That’s A Wrap: Juwan Morgan

  • 03/30/2018 10:27 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2017-2018 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Juwan Morgan.

Morgan: (31 games): 16.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals, 60.2 eFG%, 63.1 FT% in 29.4 minutes per game.

Indiana’s team results for the 2017-18 season may have fallen short of expectations, but Archie Miller’s first season in Bloomington produced a breakout star.

Juwan Morgan, a complementary player in his first two seasons, emerged as Indiana’s go-to option in his junior season and carried a major load on both ends of the floor for the Hoosiers.

Offensively, Morgan averaged a career-best 16.5 points per game. He was a high usage, high efficiency player in the post as he scored .91 points per possession in post-up situations, according to Synergy Sports.

But it wasn’t just the post where Morgan excelled. Per Synergy, he was also great as the roll man in the pick-and-roll (1.29 PPP), in transition (1.58 PPP) and on offensive rebound putbacks (1.40).

Morgan was unstoppable at times, but his most impressive performance of the season was probably his 34-point outburst against Notre Dame and Bonzie Colson. Morgan earned national player of the week honors as Indiana knocked off a Fighting Irish team that was at full strength and ranked in the top 25 nationally. Morgan scored 20 or more points in 10 of Indiana’s 31 games and he also had eight double-doubles.

And although his 3-point shooting for the entire season wasn’t necessarily a strength, Morgan did shoot 37.8 percent from distance in conference games. That percentage ranked 20th in the Big Ten. His offensive numbers could have been even more impressive with more consistent free throw shooting. Morgan took a team-high 168 free throws, but converted at just a 63.1 percent clip.

Defensively, Morgan was a leader on the floor for the Hoosiers as he was often tasked with guarding bigger players in the post. After De’Ron Davis went out for the season in early January, Morgan was Indiana’s best shot blocking presence on an undersized roster. He finished 11th in the Big Ten in block percentage (4.7). He was also 13th in the Big Ten in steal percentage (2.6).

For his strong junior campaign, Morgan was recognized with plenty of postseason accolades. He was a second team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media. He was also named to the USBWA’s All-District team and NABC second team All-District.

The next step for Morgan will be figuring out his future as rule changes in recent seasons now allow players to test the NBA draft waters without any risk. Last offseason, Robert Johnson declared for the NBA draft, got feedback from teams after workouts and opted to return for his senior season.

Bottom Line: Assuming he returns for his senior season, Morgan will be in the conversation for Big Ten preseason player of the year as one of the league’s top returning players. If he can improve his free throw shooting and become more consistent from behind the 3-point line, he will be one of the toughest matchups in the country.

Quotable: “I’ve always taken pride in it (the hustle points). Coming from my high school here, I knew right away I wasn’t going to be the man just playing with Yogi (Ferrell), Troy (Williams) and then the year after, James (Blackmon), Rob (Johnson), OG (Anunoby), Thomas (Bryant). I just knew I was going to be in the background, but that’s just fine with me. And if I can get us extra possessions and everybody else shines, as long as the team is winning I’m fine with that.” – Morgan after IU’s win over Arkansas State when asked about his penchant for impacting games based on his hustle.

PreviouslyJustin SmithAl Durham Jr.Clifton MooreDevonte GreenDe’Ron Davis, Zach McRoberts

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  • sd chuck

    Going in to this season, really didn’t know what to expect. Now with Archie’s first season done, he knows what he has. Juwan knows that coming back he will be, the man, and he should actually have some help up front. The addition of Race and Jake, with Deron’s return, things will get a little easier! Hopefully better shotmakers outside! Could be good! Lots of freshmen minutes! Lots of things for Juwan to think about!

  • Hoosiernation1887

    First things first, what a breakout season for Morgan! Definitely on my short list for next year’s BIGPOY. Don’t think that many people expected him to be as dominant as he was. Regarding his NBA potential, I don’t think he is ready to make the jump yet, come back continue to improve your defense, conditioning, and non-low post offensive game and he’ll be a much more well rounded NBA prospect. I think the most important thing will be hitting 3s if he wants to be in the NBA some day.

  • Arch Puddington

    The help up front will be great, but what Juwan — and the rest of the team — REALLY needs is better guard play. Give us a PG who can reliably control the attack and a shooter or two to keep the defenses off him, and Juwan would be a legitimate candidate for B1G POY and All-America honors.

  • Mark Bando

    He isnt listed on any of the mock drafts to go in the first round. Would he leave if he could go in the second round? It wouldnt make much sense because he could definitely improve his stock next year.

  • Right, I agree. I just don’t want to come across like I’m not wishing him the best. I think he’d be best served to come back, but that’s just one fan’s opinion. I’m sure he’ll at least get feedback.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    JM had to do it all last year and he delivered, the kid was gassed the last 5 games or so but still brought it every night!! he’s gonna have a hell of a senior year and hopefully he will have some help.

  • sarge

    I don’t know, stock usually doesn’t go up much for seniors with the way the NBA drafts for potential. An improved long range game would be the only addition for him to do so. I want him to stay, but after seeing Troy Williams it’s hard to say what the right choice is. The other thing to consider for him is how close is he to graduation? It would be a tough choice for any of us to make. Come back to IU or make 6 figures or more playing basketball. I wish him nothing but the best. Thank you JMo!

  • Mark Bando

    I think you are right and he will do the same thing RJ did last year.

  • Absolutely. There’s zero reason not to go into the process without an agent and get as much feedback as you can.

  • Koko

    LOL

  • Mark Bando

    You bring up good points, but if what Arch mentions above happens, he could have an all american caliber year. And maybe that moves him to the bottom of the first round. That would mean way more cash for him in rhe long run.

  • Let me be the first to say: Juwan, definitely go check out your options. Just don’t sign an agent. If you think you can go pro and make some real money, then go for it. But man, I do hope you come back next season.

  • KingofKentucky

    If RP can become a reliable PG your dreams will come true. Devonte Green would move to his natural position as a shooter.

  • IdahoHoosier

    A wise man warned me about speculation on current players. Just passing it along.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Very cool to hear OG is doing what he can to support IU and Archie. Your post makes a lot of guesses about how Juwan feels, that he is responsible for OG staying connected to IU, and that he is exceptionally caring about IU’s basketball program legacy. Interesting stuff to think about I guess, but I’d rather not assume to know anything about Juwan’s mindset or personal relationships.

  • inLinE6

    According to OG’s interview before pacers game in Indy, he has regular contact with Archie.

  • coachv

    agree

  • YoungHoosier

    Interested to see how Juwan improves heading into next. I imagine there will be a big emphasis on his perimeter game (Perimeter D, ball handling, outside shot) to show his NBA-readiness.

    This man really made the best out of a bad situation when DD got hurt this year. Don’t imagine he would have gotten the same # of touches in the post with DD also on the court with him. Will be an interesting dynamic with them playing together again next year.

  • coachv

    yesh

  • coachv

    i think he needs to lose the t-shirt and show off his frame. he will look more athletic

  • IdahoHoosier

    I’m smart enough (barely) not to speculate on matters of other people’s feelings, thoughts, and intent. It seems disrespectful or at minimum a waste of time. So you’re right, safe to assume I know nothing about Juwan’s inner workings. Not sure how you know so much.

  • John Prichard

    Glad he stayed fairly healthy this year. As aways, can’t wait till next year. GO I.U.

  • jayrig5

    If he could shoot 80% from the FT line he’d basically have averaged a point more per game.

  • Steve Morgan

    This is who the new draft process was made for, right? If, as we all suspect, he hears that work on his perimeter game should be his focus, this will be Archie’s first test case: can he create a good shooter? I hope we are all impressed by the results and JM is a bona fide first rounder next year. Go Hoosiers!

  • jaywiz

    I agree that it may be interesting to see those two together, but to me, it seems like Juwan and Justin have great on court chemistry, most of which comes from the attention that Juwan demands, which leaves Justin open for cuts, put backs, or just easy dump offs, all of which lead to some pretty slick finishes.

  • jaywiz

    Well apparently some pretty good players come out of Missouri, and there is no real big in state (or bordering state) presence to recruit these kids… well Kansas borders them…but my point is that having two former MO high school stars represent IU AND be successful can’t be a bad thing!

  • jayrig5

    Ha, yeah, I was actually being sincere. It’s a huge deal.

  • sarge

    IU women NIT champs!

  • Corey Dunigan

    so hot right now

  • Tenacious Newt

    Hail to the Victors valiant, slow down, pass it around, and stroke it!

  • Tenacious Newt

    No Clarence Carter photos up in here then. Not entirely the inclusive Bloomington is still the basketball ideal.

  • Hoosier Hall

    That “theoretically” would have translated to about 4 or 5 more wins too.