The team announced Tuesday afternoon that Indiana men’s basketball will host its first-ever professional day on Friday, October 7.
Bloomington, Indiana – The Indiana men’s basketball program will hold its first Pro Day Friday, October 7. The professional group exercise will take place in the early afternoon. The team will make its first public appearance, along with the women’s team, that evening at Hoosier Hysteria presented by Smithville. The event is part of Homecoming Weekend. Representatives from all 30 NBA teams will be invited.
Head coach Mike Woodson Hoosiers, who brought back four Novices and 11 overall characters from a team that finished 21-14 and advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2016, has earned his fair share of pre-season awards and hopes to be ranked nationally in his first since January 2019 in Associated Press or Coaches Polls.
“I think it would be a great opportunity for the players on our program,” said Woodson, who was head coach for nine years in the NBA with Atlanta and New York. “They all aspire to play at the highest level.”
The Hoosiers is led by Preseason All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis. A bout with COVID resulted in the Greenwood native not being able to participate in the NBA combine earlier this year. The former winner of Indiana Mr. Basketball is ranked among the top 10 leaders in points per game (18.3; 6th in the Big Ten), rebounds per game (8.1; 6th), field goal percentage (58.9%; 4th), free throws made ( 147; fifth), attempted free throws (218; second) and total blocked shots (81, t-1st) in 35 starts for the Hoosiers in his third season on campus.
Also back in the Top Ten picks are Xavier Johnson and top striker Rhys Thompson. Johnson finished second on the team with an average of 12.1 points and led the team in assists (172, third in the Big Ten) and steals (40) and was second on the team in shooting 3 (38.3%). Thompson finished third on the team with an average of 11.1 points and second in rebounding (7.5) and field goal percentage (53.6%). He was seventh in the league in rebounding in conference games. Great winger Miller Cobb is back with a 36.1% shot from distance pre-season
Young forward Jordan Jeronimo is a next-level athlete and has opened his eyes with a career-high 15 points, adding seven rebounds, one assist and a save against Wyoming in the NCAA. New guard Tamar Bates returns for his second season and was the 23rd recruit in the country by ESPN.com. Junior wingers Trey Galloway and Anthony Leal are both back for their third season and second-year center Logan Duncombe is back for a second year.
IU boasted the 5th best recruiting category in the country according to 247Sports. Goalkeeper Galen Hood Cheveno and forward Malik Renault have joined the Hoosiers of the two-time Champion GEICO National Academy (Florida). Hood-Schifino, an All-American program, is ranked 17th by Rivals.com, 22nd by 247Sports, and 24th by ESPN. Reno, another All-American player, was ranked 22nd best player in the recruiting category by ESPN.com, 25th by Rivals.com and 27th by 247Sports.com. Forward Kaleb Banks was Georgia 4A’s best player last year and was ranked 78th by ESPN and 84th out of 247Sports. Wing CJ Gunn is an Indiana State entertainer from North Lawrence High School and ranked 170th by 247Sports.
Last year, IU had the highest defense rating in the Big Ten according to KenPom (22nd place, nationally). IU also led the Big Ten in defending a field goal percentage of 39.6% and ranked second in blocking shots with an average of 4.83 per game.
The Hoosiers will open their opposition season on Saturday, October 29th against Marianne. Regular season opener on Monday, November 7 against Morehead State. IU is also scheduled to face Xavier on the road on Friday, November 18 at the Japhet Games. The Hoosiers will face the national runner-up in North Carolina on Wednesday, November 30 at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, face Arizona on Saturday, December 10 at the Las Vegas Clash and travel to the defending national champion Kansas on Saturday, December 17. IU will be opening a Big Ten play on Saturday, December 3 at Rutgers.