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[May 22 UPDATE]
I originally posted this yesterday when we were all trying to figure out Indiana’s scholarship situation for the next few years.
In my introductory note, I discussed the fact that college basketball teams are often in a constant state of change.
That point was proven today. I’ve updated the chart below to reflect the dismissal of Brandon McGee.
We have a request from Caleb to take a look at IU’s scholarship situation for the next few years, so let’s try to do that. This chart won’t be as handy as Peegs’ but it should do the trick.
But first, a note: Any college coach who has been around for a while knows how fluid a chart like this ends up being. Sure, when you write it down like this it seems like the players are locked in and are going to progress through their years here without any diversion.
Then, so many things get in the way. Obviously IU’s recent classes were decimated by coaching changes, but even beyond that there is almost always some sort of player movement at the end of a season.
A year and a half ago, IU had a verbal commitment from DeAndre Thomas. But it also seemingly had nowhere to put him, as it was already committed to 13 scholarships for the next season. So, naturally, I asked what IU was thinking. And though the coaches were weary of talking about the situation on the record for fear of breaking recruiting rules (ha, ha), I was basically told that they believed there would be room for Thomas. They weren’t planning on running a player off, they didn’t know of any players who were currently disgruntled and they didn’t necessarily want any of the kids to leave. They just thought it would happen because, well, that’s how it usually happens.
Sure enough, three players (Xavier Keeling, Joey Shaw and Ben Allen) left the program after the season.
The lesson here? College coaches assume there will be departures. They can’t afford to recruit as if the following scholarship chart will ever flow in any sort of orderly way. They expect chaos and try to prepare for it by having options; it’s either that or scramble to find players when somebody does transfer. And that’s no fun.
So, for what it’s worth, here’s the chart. To make it more simple to read I am just going to list players that are actually on scholarship:
So Indiana has used 8 of 12 available scholarships for next season, barring any changes to the roster.
So here you can see that IU is slated to use 11 scholarships. Unless the NCAA decides to restrict IU’s scholarship numbers due to the violations or because of further APR faltering, the Hoosiers should be able to have 13 scholarship players during this season.
So, if it turns out that all of the players that could stay and play for IU in three years do (which is highly, highly unlikely), the Hoosiers would be on the hook for nine of 13 available scholarships.
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