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Jerome Hunter will not return to Indiana next year

Wing is the 4th player to leave program this offseason

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Michigan State Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana’s roster saw another shakeup on Thursday morning with news that redshirt sophomore wing Jerome Hunter will not return to the basketball program for the 2020-21 season.

Hunter is leaving after three years in Bloomington, only two of which were spent on the floor. The Pickerington, Ohio native was forced to take a medical redshirt as a true freshman after undergoing surgery to address a lingering injury in his leg. Hunter worked his way back and gradually climbed into a reserve role for the Hoosiers, appearing in 55 games over the past two seasons, including starts in each of the final four games of the 2020-21 campaign. He averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 34 percent last season, and his 25 made 3-pointers ranked third on the team.

Hunter is the fourth player to leave IU since former coach Archie Miller’s ouster in mid-March. Guards Armaan Franklin (Virginia) and Al Durham (Providence), and forward Joey Brunk (Ohio State) each decided not to return under new coach Mike Woodson.

The Hoosiers return eight scholarship players and plan to welcome in two high school recruits — guard Tamar Bates and forward Logan Duncomb — and transfers Xavier Johnson, a point guard from Pitt, and Miller Kopp, a forward from Northwestern.

IU has one available scholarship for use next season.