Indiana Hoosiers’ forward Juwan Morgan has officially been cleared for all basketball-related activities according to head coach Tom Crean. Morgan underwent surgery at the beginning of the offseason to correct a shoulder issue that had been bothering him since high school.
As a freshman last season, Morgan averaged only 9.1 minutes per game in 30 contests off the Indiana bench. He put up 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in the process. Within that small sample, however, were some encouraging signs that Morgan has the potential to be an impact player for the Hoosiers. Most notably, he shot 5-for-11 from beyond the arc and had a 51.2 percent field goal percentage on all shots.
He is expected to take on a bigger role with Indiana in 2016-2017, so returning before the start of the season is welcome news for Hoosier fans.
Two weeks after Crean said that junior college transfer Freddie McSwain was two weeks away from returning to the court, McSwain is now hoping to be cleared to return by next week. The 6-6 forward averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season at the junior college level. However, his shooting is a work in progress as he shot only 63.6 percent from the free throw line and 27.5 percent on three-pointers.
Indiana is coming off two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 2016, they advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual runner-up North Carolina. Despite the losses of guard Yogi Ferrell and forward Troy Williams, Indiana is projected to have similar success in the upcoming season due to the development of players like Morgan and a strong recruiting class.