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NCAA Basketball: Indiana, Kansas, and Maryland among 10 early 2024 offseason winners

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3. Indiana Hoosiers

It was a rough overall season from start to finish for Mike Woodson, who may or may not have been on the hot seat once it was clear that Indiana was missing the NCAA Tournament. But once he got a vote of confidence, Coach Woodson has been able to make some big moves.

Although starting guard Xavier Johnson was gone and star center Kel’el Ware entered the NBA Draft, three double-digit scorers have returned. Trey Galloway is back, as well as 15 ppg forward, Malik Reneau. Former 5-star prospect Mackenzie Mgbako had a strong end to the season and could be a breakout candidate to watch for the Hoosiers.

Then, there are the two massive portal pickups for the program Myles Rice was one of the top freshmen in all of NCAA Basketball, averaging nearly 15 ppg at Washington State. He’s projected to be the new point guard at Indiana. And joining him is Oumar Ballo, who averaged a double-double at Arizona and is viewed as one of the best centers in all of NCAA Basketball.

Include the surprise pickup of five-star wing prospect Bryson Tucker, Indiana has had a near-flawless offseason so far. And they aren’t done yet, reportedly in the mix for a couple of more transfer targets as well.