In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Devonte Green says Hoosiers will have more off-ball movement
• Jerome Hunter cleared for all basketball-related activities
• Archie Miller hints at playing “old school” ball with multiple bigs
Welcome Hoosier fans to this Monday edition of Banner Morning — your weekly rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Dylan Wallace, and we heard from Coach Archie Miller and all 11 scholarship players last week.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday was IU’s 2019 basketball media day, where the players spoke Tuesday and Miller spoke Wednesday. The players talked in groups, and the first group of Devonte Green, Damezi Anderson and Trayce Jackson-Davis was highlighted by Green saying there will be more off-ball movement in this year’s offense.
Green also said he’s embracing his leadership role this season, Anderson said he’s going to be ready when his name is called upon and Jackson-Davis said he’s become adjusted to the college experience and is ready to contribute.
The second group was Jerome Hunter, De’Ron Davis and Rob Phinisee, and it’s no secret the biggest news of the day was Hunter being officially cleared for all basketball-related activities. Hunter said, “Last year really hurt. But, I mean, as you keep getting through it, you start thinking of other things of how you can get better off the court. And so, that’s all I focused on — just how next year I can be the best player I can be.”
Davis said he has continued to maintain his health and will hopefully play a full season without injury, while Phinisee said he’s looking to be more aggressive on the offensive end because it will open up the floor for his teammates.
The third group consisted of Al Durham stating he’ll be handling more point guard responsibilities, Justin Smith emphasizing improvement in all facets of his game and Armaan Franklin harping on his hope to contribute defensively.
The players portion finished up with Joey Brunk and Race Thomspon. Thompson said he believes his offensive ability has taken the next step, while Brunk appears to be the new vocal leader on the team, saying “I’m comfortable with who I am and I don’t have any problem talking and speaking.”
Since Miller spoke to the media numerous times over the summer, his time at the podium Wednesday wasn’t filled with any groundbreaking news. But, Miller did emphasize how this year’s team has had more talking and communicating and dropped hints that he may be playing “old school” ball with three bigs on the floor this season.
Coming up for Indiana basketball is Big Ten media day on Wednesday, October 2nd, at the Hilton Rosemont in Rosemont, Illinois. Miller be joined by Devonte Green and De’Ron Davis for the event.
Then, on Saturday, October 5th, Hoosier Hysteria will kick off in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at 4 p.m. eastern. Admission is free for the public, and Indiana fans will get to see both the men’s and women’s teams take the floor for the first time this season.
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We’ll be back next week with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.