It’s an envelope: Jordan Geronimo – Inside the room

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2020-2021 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Jordan Geronimo.

Geronimo (21 games): 2.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 51.4% FG, 40% 3FG in 8.1 minutes per game.

Previously: Anthony Leal, Trey Galloway

There were moments from Jordan Geronimo’s first season that showed why he was such a priority for Indiana in the recruiting class of 2020.

A late Newark, New Jersey forward who ended his prep career at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, Geronimo’s size, athleticism and stature kept him strong in a win on route 81-69 in Iowa on January. 21.

In that upset victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Geronimo recorded 10 minutes and kept Iowa National Player of the Year Luka Garza for most of them. He also scored seven points on 3 of 3 shots from the field.

“I was thinking of Jordan Geronimo, the best game he’s played,” Archie Miller said after the surprising victory over Iowa. “I mean, his contributions tonight were great in terms of how he brought energy and how physical he was.”

This performance, however, was arguably the most memorable of his freshman campaign at Bloomington.

Like most newcomers, Geronimo couldn’t get the much-needed playing time early in the season to help his development. A lack of purchased games at the start of the season meant Geronimo had only recorded two two-minute non-conference play twice and by the time the conference season rolled out at the end of December he was on the sidelines of the game. rotation.

The 6-foot-6 forward did not come off the bench in back-to-back games in mid-December against Butler and Northwestern and from December 19 to January 20 he only racked up a total of 20 minutes in eight. matches. with three DNP.

After his breakout performance against Iowa in Iowa City, Miller’s handling of Geronimo’s minutes was a bit confusing. In Indiana’s next game, Geronimo played just six minutes in a 74-70 home loss to Rutgers.

Geronimo again impressed against the Hawkeyes in Bloomington on February 7 as Indiana won 67-65. He came off the bench and scored six points in 16 minutes, a season high.

But again after that stellar performance, Geronimo returned to lightly used by Miller for Indiana’s next series of games.

He played just seven minutes in a 79-76 double-overtime victory at Northwestern on February 10, seven minutes in a 78-59 at Ohio State on February 13 and two minutes in an 82-72 win over Minnesota. February 17. In the next game against Michigan State, which was a 78-71 loss, Geronimo did not come off the bench.

In total, Geronimo has appeared in just 16 of Indiana’s 20 conference games and recorded just 7.6 minutes per league game. The inconsistencies in his minutes make it difficult to project what kind of player he might be in the future, but there is certainly potential for him to take a leap forward as his career progresses.

Within minutes as a rookie, Geronimo shot 55.6% of his 2, 40% of his 3 and posted an offensive rating of over 100 in the Big Ten game. At the end of the regular season, Geronimo opted to enter the transfer portal after Miller was fired, but he ultimately decided to return to the Hoosiers next season after meetings with new coach Mike Woodson.

At the end of the line: Geronimo has tools that cannot be taught with his strong frame, 40 inch vertical jump and 7ft 1 inch wingspan. In an Indiana program that has pledged to be more focused on player development under Woodson, Geronimo is the type of player who could become a big contributor in the seasons to come. Next season could present another uphill battle for playing time on a roster that’s now crowded in the frontcourt, but if Geronimo has a big offseason his talent should keep him in the mix for a few minutes.

To quote: “He has an inherent desire that he wants to defend. He loves to come on the weak side and attack hits on the rim. He loves to block shots, he loves to change his cliché, he loves to wreak havoc. It’s part of who he is. – Vin Pastore, Geronimo’s trainer with Mass Rivals, at Inside the Hall in June 2020.

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