Video: Freshmen meet with the media

Indiana’s three incoming freshmen — Austin Etherington, Cody Zeller and Remy Abell — met with the media for the first time as Hoosiers today in the press room of Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to what the trio had to say in the embedded player below courtesy of IU Athletics:

Quotes are available after the jump.

On the experience of first eight weeks of being on campus:
Zeller
“This summer’s been great, just working out with the strength and conditioning coach, going to classes, it just helps being here for the summer. We’re kind of getting acclimated before the rest of the students get here. It’s definitely been a good eight weeks.”

Etherington
“It’s been good to work out with the strength and conditioning coach and getting used to everything. These eight weeks have been good to get stronger for the season that is upcoming.”

Abell
“The eight weeks have been good getting ready for the fall and the season, and for just school in general.”

On if it has sunk in yet that you are at IU in college:
Zeller
“Somewhat, it’s going to be a lot different when the real season starts because none of the coaches can be in on our workouts right now so that’s going to change. There aren’t a whole lot of students here for the summer, so I think it’s just kind of a taste of what it’s going to be like when it comes around in the fall.”

Etherington
“It definitely hasn’t hit me yet. When we come back after these two weeks, I’m sure we’ll get more of a taste of it because all the students will be here and right now there aren’t many people. I’m sure we’ll feel it later on.”

On what they have learned from their other teammates:
Etherington
“Everything is really player driven right now. (Jordan Hulls) is helping us through with everything and just trying to coach us through as much as he can since there are no coaches here yet really. So it’s tough knowing what to expect, but he helps us as much as he can to get us prepared for to expect during the season.”

On what they have improved on to this point and what they will work to improve on:
Zeller
“I’ve gained strength just working out, lifting weights and doing agility and things like that. I’m still not quite where I need to be so I’m still getting bumped on some of my moves. The college game is completely different than the high school game. I just still need to keep working on that stuff.”

On the difference in training at the college level compared to high school:
Abell
“It’s different from high school. In high school, you are the star of your team, but coming into college, you are a freshman, so you’re at the bottom. You have to prove yourself and work even harder in keeping up with the team. It’s been player driven, so everybody is helping each other out and everybody’s got each other’s back.”

Etherington
“I did work out some in high school but here it’s a little different. You definitely push yourself being around the other players because they are little bit stronger than you are. So you just try to get on their level and be where they are at too.”

Zeller
“In high school, I lifted quite a bit. I wasn’t sure what basketball lifts I should do and things like that. Coach (Je’Ney) Jackson is really good at developing basketball strength, which is completely different from just working on your bench press or just your squats or something like that. He is good at developing you to become stronger just for your basketball game. I think that’s the biggest difference.”

On what is Abell’s strength since beginning workouts at IU:
Abell
“The strength I need to improve on is my shooting. Right now I’m definitely trying to work on my jump shot, and just trying to get a lot of shots up. As far as strength, I like to get to the basket. I’m just out here trying to work hard, my teammates are pushing me and I’m having fun and enjoying it.”

Abell’s thoughts on Etherington’s and Zeller’s skills:
Abell
“Austin, he can shoot it. Cody, he’s strong down low, he can do a lot of things in the post and has a mid-range game. Austin, he can go off the dribble. If you get too close on him and he can do pretty good things.”

Etherington’s thoughts on Abell:
Etherington
“Remy is not easy to stop in getting to the basket. He is definitely quick and he has the ability to shoot the ball too. He’s definitely a good player, getting to the basket and hitting shots, so he’s not going to be easy to guard.”

On Abell’s ability to play the point or the wing:
Abell
“The first position I ever played was point guard, but as I grew older in middle school and high school, I got moved to the wing. I kind of have the point guard ability, but then I got moved over because I am a better scorer. Either way, wherever they put me, I’m going to be ready to play.”

On Zeller leaning on his brothers to get prepared for college:
Zeller
“I knew just from talking to them, the little things that were going to be changes. The biggest thing they talked about was the weightlifting was a big change. I think they’ve been right, it is definitely a big change going from high school to college weightlifting. It’s a whole other thing in college. That is why the college guys are so much bigger, stronger and faster.”

On the personal expectations of being able to produce for IU:
Zeller
“I’m just glad to be here and working out. I am just going to work as hard as I can every day and see what happens. I don’t have any numbers in mind that I’m looking to put up, I’m just trying to get wins for the team and do whatever I can to help the team win. That is all I can do.”

  • http://www.sportshaze.com The Movement

    No knock on CZ, AE, and Remy, I love these guys, but how cool is it going to be next year seeing all five of those guys (hopefully six, GARY!) dressed in the IU colors, getting ready to play their first season in B-Town. The whole 2012 season experience is going to be incredbile.

  • ufo3

    I look forward to Cody, Austin, and Remy in Cream and Crimson this season.
    Remy is going to be a surprise.
    Austin is going to be better at IU than he was in high schoolCody is going to be The Main Man immediately at IU this seasion.
    IU will be much improved in 2011 thanks in large part to these three incoming Freshmen.

  • ufo3

    I look forward to Cody, Austin, and Remy in Cream and Crimson this season.
    Remy is going to be a surprise.
    Austin is going to be better at IU than he was in high schoolCody is going to be The Main Man immediately at IU this seasion.
    IU will be much improved in 2011 thanks in large part to these three incoming Freshmen.

  • ufo3

    I look forward to Cody, Austin, and Remy in Cream and Crimson this season.
    Remy is going to be a surprise.
    Austin is going to be better at IU than he was in high schoolCody is going to be The Main Man immediately at IU this seasion.
    IU will be much improved in 2011 thanks in large part to these three incoming Freshmen.

  • stonaroni

    All 3 of these guys add smething to the team that we were lacking last season.  Remy can drive and finish, Austin can shoot with good height and Cody is power and smart on the blocks and boards.

    As long as all returning players mature and improve, this team should be over .500 and could make some noise in the Big 10.

    2012 is a year away.  i want to see everything gel this season as a program and schemes so next season we are ready to be elite again.

  • MillaRed

    No doubt. These guys will be solid. They are the beginning on the real movement IMHO. 2012 will have to wait.

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

    Smart, soft-spoken, humble, classy. Crean isn’t just building a program with talent, he’s building one with character as well.

  • Tiz

    I can’t imagine the sound of Assembly Hall when Cody scores his first basket as an Indiana Hoosier. I have good feelings about our basketball program going forward. Gonna be a proud moment for all Hoosier fans.

  • JerryCT

    I agree that the key to the season will be the returning players and not the freshmen this year. I think each will play, especially Cody but he is still having to bang w grown men.

    2012 I feel the key will be the freshmen

  • base

    I hear you. Cody is the critical piece to the entire foundation going forward. The `12 class wouldn’t be enough if it wasn’t for Cody waiting for them in Bloomington. Indiana Elite won a tournament last year with Cody, we couldn’t win any this year without Cody. The `12 class will be a very nice addition to Cody.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed!  That is why I have loved rooting all these guys on through thick and thin.  Its Indiana Basketaball and what its all about!

  • Anonymous

    Those players are going to be great but just remember the best player on the floor will be Cody by then if he’s not the best player from day one this year. 

  • Anonymous

    Those players are going to be great but just remember the best player on the floor will be Cody by then if he’s not the best player from day one this year. 

  • Anonymous

    Starters that I’d like to see by mid season this year
    Remy Abell 1
    Jordan Hulls 2, on Defense Remy may play the 2
    Watford 3
    Zeller 4
    Pritchard 5

    Then for a smaller lineup
    Abell
    Hulls
    Oladipo
    Sheehey
    Zeller

    It is going to be interesting/frustrating to watch some of the subsitutions this year.  We have a lot of good pieces but not all of them can play their respective positions on both ends of the court.

  • http://twitter.com/Coriden Dan

    Is this the entire transcript?  I could not make out Remy’s joke and it does not seem to be included in this transcript.

  • http://twitter.com/Coriden Dan

    Is this the entire transcript?  I could not make out Remy’s joke and it does not seem to be included in this transcript.

  • IUeconAlum

    It’s awesome to see a kid from the Ville on the team. Go Hoosiers.

  • MillaRed

    Pretty sure he was referring to how the Indiana All-Stars beat the Kentucky All-Stars in 2 games over the summer and how it reflected on CZ’s and AE’s abilities.

  • Anonymous

    Has anybody heard anything about Mo Creek’s progress..I mean he has become a ghost. Hummel last week got cleared by PU meds to scrimmage and go full tilt. What’s Creek up too and does he have any chance of making a serious return. Terrible injury he suffered.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that doesn’t mean Crean subs every :30 seconds (my only real gripe with his coaching to date)

  • Anonymous

    I hope that doesn’t mean Crean subs every :30 seconds (my only real gripe with his coaching to date)

  • Anonymous

    I hope that doesn’t mean Crean subs every :30 seconds (my only real gripe with his coaching to date)

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