If you have been following the news regarding the Indiana Hoosiers over the last week, then you are aware that returner, Justin Smith, leaped into the record books, literally. Smith, as shown here, extends 4-feet into the air, which is comparable to touching the top of the backboard. Indiana University Athletic Director, Fred Glass, expresses optimism that Smith will not be the only thing making its mark in history this season.
The past two seasons have ended in disappointment, as the Hoosiers were unable to make appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Indiana, however, was able to cut down on lost possessions, while also securing two more Big Ten victories in comparison to their 2016-17 season. It is encouraging for the program to have made strides in the right direction, especially following the departure of three players to NBA. Head coach, Archie Miller, seems to be making smart decisions from both a recruitment and coaching standpoint, which has translated to landing some of the best talent in the nation.
Among Miller’s top recruits is Indiana Mr. Basketball, Romeo Langford, who was regarded as one of the best guards in the country. Langford’s long stature and exceptional athletic ability will provide additional support to an already impressive lineup in the upcoming season. The culmination of Smith’s hops and Langford’s handles will constantly require the opposition to stay alert on defense, which will as a result tire down their defense late in the game. Indiana has always prided themselves as a high tempo team, therefore if Miller continues to score top recruits, then there is no telling what the team will be capable in the years to come.
Indiana’s 2018 recruiting class ranks consistently in the top 10 amongst college basketball teams. The effort of Miller to acquire some of the best talent available has ultimately set the stage for the team to make a legitimate run at a championship. Over the last couple of years, the team has gotten away from being recognized as one of college basketball’s best teams, but this season should change that all together. Miller would like to obtain his first-ever Big Ten championship, while also having a chance at March run for the title. Although the team will be without four-year starter, Robert Johnson, the return of Juwan Morgan will likely provide a sense of experience to a blossoming freshman class.
There are many teams in college basketball, but very few have put in the work over the offseason. Indiana has landed stellar recruits, revamped their strength and conditioning program, and set their expectations high. Be sure to follow the Hoosiers this season, in order to not miss out on what could be an unforgettable season.