The Indiana men’s basketball program officially began its summer workouts this week, which means all players on the upcoming season’s roster are back on campus and training.
In recent years, the summer has often been used to focus on individual skill development and strength and conditioning training. Director of Athletic Performance Clif Marshall is entering his seventh season overseeing the program’s strength and conditioning training.
While coaches are only allowed a maximum of two hours per week for on-court, basketball skills training, along with a maximum of eight hours per week with players, the summer training schedule has typically seen the most physical transformations for players.
As Indiana’s four incoming freshmen arrived in Bloomington over the weekend and the rest of the roster returned to campus, the Indiana men’s basketball Twitter account released a short video showcasing the in-progress workouts. That video can be seen below.
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— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) June 7, 2022
The Hoosiers will enter the upcoming 2022-23 season with expectations unseen in nearly a decade for the program. With four starters returning from last season’s NCAA Tournament team, including veteran frontcourt duo Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson, Indiana will possess arguably the most returning talent and experience in the entire Big Ten.
It’s not just the returnees who are poised to help the Hoosiers this season, though. IU’s four-player freshmen class, headlined by five-star recruits Jalen Hood-Schifino and Malik Reneau, along with four-star prospects Kaleb Banks and CJ Gunn, is one of the most talented classes in the conference and the country. While all four players might not make immediate impacts, the talent infusion and upgrade will be vital to IU’s present and future.
All that taken into account, and considering the mass exodus of top talent in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers may find themselves as the top-ranked team in the conference heading into the fall. In fact, several prognosticators have already included Indiana in their preseason top-25 rankings, with some more bullish on IU than others.
Much of the optimism surrounding the Hoosiers comes from their late season surge, which saw them defeat Michigan and Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament to earn the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid in six years. Indiana also defeated No. 12-seed Wyoming in the NCAA Tournament First Four game to advance to the Round of 64, eventually falling to No. 5-seed St. Mary’s.
Had it not been for Indiana’s upswing late in the season, it likely would’ve missed the NCAA Tournament entirely in head coach Mike Woodson’s first season at the helm. However, given the improved offensive play and suffocating defense, IU will look to build off of its momentum.
While the on-court results in the fall are ultimately what will matter, this offseason is perhaps the most expectation-laden in recent memory for Indiana.