In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Looking back at Damezi Anderson’s sophomore 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 Damezi Anderson’s sophomore season.
For the second straight season in Bloomington, Damezi Anderson’s minutes on the court diminished as the competition got tougher.
His high-water marks for the 2019-20 season came just two weeks into November, as he scored 26 points across his first three games of the season.
“Just that one year of experience helped me,” Anderson said after the early-season win over North Alabama in which he scored 10 points. “I’m just comfortable and have confidence in my jump shot.”
But offensive struggles and defensive deficiencies soon appeared for Anderson, who also had little chance this season of fighting off a healthy Jerome Hunter for playing time at the 3 spot.
Playing time, especially once conference play resumed in January, became scarce for Anderson, who failed to score in his final eight appearances for Indiana this season, missing 11 3-pointers over this stretch.
According to Synergy Sports, Anderson was IU’s least utilized scholarship player on offense. He was used on just 71 offensive possessions and had a points per possession of 0.718, both team lows among scholarship players.
There was also the eye-test component of Anderson’s time on the court, in which he often looked lost at both ends of the court and frequently didn’t appear to be on the same page as his teammates in either the halfcourt offense or defense.
With the 3-spot now becoming a crowded spot in Bloomington, Anderson will have to do something over the offseason to prove himself worthy of more playing time.
Hunter is more athletic and has more upside than Anderson, and he’s taken all the “3-and-D” minutes right away from Anderson as well.
Couple that with the upcoming arrival of versatile 3-star freshman wing Jordan Geronimo from New Hampshire, and there’s suddenly a lot of players in Bloomington who do what Anderson is supposed to specialize in, especially considering the fact Anderson finished the 2019-20 season shooting 31.5 percent from the field and just 22.9 percent from 3-point range.
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