Indiana basketball vs. Marian: Six takeaways from exhibition win

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#4. CJ Gunn will be the best three-point shooter for Indiana basketball

As one of the least talked about freshmen in this 2022 recruiting class, Gunn came into the game at the under 12:00 timeout and made an impact in his 22 minutes of game action on Saturday. Gunn was 2 for 5 from the field and 2 for 3 from three-point range and had six points, two assists, one block, and one steal for the Hoosiers off the bench.

Many Hoosier fans may not like the comparison here, but Gunn has the confidence and shooting stroke that Devonte Green did back a couple of seasons ago. He won’t be as trigger-happy as Green was when he had the ball in his hands, but if Gunn gets hot from deep, this kid can score the ball against anyone in the Big Ten.

People might look at that stat line from the exhibition game and think not much about it. But Gunn was easily the most confident shooter for Mike Woodson in this opening exhibition game and seems to be showing his worth as a guy that is willing to earn himself a spot in this competitive rotation. If a guy like Miller Kopp or Xavier Johnson doesn’t prove themselves to be leaders on the court and consistent enough shooters, watch for Gunn to get playing time and make the most of it alongside freshman Jalen Hood-Schifino.