In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Looking back at Devonte Green’s senior season
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and let’s recap Devonte Green’s season.
Devonte Green’s senior season was emblematic of his entire four-year career in Bloomington. There were highs and lows, without much to hold onto in between.
He had a memorable 30-point outing in early December during the huge nonconference home win over Florida State, but that came alongside 10 games in which Green scored six or fewer points for Indiana.
But he finished the season, and therefore his IU career, with a flurry of points. There was a very Devonte Green-esque 27-point showing against Iowa, which served as one of Indiana’s best victories in conference play.
Green scored 10 or more points in six of Indiana’s final seven games, a period during which the Hoosiers solidified their NCAA Tournament hopes.
For the season, Green finished with an average of 10.8 points per game, the second most on the IU team and the best season-long average of his career. As IU’s highest volume shooter from distance, Green made 35.8 percent of his 3-point shots.
But Green’s Bloomington legacy will forever remain incomplete. De’Ron Davis and Green represent the first class of four-year IU seniors to not reach March Madness since 1972, which will diminish their legacy as players who bridged the gap between Tom Crean’s and Archie Miller’s tenures as IU head coach.
But Devonte Green was distinctly his own player, who overcame plenty from his childhood on Long Island in New York to become a major part of Indiana’s team makeup over the last four years, even if the compliments and criticism usually came in vast amounts.
The Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall crowd provided Green with a warm embrace, both before and after this year’s regular-season ending loss to Wisconsin on Senior Day, showing that the Hoosier faithful will in time miss the flare and spontaneity with which Green played.
Perhaps the most fitting quote about Green’s senior season, and his IU career in general, came from Miller after Green’s vintage display against Florida State, in which Green went 10 of 15 from the field and made five of his seven 3-point shots.
“It’s a feast or famine type of thing, but to me, he’s got to feast,” Miller said. “He’s got to be out there. He really does in the big games. And you’re going to live with some mistakes.”
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