That’s A Wrap: Juwan Morgan

  • 04/07/2017 10:34 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2016-2017 Indiana Hoosiers. Up next: Juwan Morgan. (Previously: Devonte Green, De’Ron Davis, Grant Gelon, Curtis Jones)

Morgan (32 games): 7.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 58% eFG, 73.9% FT, 25% 3PFG in 22.6 minutes per game.

Juwan Morgan’s sophomore season in Bloomington was one of growth.

After averaging just 9.1 minutes per game as a freshman, Morgan took a leap forward in several statistical categories in his second season.

His usage rate grew by more than three percent. His minutes per game grew by more than 13. He started 20 times and was sixth on the team in scoring at 7.7 points per game. His turnover percentage dropped by more than six from his freshman season. His effective field goal percentage improved, albeit slightly. His offensive rating ranked in the top 100 nationally. Morgan also ranked in the top 25 in the Big Ten in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.

All of those gains came after Morgan underwent offseason shoulder surgery and battled nagging injuries once again as a sophomore.

A freak accident in IU’s 76-57 win over Rutgers on Jan. 15 cost Morgan the next two games when he stepped on official Larry Scirotto’s foot. And even though he returned on Jan. 26 against Michigan in Ann Arbor, it took several more weeks for Morgan to return to form.

By the end of the season, Morgan was playing some of his best basketball in an IU uniform. He scored in double figures in six of Indiana’s last nine games. Morgan shot 69.8 percent on 2s and averaged 10.7 points per game over that stretch.

As he prepares for his junior season, Morgan will be a crucial piece on Archie Miller’s first IU roster. Unlike last summer, he should have a full offseason to workout and improve his perimeter shot after hitting just 25 percent from distance as a sophomore.

He also has the versatility to play multiple positions and is one of IU’s best defenders. Miller has talked about a “tough and nasty” mindset on defense and Morgan will have no problem buying in immediately.

He could also be one of IU’s most experienced players, depending on who else opts to return. Whether that translates into a leadership role remains to be seen, but all indications are that Morgan is highly respected by his teammates.

Morgan’s numbers may never stand out or make him an All-Big Ten player, but he’s the type of hard nosed player that Miller won with at Dayton and that should make him incredibly valuable next season.

Bottom Line: Morgan was great at finishing 2s last season, but needs to improve his 3-point shooting to make his offensive game more well rounded. He’s a capable passer and ball handler, but he’s probably best suited at the four and as a third or fourth option offensively. This is a crucial offseason for him as Indiana transitions into the Miller era. Having a full offseason to work on his game and strength and conditioning should pay major dividends as he enters his junior season.

Quotable: “I feel like this is the healthiest I’ve been since that game. Everything feels more fluid out there. I’ve just been listening to the training staff and doing everything they’ve been telling me to do as far as treatment and how hard to go at certain times because they can see when things are hurting me.” – Morgan on his health following Indiana’s win over Iowa in the Big Ten tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

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  • Arch Puddington

    There are few players tougher than Juwan Morgan. His tolerance for pain is like an NFL linebacker’s, and his mental toughness is exhibited by Alex’s observation that he was playing his best basketball as a Hoosier at the end of a season that had long since fallen apart. He needs to improve his shooting and scoring if he is to emerge as a star, but I’m thrilled with what he has to offer even without that. As with CH, JM seems to me to be exactly the kind of player our new coach will build his program around.

  • John D Murphy

    I thought JM was going to be a star. He still may but even if he never does, I love what he brings. I’m glad he’s a Hoosier and I’m proud of the way he plays on the court and conducts himself off of it (to the best of my knowledge). He epitomizes the phrase “Go IU! Fight! Fight! Fight!”

  • inLinE6

    Juwan Morgan is exactly the type of player Coach Miller wants but probably wasn’t able to get at Dayton. He’ll flourish in Miller’s system.

  • CableGuy

    Big fan of JM. He is great at all the things that are hard to measure – finding loose balls, forcing his guy to take a tough shot, reading the game, getting to his spots on defensive rotations, screening, leadership.

  • IULore

    Juwan is a weapon, and he is going to have a big role on the team his final two years. What a great player.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    I think he will excel in the system next year. Just a tough-nosed, engaged, and intelligent player.

  • Fivelefts

    JM is going to by a BEAST next season! Book It!! I can’t barring injury.. Our forwards are going to be tough!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I can’t wait for next season. Fred Glass hired a great coach and fit for Indiana University. All the emotions on ITH got exhausting for me and WOW are we going to be good next year. I am so happy we hired Archie Miller,,,,coach Milkman!!! He delivers!!!

  • adam

    to me, he’s always been a guy that when you bring him into a lineup, the entire thing just gets better. he’s a ball player.

  • He will be very important especially if OG goes pro. But I wonder why OG hasn’t declared yet, maybe because his rehab isn’t complete?

  • HoosierOne

    When he’s healthy he’s a great asset to the team on both ends. This offseason will be great for his body to recover.

  • pcantidote

    With our roster being so fluid these days ITH, may I suggest an alternate headline for these stories, like “Season in review”? You’re going to give me a heart attack if I keep seeing “That’s a wrap”!!!

  • pcantidote

    Your football reference gave me a visual of Morgan trying to put on a football helmet 😉

  • IU Cal 1809

    Ya I’m right there with you! When he was starting Offense for us his freshman year I thought he was going to be are Denzel Valentine by his Jr. Year.

  • Arch Puddington

    Not sure how his reconstructed shoulder would bear up, but he’d sure put a big hit on someone.

  • onehoosier

    Juwan is exactly the type of player that we need. A high character, 4 year players. I know many want to focus on in-state kids, but I’m proud he is a Hoosier.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Same here Bro!

  • SCHoosier

    Morgan h as always been one of my favorite players. I agree he will fit right into the Miller scheme of things on both O and D. Blew my mind some of the TO’s Morgan had this past season cause I always thought he had one of the better-b-ball IQ’s on the team. I look forward to a great season for JM.

  • The Lights Go Down

    I wonder how much of an influence Marge Simpson had on the origination of that hairstyle.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Ed Schilling fake or not fake leaving UCLA for IU????

  • iugradmark

    I think Morgan is capable of being all Big 10. He is very versatile and I think two things held him back a bit this year. First, when CH went down, there seemed to be this attempt to make him a point forward ball handler and I don’t think that is his best use. Second, the kid is tough but he was playing with a lot of smaller injuries this year. Towards the end of the season, he seemed to be moving better and playing better. I also saw him take on more of the leadership talking to teammates and organizing things. I think he could have a really great year under Archie.

  • John D Murphy

    I don’t know if fake is the right word. It may not happen but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some mutual interest. Even if it doesn’t happen, I think it sends a great message to the HS coaches in the state that Archie wants to build close ties. When Larry Krystkowiak was hired at Utah, he hired local D3 coach (of reigning D3 champs) as an assistant and had an instant in with all the local HS coaches.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Ya it would be great if it was true. I keep thinking to myself I would love Jordy Hulls join the staff ik it’s I pipe dream but I would like.

  • Next year’s core. I love Collin and RJ, but I got the sense that he’s the next great leader maybe for 2 years. Brian Evans reincarnate in a lot of ways. His shot will improve but it’s not even really needed at this point. Just keep him healthy and on the floor. That’s all I ask. He will eventually will IU to wins. This is the kind of guy that you build Big Ten champions around. Evidently he “won” last year’s offseason. The bar has been set!

  • Outoftheloop

    I love Juwan! I predict that he will really improve over last season. I could see him at 15 points and 10 rebounds/game.

  • Exactly. He’s the most “Indiana” player at IU right now.

  • TomJameson

    Juwan is poised to have a great year. He’s fought through his injuries and was really 100% healthy for the first time late last season. Injuries kept him from having a breakout season his sophomore year, but his junior year is going to be fantastic.

    I think I’m still grounded, but darn, it feels pretty good to be optimistic again.

  • A bigger, tougher Valentine, as forward not guard. He’ll dominate soon enough.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Clyde, I think we are going to be very good next season. 25-6 or maybe even 26-5. Homer in the room!!!!

  • One hint: JM’s Twitter page.

  • Craig Mitchell Ha’o.

    Really excited for Juwan’s Summer of Work and Development-and NEXT season!! Great Team First guy-whether starting or coming off the pine. Does whatever is needed. He Knows what he has to Improve on. Im SURE he will Get his Work in and Handle his business this Summer. Developing his Low post and midrange game and extending his range out to 3 consistently..his Handles and Skills. Adding strength to his Frame.

    Natural Leader. Valuable piece to what could be the DEEPEST SQUAD in the B1G next season in year one for Miller. He must be pretty excited, knowing hes been dealt a Pretty GOOD hand. GO IU!!