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Friday, March 31, 2017 3:20 pm

Hoosiers' offseason dominoes beginning to fall

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Having Collin Hartman be a part of the 2017-18 season was almost an unexpected boost when Indiana announced the news Thursday.

The 6-foot-7 forward was just the kind of player the Hoosiers had been missing, a floor-spacing role player who doesn't score in big numbers but does all of the little things and plays with a savviness. But as he rehabilitated his injured left knee, comments made by both the player himself and then-coach Tom Crean indicated Hartman was leaning toward moving on with life.

Now, clearly feeling better about his physical condition, Hartman's on board.

If James Blackmon Jr. is indeed declaring for the NBA draft as multiple reports claim but not hiring an agent, then he, too, could eventually decide that Bloomington is the best place for him to be in the fall.

Three days after Archie Miller's introductory press conference, no Hoosiers appear set to transfer, which is good news for the new coach.

Forward OG Anunoby and center Thomas Bryant still have big decisions to make. Anunoby would be a first-round draft pick despite suffering a serious knee injury in January, and Bryant is a potential first-round choice.