Career Statistics in Indiana:
54 games, 29 starts, 20.4 minutes per game, 6.8 ppg, 1.6 apg, 2.6 rbg, 0.6 spg, 40% FG, 35.6% 3PT, 68.8% FT
Statistics Virginia 2021:
11 games, 11 starts, 28.3 minutes per game, 11.4 ppg, 1.5 apg, 2.1 rbg, 1.3 spg, 40.9% FG, 21.1% 3PT, 79.2% FT
Armaan Franklin took a giant leap in scoring for Indiana last season, increasing his points-per-game average from 3.7 in freshman to 11.4 in sophomore. So when the Indianapolis native decided to enter the transfer portal after Archie Miller was sacked at the end of last season, it raised eyebrows in many countries.
The beneficiary of Franklin’s change of scenery was Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers, who were in desperate need of injecting a go-to scorer into the lineup. Bennett, similar to Miller, uses the unique pack line defense, apparently making Franklin’s transition into the Cavaliers system a seamless one.
However, in 11 games with the Wahoos, Franklin’s offensive outing has been inconsistent at best. The former Cathedral (Ind.) High School star is on average the fourth biggest minute played among Virginia players, and that’s largely down to Franklin’s three-tiered scoring ability and emerging defense. While still chasing his three-point shot this season, Franklin has seen a big increase in his free throw percentage, steal rate and use rate.
Franklin’s best game to date came early on Virginia’s non-conference roster against Georgia, when he registered 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals, a season-high. Franklin shot 8 of 16 from the field in this game despite only 1 of 7 attempts in the perimeter.
Once all three points start to drop at the same rate as at IU, Franklin should become Virginia’s undisputed best option. Until then, his defensive prowess and ability to get inside the lane should keep him among the Cavaliers’ focal points.