OK, Hoosier Fans… were your expectations met for the 1st game as the #1 team in the nation? Let’s start by taking a look at the starting lineup.
PG: Yogi Ferrell – WOW. His court vision, ball handling, and drive creativity is behind his years. Doesn’t he look like the #11 he wears on the back of his jersey? Literally. They look and play alike.
G: Jordan Hulls – I love this kid. Local. IU. IU. IU. He demonstrates everything that a Hoosier kid is illustrated to be. He is going to make a ton of 3’s this year and will be fun to watch.
G: Victor Oladipo – I love him too – tenacity, aggressive, difference maker. He will obviously be the floor leader next year as a Senior. But until then – I will call him Mr. Intagible.
F: Christian Watford – I really hope the calling of the NBA doesn’t make him force his game too much – but it’s obvious his rebounding has improved. He is very much needed for a title run.
C: Cody Zeller – nothing much to say about the pre-season player of the year except we need to run the offense thru him on every possession – that’s the path to the sixth banner.
For the kids off the bench. DEEP. We have one very ‘large’ bench and it will make IU so much better because of all the energy we can bring to every team at ALL times. Will Sh. would start on every other B10 team so you have to love his selflessness. Remy Abell looks to be a big part of the rotation, he looks like he spent a lot of time in the weight room this off-season. It was go to see Mo Creek get a couple triples knocked down tonight – don’t think he won’t play a big part on this squad as I think his stroke will be the difference in a few games this year. The other Freshman playing big minutes was Jeremy Hollowell and he looked to get more comfortable in the 2nd half and I think the more minutes he logs the more his talent will show.
Overall, I feel good, not great, about the 1st game of the season. A special season. Being thin on the front court will hurt but not as bad as it would be if we were deep in conference play. I look forward to the improved chemistry and thus improved play as we move forward. #1?? Yeah, I think so!