Hunter will redshirt this season

Now it’s official — Jerome Hunter won’t see the court this season.

The freshman wing will redshirt after undergoing surgery in November to repair an unspecified lower body injury, Indiana coach Archie Miller confirmed after Monday’s loss to Nebraska.

Although Hunter has missed each of IU’s first 17 games — a considerable amount for a newcomer — Miller said his decision to redshirt the 6-foot-7 Ohio native is due to Hunter’s physical recovery, not the time he’s missed.

Right now, Hunter isn’t close to being able to play.

The former top-50 prospect was originally ruled out for an indefinite period after undergoing surgery on Nov. 14 at the Cleveland Clinic. Indiana has declined to disclose specifics of his injury, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

“Physically he’s not able to play right now,” Miller said after Monday’s game. “It didn’t matter about the time. It’s all about his recovery, and it’s about the process of moving forward for him. He’s not able to play right now.”

Hunter, a finalist for Ohio Mr. Basketball, was the second-highest rated recruit in IU’s 2018 signing class after scoring 1,314 points and grabbing.

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