In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
- Jeff Goodman’s preseason top 25 rankings include the Hoosiers … and three other Big Ten teams.
- Brian Snow provided updates on Keion Brooks Jr. and Trayce Jackson-Davis.
- Rivals updated their top 150 for the Class of 2019.An IU legend has a new coaching gig.
- On this date in IU history, chaos was stabilized and the seeds of a Final Four run were planted.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We are now 17 days away from Hoosier Hysteria.
In team news …
Jeff Goodman, formerly of ESPN and now writing for Stadium, released his preseason top 25 rankings on Tuesday. He has Indiana ranked #20.
He says about Indiana that, “[Romeo] Langford is a prolific scorer and will team with Juwan Morgan to give the Hoosiers a couple of all-league guys. The key for IU will ultimately be point guard play. Ultimately, I’m betting on the duo of Miller and Langford.”
Other Big Ten teams in Goodman’s rankings include Michigan State at #11, Michigan at #19, and Maryland at #24. Duke (#3) and Marquette (#21) also made the list.
In recruiting news …
Brian Snow of 247Sports provided detailed updates on several IU recruiting targets.
- On Keion Brooks, Snow said that “Indiana, North Carolina, UCLA, Kentucky and Michigan State seem like near locks to make his list” once he narrows it down.
- On Trayce Jackson-Davis, Snow said “all signs continue to point to Jackson-Davis going to Bloomington for college, but Michigan State and the rest of the schools on the list are trying to make it as difficult as possible on the Hoosiers.”
Rivals updated their top 150 prospects in the class if 2019. IU commit Armaan Franklin rose two spots to #138
Others of note:
- Isaiah Stewart rose one spot to #5.
- Trayce Jackson-Davis fell two spots to #18.
- Keion Brooks Jr. fell 11 spots to #26.
- Jahmius Ramsey fell two spots to #39.
In My Favorite Hoosier of All Time news a.k.a. Big Ten Career Scoring Leader news …
The Erie BayHawks, the NBA’s G-League Affiliate for the Atlanta Hawks, announced some new additions to their coaching staff on Tuesday. On the list: Calbert Cheaney, who will be an assistant coach.
This is Calbert’s first coaching position since he was an assistant coach for Saint Louis University from 2013-2016. Prior to that, he had been Tom Crean’s Director of Basketball Operations.
And on this date in IU history …
On September 12th, 2000, Mike Davis was announced as Indiana’s interim head basketball coach.
The announcement followed the firing of Bob Knight, which led to 48 hours of uncertainty about the future of the IU program — including whether most, if not all, of the current roster would transfer.
The announcement stabilized the program and set Indiana on a path toward reaching the 2002 National Championship game. That was the last time Indiana advanced beyond the Sweet 16.
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I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.