Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Wrap-Up: 2011 Class

After watching a pair of Indiana All-Star exhibition games, a Kentucky All-Star exhibition and the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star games, here’s Inside the Hall’s take on the three 2011 IU signees that participated in last week’s festivities:

Cody Zeller (35 points, 24 rebounds, three blocks, three assists in 48 minutes in two Indiana wins)

– Scouting: Zeller had an outstanding week. He put up ridiculous numbers in the two exhibition wins over the juniors and while he was limited in Friday’s game with foul trouble, he nearly managed a double-double in just 20 minutes. Zeller has a complete skill set: He can step out and shoot from the perimeter, handle the ball with fluidity and score with his back to the basket. He was fantastic rebounding the ball, showing off strong hands, good timing and above average athleticism as a leaper. Zeller did just about everything a big man should do last week, impressing onlookers, coaches, teammates and opponents alike. — Joe Eberhardt

– What’s next: Zeller will step into the starting lineup immediately upon his arrival in Bloomington and while expectations might be too high, Zeller’s calm demeanor and quiet confidence should allow him to be mostly unaffected by the pressure. Indiana’s front court will be greatly improved as Zeller’s presence should help free up Tom Pritchard, Derek Elston and Christian Watford for easier scoring opportunities. Don’t be surprised if double-doubles are the norm rather than the exception during his freshman campaign. — Alex Bozich

Austin Etherington (Seven points, six rebounds, three blocks, two assists, one steal in 26 minutes in two Indiana wins)

– Scouting: Etherington struggled to score the ball or get into the flow offensively for much of the week. The 6-foot-6 wing is typically a reliable shooter, but just couldn’t get looks to fall when he found an opening. Etherington did play pretty well defensively by using good instincts and strength to keep his opponents in check. The highlight of his weekend was a crowd-pleasing block against Western Kentucky signee George Fant at Conseco. — Joe Eberhardt

– What’s next: The Indiana roster is heavy on wings and guards and if Etherington is to command minutes as a freshman, he’ll likely be competing with Will Sheehey, Victor Oladipo and perhaps Maurice Creek in order to do so. Etherington was recruited as a high-level shooter and scorer and when those aspects of his game are clicking, he can be a tough matchup.  — Alex Bozich

Remy Abell (28 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals in 55 minutes in two Kentucky losses)

– Scouting: Indiana’s most recent addition to the 2011 recruiting class gives the Hoosiers a 6-foot-4 guard who can contribute in many ways. Abell is a reliable ball handler with a dose of strength that allows him to attack defenses off the dribble and get to the rim. His strength and ball control allow him to finish at the rim against contact and get to the foul line. Abell is also a good perimeter defender that played effectively on Kentucky signee Marquis Teague in Saturday night’s loss at Conseco Fieldhouse.  Though he has room to improve his consistency, Abell has the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter (3-of-7 on 3-pointers in Saturday’s game). He could improve his decision making as a passer, but has the ability to break down defenses and find teammates open for jump shots. — Joe Eberhardt

– What’s next: Abell said last week that he hopes to get a shot at playing point guard as a freshman and his play over the weekend suggests he could get that opportunity. Abell is college ready from a physical standpoint and if his ball handling and decision making continue to improve, he’ll make an instant impact in the dribble drive offense that Tom Crean is trying to implement. His impact should also be felt defensively as Indiana looks to improve upon a perimeter defense that had difficulty guarding the 3-pointer. — Alex Bozich

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

  • http://www.facebook.com/andyjellison Andy Jellison

    great write up ITH!  I can’t WAIT for the season to begin!  Thanks for all your work over the summer with AAU and the like.  Go IU!

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    You’re dad isn’t Don Jellison, is he?  Although if that were the case, you’d be talking about Etherington getting a starting spot alongside Jeff Howard, Daniel Moore, Zeller, and Elston…

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    You’re dad isn’t Don Jellison, is he?  Although if that were the case, you’d be talking about Etherington getting a starting spot alongside Jeff Howard, Daniel Moore, Zeller, and Elston…

  • Anonymous

    Agree.  A healthy Creek could be the X factor to our success next year.  Although I too forget about Mo I too believe he is overlooked by most of the IU nation.  A healthy Mo Creek, Watford, Zeller and Hulls is a good group to have on the floor with Verdell, Sheehey, Oladipo, Pritchard and Abell providing support.

  • Anonymous

    Agree.  A healthy Creek could be the X factor to our success next year.  Although I too forget about Mo I too believe he is overlooked by most of the IU nation.  A healthy Mo Creek, Watford, Zeller and Hulls is a good group to have on the floor with Verdell, Sheehey, Oladipo, Pritchard and Abell providing support.

  • Anonymous

    Agree.  A healthy Creek could be the X factor to our success next year.  Although I too forget about Mo I too believe he is overlooked by most of the IU nation.  A healthy Mo Creek, Watford, Zeller and Hulls is a good group to have on the floor with Verdell, Sheehey, Oladipo, Pritchard and Abell providing support.

  • Anonymous

    Agree.  A healthy Creek could be the X factor to our success next year.  Although I too forget about Mo I too believe he is overlooked by most of the IU nation.  A healthy Mo Creek, Watford, Zeller and Hulls is a good group to have on the floor with Verdell, Sheehey, Oladipo, Pritchard and Abell providing support.

  • Anonymous

    Agree.  A healthy Creek could be the X factor to our success next year.  Although I too forget about Mo I too believe he is overlooked by most of the IU nation.  A healthy Mo Creek, Watford, Zeller and Hulls is a good group to have on the floor with Verdell, Sheehey, Oladipo, Pritchard and Abell providing support.

  • Anonymous

    Agree.  A healthy Creek could be the X factor to our success next year.  Although I too forget about Mo I too believe he is overlooked by most of the IU nation.  A healthy Mo Creek, Watford, Zeller and Hulls is a good group to have on the floor with Verdell, Sheehey, Oladipo, Pritchard and Abell providing support.

  • HoosierNshaker

    I hate to burst any ones bubble…but Mo Creek looked sub par coming back from his knee injury.  A healthy Mo is a bit of a stretch to assume, he looked timid attacking, going to the rim, defending, and elevating.  Very important aspects to his success for him the beginning of his Fr year.  It’s a quantum leap to assume he’ll come back as a starter on not one — but two bad knees!

  • HoosierNshaker

    I hate to burst any ones bubble…but Mo Creek looked sub par coming back from his knee injury.  A healthy Mo is a bit of a stretch to assume, he looked timid attacking, going to the rim, defending, and elevating.  Very important aspects to his success for him the beginning of his Fr year.  It’s a quantum leap to assume he’ll come back as a starter on not one — but two bad knees!

  • Anonymous

    I actually know Don Jellison, have for years.  He is a nice guy, but is in his mid 70s and is off his game a bit…err alot.  He admits that he was way off base with that article and really took some tough shots from people.

  • Anonymous

    I agree-a healthy Mo Creek makes a big difference in this IU team! I wish him the very best!

  • Anonymous

    I agree-a healthy Mo Creek makes a big difference in this IU team! I wish him the very best!

  • Anonymous

    I agree-a healthy Mo Creek makes a big difference in this IU team! I wish him the very best!

  • Anonymous

    Sadly you may be right.  He has quite the hill to climb and I believe that is why many are conservatively assuming he is not playing.  However, for his sake, I hope he can overcome these injuries.  Selfishly, he would make a huge difference.  He was special before his first injury.

  • IUJeff

    No doubt about it. The 30 Mo dropped in KY and the Pritch dunk may the 2 most exciting moments for IU in the last 3 years.

  • IUJeff

    No doubt about it. The 30 Mo dropped in KY and the Pritch dunk may the 2 most exciting moments for IU in the last 3 years.

  • Anonymous

    I first met Don Jellison almost 10 years ago…nice guy, but I’m shocked he’s still [alive] writing….he doesn’t seem like he’s playing with a full deck anymore

  • Anonymous

    I first met Don Jellison almost 10 years ago…nice guy, but I’m shocked he’s still [alive] writing….he doesn’t seem like he’s playing with a full deck anymore

  • Anonymous

    One of the most encouraging aspects for me is that i think that these three recruits will be able to play defense better than a lot our current roster.  Of course it’s speculation without actually seeing them against B10 offenses, but if I am correct it “should” buy them all significant playing time.

  • Anonymous

    One of the most encouraging aspects for me is that i think that these three recruits will be able to play defense better than a lot our current roster.  Of course it’s speculation without actually seeing them against B10 offenses, but if I am correct it “should” buy them all significant playing time.

  • Anonymous

    One of the most encouraging aspects for me is that i think that these three recruits will be able to play defense better than a lot our current roster.  Of course it’s speculation without actually seeing them against B10 offenses, but if I am correct it “should” buy them all significant playing time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Haha I thought the same thing as soon as I saw that name.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Haha I thought the same thing as soon as I saw that name.

  • Anonymous

    well, just so long as they don’t commit a significant amount of turnovers

  • Anonymous

    well, just so long as they don’t commit a significant amount of turnovers

  • Anonymous

    well, just so long as they don’t commit a significant amount of turnovers

  • Anonymous

    well, just so long as they don’t commit a significant amount of turnovers

  • MillaRed

    The 3rd may be Quinn Buckner’s Turret’s-like reaction to Pritch’s dunk.

    “Ho geez my my wugga my woo noo geeee!”

  • GFDave

    I look forward to Zeller combining with our three point shooters for some open looks this season, something that’s been missing from our attack as we haven’t had a reliable inside presence.  Now we have someone who will actually demand being double teamed in the post.

  • Anonymous

    Watford was doubled nearly every time he touched the ball down low. He either could not or would not find an open man when that happened. If Creek is not healthy Hull’s may be one of the few who can consistently knock down the three in that situation. Hopefully Sheehey has been working on his shot? Roth may be a surprise weapon as well in this scenario. Have never seen Etherington shoot. Zeller may lead the squad in assists if he looks for the open man.

  • Anonymous

    I never really thought of the addition of Zeller adding to Elston’s game. I guess that could probably be attributed to me just being excited about a top-notch Indiana kid coming to IU in general, rather than being excited about him from an on-the-court perspective – other than having a viable big man who can score and defend in the middle (no offense TP). He should draw a lot of double teams, which Indiana has lacked over the past couple of years. C-Wat has been the only guy that the Hoosiers have had to give defenses fits inside, but not really any teams in the Big Ten. Zeller should open up everyone’s game. I can’t wait to watch him get doubled inside then kick it out to Jordy for 3 in a big time situation. Sorry I rambled, but I’m excited!

  • Anonymous

    Gotta give some love for Sheehey’s dunk vs. Iowa.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta give some love for Sheehey’s dunk vs. Iowa.

  • IUJeff

    I think we’ll have at least 3 good three point shooters in Hulls, Roth, and Ethrington. I wouldn’t count out Will and VO either. IU should have the players to make it above .500 this year IMO especially if the Big10 is a little down from last year. I am excited to see the schedule. Anyone know when it comes out? 

  • IUJeff

    I think AE will surprise with his shooting and defense and will earn minutes, especially if we press like we should with athletes like Will, VO, Remy, AE, and hopefully Mo.

    The more I think about this year, the more exicted I am. Time to get to work Hoosiers!   

  • Anonymous

    Creek is definitely a fighter, otherwise he would have no chance of amounting to anything from here on out. 

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