Forrester announces he will leave IU

Jake Forrester is not simply looking, but leaving.

A day after putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal, the freshman forward announced he will not return to Indiana next season. By entering the transfer portal database, Forrester is able to talk to coaches and explore transfer possibilities at other schools, all while keeping open the option to return to IU.

On Thursday, however, Forrester ruled out a second season in Bloomington.

“I feel that it was in my best interest to transfer from IU and continue to work my hardest to make an impact elsewhere,” Forrester said in a statement. “I want to thank the entire Indiana University coaching staff for recruiting me. I will miss my teammates immensely. Hoosier Nation, you have enthusiastically supported me and I thank you for that.”

Forrester appeared in only 13 games for the Hoosiers this past season, struggling to crack the playing rotation even while injuries put a dent in IU’s frontcourt depth. The Pennsylvania native was viewed as a long-term developmental prospect, whose most meaningful contributions might not be felt until his junior and senior seasons.

Now, Forrester’s contributions will be saves for a different school.

The 6-foot-8 former three-star recruit originally committed to Indiana over offers from Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Pitt and Xavier. He is the first player recruited by second-year IU coach Archie Miller to transfer out of Indiana, and the program’s second transfer of the offseason. Sophomore forward Clifton Moore announced last week that he will leave at the end of the spring semester.

Miller has been looking for more immediate frontcourt help already this offseason. Indiana hosted Butler graduate transfer Joey Brunk on a visit this week.

10 comments

  1. I think he did the right thing by not prolonging the guessing game. Hopefully this will be a win-win situation for all parties involved. Hope Jake finds a good place to land and plenty of playing time. Hopefully CAM will be able to bring in at least two more pieces of the puzzle which will produce immediate results. Not sure if some of the remaining recruits or transfers would be the best solution. Time will tell.

  2. I’d really like to know whether AM anticipated this or was surprised by it. What do you guys think?

    How many players will depart this last roster, whether due to graduation or transfer? I’ve lost count. Is it eight or nine?

    So, we have two players signed, one preferred walk-on committed, and is it now now three or four scholarships to offer?

  3. Po —I think Archie anticipated the transfers ; especially after Race was inserted in relief roles and they (Moore and Forrester) were left sitting on the bench. I think Archie used playing time to send messages both good and bad.

    1. I think fans over-emphasize the Bob Knight focus on the bench sending a message. Coaches are just trying to win games. To do so, you put your best players on the floor for as long as their legs will hold up within the constraints of their foul situation. Sounds like Race just beat those guys out of playing time.

      It was going to be hard for any of those wings and forwards to find playing time this year. We had a backlog of guys who couldn’t shoot. Clifton Moore wasn’t going to help us hit the outside shot when Chris Holtmann was packing the paint and daring us to shoot. So, guys who weren’t scorers had to bring it on the defensive end. The game seemed just a bit too fast for Moore & Forrester. Reasons why? No idea. There was limited playing time available for how they’d be useful anyway. So they didn’t get in. Archie wasn’t sending a message, he was playing the guys who he thought would give him the best chance to win.

  4. didn’t think miller hints.. believe he brings in his players for end of yr eval .. lays it on the line if they want to continue education at IU ..( not playing for IU ) or transfer .. if said player elects to transfer ..miller will help with the transfer ..

  5. Watching guys smirking and smiling with 26 seconds left in the Wichita State game should have resulted in some messages.

    The 2018-19 team was mostly a dysfunctional mess and a mishmash of a few who cared combined with too many who probably did not deserve the honor to wear the Indiana name on their chest (as often alluded to by Don Fischer).
    Anyone smiling at the end of an ugly NIT loss(or any loss at anytime) needs to reexamine why they even care to be a Hoosier…..Investment, anyone?
    I can’t begin to imagine what guys would have faced in practice (even an end-of-season practice) had our long ago 3-banner coach of Indiana witnessed jokers and aloof smirks on his bench in the waning moments of ass-kicking at home. He would have made sure you knew what that name on the front of the jersey means…..It’s a lost meaning anymore.

    I don’t expect any fast miracles from Archie to restore what some just don’t have in their makeup.

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