Indiana Basketball was a competitive bunch in Big Ten basketball in 2022-23. They finished second in the conference at 12-8 while boasting a 23-12 record into an NCAA Tournament appearance in Year 2 under head coach Mike Woodson. They made yet another appearance in the tournament though, this time, they were given an early exit in the second round this time. It’s progress, in their appearance in 2021-22, they lost in the First Round as a 12-seed.
After earning a 4-seed in the tournament this past season, they’ll need to replace two NBA Draft picks in Jalen Hood-Schifino and Trayce Jackson-Davis to replicate last year’s performance. They do return six players from last year’s roster but just Xavier Johnson and Trey Galloway have a ton of starting experience.
6-foot-9 big man Malik Reneau is one of those returners that will be looked upon to grow into a bigger role. He made 35 appearances this past season for the Hoosiers as a reserve and returns eager to do more with a starting role in the frontcourt.
That doesn’t mean the newcomers won’t get any playing time. The Hoosiers have plenty of room for freshmen Gabe Cupps, Jakai Newton and former Duke signee Mackenzie Mgbako to grow in the rotation. Transfer portal additions Anthony Walker, Kel’el Ware and Payton Sparks should also give this squad some depth and experience. The addition of Ware certainly raises their potential to make another NCAA Tournament appearance. He’s a 7-footer that should be quite the two-way presence for this squad.
There’s potential for the Indiana rotation to be another successful one as they look to make it three NCAA Tournament appearances in a row. Check out the breakdown for the Indiana Hoosiers projected starting lineup and depth chart for 2023-24.