Indiana Basketball looks to keep things going in a positive direction heading into Year 3 under head coach Mike Woodson. The Hoosiers enjoyed a 4-seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament this past season after finishing second in the Big Ten standings at 12-8. Now, with a reloaded group out of the transfer portal and with their 2023 recruiting class, Indiana looks to make it three in a row in 2023-24.
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Miller Kopp and Race Thompson have all departed but three transfer portal additions and three freshmen will look to fill the void. After another first-weekend exit in the NCAA Tournament, Coach Woodson and his coaching staff had one thing on their mind: depth. They went out and found some potential impactful pieces to add to their six returners from last year’s squad with their portal acquisitions as they look to get over the hump.
Kel’el Ware (Oregon), Payton Sparks (Ball State) and Anthony Walker (Miami) will look to blend in with their current system to produce results. Ware is an emerging 7-footer who spent his first season of college basketball in the Pac-12 with the Oregon Ducks. He’ll look to up the ante against some tougher big men in the Big Ten with his move.
As far as returners, Xavier Johnson, Trey Galloway and Malik Reneau are the three leading names who should be ready to make a bigger impact in the starting rotation. Johnson returns from injury after appearing in 11 games in 2022-23 while Galloway and Reneau will both look to increase their production with bigger roles on the horizon. Take a look at the 2023-24 season preview for the Indiana Hoosiers.