Jerome Hunter, a 6-7 forward from Ohio, will be a huge contributor for the Indiana Hoosiers and could dictate whether they are a pretender or a contender in the Big Ten this season. No, Indiana is not projected to make the NCAA tournament (which fans have not been so happy about), but Hunter’s skillset can give them a much-needed boost.
Hunter is a player that can definitely light it up on the court. His ability to create shots off the dribble was a highlight at Pickerington North high school as the man dropped 1,314 points in his high school career. Not to mention that he was nominated as an All-State selection in his senior year.
With that said, I believe he will be a player that can totally change the offense and definitely provide a wing that can match up with the best of the Big Ten.
Hunter was originally injured last season with a lower leg problem, yet head coach Archie Miller seems to be quite pleased with his rehab and how it’s played out. It is not just Miller that is happy either, but the players are stoked to see this guy on the floor.
While we can watch YouTube or Instagram videos of him all day, nothing can compare to what his presence will actually mean for IU. He was supposed to be in that “triple threat” with Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan last season, just to give you an idea of what he can be.
Let’s not forget that IU took him away from his hometown school Ohio State, which continues to build a steady program. Miller used his Ohio roots from Dayton all along to bring this guy in and he will be able to provide unique play to a team that does not see too much of it.
But like always, here are some pointers to give you an idea of Hunter and the impact he can have on Indiana.
Hunter is a remarkable scorer and is someone that can take a game over offensively. In high school, he was a top 50 recruit, which many believe was underrated for him. His development as a jump shooter can help free the paint up for the Hoosiers.
Defense is where Indiana will have to make their mark, which is exactly the way Miller wants it to be. He is all about the defensive end and there is no reason that Hunter won’t be a good defender. At 6-7, his ability to defend wings and possibly play power forward in a "small ball" lineup gives Miller opportunities.
3. Big Shots
I would not be too surprised to see Hunter knocking down big time shots at the end of the game for an Indiana team that could struggle creating its own shot. Hunter is a player who is certainly capable of making moments for a fanbase that cherishes plenty of game-winners.