It probably wasn’t fair to ask Sydney Parrish about her plans for the 2024-25 basketball season.
But the Indiana forward was a good sport during the postgame media session at Rutgers on Saturday evening.
And Parrish gave a response Indiana fans will like, even if she had to run it by her coach first.
“I’m going to play my fifth year (at IU), if it’s okay with coach Moren,” Parrish said.
Moren enthusiastically endorsed the idea.
“We’re excited,” Moren said. “Syd has been a great addition to Indiana and our program. I kind of knew that’s where she was leaning toward, and I’m glad that she could publicly be able to tell the media tonight.”
“Syd is a special kid. Obviously, she represents not just the university, but also the state of Indiana. She’s about all the right things, and that’s the team. She wants to win. She’s super competitive, and it’ll be nice to have her around for another year.”
The 6-foot-2 Parrish averaged 12 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season, her first in Bloomington. As an all-conference honorable mention selection, Parrish helped the Hoosiers win their first Big Ten title in 30 years and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
So far this season, Parrish is averaging 9.1 points and 6.6 rebounds.
Indiana landed Parrish out of the transfer portal following the 2021-22 season. She played two years at Oregon out of Hamilton Southeaster H.S. (Fishers, Ind.).
The 2020 Indiana Miss Basketball and a McDonalds all-American, Parrish was rated a five-star recruit and a consensus top-30 recruit coming out of high school.
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