HD Video: Kenny Johnson, IU players preview Sam Houston St.

Indiana junior Will Sheehey, junior Victor Oladipo and assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson met with the media Wednesday to preview Thursday’s game at Assembly Hall with Sam Houston State.

Watch and listen to all three press conferences in the embedded media players below:

  • Mop Lady

    there were some cynics when Coach Kenny joined the IU Family, and I bet they’ve all ran into their closets now!

    BIG THANK YOU, COACH KENNY!

  • Pritch24

    Will is coming across as being really arrogant in these interviews. There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance, there’s no need to be rude to these reporters. Sorry if I’m about to get a lot of down votes, but his first few answers were just a huge turnoff for me. Vic and Cody are always so good and humble and then Will’s up there almost seemingly talking down to these guys. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

  • Oldfan

    Don’t Will and Victor look like they just love doing interviews.

  • jwcasey

    Really? I loved it. Will is a pre-law major and an extremely sharp kid, I’m sure he’ll be an attorney after his basketball career ends similar to Jay Bilas (whether that includes the NBA for Will or not).

    Yeah, I agree that the first few questions felt like it was a deposition; but really those were inexact and lazy questions, confidence or arrogance had nothing to do with his responses.

    The reporter may as well have asked, “I need a quote for the final paragraph of my next article regarding IU’s focus on improving defense, can you please provide that material for me?”

  • Oldguyy

    Let’s hope he has a far higher calling than to be a lawyer.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I was a cynic and a doubter. No longer (the Troy Williams commit completely reversed that).

  • indigodoc

    Will was just channeling his inner Bobby in prep for the big date on Monday Knight.

  • indigodoc

    Will was just channeling his inner Bobby in prep for the big date on Monday Knight.

  • Miamihoosier

    There is something a little off with Will. Fouling out against Bryant with 3 fouls in 48 seconds, more bad fouls against Dakota, and then the 2nd interview this season where he just comes off as a jerk. I don’t know what it is, he has been one of my favorite players over the last 2 years. Any guess as to why would just be pure negative speculation, so I’ll save it, but I really hope he finds a way to find enjoyment out of the year, and learns to save the inner A hole for our opponents…..If Shabazz was eligible, I think we’d see Will start over Hulls in the UCLA game, just bc of the pure size of that team.

  • Miamihoosier

    There is something a little off with Will. Fouling out against Bryant with 3 fouls in 48 seconds, more bad fouls against Dakota, and then the 2nd interview this season where he just comes off as a jerk. I don’t know what it is, he has been one of my favorite players over the last 2 years. Any guess as to why would just be pure negative speculation, so I’ll save it, but I really hope he finds a way to find enjoyment out of the year, and learns to save the inner A hole for our opponents…..If Shabazz was eligible, I think we’d see Will start over Hulls in the UCLA game, just bc of the pure size of that team.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    These guys are just college kids, not professional interviewers. Sheehey was yawning at the beginning, he would much rather be sleeping, As would I, if I had a full course load in pre law and had to practice everyday.

    I never really understood why they do these pregame interviews with players anyway, and ask them broad questions about game strategy that should be directed at the coaching staff. The post game interviews are more interesting, because they can talk about what actually just happened on a personal level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.fritz.39 Corey Fritz

    Will is just being Will and an upperclassman. He even looked unhappy coming out of the gates with his name called and the crowd cheering at Hysteria. He’s a competitor who doesn’t take much sh+t

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.fritz.39 Corey Fritz

    Like Kenny’s honest comments. What we expected but also with some insight-fulness as far as what’s in the mind of an East Coast student’s prospective on Indiana Basketball and the generation gaps. Looks like Crean, Johnson, and visits to the “Hall” are the “Gap” fillers for now. I think we’ll be on the map from now and many years to come.

  • Eastwood88_2

    I have felt the same about Will. My feeling is simple. Not getting enough floor time. Granted his fouls did not help him. Hope he gets 25 min tonight and leads us in points.

  • IULaw10

    Easy, fella. IU has two good law schools, and I’m far from the only attorney that follows ITH.

    Also, a contemptuous and argumentative disposition is hardly the sign of a promising legal career. I’d agree with Pritch24 that Will seemed less like an attorney and more like a jerk. I’m sure Vic also had better things to do than to speak with the media, but he remained gracious about it.

  • IULaw10

    Easy, fella. IU has two good law schools, and I’m far from the only attorney that follows ITH.

    Also, a contemptuous and argumentative disposition is hardly the sign of a promising legal career. I’d agree with Pritch24 that Will seemed less like an attorney and more like a jerk. I’m sure Vic also had better things to do than to speak with the media, but he remained gracious about it.

  • http://twitter.com/BNLcoachFLY Josh

    Lets not forget he is a college kid still. #1 team, pre-law major, probably lots of distractions on and off campus right now. I did not think he came across as a jerk as much as I just felt he came across as he was distracted or bothered by something which due to aforementioned items is probably understandable.

  • SCHoosier

    Know what you mean..but I think he’s also bought in to Crean’s description of “having an edge”..and being a bit of a hard-a__. That not withstanding..anytime a player talks to the media he is presenting the school and SELLING the program…and should act accordingly. Of course we once had a coach who dismissed any of that silly thinking.

  • SCHoosier

    Know what you mean..but I think he’s also bought in to Crean’s description of “having an edge”..and being a bit of a hard-a__. That not withstanding..anytime a player talks to the media he is presenting the school and SELLING the program…and should act accordingly. Of course we once had a coach who dismissed any of that silly thinking.

  • SCHoosier

    Will’s foul troubles will continue if he continues “reaching” and using his hand /arm as a “bar” when defending on the move. And the next time he whines about a call throwing his arms around etc..Creans needs to sit his butt down..cause B-10 officials aren’t gonna tolerate that kind of thing..and the last thing IU needs is a tech in a big game at the wrong time. And I LOVE the kid and what he brings..but.

  • gerald

    I love everything Will said. He is keeping this team focused and knowing they have to bring the same energy every single night every single play. Having guys like him can be the difference between good teams and National Championship teams.

  • MillaRed

    I think Will would rather eat glass than address the media. It’s been like that from day one. I also think the first 5 questions lacked imagination.

    Thing is, we’re all different. Take Will’s personality away and you will see a different player on the court. He’s here to play hoops not win a popularity contest.

    But I know what you are saying. He could do a little better than this. And usually does.

  • MillaRed

    I think Will would rather eat glass than address the media. It’s been like that from day one. I also think the first 5 questions lacked imagination.

    Thing is, we’re all different. Take Will’s personality away and you will see a different player on the court. He’s here to play hoops not win a popularity contest.

    But I know what you are saying. He could do a little better than this. And usually does.

  • MillaRed

    When I think of you, I think cynic and doubter. I just wish you were a better person.

  • MillaRed

    Or, he is not handling this #1 ranking very well. Success is not always easy to deal with. We’ve all been there.

    Boy we really are reaching for things to complain about aren’t we? (me included)

  • jwcasey

    I sincerely hope Oldguyy’s comment was made in jest, given his username I’m willing to afford him the benefit of the doubt.

    I too am an attorney, receiving my legal education from our fine institution in Bloomington, as well as my undergraduate degree. Given your username, I presume you received your JD recently. After you’ve practiced for a while you’ll learn that playing basketball at IU is all you need for a promising legal career.

  • dbmcubs21

    Correct me if I’m wrong but pre-law is not a major. Most potential law students are business majors (which will is not) or poly-sci majors (not the toughest major on iu’s campus). Not trying to discredit will or anyone else but let’s not act like he is in law school.

  • dbmcubs21

    Correct me if I’m wrong but pre-law is not a major. Most potential law students are business majors (which will is not) or poly-sci majors (not the toughest major on iu’s campus). Not trying to discredit will or anyone else but let’s not act like he is in law school.

  • Alex

    I noticed it last year with the pep rally the team held after the sweet 16 loss. Everyone on the team gave high fives and interacted with the fans before going to the stage to give a speech, but Will walked straight down the aisle without even looking at the fans. He was also the only one who didn’t stick around to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans as well. It really hit a nerve with me.

  • b_side

    Because members of the media need quotes on game days too (or any other day for that matter), not just post game for the morning after. It gives people like Alex things to report on because people like us are constantly reading on a 24/7 news cycle. In fact, one could argue that without the media, athletes wouldn’t be earning what they are today.

    I’m sure they’d rather be home sleeping, playing video games or chasing tail, but in the grand scheme it’s a small sacrifice that can lead to a grossly overpaid job.

  • CreanFaithful

    Agree. VO is effective because he takes his chances while his man is in front of him… Will often waits until his man is driving north to south. Even if you get a clean pick in this sort of situation, it will often be called a foul. He needs to focus on moving his feet and keeping his man in front of him. Stop the penetration, then go for the steal.

  • CreanFaithful

    Agree. VO is effective because he takes his chances while his man is in front of him… Will often waits until his man is driving north to south. Even if you get a clean pick in this sort of situation, it will often be called a foul. He needs to focus on moving his feet and keeping his man in front of him. Stop the penetration, then go for the steal.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Grandpa, is that you?

  • J Hurst

    I actually like Will more after watching this; he’s not arrogant, just honest. Those reporters were awful. But please knock it off with the little three finger salute every time you hit a three pointer, Will! And Vic, no more stupid “I’m watching you” fingers every time you dunk it! That is arrogant, unsportsmanlike and it’s not IU.

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