In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Justin Smith declares for the NBA Draft
• Indiana adds two more nonconference opponents for next 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 look at two new opponents for next season.
As the offseason progresses for the IU men’s basketball program, news continues to trickle out about what the Hoosiers will look like on the court next season, and who Archie Miller’s team will play.
Important news related to the former came earlier this week when forward Trayce Jackson-Davis elected to return to school for his sophomore season, passing up the opportunity to enter his name into the NBA Draft process.
But a twist came late Tuesday night, when ESPN NBA Draft analyst and reporter Jonathan Givony listed Justin Smith among the players who had their name on the early-entry list for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Smith entered and then withdrew his name last offseason for the 2019 NBA Draft, something the current junior forward is expected to do once again ahead of his senior season. It offers Smith a final chance to learn more about what NBA teams want him to focus on during his final collegiate season.
Smith has until June 3rd to withdraw his name from NBA Draft consideration and retain his college eligibility.
Regardless of who is on the IU roster for the 2020-2021 season, two more games have been confirmed as part of IU’s nonconference schedule next season.
Inside The Hall reported Wednesday morning that Robert Morris and Nebraska-Omaha will fill out some of the final nonconference games of the season.
Indiana will play Robert Morris in Bloomington on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The Colonials went 20-14 overall last season, winning the Northeast Conference Tournament and securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament that was never played.
Indiana will also play Nebraska-Omaha in Bloomington on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The Mavericks went 16-16 last season, losing in the first round of the Summit League Tournament.
This comes in addition to the rest of Indiana’s nonconference schedule that was already known to the public, which includes the Gavitt Tipoff Games against a Big East school, the three-game Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Hawaii, an expected road game in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and a Crossroads Classic contest against Butler.
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We’ll be back on Friday with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.
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