Johnny Jager

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Johnny Jager Biography

Johnny Jager is a former basketball and current graduate assistant at Indiana University. He played for the Hoosiers between 2016 and 2019 as a walk-on guard. Johnny Jager is a native of Bloomington, Indiana and played for legendary high school head coach J. R. Holmes. Despite being recruited by then Indiana head coach Tom Crean, Johnny Jager sat out due to NCAA transfer rules during his only year under Tom Crean. He played in limited minutes for two seasons with the Hoosiers in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. Jager has been recognized by his teammates as one of the funniest players in the locker room.

  • Name: Johnny Jager
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Birthday: September 27, 1996
  • Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana
  • High School: Bloomington High School South (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • Height: 6’0″ (183 cm)
  • Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
  • Seasons: 3 (2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019)
  • Jersey: #2
  • Current Position: Graduate Assistant, Indiana University
  • Education: Sports Marketing and Management, Minor in Business

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Awards and Accolades

  • 2019 Academic All-Big Ten
  • 2018 Academic All-Big Ten

Johnny Jager Seasons with the Hoosiers

2016-2017 Indiana Basketball Season
Tom Crean (9th Season)
18-16 (7-11 Big Ten)
11th Place Big Ten
🏅 NIT First Round
2017-2018 Indiana Basketball Season
Archie Miller (1st Season)
16-15 (9-9 Big Ten)
7th Place Big Ten

2018-2019 Indiana Basketball Season
Archie Miller (2nd Season)
19-16 (8-12 Big Ten)
9th Place Big Ten
🏅 NIT Quarterfinals

Johnny Jager Indiana University Career Statistics

(Source: Sports-Reference)

Season G GS MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2017-18 6 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
2018-19 7 0 16 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 0.5 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 2 2
Career 13 0 23 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 0.5 0 2 2 3 2 0 1 3 2

Johnny Jager High School Career and Recruiting Profile

Johnny Jager played for coach J. R. Holmes at Bloomington High School South and grew up surrounded by the Indiana Hoosiers in his backyard. He had always wanted to be an Indiana Hoosier and a special moment came when he was allowed to be the ball boy for the Indiana Hoosiers in the fifth grade. In that role, he was allowed to be near his beloved Indiana Hoosiers as they played in Assembly Hall. Jager recalled when his parents took their entire family to watch the Hoosiers at “Midnight Madness,” which was the previous name for “Hoosier Hysteria.”

As a senior in high school, he averaged 13.2 points and 5.1 assists per game. He was named the Herald-Times Area Player of the Year that season. After his final season of high school ball, he decided to accept a scholarship at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, where he would play in Division III.

Johnny Jager Wabash College Career

At Wabash College, Johnny Jager immediately saw minutes on the floor. He started in all 26 games at Wabash and he finished his freshman year season ranked second among his team in scoring. The averages for his freshman year at Wabash were 15.0 points per game and 5.5 assists per game. He played with 39.6% efficiency from the floor and show at a 35% rate from behind the arc.

During that season, he had two double-doubles, once again George Fox University and once against Denison. His two career high point totals came against DePauw where he scored 31 and 32 points in two match ups. He earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference Honorable Mention for his lone season at Wabash.

Johnny Jager Indiana University Basketball Career

Prior to the 2016 season, Johnny Jager decided to move on from Division III with an opportunity to walk-on for his dream school: Indiana University. Jager enrolled at Indiana University and sat out his first season due to NCAA transfer rules.

After a tumultuous season for the Hoosiers, Indiana made the decision to move in a new direction from then-head coach Tom Crean and Indiana would eventually hire Archie Miller to take over the program. Despite being recruited by Tom Crean, Johnny Jager would never actually end up playing in a game for him. Jager remained on the Indiana roster under new head coach Archie Miller.

Johnny Jager saw limited minutes in his backup guard role with the Hoosiers; however, he was always known as one of the funniest locker room players for the Hoosiers. His love for the program as well as his personality in the locker room made him a valuable asset to the team. After his senior year in 2019, he was offered a graduate assistant role with the program and he is currently serving that position on the Indiana basketball staff.

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Contributor: Rob Jiang