The Inside the Hall Mailbag: April 18

The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall ) and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can. Now, onward … (Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

@WrightR10 writes: With Yogi coming in next year, how do you think Jordan Hulls’ role will change during games? and @STLhoosier writes: “What will Hulls’ role look like in 2012-13 with Yogi on board?”

Ryan Corazza: Good questions, as Hulls’ potentially shifting role bears watching with Yogi joining the Hoosiers for the 2012-13 campaign. While Hulls will be a senior leader and is one of the better 3-point shooters in the country, Ferrell has a more complete skill set at the point guard position. And his ability to penetrate and dish, to set the table, might make him the starter at the position from the get-go next season. Still, Tom Crean will have options. Hulls could start at the 2-guard position alongside Ferrell, and act as a floor spacer. With defenses paying attention to both Cody Zeller down low and Ferrell and others on the perimeter, Hulls could feast on open looks from 3-point range. (Think Jon Diebler for Ohio State in 2010-11 with Jared Sullinger down low and a host of strong perimeter players on that team to boot.)

It would be a small backcourt lineup, but depending on matchups, it could make sense. Hulls could also play a role off the bench next season, as Crean could elect to start Victor Oladipo or potentially Will Sheehey at the shooting guard position. There’d be value here, too, as Hulls would provide high-quality depth in a reserve role and not allow for much dropoff from the starters. Whatever Crean decides to do, Hulls should still have an important role on the team next season. Simply put: He’s too good of a shooter not to work into the offense.

@Beent12 writes: are any of the ’12 signees planing on coming to school in the summer to work together like last year’s class?

Alex Bozich: Typically the signees arrive on campus after finishing up high school graduation which usually means they arrive for the second semester of summer school. The only exception to this would be is if a player has yet to satisfy all of their academic requirements and stays home to finish those up. If I recall correctly, this happened with both Bawa Muniru and Maurice Creek in the summer of 2009.

@HoosierNets writes: any official news on the replacement for Coach Seltzer?

Alex Bozich: There’s been no official word on the replacement although many have speculated Calbert Cheaney as the logical choice. My understanding is that Cheaney has been out with the staff this month, so he may be acting in the role on an interim basis.

@RealAdamJ asks: How is an athletic 7 footer like Jurkin not a top 150 recruit? Overall comments on his contribution next year?

Ryan Corazza: Part of the reason for Jurkin not being in the rankings had to do with a stress fracture in his right leg, one that kept him out most of his junior season and for all of the AAU circuit last spring and summer. He’s still a bit raw on both ends of the court as well. But as this recent video at the Jordan Brand Regional Classic can attest, Jurkin appears to have added some bulk to his frame, which seems to have him playing stronger.

With Zeller and Watford the likely starting frontcourt — and Hanner Perea potentially the first big man off the bench — Jurkin won’t be thrown to the wolves immediately and will have time to develop as the team’s fourth frontcourt player, depending on where Derek Elston slots into the mix. If he’s able to defend, rebound and get some easy putbacks around the rim, that’ll be about all that’s needed from him as a freshman on a team with this much talent.

@jakethesnake602 writes: what do you think the starting five will be next year?

Alex Bozich: I think it could vary quite a bit based on matchups, but I would go with Yogi Ferrell, Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller with Will Sheehey as the first man off the bench. I think that’s a role that Sheehey thrived in this past season and could easily transition back into after starting down the stretch following the injury to Verdell Jones.

The wildcards, of course, are Jeremy Hollowell and Maurice Creek. Hollowell because he’s an elite talent capable of contributing right away because he can score from anywhere and Creek because at 100% health, he obviously deserves a look.

@HoosierTrav writes: when does the next seasons schedule typically get released?

Alex Bozich: The schedule in its entirety usually comes out in either August or September. You’ll see bits and pieces trickle out from now until then like the ACC/Big Ten assignments or non-conference games that get announced by the opposing school.

@markjdowell writes: Is Cody Zeller the best player in the B1G? Trey Burke will challenge him for POY, who else?

Alex Bozich: Yes, Zeller is the premier player in the league, but the Big Ten player of the year race, at least on paper, should be fascinating. Both Burke and Zeller deserved freshman of the year honors and split the award with Burke taking the media vote and Zeller taking the coaches vote. Both players probably deserved to be on the All Big Ten first team as well, but as the voting showed, preference was given to upperclassmen like Purdue’s Robbie Hummel and Northwestern’s John Shurna.

As far as other competitors, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas will certainly be in mix and Penn State’s Tim Frazier should put up gaudy numbers again.

@AdamPacmanB writes: Have IU fans/media put too much emphasis on the UK game? Basically, would IU still be preseason top 5 if they lost to VCU?

Alex Bozich: To answer your first question, I don’t think so. Yes, quite a bit of notoriety was given to the win over UK in Bloomington, but since the Hoosiers were one of two teams to beat the eventual national champion, it’s hard to say the win was given too much emphasis. Couple that with the fact that IU gave Kentucky a stiff test in Atlanta and it’s fair to say IU was deserving of a final ranking in the top 15.

Obviously the Sweet 16 appearance gave the program some momentum and probably has a lot to do with the rankings being given on some of the early top 25 lists. The Hoosiers have arguably the best group of returning players in the country and are top of mind for a lot of the national folks, so both of those factors weigh-in heavily.

  • calbert40

    I’ve watched probably way too much video on Yogi (hope I don’t get caught at work!). No doubt about it, Yogi is a good shooter; the McD game was an outlier.  I think Yogi is a stud, and he needs to be in the lineup early and often. 

    But, I Didn’t say he couldn’t shoot.  I said a backcourt of Yogi and Vic wouldn’t scare people with their shooting.  Both of those guys are BEST when they are driving to the hoop.  Vic shot something around 20 percent from 3 this year.  I would bet most B1G coaches would take their chances and entice both of them to shoot more than drive, especially with Zeller in the game.

    If Yogi and Vic are playing the 1 and 2, I think we need a shooter in the lineup with them at the 3 to keep Ds honest (Mo, Hollowell, etc).

  • calbert40

    Shortstops will lead their team in errors too, but they are usually the best defensive player on the roster.  RBs will usually lead the team in fumbles…of course, some carry the ball over 300 times a season. 

    Sure, the PG is going to “lead” nearly every team in TOs.  They have the ball for 10 – 20 seconds of every possession.  Also, how many of his TOs in HS were the result of teammates not being ready for the pass? 

    I think Yogi plays starters minutes immediately.  He may not be in the starting 5, but he will get 20+ a night, IMO. 

  • Kenneth234

    If this was the NBA, that may be a problem.  However, this is college baseketball, and there are very few teams that put their point gaurds in the post, and even fewer than could do it effectively! 

  • Kelin Blab

     The coaches visited Anya earlier this week.

  • Kelin Blab

    Just because IU has a lot of depth does not mean they will use it on the court. There is no way they play 10 guys….not even close and especially late in the season.

    + Out of the Frosh the consistent time will go to yogi and hollowell…if hollowell buys in on the defensive end.

    + Lets not forget Creans high praise on the improvement of Etherington and how VO and Will made a solid sophomore jump

    + Would not shock me Hulls is still the starter when things tip off. Two qualities he has that Yogi does not…big ten experience and he is a senior

  • marcusgresham

    Alex (or any of the guys,) are there plans for any of the guys to play in the Indy league they played in last year, or was that the result of the NBA lockout? That, as much as anything, seemed to spark the progress Oladipo made.

  • marcusgresham

    Alex (or any of the guys,) are there plans for any of the guys to play in the Indy league they played in last year, or was that the result of the NBA lockout? That, as much as anything, seemed to spark the progress Oladipo made.

  • SCHoosier

    I think TC’s praise for AE is just good personnel management..designed for the parents as much as they kid’s ego and motivation. I hope AE makes great strides during the summer..cause he’s a great local kid..but with the talent coming back and “in”..I just don’t see where he fits.

  • iufan4life10

     I think there are a lot of options to keep defenses honest if we are playing Yogi and Oladipo in the backcourt.  If Watford and Sheehey (or Hollowell) are out beyond the arc that pulls two bigger defenders away from the basket.  Yogi and Oladipo should both be able to get to the rim with Zeller or Jurkin there for a drop off pass or to finish.  We now have enough pieces to create nightmares for defenses all over the court.

  • Southport65

    I guess you guys missed the end of my sentence. It said Right Away. At sometime later in the year Yogi may be a starter but not from day one. Also I realize Vic should get better and in respect to PG’S having more TO’S than the other team members you guys sure did not cut Hulls, Vic or Jones any slack in your comments last year concerning turnovers because they handled the ball more even when I tried to make that point and I think once this season starts you will turn fickle when Yogi has a bad game with TO’S. Hulls had 76 turnover last year but played more minutes than anyone while making 120 assists. I love Yogi and the other freshman but to think they will step in like Zeller did is just not the case for most freshman. We will be a great team with great depth and hopefully by the end of the season we will be #1 and hang a 6th banner. These freshman have an advantage they are following a good team last year to learn with. Its been a long time since we could say that. Don’t count these Seniors out just yet. This is a team sport and it will take everyone playing at a high level to win a Championship.

  • Southport65

    I guess you guys missed the end of my sentence. It said Right Away. At sometime later in the year Yogi may be a starter but not from day one. Also I realize Vic should get better and in respect to PG’S having more TO’S than the other team members you guys sure did not cut Hulls, Vic or Jones any slack in your comments last year concerning turnovers because they handled the ball more even when I tried to make that point and I think once this season starts you will turn fickle when Yogi has a bad game with TO’S. Hulls had 76 turnover last year but played more minutes than anyone while making 120 assists. I love Yogi and the other freshman but to think they will step in like Zeller did is just not the case for most freshman. We will be a great team with great depth and hopefully by the end of the season we will be #1 and hang a 6th banner. These freshman have an advantage they are following a good team last year to learn with. Its been a long time since we could say that. Don’t count these Seniors out just yet. This is a team sport and it will take everyone playing at a high level to win a Championship.

  • IUMIKE1

    If memory serves me right you & I have had the “will Yogi start right off the bat or not” conversation in the past, I agreed with your line if thinking then and I still agree with it. Must be the former coaching glasses that we are looking at it through.

  • MillaRed

    Really enjoying the Bo Ryan deal right now. Dude is squirming big time.

  • HoosierGrad07

     Yogi will start “right away”. And theres a big difference between Yogi leading his team in TO’s vs. TO’s from Jordy, Verdell, etc. First off, I watched Yogi many times the last two years and in his games, almost the entire opposing team keys in on him defensively. He’s the big 5-star McDonalds AA and it makes their day to get a TO off of him. A lot of the time he just had no support in the backcourt when teams pressed up and then when he found open teammates, they didn’t have their hands ready for the pass. Obviously these kinds of things won’t be happening at IU and he should be able to play under the control he has been blessed with and will deserve 28+ minutes a game right away.

    I have nothing but love for all IU players past and present and these debates are just for fun so it’s good to see everyone show some passion about something as simple as the starting lineup. And Southport, hopefully people don’t get too fickle after a few TO’s next year because yes, few things are more annoying than that.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • Southport65

    I hope you are right and I have watched him play many times also. He is going to be a great IU Player but too much Hype before he plays one minute in an IU uniform can be trouble for kids. Most need to adjust to the college game. Very few freshman can start right away and play 28 minutes a game on a team as deep as this one. No one wants him to do well more than I do. 
    I just think some fans will get upset when he does not meet their vision of him and I want to protect him from that fall out if possible by giving him real expectations.

  • Kelin Blab

     Etherington fits in as a slasher and shooter with size. Kid is a really good athlete and is a lot better player than people think. He is no slouch…

  • Adadamso

    Kyrie Irving isn’t a good example. He only played like games in his only season at Duke.

  • Adadamso

    Kyrie Irving isn’t a good example. He only played like games in his only season at Duke.

  • ThePureDivine

    I just hope that when Yogi gets here he’ll get in a calm state, cuz he has the tendency to be a little all over the place if given the freedom. Yet he wont be the only good player on the team so he wont have to do it all

  • HoosierKen73

    I do not think CTC would have commented on AE if he didn’t mean it. I don’t know how much playing time he’ll get, but he can shoot the basketball, is athletic and at 6’5″ has pretty good size. I believe he may get some minutes in relief of Sheeladipo… I don’t know, but I think CTC sees him fitting in, and I’ll trust him on that. I am so glad we have CTC as our coach. IU certainly pulled the right string on that one. 

  • CreanFaithful

    VO has moved into some of the mock NBA draft lists this off-season and we haven’t even seen what his improvements will be for next year.  Don’t count on him coming off the bench, much less coming off the court at all…

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