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Per a release from Indiana University Athletics, freshman Jerome Hunter underwent surgery on Wednesday evening, while the team played against Marquette University in Bloomington.
The 6’7″ top 60 freshman recruit from Pickerington, OH will remain out indefinitely.
Indiana University Statement
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Archie Miller announced today that freshman Jerome Hunter underwent surgery Wednesday evening at the Cleveland Clinic to treat a lower body condition that first developed early in the semester.
His is recovering from the procedure and hopes to return to campus next week. Hunter, who has not seen any game action, will remain out indefinitely.
Due to HIPPA laws, the program is not allowed to comment on specifics of the condition.
Indiana handled business against the visiting Golden Eagles without the service of Zach McRoberts, Devonte Green, Race Thompson, and Jerome Hunter.
The injury bug has certainly bit the team quite significantly early this season. Jerome Hunter seems to be the first player that may miss extended minutes.
While Indiana loses height in 6’7″ with Jerome Hunter’s absence, they also will miss out Jerome Hunter’s athleticism and shooting ability that propelled him to actually receive the gold jersey award. Word out of Indiana’s practices mentioned Jerome Hunter impressing coaches and players with his versatility.
The positive spin is that Indiana has forwards lined up to take on additional minutes. Freshman Damezi Anderson has lit up the three point line and has been a solid contributor in his 18.0 minutes per game.
Depth in the front court headlined one of many attributes of this year’s team. Archie Miller and the staff are unfortunately taking advantage of that early into the 2018-2019 season. Even with four key players out, Indiana still defeated ranked Marquette by a margin of 23 points.