Kory Barnett will be our first senior to make his debut on the season. The 23 year old walk-on will likely be depth minutes through this season. He came to the program as a walk-on three years ago and has spent most of his time as practice fodder and bench depth. He has averaged only 2.3 minutes a game in his career and only has a career 5 points but there is something useful he has provided.
Expectations for this upcoming season aren’t much higher for Barnett now that Cody Zeller comes into town. Barnett will now fall even further down on the depth chart but still be one of about only 5 options to see the court in the post. The lack of depth could provide Barnett with more playing time but it is unlikely. Instead he needs to show that leadership that Tom Crean raved so much about last year in the weight room and in the practice facility. Just because he isn’t playing doesn’t mean that he does not make the team better. You won’t see him on game days but I expect by the end of the year we hear something from the team about how Kory Barnett contributes to IU basketball in a major way, even if it doesn’t show up in the game log.