Indiana Basketball In Contact with Multiple Players as Transfer Portal Opens

If the Hoosiers want to make the NCAA tournament in 2025, landing players through the portal this off-season is a must.

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After missing the 2024 NCAA tournament, the Indiana Hoosiers elected not to participate in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and instead focus on recruiting and the transfer portal. With zero incoming recruits in the 2024 class, Mike Woodson and the IU staff know they have work to do this off-season. 

Since the transfer portal opened on Monday morning, hundreds of players nationwide have already entered. Here are some of the key players that Indiana has reached out to:

Amari Williams

Senior, Drexel

Amari Williams is a 6'10" forward from Drexel University who declared for the NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility and entering the transfer portal. Williams was named to the All-CAA first team and was the first-ever player named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year for three straight seasons. Williams averaged 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks this season while shooting 51.7% from the field. He has one year of eligibility remaining with his COVID year if he decides to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft. 

Dakota Leffew

Senior, Mount St. Mary's

Dakota Leffew is a 6'5" guard from Mount St. Mary's University who was named to the All-MAAC First Team. This season, Leffew averaged 17.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game for the Mountaineers. He shot 43.0% from the field, 36.5% from three, and 76.5% from the line. Leffew has one year of eligibility remaining with his COVID year. 

Michael Ajayi

Junior, Pepperdine

Michael Ajayi is a 6'7" guard/forward from Pepperdine University named to the All-WCC First Team. Ajayi led the WCC in points per game this season with 17.2 while racking up an average of 9.9 rebounds. He shot 46.7% from the field, 47.0% from behind the arc, and 70.9% from the free-throw line. Ajayi has one year of eligibility remaining. 

Tre Dinkins 

Junior, Canisius

Tre Dinkins is a 6'2" guard from Canisius College named to the All-MAAC Third Team. In his junior year, Dinkins averaged 15.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.0 steals for the Golden Griffins. He shot 41.0% from the field, 36.5% from three, and 78.6% from the free-throw line. Dinkins has one year of eligibility remaining.