Indiana still doesn’t know for sure the extent of their frontcourt needs next season, but they quickly made contact with one of the top available big men in the transfer portal.
Morehead State’s Johni Broome placed his name in the portal Monday, and Indiana was one of several high major programs to waste no time showing their interest in the 6-foot-10, 235 pounder.
Broome just completed his second season of college basketball, and he has three years of eligibility remaining due to the grant by the NCAA of an extra season.
The Plant City, Fla. product was OVC Defensive player of the Year and 1st Team All-OVC in 2021-22. He averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks, and broke MSU’s single-season block record with 131.
Broome averaged 28.3 minutes per game and became one of seven players in program history to have over 500 points and 300 rebounds in one season. He led the OVC in rebounding and blocked shots and led the team in scoring. Broome finished top five in the nation with 23 double-doubles during the regular season, and he scored a career-high of 32 in the OVC championship game.
In 2020-21, Broome was the OVC Freshman of the Year and 1st Team All-OVC. He averaged 13.8 points and 9.0 rebounds while starting in 27 of 30 games played and seeing 25.8 minutes per contest.
To this point in his career Broome has only attempted five 3-pointers and missed them all, meaning he projects as a five at the high major level. He is a career 62.8 percent free throw shooter.
Broome was a 3-star prospect in the class of 2020, ranked the No. 472 overall player out of Tampa Catholic High School. He also had offers from Bryant and Jacksonville, and interest from Georgia Southern.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Broome has already heard from Gonzaga, Ohio State, Auburn, Texas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Houston, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia Tech, Indiana and Arkansas.
Broome also plans to go through the NBA Draft process while maintaining his college eligibility.
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