Hunter to miss “significant stretch” with leg injury

Jerome Hunter’s Indiana debut will have to wait.

The freshman wing has missed each of IU’s first two games of the regular season due to a leg injury, the specific nature of which has not yet been determined.

“He’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,” IU coach Archie Miller said.

Hunter, a former four-star prospect, won IU’s gold standard practice jersey only days before his injury surfaced in late October. He also missed Indiana’s exhibition against Southern Illinois on Nov. 1.

The injury to Hunter is only the latest Indiana has dealt with in recent weeks. Redshirt freshman Race Thompson missed both the exhibition and IU’s season opener with a groin injury. He debuted for the Hoosiers in Friday’s 80-35 win over Montana State, scoring two points in four minutes.

Al Durham missed Tuesday’s game with a foot injury, but played 14 minutes against Montana State. Devonte Green missed the exhibition game with a thigh contusion.

Hunter’s injury, however, will seemingly take some to overcome.

“It’s not a typical leg injury that is an injury caused by practicing or something,” Miller said. “It’s more of an underlying effect that’s causing him some pain. When we get all the answers, he’ll be evaluated and decided on. As of right now, though, Jerome will be out for a to-be-determined amount of time.”