Who’s your starting five?

  • 10/15/2008 10:27 am in

The guys over at collegehoopsnet.com put together a team-by-team projected starting five for the Big Ten and seeing the projected lineup for our Hoosiers makes you realize that its going to be a long season. Take a look:

INDIANA

G Devan Dumes Jr
G Verdell Jones Fr
G Nick Williams Fr
F Kyle Taber Sr
C Tom Pritchard Fr

6 Malik Story Fr

Notes: Don’t feel bad if you have no clue who these guys are. Die-hard Indiana fans are struggling to figure out their roster as well. Story could start over Williams, and the loser of that battle will be the sixth man. Pritchard should probably win the starting spot over Juco transfer Tijan Jobe, who will end up giving Crean 10-15 mpg a game. SG Matt Roth will probably be the other component of IU’s regular rotation.

A couple of things: If I had to give you two guys who are locks to start, they’d be Dumes and Williams. Based on reports from workouts and a report from someone who watched some open gyms, it’s going to be as Dumes and Williams go, so go the Hoosiers.  I think Jones will get the nod in the backcourt over Story because he’s the better ball handler of the two and will be responsible for helping to create scoring opportunities.

The frontcourt situation is incredibly thin and Taber will certainly be in there given his experience, albeit limited. The battle between Jobe and Pritchard should be interesting, but ultimately I think Pritchard will get the nod with Jobe seeing increased minutes as the season rolls along.

Now that I’ve said my piece, I’m ready to hear your thoughts on the rotation and how you expect things to shake out. Your thoughts in the comments, por favor.

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  • bkust5

    The season is wash…lets get them all experience.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    I dont know how this guy could say Williams is fighting for a starting postion, its his for sure. Pritchard should hands down start over Jobe. Story will be in the starting lineup with Taber injured and maybe for entire season. It's going to be scary because of inexperience, lack of size, and lack of depth but expectations are low so maybe they can over achieve some and shock us all.

  • student

    No way Story over Williams. At his public speech Crean said Williams, Pritchard and Dumes were developing the best, they'd have to be given the nod. If Taber's recovered from surgery fully, he'll likely start. That leaves Story vs. Jones. I think that if Dumes can handle the point, he'll put Malik in for some additional size over minute Verdall.

  • I think Dumes will be counted on to score (he's more of a scorer than a true point), so if Verdell can handle running the team, he'll be in there.

  • hoosier07

    i hope Crean rotates his starting 5 so they all get early first half experience –> THEY ALL NEED IT!!

    the more important question for me is who will prove themselves the most to be part of the starting 5 in '09 — that's what im really curious about ….

  • pacino

    Watford will start for sure. Creek possibly could. Thats it for 09 commits.
    PG.- Jones-soph
    SG.- Dumes-senior
    SF- Williams-soph
    PF- Watford-freshman
    C- Pritchard

  • Also, who won't return after this season? As it stands, there are 14 players for 2009 and 13 spots if the NCAA doesn't take additional scholarships.

  • I think there's a good chance Rivers will be in the lineup.

  • hoosier07

    good point!! should be interesting …

    with more big men coming in '09, any chance Tijan loses his scholly?

  • JerryCT

    According to the roster stats Jones is the same height as Story and can handle the ball . The starting 5 seems clear to me as listed.

    I actually look for Story rotating with the guards , Jobe rotates with Pritchard and Barnett and Lewis with Taber. I see Roth , who has been hurt, finding it difficult to find a role unless he is killer on defense.

    Next year its Dumes, Rivers, Watford, Pritchard , Capobianco

  • kgork

    oy

  • hoostheman

    Not a bad prediction for the '09 lineup… Pritchard and Capo have banger mentalities that translate well to Big Ten play and Crean's desire for passion/tenacity.

  • Indiana06

    I think story will replace Jones. Williams will move to the 2 and Story to the 3…That might be a little into the season though. And do not be surprised if Daniel Moore gets a lot of PT into the season…He is the one true point guard they have. I wouldnt be surprised if in 09 all these guys besides maybe pritchard(only cuz of size) will not be starting. Dont sleep on Elston, he is a freak athlete if he comes back from his knee injury and then it will be watford creek and story battling for a couple spots

  • pacino

    What injury does Roth have?

  • junkman

    Dude, did you forget that Rivers has to sit out this season as a result of the NCAA transfer rules…

  • JerryCT

    Shoulder

  • junkman

    PG – Devan Dumes
    SG – Nick Williams
    3G – Malik Story
    PF – Kyle Taber
    C – Tom Pritchard

    Second Team
    PG – Verdell Jones (6th man)
    SG – Matt Roth
    3G – Steven Gambles
    PF – Kory Barnett (walk-on)
    C – Tijan Jobe

    Others receiving minutes:
    F – Broderick Lewis (walk-on)
    F – Brett Finkelmeier (walk-on)

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    PG-Dumes
    SG-Creek
    SF-Watford
    PF-Capobianco
    C-Pritchard

    Oh wait its not 2009 yet 😀

  • student

    Feel like it's got to be Roth or Tijan, neither were really recruited out of their previous schools.

  • student

    Rivers has to start, he has a lot of experience on one of the best teams in arguably the toughest conference in the nation. He seemed to be a good point guard, but he might fit in well as a combo guard in Crean's offense.

    Also, look for Watford to play the 3, he's not a banger at all.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I think everyone is underestimating how often four guards are going to be on the floor. I see Jones, Dumes, Story, and Williams on the floor together quite often. Crean had four guard rotations at Marquette and if any lineup looks like it will feature four guard rotations, it's this one.

  • kgork

    oy

  • hoostheman

    Not a bad prediction for the '09 lineup… Pritchard and Capo have banger mentalities that translate well to Big Ten play and Crean's desire for passion/tenacity.

  • Indiana06

    I think story will replace Jones. Williams will move to the 2 and Story to the 3…That might be a little into the season though. And do not be surprised if Daniel Moore gets a lot of PT into the season…He is the one true point guard they have. I wouldnt be surprised if in 09 all these guys besides maybe pritchard(only cuz of size) will not be starting. Dont sleep on Elston, he is a freak athlete if he comes back from his knee injury and then it will be watford creek and story battling for a couple spots

  • pacino

    What injury does Roth have?

  • junkman

    Dude, did you forget that Rivers has to sit out this season as a result of the NCAA transfer rules…

  • JerryCT

    Shoulder

  • junkman

    PG – Devan Dumes
    SG – Nick Williams
    3G – Malik Story
    PF – Kyle Taber
    C – Tom Pritchard

    Second Team
    PG – Verdell Jones (6th man)
    SG – Matt Roth
    3G – Steven Gambles
    PF – Kory Barnett (walk-on)
    C – Tijan Jobe

    Others receiving minutes:
    F – Broderick Lewis (walk-on)
    F – Brett Finkelmeier (walk-on)

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    PG-Dumes
    SG-Creek
    SF-Watford
    PF-Capobianco
    C-Pritchard

    Oh wait its not 2009 yet 😀

  • student

    Feel like it's got to be Roth or Tijan, neither were really recruited out of their previous schools.

  • student

    Rivers has to start, he has a lot of experience on one of the best teams in arguably the toughest conference in the nation. He seemed to be a good point guard, but he might fit in well as a combo guard in Crean's offense.

    Also, look for Watford to play the 3, he's not a banger at all.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I think everyone is underestimating how often four guards are going to be on the floor. I see Jones, Dumes, Story, and Williams on the floor together quite often. Crean had four guard rotations at Marquette and if any lineup looks like it will feature four guard rotations, it's this one.