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IU only focuses on this year

Hoosiers gain a transfer, return injured player

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Coming off a 19-16 record and an NIT appearance during the 2018-2019 season, the Indiana University men’s basketball team hopes to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.

Archie Miller is entering his third season as IU’s head coach and has led the program to a 35-31 record.

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“Each season is a unique challenge. Each season is different. Each team is different, regardless if you return a ton or bring back a bunch of new guys. It’s starting over. You have 10, 12, 13 brains that need to be reset and focused on the mission that we have as a group,” Miller said.

For the second straight year, IU features the latest Indiana Mr. Basketball winner. Last season, the Hoosiers featured Romeo Langford, who currently plays for the Boston Celtics. This year, IU carries 2019 winner Trayce Jackson-Davis, who played for Center Grove High School in Greenwood.

“Really, not worried about last year,” Jackson-Davis said. “We are just focused on this year.”

This year’s roster also features Butler University transfer Joey Brunk. The red-shirt junior forward has two years of NCAA eligibility remaining.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet people here at Indiana while I get my master’s degree,” Brunk said.

Red-shirt freshman forward Jerome Hunter underwent a season-ending leg surgery last year. He participated in all basketball-related activities and continued to progress this fall after undergoing season-ending leg surgery last year.

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He returned to playing basketball for the Hoosiers earlier this month against Western Illinois. Winning the game 98-65, Hunter scored seven points for IU in his return to the floor for the 2019-2020 season.

The Hoosiers started the 2019-2020 season with Hoosier Hysteria at Assembly Hall on Oct. 5 before opening its non-conference schedule by hosting Gannon University Oct. 29.

IU will play at home tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 20, against Princeton at 7 p.m. with coverage by the Big Ten Network and IU Radio Network.

The Hoosiers open Big Ten play Jan. 4 at Maryland.