Race Thompson pulls out of transfer portal, returns to IU

Report via Indy Star’s Zach Osterman: 

Race Thompson announced Thursday he plans to withdraw from the transfer portal and return to IU, landing Mike Woodson yet another roster win after a tumultuous month of March. 

 “After talking it over with my family, I’m happy to announce I’m coming back to Indiana,” Thompson said in a post on his Instagram account. “I’m excited for coach Woodson and the future of the program. Go Hoosiers!”

A rising redshirt senior, Thompson was a regular starter at the four for the Hoosiers last season. Alongside Trayce Jackson-Davis, Thompson helped form one of the most-productive starting frontcourts in the Big Ten. Thompson averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last winter. He was also among the Hoosiers’ best rebounders on a per-opportunity basis. 

Thompson’s return bolsters Woodson’s options in the post, days after Indiana strengthened extensively in the backcourt and on the wing. 

Just this week, rising sophomores Khristian Lander and Jordan Geronimo both announced their intention to withdraw from the portal and return to IU, and Pitt transfer Xavier Johnson announced his commitment to Indiana. 

In total, IU has returned every player who entered the portal save Al Durham, who is transferring to Providence, and Armaan Franklin, who has yet to make a final decision. The Hoosiers would happily bring Franklin back, while Illinois, Louisville and Virginia are prominent among the teams recruiting him. 

10 comments

  1. The Hoosiers would happily bring Franklin back, while Illinois, Louisville and Virginia are prominent among the teams recruiting him

    Happily…? Nice use of sarcasm. And the Chicago Bulls would happily bring back Michael Jordan …There is a roster spot if the baseball thing becomes tiresome. But you better hurry, Michael. This train ‘happily’ leaves the station without you.

  2. In the category of ‘Suggested Reading’…..

    https://iuhoosiers.com/news/2019/1/9/indiana-mbb-forty-years-ago-woodson-hoosiers-overcame-long-odds-to-win-big-ten-title.aspx

    Hope you take the time and suggestion to read the full piece. My memories of Woodson and the seasons he played at IU have faded considerably. Considering the time period (the evolution of medical procedures over the last 40 years) and the timetable to recover, what Woodson was able to do in his final season at IU was beyond amazing. I also love the team photo ….Look at young Isiah…and then finding a heavy heart to see Landon Turner. Tolbert, Turner and Woodson….Wow.

  3. Armaan will be next to recommit. He will be a starter. He has changed his body and improved his skills. For all of the basketball reasons, there is no reason for him to transfer. He’s close to his mom, they just moved to Greenwood before last season, and anywhere else would be a burden.

    I would say Louisville and Butler would’ve been my biggest fears. They’re right down/up the road. Of course there are always other factors like girlfriends, egos, classes!, etc… But the kid is like a 3.8 GPA. Maybe if he wanted to go to Stanford, Duke, Harvard, Yale, etc…. I could see changing schools. The sky is the limit for this kid and he just has to feel the fit.

    Another thing likely influencing his decision are the ankle injuries. He’s probably just damn tired of getting knocked around and injured with the Big Ten style of play.

    1. And you sounded so certain….

      Maybe taking the Pitt kid made him feel a bit slighted…? We just lost our best player.

  4. WOW…no sooner I sent that than Instagram starts blowing up. He’s off to Virginia! I guess I should’ve went back and looked at who recruited him to begin with out of high school.

    DAMN! This is a big, big disappointing loss for us. Stewart will have to fill that role now.

    But onward. It frees up another spot to fill needs.

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