In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Recapping Armaan Franklin’s freshman season at Indiana
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 Armaan Franklin’s season.
Armaan Franklin’s freshman season was filled with more playing time than likely even he had anticipated.
Early season injuries suffered by Devonte Green and Rob Phinisee meant that Franklin was in the starting lineup for Indiana’s season opener against Western Illinois, and Franklin would remain in a starting role for the Hoosiers through the first nine games of the season.
That run came to an end after Indiana was blown out by Wisconsin in the Hoosiers’ Big Ten opener, but despite his resulting shift to the bench as Green and Phinisee recovered from their respective injuries, Franklin still carved out minutes for himself thanks to his defensive tenacity.
Tough on-ball defense and a propensity to draw charges quickly became hallmarks of Franklin’s on-court game, even as he struggled with his shot.
Franklin finished the 2019-20 season shooting 34.8 percent from the field across his 32 games played, and particularly struggled in spot-up situations, as he scored just 38 points in 56 of those possessions.
His 61.5 percent success rate from the foul line is also something that needs improving this offseason.
But what Franklin lacked in consistent or repeated scoring ability, he more than made up for by playing well when it mattered most.
He marked his arrival in the collegiate game with a five-point, five-rebound and eight-assist showing against Western Illinois, before contributing one of the moments of the season by hitting four 3-pointers, including the game-winning shot with just seconds to go, during a Crossroads Classic victory over Notre Dame in December.
Indiana’s lone postseason game also brought out the best in Franklin, who scored 13 points against Nebraska in Indiana’s Big Ten Tournament opening round win last week.
It’s not a sure thing that Franklin will continue to see consistent time on the floor next season, and that’s a credit to Indiana’s recent recruiting prowess.
Incoming freshmen Trey Galloway and Anthony Leal, along with potentially Khristian Lander, will make Indiana’s backcourt a crowded and youthful group.
But Archie Miller stuck with Franklin throughout the season for his defense more than his offense anyway, and as long as that doesn’t fade away, there will always be a role for Franklin within Miller’s system in Bloomington.
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