Film Sessions: Hulls dropping dimes

  • 02/10/2012 6:51 pm in

Lost amidst the sea of free throws and the Cody Zeller vs. Meyers Leonard matchup was a strong distributing game for Jordan Hulls. The junior from Bloomington had seven assists. Six of them came in the second half.

A look at three in the final ten minutes of regulation in the latest edition of Film Session.

NO 1) SNEAKY LOOK TO WATFORD

Hulls has the ball on the right wing as Tom Pritchard comes over to set a ball screen:

Hulls comes around the screen to Nnanna Egwu, who initially hedges:

But as he retreats back Pritchard, he clouds the sight line of Brandon Paul, who’s marking Christian Watford. Hulls zips a pass in:

Watford makes a move and scores for two:

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NO 2)  ZELLER DUNK

Tracy Abrams overplays Hulls’ right hand:

So he drives with his left and attracts the defense:

Hulls throws a bounce pass around Leonard to Zeller:

Who dunks it home with ease:

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NO 3) WATFORD THREE

Here again, we see Illinois giving Hulls room to operate with his left hand:

So he takes it as Brandon Paul stays home on Matt Roth. Watford begins floating out to the perimeter as Leonard has his eye on Hulls:

Hulls jumps and passes to Watford:

Who rises, fires and hits as Leonard comes over to get a hand in his face:

This three pretty much sealed the Hoosiers’ 19th win of the season, as they maintained a double-digit for the remainder of the contest.

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  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    That’s a lie. There’s not a single F-word in that quote. 
    (*ducks*)

    😉

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I guess I don’t really see that as a coaching gaff by Weber (as much as I’d love to criticize the whiner).  The difference between what Remy can do, what Purdue can do and what Illinois could not seems to come down, not to strategy, but capability.  Some teams just don’t have athletic, capable defenders that take away the shot without “overplaying” and surrendering the drive.

    But I guess we are kind of saying the same thing, in that Hulls’s limitations (namely speed) are something that needs to be adjusted for in the proper matchup. 

    Truth is, he is really only a combo guard because we require him to play the point.  He’d be a more natural two guard, but we lack anybody with his leadership, competitive desire and maturity to run the point.  I just thought he did a really good job with it in the last game.

  • IUMIKE1

    Good post, and once again not just because I agree with it. If memory serves me right you have pointed out pretty much this exact thing when it comes to Yogi in a previous post and I am glad you have pointed it out again because IMHO it bears repeating. Unrealistic expectations for Yogi will only serve to make some frustrated and begin to doubt his worthiness of wearing the cream & crimson when the inevitable learning curve comes into play and he begins to struggle at times. I too believe he will be an excellent PG, just not the second he steps on campus as an official IU bball player. Some will say that he has faced the challenges that you point out in your comment while playing AAU ball but doing that and going up against seasoned D1 players (which more often than not will be bigger and, at least the first year, stronger than him) with seasoned teammates is another thing and he will need an adjustment period. The only question is how long that adjustment period will have to be. Luckily for Yogi I think he will have a teammate in JH that will be willing to nurture and guide him during the adjustment period and Yogi will have the benefit of getting those things from a teammate with a high bball IQ. Something JH did not have the benefit of. The benefit of this type of thing is integral to shortening the learning curve. IU is lucky in that they will have a senior secure enough to spend time helping his new teammate become the best player he can be instead of spending his time figuring out ways to try and protect his minutes and, again, luckily for IU, that knowledge is being passed onto what I believe will be a willing and able listener. Players, like JH, that possess those kind of intangibles are the kind players that almost always possess the other intangibles and that in itself creates situations that, in order to win games on a consistent basis, requires them to be on the court.    

  • TeddyC

    I love this feature. How about one that focuses on IU’s defenses? 

  • guest

    I won’t validate this personal attack hogwash, but I do want to address one rhetorical question you posed in the middle of your rant.  Hulls can’t be blamed for the “pound the air out of the ball” technique…..  I think there must be a tutorial for that on page three of the CTC playbook (right behind the clapping and irratic substitution sections).  This method of ‘running the point’ has been employed by our 1 guard, whomever he may have been at the time, almost every time we’ve been caught in a situation of having to run a half-court set since the CTC era began.  So, please, point out flaws all you’d like, but don’t jump on an obvious 2 guard, who’s playing the 1 because CTC thought for the last 3 years that VJIII was so good he didn’t need to recruit any other 1’s.  Especially when he’s doing exactly what is obviously what CTC talls his 1’s to do, because the whole term “pound the air out of the ball” has been absolutely worn ragged since we started running the CTC “offense”.

  • Southport65

    I totally agree with what you said I only hope others read these posts since they are at the end of many other comments. Yogi is a great player as are many of the young men coming to IU next year. The Senior leadership on our team should get them ready for big ten play and one day soon another Banner.