In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Trayce Jackson-Davis, Armaan Franklin impress in debut
• Jerome Hunter tries to get comfortable in first game back
• Justin Smith leads the way
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Dylan Wallace, and let’s reflect on Indiana’s win over Gannon.
The Hoosiers’ 84-54 win over the Golden Knights in the exhibition Tuesday night was a good opportunity for Archie Miller to see where his players are at after a month of practice.
For being just freshmen, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Armaan Franklin really looked comfortable on the court, scoring 12 points each.
Franklin’s poise specifically stood out as he got the start at point guard with no Devonte Green and Al Durham, and a restricted Rob Phinisee.
Miller said after the game that Franklin hadn’t learned any plays at that position, so the morning shootaround was his opportunity to practice some. The 6-foot-4 freshman looked comfortable with the ball in his hands as he dished out four assists and grabbed eight rebounds. Franklin also got after it defensively, forcing three steals.
Jackson-Davis also played well defensively, rejecting three shots in emphatic fashion.
Miller said after the game, “I think both of those guys are competitive, they’re winners, they’re good teammates and they’re two really, really important pieces to what we have been trying to do and they’re going to play a big role on this team.”
Also making their Indiana debut last night was Jerome Hunter. Hunter played 17 minutes, fouled out and shot 0-5 from the field. In the first half, Hunter missed a couple of 3-pointers, but in the second half, he took advantage of his 6-foot-7 frame and posted up Gannon’s smaller guards. He was successful in that regard, drawing a few fouls to get to the line, where he hit 2-4 free throws for two points.
Leading the way for Indiana was Justin Smith, who didn’t miss a shot last night going 5-5 from the field with 18 points.
Smith said after the game he was just letting the game come to him and not trying to force anything, which he attributed to his reason for success.
Overall, without its captains, Indiana did a nice job taking care of business against Gannon.
The first half was a bit of a struggle as Indiana jumped out to a double digit lead, but found itself down one with two minutes left in the half. Phinisee helped close the half to put the Hoosiers up 8, and in the second half, Indiana tightened things up defensively.
But still, Miller said the team has a long way to go on the defensive end.
It was also Miller’s birthday yesterday, so we’d like to wish the third-year Hoosier coach a happy 41st birthday.
Indiana’s next time on the court will be its season-opener against Western Illinois on November 5 at 7 p.m. eastern inside Assembly Hall.
It’s unknown if Green, Durham or Phinisee will be healthy by then, but at least the Hoosiers saw positive signs from a lot of new faces against Gannon.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.