In this week’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Archie Miller emphasizes better 3-point shooting
• Devonte Green expected to be main scorer for the team
• Updates on former and future Hoosiers
Welcome Hoosier fans to this Monday edition of Banner Morning — your weekly rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Dylan Wallace, and as Hoosier Hysteria nears, Archie Miller gave an insight into the program.
On Tuesday, Dustin Dopirak of The Athletic wrote an extensive piece on the state of Indiana basketball, as part of the Athletic’s “State of the Hoops Program” series. In the article is an analysis on the Hoosiers’ roster, recruiting and schedule.
A big question is if Indiana can improve its 3-point shooting from a year ago.
Indiana ranked 316th among the 353 teams in Division I in 3-point percentage last season. Miller said “Jerome (Hunter) is probably one of our best shooters. Didn’t play. Hopefully the addition of him — knock on wood, it’s going well — can help.”
Miller also mentioned how he hopes Devonte Green, Al Durham and Rob Phinisee will all shoot better from beyond the arc this season.
The third-year head coach believes Indiana’s post presence should benefit their outside shooting because guys like De’Ron Davis, Joey Brunk and Trayce Jackson-Davis will be able to pull the defense in the paint and create open outside shots.
Dopirak elected to put the spotlight on senior guard Devonte Green for this season.
Green had a strong end to last season, scoring in double digits in the team’s final seven games.
Miller stressed the importance of Green putting the ball in the basket, stating “He’s going to have to score. He’s going to have to take shots. He’s going to have to make plays at the end of the clock. We need him to be one of the better guards in our conference.”
Phinisee also chimed in on his fellow guard’s talent, saying “People don’t realize how good Devonte really is. He’s so talented. He can really do anything.”
It’s no secret Indiana’s schedule ramps up significantly from November to December, but Miller said it doesn’t matter who the opponent is, he tried to build their home schedule around numbers.
Miller said, “It comes down to the nonconference schedule. Did you do a good enough job? Our league is going to be good enough. It just is.”
Now let’s catch up with some former and future Hoosiers…
Cody Zeller was in Bloomington this weekend as the Indiana football team battled Ohio State.
During his visit, Zeller signed the new alumni wall in Assembly Hall, joining Victor Oladipo, Calbert Cheaney, Brian Evans, Nick Zeisloft and Romeo Langford as the former Hoosiers to do so thus far.
IU commit Anthony Leal was also in attendance at the football game Saturday. Leal will take his official visit to Indiana during Hoosier Hysteria October 5, along with commit Trey Galloway and top 2021 in-state prospect Khristian Lander.
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We’ll be back next week with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.