Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, where we highlight the six most essential IU basketball stories of the past week.
More than 35 years after playing his final NBA game, George McGinnis took his rightful place in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. The Indiana legend was officially inducted into the hall on Friday evening.
In this week’s edition:
- McGinnis gets his call to the hall
- A major change in transfer rules?
- Indiana TV times set
- An early look at the IU roster
- Recruiting updates
- Best of the rest
McGinnis gets his call to the hall
The wait was far too long, but Indiana basketball legend George McGinnis is finally a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
Two years after he was born in Alabama, McGinnis’ family moved to Indiana in 1952 in search of a better life. Before long, McGinnis would become a Hoosier legend.
After McGinnis led George Washington High School to an undefeated season and state title in 1969, he headed to Bloomington to suit up for the Cream and Crimson.
McGinnis played just one season for the IU varsity team and compiled some of the most ridiculous stat lines in program history. For the 1970-71 campaign, McGinnis averaged 30 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Following his year in Bloomington, McGinnis spent 11 seasons in professional basketball. Among the multitude of accolades McGinnis picked up in those 11 years: two ABA titles with the Pacers, an ABA MVP award, and five first-team honors (three ABA, two NBA).
There were a number of fantastic articles on McGinnis’ induction that were written in the past week, but my favorite comes from Mark Montieth of Pacers.com.
McGinnis ran the table within the Indiana borders, and did it in a big way. Had he stayed at Indiana University beyond his sophomore season and played out his college career for Bob Knight, he likely would have won an NCAA championship to go with his high school and ABA titles. Knight, who took over at IU shortly after McGinnis decided to leave, always joked with McGinnis that he would have made even more money as a pro if he had stayed, because Knight would have made him play defense.
Other stories worth reading on McGinnis:
McGinnis takes rightful spot in Hall of Fame (Andy Graham/IU Athletics)
George McGinnis was LeBron before LeBron (Clifton Brown/Indy Star)
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A major change in transfer rules?
The college basketball world was abuzz this week with news that the NCAA is looking into easing transfer rules for student-athletes in the future.
The gist of the potential transfer changes: if a student-athlete is in high academic standing, he could transfer and be eligible to play right away.
While any possible rule changes are likely years from actually being enacted, it did spark a heated debate between some of the most knowledgeable minds in college basketball. Many coaches voiced their disapproval. Among them was Indiana head coach Archie Miller, who was quoted in a story by Evan Daniels of Scout.
“It would turn into one of the dirtiest recruiting periods that you’ve ever seen. You’ll have guys talking to your players when they are in your gym. Coaches will recruit players right after games and now you can go directly to the source, it would cripple teams and programs.”
However, many analysts, including Jay Bilas of ESPN have come out in favor of the proposed changes. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports pointed out that coaches’ opposition to the changes could be seen as hypocritical.
Bottom line, the fact that job-jumping coaches are lamenting the possibility that student-athletes might someday be able to move around as freely as dozens of them do every year is pretty rich. It’s hilarious, actually. Show me a coach who has rejected a bigger and better opportunity strictly because he was concerned about the negative impact it would maybe have on the school that gave him his first chance, and perhaps I’ll listen to that guy.
Expect this debate to reignite in the months and years ahead.
Indiana TV times set
At long last, the tip times and television information for the 2017-18 IU schedule have been released. Well, most of them at least.
Of the 30 regular season games IU is slated to play, 26 now have a finalized tip time. The neutral site contest with Notre Dame, the road game at Seton Hall, and home matchups with Northwestern and Michigan State are the four without an official time.
As for television designations: two games will be on CBS (at Michigan, vs. Northwestern), one will be on FOX (vs. Purdue), six will be on ESPN channels, four on Fox Sports 1, and the rest on Big Ten Network. The only non-televised regular season game will be the opener vs. Indiana State, which, along with the two exhibitions, will be available online on BTN Plus (subscription required).
Also: Women’s basketball unveiled their 2017-18 broadcast schedule (Herald-Times/Jon Blau)
An early look at the IU roster
With the offseason heading into its final few weeks, Inside the Hall is beginning to roll out its annual previews of things to watch for.
For the frontcourt, the key is likely to be De’Ron Davis, who has transformed his body over the last few months.
The improved conditioning and weight loss should allow Davis to play more minutes. As a freshman, injuries and a lack of conditioning held Davis back from carving out a bigger role. He was effective at times, but logged more than 20 minutes just three times as a freshman. With the departure of Thomas Bryant to the NBA, Davis has to take on a bigger role for the Hoosiers to be successful.
In the backcourt, it will be up to senior Robert Johnson to take on a leadership role.
After deferring at times to Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. over his first three seasons, Johnson will be expected to lead the Hoosiers on the floor in his final season while also adjusting to a new system under Archie Miller.
Over the summer, Miller lauded Johnson’s work ethic and focus, which suggests he’s ready to embrace his opportunity to lead.
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There were a few updates on the IU recruiting front this week. Nothing groundbreaking, but enough info that it’s worthy of a banner.
We’ll start with three-star forward Jake Forrester, who went on his official visit to IU over the weekend. Michael Ramirez of the IDS snapped a pic of Archie Miller giving Forrester a tour of the Media School.
Five-star guard Romeo Langford’s father confirmed that he’ll be attending Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 21.
Big man Trayce Jackson-Davis spoke to Drew Davis of Indiana Sports Coverage about his visit to Bloomington in late August.
Also: TheHoosier podcast discussed how IU may fare with the class of 2019
Best of the rest of IU sports
Here’s all of the IU sports news that couldn’t fit in a banner:
- How the Archie Miller pizza was born (Zach Osterman/Indy Star)
- Why Cody Zeller is one of the most valuable big men in the NBA (HoopsHype)
- In a battle between top five teams in men’s soccer, IU and Maryland played to a scoreless draw in College Park (IU Athletics)
- The women’s soccer team won their first game over a ranked opponent since 2010 (IU Athletics)
- Volleyball improved to 9-0 after winning their third non-conference tournament of the year (IU Athletics)
- Field Hockey prevailed 4-1 over Central Michigan (IU Athletics)
Before you go:
- Podcast on the Brink continued its Big Ten preview this week, speaking with Brian Neubert of GoldandBlack.com about the Boilermakers (ITH)
- Assembly Call Radio celebrated the history of IU basketball with Chris Williams, the man behind IU Artifacts (Assembly Call)
And with that, the joy of hanging Banner #6 is now one week closer.
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