Indiana guard Armaan Franklin is headed to Virginia.
The last remaining Hoosier in the transfer portal has opted not to return for new IU coach Mike Woodson, instead deciding to take his talents to Tony Bennett’s perennially elite Cavalier program.
“Excited about the next chapter in my hoops life,” Franklin posted to Twitter on Thursday evening. “Still, have to say a big thanks to the IU community, fans, and my teammates for all their support. Know that I appreciate you all so much!”
The sophomore from Indianapolis had a breakout campaign in 2020-21, jumping from 3.7 points per contest in his freshman season to 11.4 in his second campaign. That was the second-biggest jump in scoring production in the Big Ten.
Franklin was also the Hoosiers’ most consistent outside shooter, when healthy. In 22 games, all but two of those being starts, Franklin hit 42.4% from beyond the arc. Former IU coach Archie Miller also leaned on the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder defensively.
While there have been many successes for Woodson in retaining players who entered the portal, as well as bringing back star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis for a third season, this is a significant loss. Especially with senior Al Durham headed to Providence for his final season, the Hoosiers will need to find shooting elsewhere.
There are potential avenues for the Hoosiers to recover what’s lost. For one, midseason grad transfer Parker Stewart – who recently pulled his name out of the portal – averaged 19.2 points per game as a sophomore at UT-Martin. He hit 38.6% of his 3s as a freshman at Pittsburgh in 2017-18.
Along with Stewart, the Hoosiers are bringing in another former Panther, junior guard Xavier Johnson, who averaged 14.2 points and 5.7 assists per game at Pitt last season. He’s a career 33.6% shooter from beyond the arc.
With Franklin’s departure, the Hoosiers have two scholarships available for the 2021-22 season. Whether center Joey Brunk decides to return will not factor in, because returning seniors do not count toward a program’s roster limit next season.