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Immediately after the season, concerns ran high regarding IU's roster and how Tom Crean would make 16 players fit into 13 scholarships. Fans who fervently hoped Cody Zeller (pictured) and/or Victor Oladipo would resist the call of the NBA draft knew that such a happening would mean some pruning elsewhere.
Once Zeller and Oladipo declared, the questions turned to potential transfers. Remy Abell and Maurice Creek took the hint and sought greener pastures before April was out. Abell landed at Xavier, while Creek is still a free agent, for lack of a better term.
Those four defections actually left IU at 12 scholarships, with the 13th soon filled by Arizona State graduate transfer Evan Gordon.
Expect the O-word to come back into play soon, however. Gordon and Will Sheehey are the Hoosiers' only seniors, and longtime commit James Blackmon Jr. holds down one of the resultant 2014 openings. IU is still in play for a great many touted prospects, with some 20 offers out according to Verbal Commits.
Players like Austin Etherington and Peter Jurkin should consider this a make-or-break season, because if Crean can add a Dante Exum, JaQuan Lyle or Goodluck Okonoboh, he'll make the deal first and ask questions later.