Mike Woodson’s tenure with the Hoosiers continues to roll toward a brilliant start in Bloomington.

Following the firing of Archie Miller, a number of Indiana players entered the transfer portal and began looking at their options. Once the hiring of Woodson became official, it was up to him to convey his vision for the Hoosiers to those players that were considering other options.

Since that time, Woodson has convinced leading scorer Trayce Jackson-Davis to pass on the NBA Draft and return for his junior season. He has also pulled freshmen Khristian Lander and Jordan Geronimo back out of the transfer portal.

Thursday morning, it was made official that another key player has withdrawn from the portal and will return to Bloomington. That player is junior forward Race Thompson who made his decision official on Instagram:


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Thompson was the fourth-leading scorer for the Hoosiers at 9.1 points per game while starting all 27 games for Indiana. He was the team’s second-leading rebounder at 6.2 per game while shooting 52% from the floor with three double-doubles.

Not only does Thompson’s return boost Indiana’s makeup but it also puts a dent into Minnesota. It was reported that the Gophers were quick to reach out to the Minnesota native after his entry into the transfer portal.