Indiana transfer forward Jerome Hunter announced on his Instagram page Sunday that he will be going to Xavier after three years at Indiana. He still has three years of eligibility remaining with 2020-21 not counting against his eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indiana announced just over a week ago that Hunter would be leaving the program. The No. 59 rated player in the Class of 2018, Hunter had to sit out his entire freshman season with an undisclosed leg condition. In the two years since, he never quite reached the promise of his recruitment, but did become a key part of Indiana’s bench. Hunter averaged 3.8 points per game in 2019-20 as a redshirt freshman and 6.3 points per game as a redshirt sophomore in 2020-21. The 6-foot-7, 215-pounder averaged 3.0 rebounds per game and shot 43.4 percent from the field. He hit 25 of 73 3-point attempts. a 34.2 percent clip.
I just want to thank all of my supporters that have followed me throughout my career at Indiana. I have talked a lot with my family and the Xavier coaching staff and I believe in what they are building and also they believe in what I can do.🙏🏽📍#513 ⚔️#team 100 pic.twitter.com/G9KqJ8rkSD
— rome🏀💭 (@j_hunter35) May 23, 2021
Hunter was not one of the players who entered the transfer portal when new coach Mike Woodson was hired and seemed to indicate he was pleased with the direction the program was taking with Woodson’s NBA style of offense. He would have seemed to be a good fit as a stretch power forward. However, the Hoosiers took on Northwestern forward Miller Kopp, also a potential stretch four, which would appear to shrink Hunter’s opportunity at minutes. Since Hunter entered the portal, the Hoosiers took on South Florida center Michael Durr to fill up the additional scholarship.
Transferring to Xavier gets Hunter closer to home. He starred at Pickerington North High School outside of Columbus. The Musketeers are coming off a 13-8 season that did not include a postseason run. They have not reached the NCAA Tournament under current coach Travis Steele, last making it in 2018 under then-coach Chris Mack.
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