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Friday, November 16, 2018 2:10 pm

IU freshman Hunter out indefinitely

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana forward Jerome Hunter is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery for a "lower-body condition", the Hoosiers announced Thursday.

Hunter has not played this season or in the exhibition game against Southern Indiana because of the condition, which Archie Miller said the team had some trouble diagnosing.

"Jerome’s going to be out probably for a significant stretch here, as we continue to try and figure out and find ways to get his diagnosis done, find out what the correct way of handling it is, and then see where the next step is," Miller said on Nov. 9.

That next step turned out to be surgery, which was performed Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic. Hunter plans to be back on campus next week, according to the Hoosiers.

The true freshman from Pickerington, Ohio was the No. 59 recruit in the 2018 class, per 24/7 Sports and was the second-highest-rated signee in Indiana's class after Romeo Langford.

This injury at least puts into play the possibility that Hunter will redshirt this season and return to the court next year. If he ends up able to practice with the team at some point, that wouldn't be the worst outcome. Indiana was very high on him coming in and expected him to contribute right away, but with the amount of depth this team already has, he might be somewhat superfluous. Still, he figures to be an important piece for the Hoosiers in the next few years.

“(Hunter) is an extremely versatile wing who has great size for his position,” Miller said after Hunter signed. “Jerome's ability to play both on the perimeter and inside will make him a great addition to our team."

Of course, Hunter could still come back and contribute this season, but with a seemingly-lengthy recovery ahead and the overall depth at his position, it would more than likely be much later in the season.

dsinn@jg.net