In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Looking back at Jerome Hunter’s 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 Jerome Hunter’s sophomore season.
Archie Miller repeatedly said throughout the 2019-20 season that it should be considered as Jerome Hunter’s true freshman season. Hunter was hardly able to participate in basketball activities for the Hoosiers during the 2018-19 season, taking part in Hoosier Hysteria before leg surgery kept him off the practice court and the weight room until last summer.
As such, Hunter’s Hoosier debut came following a redshirt season.
His statistics for the 2019-20 campaign: 3.8 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game and a 30.2 percent shooting clip from 3-point range across 30 game appearances reflect a player who is still finding himself on the court in the Big Ten.
There were certainly flashes of offensive brilliance from the 6-7 stretch forward out of Pickerington, Ohio, this season.
He scored seven, nine and 12 points in IU’s first three regular season games, as Indiana went small early in the season with Hunter at the 3 and Justin Smith at the 4 to complement Trayce Jackson-Davis.
But outside of the success found when Indiana played with pace and in transition, Hunter also showed vulnerabilities as a shooter within the halfcourt offense.
He went 10 straight games without a made 3-pointer this season, and struggled to be consistent with his mid-range game.
While Hunter still has strides to make in terms of getting in a playing rhythm and consistently getting to the foul line, he seems to have solidified the wing position for Indiana. Once Hunter showed signs of competency on the court, he basically swallowed up any minutes previously allotted to Damezi Anderson.
Comfort also came for Hunter as the season progressed, and according to Synergy Sports, Hunter averaged 0.927 points per possession in spot-up situations for the Hoosiers this season.
Now that he’s had a season of college basketball underneath him, and has established some confidence shooting the ball, Hunter’s next steps for progression should be to sure up his defensive play and his passing, especially with a talented wing player arriving this offseason in recruit Jordan Geronimo.
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