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NCAA Basketball: Arizona, Indiana, and Ole Miss rise in updated 2024-25 WTE power rankings

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12. Indiana Hoosiers

Timing wasn’t on Indiana’s side in my previous WTE piece, because I knew (if you’re a crystal ball watcher online) that they were landing some big talent for next season. They knew they were losing starting guard Xavier Johnson, as well as leading scorer and star big man, Ke’lel Ware.

Those who did come back include forward Malik Reneau (15.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg), Mackenzie Mgabko, and guard Trey Galloway. Joining him is a great set of offseason pickups, starting with 5-star wing prospect, Bryson Tucker. He was reportedly looking at playing for the NBA G-League Ignite Team but since its shuttering, the Hoosiers benefitted and took advantage.

From the portal are four notable transfers. The first pickup was Oumar Ballo, one of the best players from the entire portal, coming off averaging a double-double at Arizona. In the backcourt are a pair of starting guards from the Pac-12, Myles Rice (Washington State) and Kanaan Carlyle (Stanford). 

Add former Illinois guard Luke Goode to the group and there’s some needed shooting on the roster as well. The one concern is that on paper, Mgbako would have to play the 3-spot again. But if his play in the last month is any indication, the former 5-star wing could be a breakout star candidate that’ll put Indiana back on the national map next season.