Hunter remains in hospital, could rejoin team this week

Archie Miller is optimistic that injured freshman wing Jerome Hunter will rejoin Indiana’s basketball team in Bloomington this week.

After undergoing surgery on a “lower body condition” last Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic, Hunter remained in the hospital as of Monday night due to what Miller called “post-surgery monitoring and rehabilitation.”

It’s Miller’s hope that Hunter will be able to return to campus on Wednesday.

“Jerome’s continued to make progress from his procedure,” Miller said on his weekly radio show. “What we’re waiting on right now is just a definitive time when he’ll rejoin us. … I’m hopeful — knock on wood — that Jerome will join us on Wednesday and get back to his teammates and get back into here and start his progress.”

In a release issued last week, Indiana declined to disclose details of Hunter’s situation, citing HIPAA laws.

Members of Indiana’s coaching staff visited Hunter in Cleveland on Monday, flying out of Bloomington before 8 a.m.

“We won’t have a definitive timeframe (for his recovery) probably until he’s officially out of the hospital,” Miller said. “There’s still a lot of things we have to look at in terms of his rehab and post-surgery, some things that they’re monitoring for us. When that timeframe comes when he’s released, I think we’ll have definitive information in terms of what exactly he’s looking at.”

Hunter was ranked as the No. 46 player nationally in the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. A finalist for Ohio Mr. Basketball, Hunter scored 20.2 points and grabbed 10.2 rebounds per game for Pickerington North as a senior.

Because Hunter has not played in any of IU’s first four games, he remains eligible for a redshirt should his condition keep him off the floor long-term.

Five days after his surgery, Miller said Hunter is dealing with the situation “the best he can.”

“When you’re away from your teammates and you’re injured where you had a procedure, there are times you can really get down in the dumps,” Miller said. “I think our guys on the team have done a really good job of staying in communication with him. … I think he’s anxious to get out of there, like all guys would be.”