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IU basketball: Jerome Hunter not returning for the 2021-22 season

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that redshirt sophomore wing Jerome Hunter will not return next season.

“We appreciate everything that Jerome has done as a member of the program and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said Woodson in a release by the school.

Hailing from Pickerington, Ohio, Hunter arrived in Bloomington as part of the class of 2018.  Prior to his freshman season he suffered a medical condition in his lower legs that required surgery and cost him the entire 2018-19 campaign.

In two seasons at IU, Hunter averaged 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per contest.  He made 39.7 percent of his attempts from the field including 32.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc on 136 career attempts.  Hunter’s production improved during his redshirt sophomore 2020-21 campaign when he averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds over 19.5 minutes while shooting 43.4 percent overall including 34.2 percent from long range.

Hunter was suspended for multiple games in 2021 for undisclosed reasons.  Former head coach Archie Miller discussed his decision at the time.

“There is nothing to really talk about with Jerome. Jerome was a coach’s decision and it’ll continue to be a coach’s decision as we continue to go through the next 33 days that we have left in the regular season,” Miller said.

Hunter was ranked #46 by 247Sports and #49 by Rivals in the class of 2018.  With his development slowed by the medical condition, Hunter wasn’t able to realize that potential during his three seasons in Bloomington.

Indiana signed Northwestern transfer Miller Kopp last month, contributing to an uncertain path forward over the next two seasons for Hunter.

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