The Inside the Hall Mailbag: August 21

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 … 

Jonathan Hall writes: Considering we’re going to be quicker and deeper than last season, do you see CTC utilizing a full-court press more this season?

Alex Bozich: I’d never put it past Tom Crean to try something new, but no, I don’t see full court pressure being utilized much at all. There are several reasons I say this. First, when was the last time a Big Ten team was successful using a press? I can’t remember one in recent history.

Using a press also leaves a defense susceptible to more fouls, which in Indiana’s case, doesn’t outweigh the benefit of the press (causing more turnovers). Before last season, fouling was an epidemic for the Hoosiers, so any regression in that department would be detrimental.

Beyond the fouls, Indiana’s defense was much better last season and a switch to a full court press would probably result in far more easy baskets allowed and a worse 2-point field goal percentage defense.

@hoopstrainer writes: Does IU’s final 2013 spots boil down to Anya, Lee, Williams, and Semi or would that list be longer. Will they stop at 5?

Alex Bozich: That’s probably a pretty solid list for 2013, although it’s entirely possible one of the other names remaining on the 2013 recruiting board could still be in play or another name could emerge this fall or even next spring.

As for whether the class will stop at five, that’s probably going to depend on who leaves after the season. If there is one early NBA departure (or some other form of attrition), Indiana can sign five. (As of right now, only four can sign in the fall.)  And if there’s two early NBA departures (or one and a transfer or other attrition), Indiana can sign six. I wouldn’t be surprised to ultimately see the class end up at six.

Tim Skibbe writes: Is Matt Roth still an option as a walk-on player for this season? Or has the start of classes on Monday ended that completely?

Alex Bozich: I think if Roth was going to come back as a walk-on, the announcement would have been made by now. Despite all of the coverage of his situation, I never really felt there was much of a chance for Roth to return unless he was willing to do so as a walk-on. The scholarship crunch was probably never going to lend itself to a return for Roth.

Given his comments over the summer, Roth, who already holds two degrees from IU, didn’t seem interested in returning in a walk-on capacity. As far as I know, he’s living in the Ft. Wayne area, which is close to where his fiance is from and is not expected to be a part of the team this season.

@CheedyBang writes: Is Ron Patterson’s departure as damaging as some think?

Alex Bozich: Damaging? I’m not sure that’s a good characterization. It’s disappointing for Patterson, his teammates, the staff and the fans who were looking forward to watching him play, but I don’t think it will have much of an effect on the product on the court this winter in Bloomington.

Patterson was one of the kids I’ve enjoyed covering the most in my time editing this site because he plays hard and competes and I believe he could have had value as a role player in the coming seasons. But on a preseason top three team with an established rotation, his impact would have been as a depth guy on defense.

Matt Marbaugh writes: when will the schedule be out for the upcoming season

Alex Bozich: The schedule should be out either later this month or in early September. All that’s really left to be revealed is three non-conference games and dates for the Big Ten schedule. Indiana should get the same four single plays again this season (Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin).

Last season’s schedule was announced on September 7, so the wait shouldn’t be too much longer.

@funkmastacrab writes: I’ve read good things about Jurkin. Do you think he gets some time backing up Cody or do u think Elston gets those minutes?

Alex Bozich: I definitely think the opportunity exists for Peter Jurkin to see minutes as a backup to Cody Zeller. In fact, everything we’ve heard this summer on Jurkin has been positive in regards to his development and potential impact.

The official roster has Jurkin at 230 pounds, which is a good sign that Je’Ney Jackson has been making an impact in the weight room with the freshman. Jurkin can protect the rim, which is something Indiana didn’t have a season ago. He might not bring much of a presence offensively early, but all Indiana needs him to do is defend the post well and alter/block shots.

As Dave Telep of ESPN.com once told me of Jurkin, he can have a very good career at Indiana if he carves out his niche and that niche will likely be as an impact defender.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    He also needs a consistent midrage game (a la VJ3 or Sheehey).

  • jasonwehlage

    Add in a little Mikan drill for pleasure

  • hoosierstateofmind

    I agree, with our depth and athletes we would be crazy to not use that advantage to try to speed up Wisconsin. Too many times teams let them dictate the flow. While you can only go so fast when you have the ball, a trapping/aggressive half court D will cause them fits over the course of 40 minutes.

  • Jake

    I’ve thought the same about having Zeller and Jurkin in at the same time. Yogi, Victor, Sheehey, Zeller, and Jurkin would be a fun lineup to see. Maybe if you want to go really tall you could put Watford in for Sheehey.

  • b_side

    But even Westbrook plays point. He may not be a traditional distributor as he’s more shoot-first, but he’s the clear cut point on his team. Oladipo will never will be that guy. He’s Tony Allen, Ronnie Brewer or Raja Bell. These guys are/were consummate role players on contending teams. Every team needs one.

    I just think we as fans tend to overstate the talent of our players with unfair comparisons. Just getting to the league as an unheralded recruit is a major accomplishment for a guy like Vic and a huge boon to our program for recruiting purposes.

  • b_side

    But even Westbrook plays point. He may not be a traditional distributor as he’s more shoot-first, but he’s the clear cut point on his team. Oladipo will never will be that guy. He’s Tony Allen, Ronnie Brewer or Raja Bell. These guys are/were consummate role players on contending teams. Every team needs one.

    I just think we as fans tend to overstate the talent of our players with unfair comparisons. Just getting to the league as an unheralded recruit is a major accomplishment for a guy like Vic and a huge boon to our program for recruiting purposes.

  • marcusgresham

    I agree that Westbrook–that’s what I was saying; Victor will have to be some form of a point guard. It’s not a traditional Steve Nash-type point guard, but you also don’t run into as many point guards who can be your defensive stopper, which is an advantage Victor has.
    Not every point guard has to be a Curly Nealesque ballhandler. He’ll have to be on an up-tempo team where he’s pushing the ball more than running a slowdown type offense, but I think he can play point in the right setting.

  • marcusgresham

    I agree that Westbrook–that’s what I was saying; Victor will have to be some form of a point guard. It’s not a traditional Steve Nash-type point guard, but you also don’t run into as many point guards who can be your defensive stopper, which is an advantage Victor has.
    Not every point guard has to be a Curly Nealesque ballhandler. He’ll have to be on an up-tempo team where he’s pushing the ball more than running a slowdown type offense, but I think he can play point in the right setting.

  • b_side

    Why, at 6’5 215 lbs, would Vic have to be some form of a point guard at all?

    What I’m trying to say is that he can easily defend shooting guards with his strength and athleticism, despite being 1-3 inches shorter of prototypical NBA standards. The guys I listed above are not dead eye shooters by any means, though Raja went on a tear playing in the Suns offense with Nash. And more importantly, Allen and Bell are undersized shooting guards like Vic.

    Not sure if you follow the Pacers, but another good example would be Dahntay Jones. Again not a flashy name by any means. But here’s a guy with a similar build and skill set. He’s a 35% career shooter from downtown, but carved his niche defending the likes of Kobe, LeBron, etc for contending teams (Nuggets, Pacers).

  • jpniles

    I am not about to leave Yogi out of the starting line-up. However, Cody and PJ on the floor is an interesting concept. They both run the floor like deer. Just interesting… that’s all.

  • skotchie

    Minnesota played a big lineup a lot last year, didn’t fair so well.

  • marcusgresham

    Because he isn’t 6’5″. In reality he’s only about 6’3″ at best.

  • b_side

    Think you’re splitting hairs. Are you trying to say that only VO’s height is exaggerated? Tony Allen is listed at 6’4″ – does that make him 6’2″ at best? Raja Bell is listed at 6’5″ and Jones 6’6″. All undersized, mediocre shooting guards who hang their hat on defense.

    Wiki provided the stats. Not in the mood to look up wingspans.

  • b_side

    Think you’re splitting hairs. Are you trying to say that only VO’s height is exaggerated? Tony Allen is listed at 6’4″ – does that make him 6’2″ at best? Raja Bell is listed at 6’5″ and Jones 6’6″. All undersized, mediocre shooting guards who hang their hat on defense.

    Wiki provided the stats. Not in the mood to look up wingspans.

  • Zach Zoglman

    Come on now that’s not true. I’m ready for new uniforms in a hurry. That can actually factor into recruiting and I’m sure addias could design some sweet looking Hoosier jerseys. Other college teams have shorts and jerseys with so much swag and were still rockin the same jerseys we had in like 1950. I want Adidas to design some sweet jerseys for IU basketball.

  • Geoff_85

    We are ok with recruits that are flashy, but I prefer recruits that are into tradition.

  • Zach Zoglman

    So your saying you prefer Etherington over Yogi and Oladipo..?

  • CreanFaithful

    Couldn’t disagree more… We have consistently changed the material and cut of the uniforms to stay on par with the times. Don’t change the logo, style or ever add names to the back of the jerseys. The University doesn’t need to ignore it’s traditions on behalf of any recruit. Instead, we need to show recruits why they should care about our tradition!

  • Geoff_85

    Yeah, because no athletic recruits are into tradition. Hopefully you caught the sarcasm in that statement. I want to get the athletic recruits that come to IU for tradition, not because the jerseys are cool.

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