Prior to Monday night’s game against Nebraska, freshman forward Jerome Hunter declared his intention to red shirt this season during a pre-game radio interview. Hunter was projected to be a major contributor for the Hoosiers but has not played this season due to a lower leg issue which required surgery.
Many hoped Hunter would be back to full health to assist with IU’s late season push. In fact, there were several indicators illustrating that Hunter appeared to be progressing. Even Archie Miller noted in December that Hunter had begun cardio and weight-lifting. Moreover, fans were also encouraged when Hunter posted an Instagram story just days ago of him draining a long-distance shot. Nonetheless, it seems as if IU and Hunter have opted to focus on recovery and save a year of eligibility.
Hunter was a 2018 finalist for Ohio Mr. Basketball and was considered the #46 best recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports. Hunter was known for his versatility in high school, where he was able to guard three different positions with his 6’7″ frame. Moreover, he had the ability to score in the post and from the perimeter. Hunter was Archie Miller’s first commit.
While it is a disappointing blow for the season, it’s great to see Hunter back on the court and IU fans will surely be anticipating his return in the fall.