Indiana basketball received some good news Tuesday courtesy of CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, who is high on the Hoosiers next year.
The 2020-21 season for Indiana basketball could be one to remember as the Hoosiers continue to receive national recognition. With expectations high, the season can’t come soon enough for Indiana fans. .
A couple of days after being named a ‘team to watch’ next season, the Hoosiers were part of one of the way-too-early rankings for next season.
CBS Sports Jon Rothstein unveiled his 2020-2021 preseason top 45, and the Hoosiers just made the cut for the top 25. Indiana was at No. 23, the last of six Big Ten teams on the list.
Other notable entries on the top 25 include Iowa, ranked all the way at no. 6, the highest ranked Big Ten team on the list. Ohio State also cracked the top 10 despite the loss of Andre Wesson and expected loss of Kaleb Wesson. Wisconsin ranked at No. 12 as they will likely return their entire starting lineup, and Michigan State was at No. 14 as they hand the keys from Cassius Winston over to sophomore Rocket Watts. Juwan Howard’s Michigan squad came in at one spot ahead of IU at No. 22 despite the loss of point guard Zavier Simpson and big man Jon Teske.
An encouraging feature of this projected top 25 is that it does not assume that Indiana will have five-star point guard Khristian Lander on its roster. Lander, the No. 11 ranked high school player in the class of 2021, recently committed to the Hoosiers and is keen on trying to reclassify to the class of 2020, giving him the ability to play college basketball next season.
Adding a five-star recruit to the roster would obviously boost Archie Miller’s squad up even higher in the top 25.
As we all cope with the loss of the NCAA Tournament, Indiana basketball fans will look forward to next season even more longingly than normal. For Indiana fans, there is an awful lot to look forward to, especially if Khristian Lander is able to graduate in May and join the Indiana basketball team as early as June.