#49 Indiana Men's Basketball 2019-2020 Preview

Indiana Hoosiers
2019-2020 Overall Rank: #49
Conference Rank: #8 Big Ten
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Indiana was one of the more perplexing teams in the nation last season. The Hoosiers started the year 12-2 and were ranked as high as 21st in the AP Poll. However, Indiana then lost 12 out of 13 games with the lone victory coming on the road against Michigan State. The Hoosiers closed the year with four straight wins but went 0-1 in the Big Ten Tournament leading to an NIT appearance. Indiana has now missed three straight NCAA Tournaments, and Archie Miller is surely feeling the pressure to get the esteemed program back to that stage.
2018-19 Record: 19-16, 8-12
2018-19 Postseason: NIT
Coach: Archie Miller
Coach Record: 35-31 at Indiana, 174-94 overall
Key Departed Players:
Romeo Langford, Guard, 16.5 ppg
Juwan Morgan, Forward, 15.5 ppg
Evan Fitzner, Forward, 3.5 ppg

Jake Forrester, Forward, 2.1 ppg
Clifton Moore, Forward, 1.3 ppg
Zach McRoberts, Forward, 0.8 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Devonte Green, Senior, Guard, 9.4 ppg

Aljami Durham, Junior, Guard, 8.3 ppg
Justin Smith, Junior, Forward, 8.2 ppg
Rob Phinisee, Sophomore, Guard, 6.8 ppg
De’Ron Davis, Senior, Center, 5.4 ppg

Damezi Anderson, Sophomore, Forward, 1.5 ppg
Race Thompson, Sophomore, Forward, 0.7 ppg
Key New Players:
Joey Brunk, Junior, Forward, Transfer from Butler
Armaan Franklin, Freshman, Guard (3 star 151 overall)
Jerome Hunter, RS Freshman, Forward
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Freshman, Forward (4 star 30 overall)
Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan are departed, but the Hoosiers’ third through seventh leading scorers are back, including three starters. Devonte Green is the top returning scorer, though he only started nine games as a junior. Green averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds and led the team in assists per game (3.0), steals per game (1.4) and three-point shooting (41%). Green missed some time with an injury last year but should be fully healthy now and a full-time starter as a senior. Aljami Durham started 30 games as a sophomore, averaging 8.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Durham is another good shooter who shot 34.8% from three and 74% from the free-throw line. Justin Smith was fifth in scoring last year but has a chance to be the best player on the Hoosiers this season. Smith is a superb athlete who averaged 8.2 points and 4.5 rebounds as a sophomore. With Morgan graduated, Smith could become the go-to frontcourt player and breakout as an upperclassman. Rob Phinisee is the final returning starter for the Hoosiers. Phinisee had a strong freshman campaign, averaging 6.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals. Phinisee is a smart true point guard who takes care of the ball and should be the Hoosiers’ leader on both ends of the floor. De’Ron Davis played in 30 games as a junior coming off an Achilles injury that cut his sophomore season short. Davis averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game. Davis’ experience and leadership will be key for the Hoosiers this year. Damezi Anderson and Race Thompson are both highly recruited players who were limited in their freshman seasons. Anderson played in 21 games while Thompson battled injuries and played in just nine games. Both players will be expected to take a step forward as sophomores. Joey Brunk joins the Hoosiers as a grad transfer from Butler with two years of eligibility remaining. Brunk played in 33 games and made 13 starts last season, averaging 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Indiana also adds three freshmen this year, highlighted by McDonald’s All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis. Jackson-Davis is a 6-foot-9 big man who can score, rebound and block shots at a high level. Armaan Franklin is a top-150 prospect while Jerome Hunter redshirted last year. Hunter is a former four-star, top-75 recruit who could make an impact in his first year of action. Indiana is a historic program that has struggled in recent years, and Archie Miller has a roster capable of getting back to the NCAA Tournament.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.5 (204th in nation, 6th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.8 (76, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.7 (89, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.9 (71, 6)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.0 (319, 13)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 31.2 (316, 13)
Free-Throw Percentage: 65.5 (327, 12)
Rebound Margin: 1.1 (147, 8)
Assists Per Game: 13.4 (179, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.4 (122, 8)

Madness 2019 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#28 Trayce Jackson-Davis
#152 Armaan Franklin