55-146 13-36 18-33 2-4 852-1988 812-2017
Pct. 3PFG .438 41-104 .404 57-169 .436 52-126 .395 10-49 .584 0-0 .422 5-23 .377 12-33 .361 2-10 .545 0-0 .500 1-2 .429 180-516 .403 176-596
Pct. .394 .337 .413 .204 .000 .217 .364 .200 .000 .500 .349 .295
FT 111-139 61-81 109-119 63-94 37-60 25-48 41-48 9-16 7-17 1-2 464-624 427-612
Pct. Pts. .799 490 .753 474 .916 407 .670 329 .617 211 .521 188 .854 163 .563 37 .412 43 .500 6 .744 2348 .698 2227
Avg. O-Reb 15.8 22-154 13.9 9-124 12.0 58-231 9.7 31-140 6.2 84-192 5.5 5-94 5.1 48-114 1.4 5-22 1.4 17-46 0.6 0-0 69.1 341-1250 66.5 354-1213
Avg. 5.0 3.6 6.8 4.1 5.6 2.8 3.6 0.8 1.5 0.0 36.8 35.7
PF 72 82 84 86 77 50 90 14 48 0 603 638
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NCAA Tournament victory in six years. But after sitting out last season as transfers, 6-foot-2 point guard Marcus Carr (Pittsburgh) and 6-foot-4 wing man Peyton Willis (Vanderbilt) are more than eager to step into the starting lineup.
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to put his stamp on the Michigan program, where there Nebraska Cornhuskers has been enough turnover that it is hard to know what to expect this coming season. Michigan will be able to lean Last season: 19-17 overall, 6-14 in Big Ten on a couple seniors who were important members of last (13th). season’s team — point guard Zavier Simpson and 7-foot-1 Coach: Tim Miles, 115-56 in sixth season at center Jon Teske, who averaged 9.5 points last season and Nebraska. blocked 75 shots. He also made 23 3-pointers. Facility: Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,000). Outlook: Expectations are low in Lincoln, where the CornMichigan State Spartans huskers return only two players from the 16 on last year’s squad — junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson, who accountLast season: 32-7 overall, 16-4 in Big Ten ed for 1.9% of the scoring last season, and Dachon Burke, (t1st). who sat out last season after transferring from Robert Coach: Tom Izzo, 606-232 in 25th season at Morris. Graduate transfer Haanif Cheatham, who started Michigan State. his career at Marquette, has stepped into a leadership Facility: Breslin Center (14,797). role after averaging 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in an Outlook: Michigan State begins the season No. 1 for the injury-shortened season at Florida Gulf Coast. Another grad first time, thanks in part to returning All-America guard transfer, Matej Kavas, shot 46% on 3-pointers for Seattle. Cassius Winston, who averaged 12.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game last season. However, the Spartans, who open the season with No. 2 Kentucky in New Northwestern Wildcats York, will be without senior Joshua Langford, the projected Last season: 13-19 overall, 4-16 in Big Ten starter at shooting guard, until at least January. (14th). Coach: Chris Collins, 101-96 in seventh season Minnesota Golden Gophers at Northwestern. Facility: Welsh-Ryan Arena (7,039). Last season: 22-14 overall, 9-11 in Big Ten Outlook: The Wildcats have posted back-to-back losing (7th). Coach: Richie Pitino, 112-92 in seventh season records, and they hope to start finding their footing again in their seventh season under coach Chris Collins, who has at Minnesota, 130-106 in eighth season overall. a young roster that will rely heavily on sophomores Pete Facility: Williams Arena (14,625). Outlook: Seven of Minnesota’s top 10 players from 2018-19 Nance and Miller Kopp and top returning scorer A.J. Turner. will be missing this season, leaving the Gophers with much The 6-7 Turner averaged 8.7 points in his first season at to rebuild from the team that registered the program’s first Northwestern after transferring from Boston College. But his 3-point percentage dropped from 37.4 to 32.5.
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Ohio State Buckeyes Last season: 20-15 overall, 8-12 in Big Ten (t8th). Coach: Chris Holtmann, 4-24 in third season at Ohio State, 159-109 in ninth season overall. Facility: Value City Arena (19,049). Outlook: Gifted big man Kaleb Wesson explored the possibility of leaving school early for the NBA but decided to stay and got leaner and meaner, taking more than 30 pounds off his 6-foot-9 frame and building muscle. Wesson averaged 14.6 points last season, while brother Andre averaged 8.6. The Buckeyes bring in a trio of four-star prospects, including point guard D.J. Carton, who could be one of the best Ohio State players to come along in years.
Penn State Nittany Lions Last season: 14-18 overall, 7-13 in Big Ten (t10th). Coach: Patrick Chambers, 127-140 in ninth season at Penn State, 169-168 in 11th season overall. Facility: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261). Outlook: Lamar Stevens could have gone pro a few months ago, but he returned to a Penn State team that finished last season as one of the hottest in the nation after a poor start. Stevens, the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer (19.9
ppg), is joined by fellow forwards Mike Watkins and John Harrar who’ve played heavy minutes for a team that likes to play physical. Jamari Wheeler has done most of his work off the bench as a spark-plug-type player who leads a young, talented group of guards looking to replace Josh Reaves and Rasir Bolton.
Purdue Boilermakers Last season: 26-10 overall, 16-4 in Big Ten (t1st). Coach:Matt Painter, 321-159 in 15th season at Purdue, 346-164 in 16th season overall. Facility: Mackey Arena (14,804). Outlook: After losing high-scoring guard Carson Edwards to graduation, the Boilermakers could revert to their big lineup with 7-foot-3 center Matt Haarms, 270-pound power forward Trevon Williams, 6-9 small forward Aaron Wheeler and 6-7 guard Nojel Eastern. Veteran Matt Painter could also opt to stretch the floor with 3-point shooters such as Wheeler and Sasha Stefanovic and freshmen Isaiah Thompson and Brandon Newman.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Last season: 14-17 overall, 7-13 in Big Ten (t10th). Coach: Steve Pikiell, 344-54 in fourth season at Nebraska, 236-210 in 15th season overall. Facility: Rutgers Athletic Center (8,000). Outlook: Despite losing leading scorer and rebounder Eugene Omoruyi as a transfer (Oregon), Rutgers has size, versatility, speed and a couple of new players who should contribute right away. Guard Geo Baker, guard Montez Mathis and swingman Ron Harper Jr., who all had at least 18 starts last season, are back along with guard Peter Kiss and forwards Shaq Carter and Myles Johnson. Harper, the son of former NBA star Ron Harper, averaged a team-high 17 points in a four-game trip to Spain against pro teams this summer.
Wisconsin Badgers Last season: 23-11 overall, 14-6 in Big Ten (4th). Coach: Greg Gard, 80-47 in fifth season at
Wisconsin. Facility: Kohl Center (17,287). Outlook: For the first time in four years, Ian Happ will not be roaming the paint for the Badgers, and it may be up to junior guard Brad Davison to fill that void. Davison, Wisconsin’s second-leading returning scorer (10.5 points per game) is expected to help along with D’Mitrik Trice. Trice, 6-foot junior, could emerge as Wisconsin’s top scoring option this year after averaging 11.6 points last season. Trice is a career 37.8% finisher inside the arc and that will need to improve.
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that day in and day out.” It’s a job players such as Patberg, senior forward Brenna Wise and junior guard Jaelyn Penn have embraced. “I think because we’re here all summer, we got acclimated with each other really quick,” Patberg said. “Honestly, the freshmen that have come in have clicked really well with our team. We brought them in, coach did a great job of recruiting the same type of people, the same type of mentality. They fit our culture perfectly, so I think they’ve just molded with our team.” Among those freshmen, reigning Indiana Miss Basketball Jorie Allen and Maine Gatorade Player of the Year Mackenzie Holmes are most likely to make an immediate pact. The Indiana All-Star trio of center Hannah Noveroske, guard Shaila Beeler and walk-on Grace Waggoner will try to get up to speed, while 6-foot-5 Indiana’s Ali Patberg (14) drives against Iowa’s Hannah Stewart during a Big Ten Tournament Colorado frosh Arielle Wisne will redshirt game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 8 in Indianapolis. Patberg returns after leading the Hoosiers in scoring last season.(Chris Howell / Herald-Times) alongside Notre Dame transfer Danielle Patterson. In between the upperclassmen and the newcomers is sophomore Grace Berger, a player Moren has singled out for her offseason improvement. The sixth-year IU coach hopes it all adds up to a deeper, more balanced squad. Complementing the “We’re not going to be able to rely on two or three people,” Moren said. “We need them all to show up.” of Southern Indiana One reason Indiana needs all hands on deck is a challenging schedule that The luxurious town home accommodations of French Lick Springs Villas includes a five-game stretch in late Nooffer the space and comfort for you and your family. 1600 hundred vember and early December at Florida, square feet of living space and sleeping capacity for eight are built against South Carolina, Baylor and Washinto each two bedroom unit. Own or Rent your timeshare today! ington State at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands and at Miami (Fla.). FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE PAYMENTS CAN NOW BE MADE ON LINE Another reason is that the Hoosiers are now the hunted instead of the hunter. “Coach talked about the other day that now we technically have a target on our back,” Patberg said. “We’re constantly trying to prove ourselves. We want to be better than third (in the Big Ten). We want to get in the (NCAA) tournament and we want to advance farther. We’re out to prove ourselves consistently, and that’s how she 8718 W St Rd 56, French Lick, Indiana wants us to approach every game, every practice — proving we’re a good team.” (800) 522-9210
There was a time not so long ago, when a winning season was as lofty as expectations got for Indiana women’s basketball. That’s all changed over the past four seasons with a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a WNIT quarterfinal appearance, a WNIT championship and another trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The two NCAA wins by coach Teri Moren are the most in program history. The Hoosiers open the 2019-20 campaign picked to finish third in the Big Ten and carrying a No. 24 national ranking, poised to make back-to-back NCAA appearances for the first time since 1994-95, the only other time it happened. IU, however, is taking it all in stride. “It’s an honor, it’s exciting,” said redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg, a second team All-Big Ten performer a season ago. “It’s a reflection of last year and the work we put in last year, but we haven’t done anything yet, so it doesn’t really matter. It does, but it doesn’t really matter.” Much of the attention is the result of returning four starters and losing only two players (graduate Kym Roster and transfer Linsey Marchese) from last season’s playing rotation. The equation is actually a bit more complicated than that for the Hoosiers, who don’t expect to have junior guard Bendu Yeaney back from the Achilles injury suffered last March until January while integrating a large freshman class. “There’s no question you have your veteran group, then you have your six freshmen,” Moren said. “That leadership is so important, but it really helps in practice early on when you’re going through your stuff and you’re trying to teach your freshmen the pace you want to play at. There’s no better example for that than Contact Jeremy Price at 812-331-4342, jprice@ your older kids. They set the standard for heraldt.com or follow @JPPrice on Twitter.
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MEET THE 2019-20 IU WOMEN
Class: Junior. Height: 6-2. Pos: G/F. High School (hometown): Mary Louise Academy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) Outlook: Will redshirt after transfering from Notre Dame. … Averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in her 33 appearances last season.
Class: Freshman. Height: 5-7. Pos: G. High School (hometown): Warren Central (Indianapolis) Outlook: Indiana All-Star and a finalist for Miss Basketball, Beeler averaged 11.3 points and 7.9 assists per game as a senior.
Class: Junior. Height: 5-10. Pos: G. High School (hometown): St. Mary’s Academy (Portland, Ore.) Outlook: Started 33 of 34 games … Averaged 9.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 32.1 minutes per game … Had teamhigh 51 steals.
Class: Sophomore. Height: 6-3. Pos: F. Hometown: Riga, Latvia Outlook: Appeared in 32 games last season, averaging 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game … Played for Latvia in the U18 and U20 European Championships.
Class: Junior. Height: 5-10. Pos: G. High School (hometown): Ft. Lauderdale (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) Outlook: Played 26 games off the bench last season … Scored season-high 5 points on two occasions … Averaged 6.7 minutes per game.
Class: Freshman. Height: 5-6. Pos: G. High School (hometown): McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) Outlook: Sat out last season with a medical redshirt (ACL) …Averaged 12.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a junior on team that won 6A state title.
Class: Freshman. Height: 6-0. Pos: G. High School (hometown): Vincennes Rivet (Vincennes, Ind.) Outlook: Walk-on finished as Rivet’s alltime leading scorer with 1,834 points … Averaged 21.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior.
Class: Junior. Height: 5-10. Pos: G. High School (hometown): Butler Traditional (Louisville, Ky.) Outlook: Second team All-Big Ten last season after 13.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game … Made team-best 57 3-pointers … Started all 34 games for the Hoosiers.
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Class: Junior. Height: 5-11. Pos: G. High School (hometown): Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.) Outlook: Transfer from Notre Dame played in 31 games last season and led the Hoosiers with 15.8 points and 4.8 assists per game … Averaged 35.5 minutes per game … Second team All-Big Ten.
Class: Senior. Height: 6-0. Pos: F. High School (hometown): Vincentian Academy (Pittsburgh) Outlook: Started all 34 games last season after transfering from Pitt, averaging 12.0 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game … Had team-high four double-doubles … Honorable mention All-Big Ten.
Class: Freshman. Height: 6-5. Pos: C. High School (hometown): Horizon (Thornton, Colo.) Outlook: Averaged 6.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a senior to lead team to 21-5 record … Named a Colorado All-Star.
Class: Freshman. Height: 6-5. Pos: C. High School (hometown): Michigan City (Michigan City, Ind.) Outlook: Indiana All-Star … Averaged 21.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game as a senior … School’s all-time leading scorer with 1,790 points.
Class: Freshman. Height: 6-1. Pos: F. High School (hometown): Bedford North Lawrence (Bedford, Ind.) Outlook: Indiana Miss Basketball … Finished as BNL’s all-time leading scorer with 1,930 points … Averaged 18.1 points and 8.0 rebounds as a senior … sister Jenna played at Michigan State.
Class: Sophomore. Height: 6-0. Pos: G. High School (hometown): Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.) Outlook: Played in all 34 games last season, averaging 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 20.2 minutes per game … Had careerhigh 15 points vs. Loyola Marymount … Kentucky All-Star in high school.
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Class: Freshman. Height: 6-3. Pos: F. High School (hometown): Gorham (Gorham, Maine.) Outlook: Maine’s Gatorade Player of the Year … Averaged 30.1 points, 16.7 rebounds and 3.9 blocks and shot 63.1 percent from the floor as a senior. … Won two Maine state titles.
Record: 103-66 in 6th season at Indiana, 405-262 in 21st season overall. Moren has led the Hoosiers to fourstraight postseason appearances and four-straight 20-win seasons in her first five years as head coach … Led IU to firstround NCAA win over Texas last season and to the 2018 WNIT championship
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