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Indiana Guard Armaan Franklin Joins UVa Backcourt

The Virginia men's basketball program took a step toward fortifying its backcourt Thursday when University of Indiana guard Armaan Franklin confirmed that he is transferring to UVa.

Franklin started 20 games for the Hoosiers, averaging 11.4 points while shooting 42.4 percent on 3-pointers.

His commitment to UVa followed the dismissal of Indiana coach Archie Miller, whose team went 12-14 this past season. Indiana's choice of Mike Woodson as Miller's successor apparently did not affect Franklin's decision.

Franklin, a product of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, had offers from Ohio State and Purdue, as well as Clemson and Louisville, as he was coming out of high school.

Franklin led the Indiana team in assists this year with 68 in 21 games and shot 42.9 percent overall.

Virginia's only returning double-figure scorer, with 11.6 points per game, is 6-9 Trey Murphy III, who was 52-of-120 from behind the arc. It is not for certain that he will pass up a final season of eligibility and turn pro after beginning his career at Rice.

UVa guards Casey Morsell and Jabri Abdur-Rahim earlier had entered the NCAA transfer portal, along with forward Justin McKoy.

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Dave Fulton on Friday, 09 April 2021 22:23
Mercenaries

I detest what is happening in college sports. Mercenary athletes swapping schools & allegiances to the highest bidder really sucks, whether they're coming or going. Same with one & dones, 2 and dones, three and dones. Makes a fan want to cheer even louder for walk ons.

I detest what is happening in college sports. Mercenary athletes swapping schools & allegiances to the highest bidder really sucks, whether they're coming or going. Same with one & dones, 2 and dones, three and dones. Makes a fan want to cheer even louder for walk ons.
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