The college basketball season begins in three months, and with that preseason outlooks are starting to trickle in.
You’ll have to wait even longer to know if the attention is warranted, but you can expect Indiana to be frequently mentioned as one of, if not the favorite in the Big Ten, and a top-25 team nationally.
Along with those preseason accolades will come individual recognition for an IU team that returns nearly 80 percent of its minutes played from a year ago.
Well known CBS Sports analyst and publisher of College Hoops Today Jon Rothstein came out with his prognostications for the Big Ten on Monday, and as expected Indiana is front and center.
Rothstein slots the Hoosiers into his top spot in the preseason Big Ten power rankings, with Purdue as a bit of a surprise in the No. 2 spot, followed by Michigan and Ohio State.
It should come as no surprise that senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was named to Rothstein’s preseason first team All-Big Ten, along with Iowa’s Kris Murray, and a trio of big men — Purdue’s Zach Edey, Rutgers’ Cliff Omoruyi, and Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson.
Rothstein tabbed Jackson-Davis and Dickinson as preseason co-Big Ten players of the year.
Montverde Academy products Jalen Hood-Schifino and Malik Reneau were both named in Rothstein’s “15 Big Ten impact freshmen,” and Kaleb Banks was named one of “Ten Big Ten under-the-radar freshmen.”
Rothstein also named his sleeper team, impact and under-the-radar transfers, and breakout players with no IU mentions.
Indiana opens the 2022-23 season on Nov. 7 at home against Morehead State.
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