Friday roundup: Morgan the “warrior”, more list trims, Williams decides

  • 08/05/2016 1:05 pm in

Indiana has been naming a “warrior of the week” all summer for offseason workouts. This morning, the program announced via Twitter that sophomore forward Juwan Morgan is the “warrior of the summer.”

As a freshman, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game. He’s expected to take on a much bigger role in his second season following the departure of Troy Williams and graduation of Max Bielfeldt.

Morgan underwent offseason surgery to repair a left shoulder injury and said earlier in the summer that he feels like a “brand new person.”

Indiana in top five for west coast point guard

Alex Barcello, a class of 2017 point guard from Tempe (Ariz.), announced his list of five finalists on Thursday and included Indiana on the list.

The 6-foot-2 point guard is ranked the No. 82 prospect nationally by the 247Composite.

Joining Indiana in Barcello’s top five are Arizona, Butler, Stanford and Virginia. The Hoosier coaching staff watched Barcello frequently in July.

Four finalists coming for four-star guard

Another Indiana class of 2017 recruiting target, Chaundee Brown, is expected to announce his top four schools on Saturday afternoon.

Brown, a 6-foot-5 guard from the First Academy in Florida, received a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers last month.

Florida and Kansas are two schools who are reportedly firmly in the mix for Brown, who averaged averaged 22 points, six rebounds and 1.4 assists last month in the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.

Four-star Williams picks Louisville

Class of 2017 Fort Wayne Snider forward Malik Williams, a four-star prospect, committed to Louisville on Thursday afternoon.

The 6-foot-11 Williams also considered Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, NC State, Purdue and UCLA.

He’s one of four prospects from the state of Indiana in the class of 2017 ranked in the top 32 of the 247Composite rankings.

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  • HardRockHoosier

    Hmmmm.. I didn’t read his comment.. I s someone in the ‘Ivory Tower’ didn’t like it though. Especially since they deleted everything.

  • SCHoosier

    Kenny Johnson is earning his money??!!

  • Bill Graham

    I realize this will be an unpopular comment but I’m not a huge JM fan…I never have been…don’t get me wrong he’s a solid 4 year player and I don’t cringe when he’s on the floor…but he just doesn’t do much for me out there…Maybe I’ll feel differently this year but I just don’t ever see him being a dominant forward in the BIG…he’s kind of just a role player/rebounder/defender…nothing wrong with that though

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Sooo… are you a big Collin Hartman fan?

  • SilentBob

    Whatever the flame baiting was, if it was there, was it really necessary to go as far as to say it’s the only sensible thing he’s ever posted? Me, I don’t care if you think I’m the most incompetent poster on here. I’m sure some do. However, others can be more senestive. Idk if he got personal with you guys, but if he didn’t, that was a pretty cheap bully session y’all gave him.

  • SilentBob

    I have a tough time agreeing with you on this one Bill. Maybe back a year ago, when we still had Holt, I would have. But this kid stepped up and then some, all while nursing a nagging shoulder injury. You can always use some junkyard dogs on your team, but he isn’t just that. He also seems to have a high level of awareness, leadership, and intellect. He surprised me with his touch, and really came along as a ball handler. He keeps making strides in these areas, then I have a hard time seeing him having anything but an excellent career.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    He was a freshman. That had his shoulder pop out of its socket. Repeatedly. And he continued to play. What more did you expect out of him? I’m not a wuss by a long shot, but just imagining what the *pop* has to sound like as your shoulder comes out of the socket…and then another *pop* as they put it back in is enough to make my palms sweaty and my stomach turn. Dominant or not, role player or not, JM is one tough guy. And that is undeniable.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    he’s not going to lead the team in scoring or probably any other category, but i think he’ll put up respectable numbers. i see him as way more than what i’d consider a role player. imho his contributions are going to have a significant impact on this team’s success. he’s not a kid who’s going to come in off the bench and ‘hold down the fort’ for a couple minutes to let the starters catch a breather.

    nice insight on mw. as long as we land one of the other bigs we’re going after, i won’t consider it a huge loss at all. best of luck at ul, maybe they’ll be allowed to participate in the tournament this season. stranger things have happened. even unc got to play last season!

  • Bill Graham

    Oh absolutely I don’t question his toughness at all. I guess the best way to put it is when JBJ or TB or OG steps on the floor there’s a certain level of excitement like “alright here we go this guy is going to make things happen!” but when JM steps on the floor its like “ok… well I guess our other guys need a breather maybe he’ll get some boards or something…” I just lack that excitement…every team needs a 4 year role player and I’m glad we have a tough one…im just not with the whole “Juwan’s gonna average 10 and 10 by the time he graduates’ crowd…

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I understand what you’re saying. To be fair, you’re comparing JM to a really, really good scorer and potentially 2 NBA lottery picks. LOL What JM brings to the table doesn’t have a lot of pizazz. Unless he’s diving on the floor, he probably won’t be on the SportsCenter Top 10. I don’t know that he will average a double-double by his senior year, because I think he could be recruited over (which wouldn’t be a bad problem to have). It’ll take a lot for him to be dominant in the BIG. Although I do think he could eventually be a dominant defender in the BIG, which is just fine. IU hasn’t had a shortage of scorers recently so if he’s a serviceable bruiser I’m ok with that.