In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Damezi Anderson enters name into NCAA Transfer Portal
• What does this do to Indiana’s scholarship situation?
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and Damezi Anderson will leave the IU program.
Thursday afternoon brought the most consequential roster news in some time with regard to the Indiana program, as another scholarship slot has opened up for the 2020-2021 season.
Sophomore wing Damezi Anderson announced via his Instagram page that he would be entering his name into the NCAA’s Transfer Portal, signaling an end to his time in Bloomington after two seasons.
“Never thought I’d ever do this,” Anderson’s statement began on Instagram. “I want to say thank you to my Brothers, all the managers and the coaching staff for allowing me to be a part of an amazing University.”
In a phone interview with Kevin Brockway of CNHI Indiana, Anderson confirmed that a lack of playing time factored into his decision to leave the IU program.
Anderson played just 39 games over his two seasons in Bloomington, and saw his minutes and scoring production dwindle as each season entered Big Ten play.
When asked by Brockway what he is looking for in a new school to finish his two seasons of remaining eligibility at, Anderson described his ideal destination.
“Consistent minutes, playing minutes most importantly, just a coach that really focuses on his players and is looking to get his players good,” Anderson said. “Really looking to get them somewhere in life and push them to be the best versions of themselves.”
Anderson’s decision to leave the program gives Indiana two scholarships to dish out this offseason, although the thinking remains that one of those scholarships will be awarded to guard Khristian Lander, who is attempting to reclassify from the Class of 2021 to the Class of 2020.
Regardless of how the remaining scholarship is set to be used, IU’s future plans will not feature Anderson, who set a school record at Riley High School in South Bend with 2,210 career points, but shot just 31.5 percent from the field, and more importantly, 22.9 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore.
Thank you for your contributions to the program Damezi and best of luck in the future!
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