2012-2013 Player Profile: Jordan Hulls

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Jordan Hulls.

Key stats: 11.7 ppg, 50.4 FG%, 49.3 3P FG%, 89.9 FT %, 3.3 apg

For Jordan Hulls, it’s about faith.

Faith at center court of Assembly Hall when a new coach taking over a Hoosier program with a long, uncertain road ahead — one Hulls had strong familial ties to — offered him a scholarship and a chance to build it back up once more. Faith through the darkness when that road was so hard for so long and it seemed the daylight would never come. Faith in his jumper whenever he hits a cold streak because he knows — and we know — it’s simply too pure and too good to be gone for too long.

Faith that as he enters his senior season, in what may ultimately end up as one where his role changes and maybe — just maybe — even diminishes, that it’ll all be for the greater good of the team and a better shot at the Bloomington native fulfilling his dream of a national title in the cream and crimson.

This much is certain about Jordy Hulls: Kid can shoot. No guard in the Big Ten was as efficient as Hulls in 2011-12 (63.0 eFG%); he finished his junior season ranked 14th in the nation in effective field goal percentage. Hulls hit 58 straight free throws spanning back to the the 2010-11 season through the 12th game of last year — good for a Big Ten record and 10th all-time in NCAA history. He connected on seven of the nine 3-pointers on a Sunday afternoon in January at the Bryce Jordan Center en route to 28 points. And he hit his first NCAA Tournament appearance running, scoring 22 points by connecting on 66.7% of the shots he took against New Mexico State in the first round.

Hulls also flashed an array of shake-and-bake moves off the perimeter to get himself inside the arc with space to rise and fire or into the paint for an easier look on occasion. Those moves were not always a part of his arsenal during his underclassmen years. He assumed vocal leadership in the summer leading up to Indiana’s breakout 2011-12 campaign, and is now passing along all he knows and has learned to the freshmen.

What’s not certain? Just where Hulls fits in this season.

With McDonald’s All-America Yogi Ferrell on campus, Hulls’ role as a primary ballhandler is likely to decrease. And his grasp on a starting spot could also be in jeopardy. Hulls could start off the ball at the 2 with Ferrell playing point, but that leaves Indiana with a small backcourt and potential matchup issues. Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey starting at the 2 and 3 offers more athleticism, more size and more defense — the last of which is of paramount concern if Indiana wants to ascend from very good to great. It’s also a key point of emphasis for Crean this season.

Bottom line: Hulls certainly hangs heavy on the hearts of the ITH faithful; his omission from our preseason Top 25 Big Ten players was met with much disdain. So starter or eventual sixth man, Hulls will not only continue to be a fan favorite, but still certainly figures to be a big part of Indiana’s 2012-2013 campaign both on the court and in the locker room. At times, he could be in line for a healthy amount of open looks this season with opposing defenses in a pick-your-poison approach to Indiana’s host of offensive weapons.

Quotable: “It’s a little bit different of a mindset from the standpoint of we have a target on our backs a little bit now. But as far as us approaching each workout, each practice, it’s the same way. We have to come out and compete against one another and make each other better that way.” — Hulls on entering this season as opposed to his previous three.

Previously: Derek Elston, Christian Watford

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshobie Josh O’Brien

    Starting 2 guard or 6th man, Hulls will get significant time. I don’t really care if he starts, leave it up to Crean to work matchups game to game. Looking forward to him being wide open as much as possible!

  • MillaRed

    Realities of life, the sky is blue, grass is green, and Jordy cannot play great defense. He is the ideal 6th man. Instant offense, instant leadership, and certainly will match up better defensively against the opponents 2nd unit guards.

    He is one of my favorite Hoosiers of all-time. I think he starts early on, then turns 6th man in the second half and the NCAA tournament. In close games he is on the bench while Vic and Remy shut down the guards.

    Tis a recipe for success IMO!

  • MillaRed

    Realities of life, the sky is blue, grass is green, and Jordy cannot play great defense. He is the ideal 6th man. Instant offense, instant leadership, and certainly will match up better defensively against the opponents 2nd unit guards.

    He is one of my favorite Hoosiers of all-time. I think he starts early on, then turns 6th man in the second half and the NCAA tournament. In close games he is on the bench while Vic and Remy shut down the guards.

    Tis a recipe for success IMO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.holt.37 Mark Holt

    Everyone gets so hung up on who will start. With the tempo we plan to play at, we need 8 or 9 “starters”. Who plays and how much will depend a lot on defensive matchups and thus vary from game to game, and perhaps from 10 minute segment to 10 minute segment. How much zone will WE play. How much zone will be played against us. Yogi is coming from a high school program which played primarily zone but I’m sure his AAU team was mostly man. This team (if it stays healthy) has a lot of depth and that depth must be used to push the tempo and wear our opponents down.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Exactly! We need outside shooting so who else to put in other than Jordy. He was second on the team in minutes last year behind Cody so dont see that changing whether he starts or not.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Kid is a winner and awesome shooter so if we want to win he has to play significant minutes.

  • SCHoosier

    Love Jordy and what he brings..and he will bring it this season! What ever you do today click on that clip from the SC-GA game Sat in Columbia (located in the ITH box upper right cornder of the site)

  • SCHoosier

    Love Jordy and what he brings..and he will bring it this season! What ever you do today click on that clip from the SC-GA game Sat in Columbia (located in the ITH box upper right cornder of the site)

  • Dagwoods

    Starter or not, Jordy will get significant minutes – and they’ll matter. As a matter of fact, I’ll even bet that he’ll be there to finish games (too much experience & free throw skills). Here’s another shocker – I bet he even improved his defense from last year!

  • IUMIKE1

    If that doesn’t make a person’s eyes at least a little bit watery than I’d have to say one, they probably aren’t or don’t appreciate being an American or understand what a privilege that that really is. Two they have no concept of what family really means and three have no idea what kind of sacrifices that the men and women that protect those rights & privileges make.

    Great Clip !!

  • IUMIKE1

    If that doesn’t make a person’s eyes at least a little bit watery than I’d have to say one, they probably aren’t or don’t appreciate being an American or understand what a privilege that that really is. Two they have no concept of what family really means and three have no idea what kind of sacrifices that the men and women that protect those rights & privileges make.

    Great Clip !!

  • achurt

    In close games I think Jordy is in the game. I don’t see Remy gettng off the bench too much the remainder of his career.

  • http://twitter.com/IUMitchell Deon M

    Lee Humphrey type of role from the Florida Gator days. That little point guard T. Green wasn’t all that big either. Umm
    1- Yogi 2 – Hulls 3 – Watford 4- Perea 5- Zeller
    1- Yogi 2 – Oladipo 3 Sheehey 4 Watford 5 Zeller

    Starts with Yogi Ends with Zeller

  • southport65

    Actually Jordy was 1st with 1084 minutes and Cody 2nd with 1025 minutes. Anyway, Jordan will play a lot this year I am sure. He is a leader both on and off the court and that won’t change if his minutes on
    and off the court do.

  • MillaRed

    If we need a defensive stop at the end of the game, Jordy will be on the bench much like he was in last year’s tourney. When on offense that’s a different story.

    I also think you will see more Remy than you think.

  • MillaRed

    If we need a defensive stop at the end of the game, Jordy will be on the bench much like he was in last year’s tourney. When on offense that’s a different story.

    I also think you will see more Remy than you think.

  • MisterSlippery

    Don’t forget how good Jordy is on the drive too. I think even if Jordy sees less minutes, it won’t be by much and it will be solely due to how much talent we have. The kid has been incredible and he will be this year too.

  • Andrew

    Pretty dramatic write-up for little reason (maybe, if Hulls reads this, he’ll come out to “Faith” by George Michael at HH). Jordy will not go from being the team leader in minutes played last year (the only player to average 30 minutes a game, mind you) to 6th man this year. Like it or not, this team is built to outscore people, and for that to happen against the really good teams, you need a guy who is arguably the best shooter in the country to be on the floor. This might not be an ideal way to chase a title, but it’s not a death sentence either: see Carolina in ’05 and ’09 (and yes it was a long time ago, but really, IU in ’87.). Hulls has added to his game every year, most drastically between his freshman and sophomore seasons; there’s no reason to think he won’t be even better offensively this year than he was last. He is the team leader and I would imagine a bit of a security blanket for Crean. He’s started 77 consecutive times. Hopefully than number is about 117 in April.

  • MillaRed

    Sooo, we won’t score as much if Jordy comes off the bench? Hmmmm.

  • IUMIKE1

    Everybody keeps talking about Jordy’s lack of defensive ability being what may keep him from being a starter and somewhat rightfully so. What may be the deciding factor may not be that, but rather whether the freshman have the same, or at least at first, more liabilities on defense, plus we know for a fact that Jordy has gotten better in this area every year. College bball is littered with players that have plenty of room to improve in some part of their game but don’t put in the work to do it. The far lesser amount of players are the ones that have that room, realize it and then go about doing whatever it takes to improve it and Jordy for sure falls into that category.

    He may very well end up coming off the bench but don’t bet the farm against it. The one sure bet when it comes to Jordy is that he will be giving us 100 % in whatever role he is asked to fill.

  • catronhoosier

    I agree. Remy brings a lot more to the table than many give him credit for He really was a huge boost off the bench at times last year. His defensive athleticism is good enough to at least be a defensive specialist. Also his offensive game certainly had to improve plus the kid has huge clutch gene. everytime he was called on to step up last year it seemed like he did. And Jordy is gonna keep getting a lot of minutes and being a one of teh biggest contributors for the team. I don’t see his role changing as much as others do. Still instant offense and the captain of this team. He surely got better on defense but he will still be the weak link in that category but you take the good with bad and Jordy always seems to make up for his defense. But i think you are right in that when we need defensive stops at end of games or in big moments he will most likely be out

  • Andrew

    Insightful response (the extra o’s and m’s were very effective).

  • jmoney

    Jordy will start all season long. His perimeter shooting is so good that it outweighs the fact that he’s a defensive liability at times, and I just don’t see CTC sitting him to start the game. I kinda like the thought of Will being the first one off of the bench to bring that “spark” when we need it.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    With teamates that need to be double teamed by most teams Jordy will get good looks at shots but with no defense and unable to create his own shot ..will be liability against better teams

  • http://twitter.com/mjghuner Michael Givan

    Jordy will start every single game! He is a proven leader and winner.

  • mel_anon

    My prediction: Hulls’ usage will be the most controversial issue on ITH this year.

  • hoosierodi

    Jordy came up with the deflection that gave us the lead against Ohio state. He’s not a great on ball defender but he is smart and positions himself well off ball.

  • hoosierodi

    I wouldn’t say that jordy can’t create his own shot. He gets his hits off very quickly and does not need a lot of space. He’s also very crafty with his shotswhen driving. He proved that against Ohio state when he burned William Buford multiple times and against Kentucky with MKG guarding him

  • scemullis

    Jordy should play a lot of minutes this year. He’ll get his time. Lets not forget Creek is back also. So many weapons Crean has developed. should be a fun year.

  • achurt

    I suppose I hope you’re right. That will mean Remy has developed a lot – which is a good thing for the team.
    I just don’t see it happening based on his game play from last year.
    And yes – I’d agree in DEFENSIVE situations Jordy is on the bench at the end of close games. But, you absolutely cannot take one of the best FT shooters in the country out of the game offensively at the end. He was our best closer last year – offensively.

  • achurt

    I expect (hope) Yogi to be here for all four years. Much tougher for a sub 6′ guard to go pro early… and that is why I don’t think Remy will see much PT the remainder of his career.

  • Oldguyy

    His assist percentage will have to improve markedly. It was only 10.05 last year, which is low for any guard, much less a point guard.

  • Oldguyy

    When you compare usage percentages with effective FG percentages or true shooting percentages, the thing that stands out from last season’s numbers is that Hulls needed to shoot more. That’s likely to happen this year if he plays the point less, since Ferrell’s adept at hitting the open man. I can see a team that was already a very efficient team becoming significantly more so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Whitehead/629284049 Daniel Whitehead

    My whole thing with Jordan is how many times can you remember lady year with less than 4 minutes left…our offense is stagnant and the other team is making a run and jordy hits a three so quickly you can’t blink. And sometimes with no created space whatsoever. It was probably only 3 or 4 times but it just seems like he always hit a huge three right when we needed it most.

  • http://twitter.com/dssnyder1 Doug Snyder

    with the stats mentioned in the article, makes me wonder how Hulls was left of the top 25. also, love the debate on who starts for IU. so much talent on this squad.
    it’s been a long time coming

  • DannerPerea

    Plus, he’s defending the rest of our awesome team everyday in practice. He’s going against most teams starting lineup in practice. His defense will show gains–my prediction for the season.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Jordy outplays Yogi &starts every game as a senior.

  • b_side

    Agree with Milla (with our without the o’s and m’s). There’s no reason to think our other starters can’t pick up the scoring load when he’s not in the game. As much as you talk about Jordy improving, the same can be said for Cody/VO/Sheehey on the offensive end.

    Completely disagree that this year’s team is built to outscore people. That would be my description of last year’s team – one devoid of the necessary quickness in the backcourt and size/athleticism on the front line (minus Cody of course) to be an elite defensive team.

    To live up to the hype, this team will demonstrate a marked improvement on the other side of the ball. With all due respect to Jordy, that’s just not his game due to limited physical attributes.

    The Carolina comparison is interesting, but remember what kind of point guard led those teams to the title: Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson. I’m not saying Yogi is first round material, but from a speed standpoint, he certainly is.

  • Knuckledrager

    Jordy is the perfect Hoosier. He is a hoosier born and bred. He has, since I’ve been watching him, always demanded to best from himself. He has always been an asset to a team. And, made a team better by being on it. IMO he is the first band-aid applied to the wound that was Sampson. A Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana. I’m not sure if he lead the state in any category, but, his teams won back to back state championships. And, if I were able, I would bare/bear (I don’t think either is right,or maybe both are right) his children. Come on friday. I feel like it’s almost Christmas. GGGGGgggggggOOOooooooo HHHhhOOOoooOooooSsssIIiEEEEEeeeeRRRRRSSS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kurtovermeyer Kurt Overmeyer

    Hulls is getting a bad and unfair rap about his D. I agree – he may be the worst on ball defender in the BIG – that being said, he is the best team D guard in the BIG. And I would remind my fellow Hoosiers that Mike Bibby and Steve Nash have made great careers in the NBA as mediocre on ball defenders who get in a lot of passing lanes and cause a lot of havoc on D. Jordan could be much better on ball – but he is pretty solid off the ball and both matter.

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