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Indiana men’s basketball: Checking in on the transfers

Here’s how the Hoosiers’ transfers are doing at their new homes this season.

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Indiana men’s basketball has had a few transfers exit the program over the past few offseasons. Some have dropped down a level or two while overs have found other opportunities at power conference schools.

With the new year rapidly approaching, let’s take a look at how they’re all doing.

Khristian Lander

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Lander transferred out of the program before the 2022-23 season and joined Western Kentucky.

He’s found some much-needed consistency in year four of his college career, averaging 23.1 minutes, 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 38.3% from deep.

Tamar Bates

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Bates transferred this past offseason after an up and down sophomore season led him to join Dennis Gates and Missouri, moving close to home in the process.

He’s been the Tigers’ starting wing this year, averaging 8.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists. The last four games have been interesting for Bates, who scored four points against each of Wichita State and Kansas before pouring 22 on Seton Hall in a 93-87 loss. Finally, he most recently scored 10 against Illinois on the road. He’s averaged 19.1 minutes per game.

Bates has shot it well from deep too, making 50% of his 26 attempts from the arc

Jordan Geronimo

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Indiana fans actually got to see Geronimo when he returned to Assembly Hall with Maryland for the Big Ten opener. He drew some applause from the crowd too.

Kevin Willard has had Geronimo at both the three and four in College Park, with the latter joining the Terps after a few years in Bloomington under both Archie Miller and Mike Woodson.

He’s averaging 23.2 minutes per game with 6.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game with Maryland, career highs in almost every category as a senior.

Nathan Childress

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Childress spent multiple years in Bloomington as a valuable walk-on but always had the talent to go off and play on scholarship elsewhere. He elected to do so following this past season, taking his talents to Indiana Wesleyan.

He’s been a key piece for the Wildcats thus far with his 14.3 points per game ranking third on the team and 5.3 rebounding average being tied for first. As a shooter, he’s hit 47.6% of his 21 shots from the arc.

As a valuable locker room guy whose presence on the bench was a delight for fans and teammates alike, it’s hard not to root for him.