Indiana Basketball: 3 early storylines for 2020-21 season

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Jerome Hunter, Indiana basketball
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2. Can anyone improve on their three-point shooting?

Obviously the three-point shooting for the Hoosiers was a major concern throughout this season and even dating back to last year. Ranked eighth in the Big Ten at 32.6 percent, there is a big step that is needed next year in order to be atop the conference standings.

With Devonte Green graduating and his 59 threes and 36 percent gone from the floor, who will step up?

The name that comes to mind immediately is Jerome Hunter. After starting off extremely cold from three to begin the year, just 6-of-31 (19.4 percent) in the first 18 games, Hunter became one of the very few reliable players from deep to end the season. In the final 12 games he caught fire going 12-of-32 (40.6 percent). One part of that was finally getting his legs under him following the season-ending injury he dealt with as a true freshman.

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At 6-foot-8, if Jerome Hunter can keep up that rate, or even slightly lower, it will open up so much more for the Indiana offense.

Another name is Al Durham. While his percentage rose nearly four percent from his sophomore season to 38.3 percent, his attempts from deep dropped by 30 in just two fewer games played. While he made 36 thees on the year, he needs to see that number up in the mid-to-high 40’s in order to really help the Hoosiers next year.

For the rest of the bunch, nobody in the frontcourt will see an increase in their percentages or attempts so that leaves Rob Phinisee, Armaan Franklin and any of the incoming freshmen to help. It could happen, but it all comes down to Hunter and Durham to take big steps forward in their shooting in order for Indiana to see their percentage increase.