INDIANAPOLIS – New Indiana Hoosiers head coach Archie Miller said that he knew his potential scholarship issue would “work itself out.” At the time, Colin Hartman said he’d come back for another season, all three incoming freshmen said they’d honor their commitments after all, and four players tested the NBA Draft waters.
That gave IU a scholarship under the max if played out that way. But, at the time, only OG Anunoby had said he was going to hire an agent and stay in the draft. Robert Johnson, Thomas Bryant and James Blackmon Jr. were testing the waters, but at the time, not hiring agents. That meant they could return to Bloomington if they chose to do so.
If that trio returned, then IU was oversigned by three people. But, Miller was calm and knew it would “work itself out.”
Now, it’s since worked itself out just as Miller has said.
Blackmon as well as Bryant have hired agents and won’t be returning to school. That means three players are coming in and three players are going pro. The situation has rectified itself.
Johnson, isn’t on any NBA Draft radar, so it’s likely he comes back. Blackmon and Bryant are projected second round picks while Anunoby is still a late lottery projection.
With that being said, IU is losing 40.7 combined points-per-game from last year’s roster. Blackmon, led the way with 17 points-per-game, while Bryant chipped in 12.6 per game himself. Anunoby added 11.1 points-per-game in limited action as he missed most of the season due to injury.
Now, they will replace them with a new crop, one that will better buy into Miller’s system.
It’s a loss of production, but one that won’t hurt the Hoosiers too much in my mind.