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With Colin Hartman Staying, IU Could Have a Scholarship Issue If Others Stay Too

INDIANAPOLIS – New Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach Archie Miller got some good news on Thursday when senior Colin Hartman decided to use a medical redshirt from this past season and return to the team for next year. That was a positive to have at least one senior now on his team for the 2017-2018 season.

But, with Hartman coming back, and the potential that three other players from last year’s roster do too, Miller now has a scholarship issue.

By NCAA rule, teams are only allowed 13 scholarship players on their roster. Right now, IU has 14 players for 13 spots. If, the other two original commitments that backed out of their LOI’s when Tom Crean was fired decide to come to Bloomington, then IU would have 16 players for 13 scholarship spots. 

Justin Smith never asked to be released from his commitment, so it’s widely considered he will be on campus next season. Al Durham and Clifton Moore each asked to be released from their letters of intent, but Miller has said that he’s reached out to both and wants them to still come to IU. He thinks they’d fit into his system too.

So, if they do, IU has to some how make room for three spots.

James Blackmon Jr. announced that he’d enter the NBA Draft process but not hire an agent. The Marion native isn’t on many draft boards for being drafted this summer. OG Anunoby likely will enter too, as despite a knee injury that sidelined him for the second half of the year, he’s still being looked at as a first round draft pick. Thomas Bryant will also likely test the process, but he’s being considered as a second round option.

So, what happens if all three come back? Heck, what happens if one or two of the three come back?

Tim Priller and Grant Gelon may be on the chopping block unfortunately if so. IU will need their scholarships. That would be a dirty thing to do to Priller with him being a senior next year, but it’s just the nature on how last year went for this team.

Granted, it’s not a bad thing if everyone comes back, as well as adding three new recruits, but the unfortunate nature is that three kids will have to have their scholarships revoked for next season.

To me, I sense Anunoby and Blackmon are gone though so that makes possibly two spots over the max. I don’t see either coming back. Bryant, that’s a wildcard. He played himself out of a first round pick last season and having a new voice and a new system coming to campus, it may be best for him to come back for his junior year and improve his stock up back to a guaranteed first-round draft pick stature.

Josh Newkirk’s dad already said he’d be back and I don’t see Robert Johnson leaving. Those two will be starters. Hartman, as long as he didn’t lose much from his injury, he too can be a starter.

Then, it all depends on who comes back as to who will take the other two starting spots.

Freshmen last year De’Ron Davis, DeVonte Green and Curtis Jones will certainly see their roles increased and Smith will figure to earn some good playing time as an incoming freshman too. Juwan Morgan will be back to get even more playing time as well.

IF Everyone Comes Back:

Starters:

G- Josh Newkirk (Sr.)

G- Robert Johnson (Sr.)

G- James Blackmon Jr. (Sr.)

F- OG Anunoby (Jr.)

C- Thomas Bryant (Jr.)

Bench:

F- Colin Hartman (Sr.)

F- Juwan Morgan (Jr.)

C- De’Ron Davis (So.)

G- De’Vonte Green (So.)

G- Curtis Jones (So.)

F- Justin Smith (Fr.)

F- Freddie McSwain (Sr.)

G- Gran Gelon (So.)

F- Zach McRoberts (Jr.)

F- Tim Priller (Sr.)

IF Anunoby Leaves:

Starters:

G- Josh Newkirk (Sr.)

G- Robert Johnson (Sr.)

G- James Blackmon Jr. (Sr.)

F- Colin Hartman (Sr.)

C- Thomas Bryant (Jr.)

Bench:

F- Juwan Morgan (Jr.)

C- De’Ron Davis (So.)

G- De’Vonte Green (So.)

G- Curtis Jones (So.)

F- Justin Smith (Fr.)

F- Freddie McSwain (Sr.)

G- Gran Gelon (So.)

F- Zach McRoberts (Jr.)

F- Tim Priller (Sr.)

IF Blackmon/Anunoby Leaves:

Starters:

G- Josh Newkirk (Sr.)

G- Robert Johnson (Sr.)

G- De’Vonte Green (So.)

F- Colin Hartman (Sr.)

C- Thomas Bryant (Jr.)

Bench:

F- Juwan Morgan (Jr.)

C- De’Ron Davis (So.)

G- Curtis Jones (So.)

F- Justin Smith (Fr.)

F- Freddie McSwain (Sr.)

G- Gran Gelon (So.)

F- Zach McRoberts (Jr.)

F- Tim Priller (Sr.)

IF Blackmon/Anunoby/Bryant All Leave:

Starters:

G- Josh Newkirk (Sr.)

G- Robert Johnson (Sr.)

G- De’Vonte Green (So.)

F- Colin Hartman (Sr.)

C- De’Ron Davis (So.)

Bench:

F- Juwan Morgan (Jr.)

G- Curtis Jones (So.)

F- Justin Smith (Fr.)

F- Freddie McSwain (Sr.)

G- Gran Gelon (So.)

F- Zach McRoberts (Jr.)

F- Tim Priller (Sr.)

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