In this week’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Jerome Hunter and others return to the court at Hoosier Hysteria
• Recapping the 3-point, skills and dunk contests
• Al Durham and Devonte Green join Archie Miller at Big Ten Media Day
Welcome Hoosier fans to this Monday edition of Banner Morning — your weekly rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond.
Hoosier Hysteria returned to Bloomington this weekend as the annual kickoff to the IU men’s and women’s basketball seasons took place inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Familiar faces filled the arena, and Indiana head coaches Archie Miller and Teri Moren, along with their teams, displayed their skills for the crowd in a variety of on-court settings.
The junior guard duo of Al Durham and Jaelynn Penn won the 3-point shooting competition, while the transfer combination of Joey Brunk and Ali Patberg brought home the skills competition title.
In the men’s dunk contest, it was 2019 Indiana Mr. Basketball, Trayce Jackson-Davis, who took home the crown. Jackson-Davis even went a step further after the contest, paying homage to special guest Calbert Cheaney with a reverse cradle dunk while wearing a No. 40 jersey in Cheaney’s honor.
Several Hoosiers were held out of the festivities at Hoosier Hysteria though. De’Ron Davis, Devonte Green and Rob Phinisee all did not take part in Saturday’s events, but have no worries, it was simply a precautionary measure after Indiana’s opening week of practice.
Redshirt freshman forward Jerome Hunter was a full and active participant in front of the hometown crowd though. Hunter took part in three events – the 3-point contest, the skills contest and the men’s team scrimmage.
He gave Hoosier fans a glimpse at his potential during the scrimmage, kissing a fadeaway jump shot off the backboard and in after posting up walk-on guard Adrian Chapman.
“I love the fans here,” Hunter said after the scrimmage. “I just love how they act when you get a bucket, when you score. I just love the atmosphere.”
Saturday marked the end to a busy week for the Hoosiers as well, with Big Ten media day having took place last Wednesday just outside of Chicago, Illinois.
Durham and Green joined Archie Miller as Indiana’s representatives at the event, with some of the chatter focused on Green’s maturity ahead of his senior season.
“Mentally, I’m just at a much more mature level now,” Green said. “I don’t let things get to me as much.”
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We’ll be back next week with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.