#38 Indiana Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Indiana Hoosiers
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #38
Conference Rank: #7 Big Ten
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The Mike Woodson era begins at Indiana. After four years of mediocrity under Archie Miller, the Hoosiers went out and brought in one of their own. Coach Woodson played at Indiana from 1976 to 1980 and played for over a decade in the NBA. He has spent the last 20 plus years coaching in the NBA. And he will look to bring that NBA style to a very talented Indiana team that will benefit greatly from the return of Trayce Jackson-Davis. The 6-9 forward was one of the best players in the Big Ten last year, averaging 19.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
2020-21 Record: 12-15, 7-12
2020-21 Postseason: None
Coach: Mike Woodson
Coach Record: 0-0 at Indiana, 0-0 overall
Key Departed Players:
Armaan Franklin, Guard, 11.4 ppg
Aljami Durham, Guard, 11.3 ppg
Jerome Hunter, Forward, 6.3 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Junior, Forward, 19.1 ppg
Race Thompson, Senior, Forward, 9.1 ppg
Rob Phinisee, Senior, Guard, 7.1 ppg
Trey Galloway, Sophomore, Guard, 3.6 ppg
Jordan Geronimo, Sophomore, Forward, 2.2 ppg
Khristian Lander, Sophomore, Guard, 2.1 ppg
Anthony Leal, Sophomore, Guard, 1.6 ppg
Key New Players:
Tamar Bates, Freshman, Guard
Shaan Burke, Freshman, Guard
Logan Duncomb, Freshman, Center
Michael Durr, Senior, Center, Transfer from South Florida
Xavier Johnson, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Pitt
Miller Kopp, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Northwestern
Sebastien Scott, Sophomore, Guard
Parker Stewart, Senior, Guard, Transfer from UT Martin
IU will look to give Jackson-Davis room to operate in the paint by stretching out the floor. Race Thompson will stay in the paint after averaging 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Rob Phinisee is the other returning starter and tallied 7.1 points and a team high 2.9 assists in 2020-2021. Trey Galloway, Jordan Geronimo, Khristian Lander and Anthony Leal all saw some minutes as freshman and will look to step into larger roles as sophomores. The newcomers will make this a pretty deep team. The recruiting class has a couple potential immediate impact players in guard Tamar Bates and center Logan Duncomb, but the Division I transfers could turn this into the best team Indiana has seen in quite some time. Xavier Johnson comes from Pitt and will battle Phinisee for minutes running the point. Johnson spent three seasons starting with the Panthers and averaged 14.2 points and 5.7 assists a year ago. Parker Stewart started his collegiate career at Pitt as well, but spent last year averaging 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists at Tennessee-Martin. His shooting ability will add a big boost to the team. Miller Kopp spent three years starting at Northwestern and the 6-7 forward is another shooting threat. Michael Durr comes from South Florida and the seven-footer will add depth at the five spot. The concern here is not talent. The concern is how Coach Woodson can bring all the pieces together. If that works out as hoped, Indiana will not just be an NCAA Tournament team, but one that can do a lot of damage once they get there.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.7 (214th in nation, 11th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 69.4 (144, 7)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.3 (208, 8)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.6 (136, 10)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.9 (293, 14)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.4 (240, 11)
Free-Throw Percentage: 66.5 (294, 12)
Rebound Margin: =1.5 (236, 11)
Assists Per Game: 13.9 (114, 7)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.9 (80, 10)
Madness 2021 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#28 Tamar Bates
#74 Logan Duncomb