The college basketball season is quickly approaching, and Indiana fans are eager to see what the team has to offer. Several polls have the team ranked in the top 25, but with the poor performance, they had last year it will be interesting to see if they can live up to such lofty expectations.
Although the team lost five seniors this year, Indiana managed to keep senior, Juwan Morgan for another year and secure Romeo Langford. Morgan is a force to be reckoned with, he averaged 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds a game last season. Recently he was also named on the watchlist of the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Morgan is also known for his ability to mentor young players, thus providing an easier transition from high school to college. If Morgan is capable of teaching Langford how to become poised in pressure situations, then the freshman will have a bright future in candy stripes.
Langford has managed to make his mark in college basketball before the start of his freshman season, landing a spot on the watchlist for the 2019 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. Lanford was a 5-star recruit coming to Indiana and many are looking forward to seeing his performance at the collegiate level. In his first couple of months at the university, Langford has put on over 10 pounds of muscle and has seen improvements in his vertical and strength in the post. Many players in college basketball can become complacent when being highly talked about, therefore it is extremely encouraging to see Langford putting in the hard work.
Unfortunately, Indiana is a team that experienced a rough season in 2018 with loses to Fort Wayne and Indiana State. In conference play last season, the Hoosiers finished with an overall record of 9-9, finishing in sixth place. Miller will have a daunting task this season, turning a young team into an elite contender in the Big Ten. Luckily for Miller, Indiana has the biggest student section in America and they will be supporting him along this interesting journey. Hoosier fans are growing desperate for tournament-caliber team, therefore, it is Miller’s job to ensure they are not let down for what would be the third consecutive season.
Indiana has the talent to be a legitimate opponent in the conference, as well as in all of college basketball. The team is filled with young faces that have a hunger for making a tournament appearance, which will be infectious to the entire team. Join the team and fans in counting down until Nov. 6, when the Hoosiers host Chicago State.