Staff // 09/30/2011 10:59 am
Via the IUAthletics Channel on YouTube:
Zeller looks jacked.
How many cookies can Zeller eat? I’m thinking at least a bakers dozen boxes of Girl Scout thin mints this year…
I was thinking the same. I am a nerd and went and looked at the footage of his commitment and he has AT LEAST 15 pounds on him. I was also thinking that Remy looks pretty big also. He might end up being a beast this year (at least defensively).
Is it just me, but Ramy Abell reminds me of Scott May, it would be great if he could guard like scott.
Speaking of Remy. He’s never been to HH I’d love for us to give him a warm welcome and a couple of chants!
I did the same last year drove four hours from Chicago… I got there a few hours early and toured Cook Hall, then ultimately got in line about an hour before the doors opened (sat in the 7th row). I think you should be fine! I think last year there was only about 13K in attendance… Hopefully they have 17,456 this year!!
Agree with IU_Fan. You should for sure find a seat. I came pretty late last year and found something reasonable. If you want to get something close though you need to get there pretty early (as you may already expected)…enjoy!
Remy is one of the most interesting variables this year because I know so little. He appears to be pretty thick, already bigger than VJ3, probably has a better handle, and I’d assume a better defender. If Mo can’t go and VJ3 is still so turnover prone, Remy could see quite a bit of time and I’m ok with this. Not sure where Austin’s minutes come from and Cody looks happy. Cody will play a ton I assume and every team will try to get him into foul trouble. Man this will be an interesting year. Whether we win X number of games or not who knows but it will be really telling on the foundation we are creating. How hard do these guys go, are they students of the game, do they play a style we relate to, etc. Can’t wait for the science project to begin. Next year when the Movement arrives…then it’s for real. I’m assuming Gary Harris will be part of the crew.
Anyone disagree with the following:
Starters/ Big Ten Rank
PG- Hulls: 3rd best (Behind Craft and Hardaway)
SF- Watford: Best ((Green and Buford close)
PF- Zeller: 3rd best (Behind Sullinger, and Mbakwe)
C- Pritchard: 4th best (behind Sampson, Diaz, and Morgan)
SG- Creek/Oladipo/Jones- ????
The Shooting guards are our weakness, any of them would rank on the bottom half of the leauge going into the season, but yet if any one of them steps up and can crack the top half, other than OSU who would have a better starting 5?
I think Remy may surprise some people based on seeing him in the Indiana/KY All Star game. He drives it strong into the lane, appeared to make good decisions with the ball and was quick and active on defense. There is some work to be done with his outside shooting but athletically and defensively he looked to be capable of contributing right away especially, as you said, if Creek is not ready.
This will be the final year HH will not be full. I FULLY expect HH 2012 to utilize the balcony completely…primarily due to the dunk contest between, Will, Victor, Patterson, and Hanner. In fact, I would not mind paying to see it.
This year…the scrimmage should look better, really want to see Cody, Watford, Pritch, Vic, and Jordan on the floor together. You could beat some people with that lineup.
Also want to see where MO is with his comeback
One thing I will be looking for this year is the respect, or lack thereof these officials have for the IU program next season. Because we’ve had none for the last 3 years. To the point I was begging CTC to get T’d up in disgust.
Cody is a McDonald’s All-American. He does things the right way. It will be interesting to see if he gets the respect Sullinger and these other players received as soon as they touched the court. If you got anywhere near that kid they blew the whistle.
For this program to completely turn the corner, we need these officiating crews to give us a level playing field. They have not done this recently and it’s not my imagination. (see The Pritch hedge and barely touch someone and get his 4th foul in 10 minutes)
I am hoping Cody and the 2012 recruits can help with this issue moving forward.
It would be nice if we could hear the questions. . .
I haven’t missed HH in years and they are right it’s getting better every year…as well as attendance. The cost is free but the can good is for a good cause. It is worth your while to get there early if you have not been in Cook Hall which takes at least a half hour to breeze through. Keep in mind that you may want to hang around after it is over just to be able to rub elbows with the players, coaches, etc.
But if you do get there after 8:00 you may be seating past row 25, the earlier the better.
I think MO is the first thing I’m wanting to know out of the entire show. If MO is back then we will be just fine, if not I still think we have all of the positions covered just a little thin on the front line.
I completely agree that Abell will surprise. Crean has multiple tweets about how much he loves Remy’s defense, toughness, penetration and leadership. Our biggest hole last year was perimeter play, both defensively and at the PG. Abell will be a huge improvement.
I really believe everyone is far underestimating Zeller’s ball I.Q. He has all the talent you could ask for out of a big man, and his strength will steadily increase. What makes him extra special is his understanding of the game and overall maturity.
And by special I mean one of the very best college players ever. Day one he is our best scorer, rebounder and passer. He is a leader and no stranger to hype or big games. He led Washington easily to the 3A state championship, his 3rd in four years of high school. He competed hard and very well in the all star games. There was even an article about how much more he hustles in those games than other players.
When you take top tier talent, high I.Q. and combine it with great drive and work ethic you have the centerpiece to any championship effort.
Thank you Cody. The rest of the world will soon recognize the mecca of basketball again, Bloomington, Indiana.
And Austin and Remy will make their mark on college basketball.
Remy is the point guard Crean needs for his system. He can pressure the ball on defense and get to the basket on offense. But more than that, what has Crean talked about the most when it comes to Abell? Leadership. He makes his teammates better. Expect to see Abell and Oladipo wreaking havoc on opposing backcourts.
Austin is a very rounded player. I only got chance to see one of his high school games but he played very hard, making several blocks around the rim as a help defender. He shoots well, yes, but is even better attacking the basket. I have seen him go either hand, looking smooth and strong. Crean just needs to stay on him to attack the rim. And defensively he has a high ceiling because of his length and athleticism.
With Creek not practicing yet, I’d have to go with Oladipo or Jones.
I would be surprised if he participated in HH this year.
This is the one post that I truly can say that I agree with the most. The three blind mice seemed to be at their best last year. Even at one of expo games that I attended the crowd was never so loud and vocal at the zebra’s…and expo game…come on.
Here’s to an even calling year.
I may get smacked in the mouth for asking this question, but do we really think officiating was a major problem for us last year? I mean, sure, there was probably some bias against us going into several games due to a general lack of respect for our roster compared to others, but rarely did we play a team in conference play that wasn’t truly better than we were at at least 3-4 positions on the floor at all times. We were young and less talented. Let’s leave it at that. I expect better things this year by shear virtue of experience, incoming talent in CZ and CWat playing his natural position. I would not expect the same foul differential we had last season.
Plane, my answer is yes and yes. Everything you say is true. But I have no doubt in my mind this team does not get the same calls.
I am not saying it cost us this # of wins etc. What I am saying is, if this continues as our roster gets better, it will.
Regardless, fair is fair. And we deserve the same level of respect as our opponents moving forward. This has been very frustrating to watch.
I think he’s the closest thing we’ve had since DJ White. A true big you can build a team around for 3-4 years. Let’s hope he does so minus the injuries!
Remy was an absolute steal at this point in the game.
I’m really excited to see this team. I rarely miss a Hoosier Hysteria, but I might not be able to make this one, and that’ll be a huge bummer. I want to see some of these guys in action and cheer on the Hoosiers.
You are forgetting about Jordan Taylor at the PG.
So do you expect each reporter to wear a mic? And then submit the audio of their questions to Alex so he can compile them and sync them at the proper times with this video?
It’s not doable.
I don’t know anything about this kid. Alex can we have a special thread just on what folks have seen 1st hand. I have a hard time believing that he is going to come in and start over VJ or VO…is he really this good?
Thanks for any info.
I know we spoke about this before but it would be nice if we could expose the ITH’ers so we can meet one another at some point. Maybe after the show we could all meet somewhere just to shut the $hit.
BC this is an easy one. There really is no other way to put it. Daniel Moore no longer has meaningful minutes. I love the kid I really do. But we landed an athletic combo guard with size that can defend and penetrate. Daniel Moore cannot achieve either at the Big Ten level.
Remy will not start. But he will definitely eat those minutes. And if we are going to take this thing to the next level, Remy is needed badly.
Hmmmm, does this sound familiar Alex?
That Penn State game was unbelievable. Remember the crowds reaction when they finally called a foul? Terrible!
tMic2 makes a valid point. It’s a poor reflection on the overall media production quality.
In many Q&A situations (White House press briefings, presidential debates, Visiting speakers at IU Auditorium) people have to approach a mic..and form a line if necessary..to ask their questions. This also affords more equality to each member of the press so a few don’t dominate the discussion. Maybe that should be proposed here. Obviously, IU Athletics controls this environment..and it would be relatively easy for someone to implement. Since lots of this stuff goes to YouTube, one would think IU wants to put their best foot forward. Wouldn’t they?
Casey, you’re like Mensa level smart. I can’t believe you’d restrict the possibilities to having each reporter wearing a mic. Get some sleep;)
I too expect to see Remy start near the beginning of conference play, moving GH to shooting guard.
most of us have enought common sense to know what the question is by the answer but it is still frustrating wanting for the answer to know the question and half the time you still don’t know what it was. I’ve been in the press room many times but don’t recall how the mic situation is but it would be nice to be able to hear the question esp if we are going through the trouble of posting the video.
I know my heart my be better but not my ball skills. It’s a love/hate relationship with VJ. He has so much potential but screws up all of the little things, TO’s, drives the lane when it not open, etc. No ball IQ. He should dish the ball more when he drives instead of a TO or charge. His D could also improve. Maybe with all the new talent he will take his game to the next level or ride the pine. Finally we now have options.
It is love/hate, isn’t it?!? I think – or maybe this is just a desperate hope – that VJIII will be a much better player this year. As you mentioned, he’s made lots of questionable choices and tried to do things he can’t do. Some of that, I think, came from his believing he had to be the go-to guy. Now surrounded by talent greater than his, maybe he’ll be more willing to share the ball and not try things he can’t do. I believe he is motivated to go out a winner, so if he is able to recognize what the team needs from him, and not what he needs, he might be pretty good this year.
I can remember the where IU would make more than the other team attempted…now I’m telling my age.
Agreed…just have a nice step back 10 ft shot would be nice.
I was open to pay for the logo last year if everyone would up the $ for the shirts but I just purchased a retail biz so funds a low this year. Maybe next year or we could all pitch in…something. I know between all of us ITH faithful we should be able to do something for next year esp since it will be a stellar year.
VJIII does have a really nice mid-range game, with an outstanding pullup 10-20 foot jumper. I hope we see more of that (and none of the drives with his head down). And I hope he’s improved on defense (he says that he has). I really hope CTC doesn’t play him at PG this year. If he does, then I think VJIII’s mistakes are as much on CTC as VJIII.