IU basketball: Point guard Rob Phinisee has entered the transfer portal

After four seasons playing for Indiana, point guard Rob Phinisee will look to spend his final season of eligibility elsewhere.  He thanked the Indiana fans on his Twitter page.

“Hoosier nation, I’d like to thank you all for all your continued support through all the ups and downs these last four years,” Phinisee wrote.  “Through it all you have stuck with me and supported me to continue my journey.”

“After talking with my family, I have decided I will be entering my name in the transfer portal as a grad transfer for the 2022-23 season.  I’d like to thank all my former teammates, coaches and managers for developing me and making my time enjoyable at Indiana.”

The 6-foot-1 Phinisee was one of IU’s best perimeter defenders but struggled with offensive efficiency throughout his career in Bloomington.  He averaged 4.5 points per game in 2021-22 while shooting 31.2 percent from the field in 18.3 minutes per contest.

The Lafayette native fell into a reserve role as a senior, but delivered the season’s most iconic moment — a game-winning 3-pointer against Purdue.  That was part of a career-best 20-point effort.  When he was on the floor he helped form some of IU’s best defensive units.

Phinisee delivered another memorable moment as a freshman when he made a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Butler in Indianapolis.  But along the way he suffered a number of injuries that slowed his development, including a serious concussion during that freshman season, and a plantar fascia injury in 2021-22.

For his career Phinisee appeared in 111 games and started 69 times, including 29 starts as a freshman.  He arrived at IU in 2018 as part of the much discussed class that included Romeo Langford.  In total he scored 719 points (6.5 per game) and handed out 307 assists (2.8 per game).  He finished his career just above a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Indiana has now seen four players leave the program in the last 48 hours.  Phinisee joins Khristian Lander and Michael Durr in the transfer portal, and Parker Stewart has also left the program.  With their departures IU has an available scholarship for the 2022-23 season.

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