There were high hopes for Indiana basketball this past season. The team secured some of the state’s top prospects and was a top 25 team at one point in the season. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers dealt with some major struggles which led them to miss out on the NCAA tournament. The team then earned a 1-seed spot in the NIT tournament but lost in the Quarterfinals to Wichita State.
Many Indiana fans want to put this rough season behind them. The question now is, what will the team look like moving forward? Although it is still hard to say definitively, Indiana will likely be a very different team next year.
On Friday, sophomore Clifton Moore announced that he would transfer from Indiana after two years with the Hoosiers. Moore signed with Indiana in 2017 and was one of three signees to stick with the team through the coaching transition to Archie Miller. Moore spent most of his career at Indiana on the bench, appearing in nine games during his freshman year and 15 as a sophomore.
The departure of Moore means there is another spot on the roster that Miller must actively recruit for the team. Moore is a highly talented player and performed well in the few playing opportunities he had, but ultimately Indiana did not have a place for him.
Freshman Romeo Langford is expected to declare for the NBA Draft but indicated he was unsure after Indiana’s loss to Ohio State. Langford has been an instrumental part of the team, averaging 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. If Langford decides to depart from Indiana, there will be a large void within the team because at many moments, he was a source of optimism for the Hoosiers.
It is likely that the Hoosiers will look to signee, Armaan Franklin to help lead the team if Langford leaves. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard played at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and is coming to Indiana as a 4-star recruit, according to ESPN.
Senior Juwan Morgan finished his final year of eligibility with Indiana and left an incredible legacy throughout the years. Morgan finished his career in the top 25 Indiana basketball’s all-time scoring list, totaling 1,374 points. He scored more than 20 points 18 times, and his single-game career high was 35 points. Although Morgan made his mark in the Indiana history books, recreating his play style and leadership to the team will be difficult.
To help with the loss of Morgan, the Hoosiers secured 5-star recruit Trayce Jackson-Davis. The power forward played at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. Jackson-Davis is considered a versatile player with his stature and ability to play inside and outside, which can be a great addition to Indiana.
Some lingering questions still need to be answered about Indiana basketball’s future. Although the team suffered some losses this season, there is hope that the Hoosiers found some players that can help fill the void. Be sure to keep an eye out for Langford’s decision to declare for the NBA Draft.