The Inside the Hall Mailbag: December 6

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. 

@Tbrown1820 writes: from last week. Jordy Hulls got a shot at NBA if he continues playing at this level?

I would like to think he has a shot. Hulls is a leader and, in my opinion, the best shooter in college basketball this season. And as we’ve seen with certain players in the past, if you can shoot it, there’s always a spot for you. Now, Hulls has his drawbacks which everyone is aware of. He’s not great defensively, he’s not as quick as NBA guards, and he’s only 6-foot. I don’t see him getting drafted, but I think he’s a guy that will get picked up on someone’s Summer League team and have a chance to make an NBA roster.

I think he’s a better player than Travis Diener, who Tom Crean got to the NBA during his time at Marquette. He’s also a better player than Ben Hansbrough, who is currently on the Pacers roster. Just imagine him as a member of the Miami Heat. He would get open shots all the time without having to do much to get open. I’d like to see him get a chance. – Justin Albers

@NMalone23 writes: Will Derek Elston serve much of a purpose when he returns? Team could be in a groove by then.

I don’t think there’s any doubt that Elston is going to have a role on this team. It may not mean playing as many minutes or scoring as much as in the past, but as a senior, he’s emerged as one of the leaders on this team. Crean has talked about Elston being vocal in practice and Elston’s personality is such that he is well liked and respected by his teammates.

I think his role may transition a bit from potential scorer off the bench to being expected to do more rebounding and defensive work down on the block. While he’s certainly capable of coming in and knocking down shots from the perimeter, Indiana’s personnel has evolved to a point where Elston is probably a third or fourth option at best, even if he’s in the game with other bench players. — Alex Bozich

@Perpetualcoffee writes: should hulls shoot more?

If you asked me this question before the season, I’d say “yes” without question. Hulls was always kind of hesitant to shoot at times last season when maybe he should have let it go. But early on this season, Hulls has been shooting more than he has in the past, and that’s good to see. When he sees any sort of an opening, he has been letting it go. Plus, on this team, with plenty of people able and willing to take the shots, I don’t think there are many more shots available for him. As long as he’s taking 6-8 shots a game, the Hoosiers should be in good shape. — Justin Albers

@ryanmkost writes: do you agree in the process of oversigning IU has done and in general for all programs across the country?

I don’t have an issue with it and as much as some don’t like this explanation, the numbers have always worked out. My opinion is that it’s better to be well prepared for potential departures (like the NBA or transfers) and be able to fill the roster to the scholarship limit of 13 each year.

Opponents of the practice like to say that a player could potentially be left out in the cold, but if you look at the players who have left the program over the past few years, that’s never been the case. When speaking at Huber Farms last summer about the topic, Crean said that “roster management is here to stay,” so it shouldn’t be surprising if Indiana continues to oversign in the coming years. — Alex Bozich

Adam writes via email: Great site guys…a question I have concerns Remy Abell. What limitations keep him from playing more minutes? I have long said starting him (with Jordy) shores up the perimeter D from the jump. Since we play the game of attrition early (some would say start slow) we could then bring in Will and Yogi to provide a huge change-of-pace spark. Thoughts???

Abell has provided a nice, efficient scoring spark off the bench for the Hoosiers, but Yogi simply brings too much else to the floor to warrant any change to the starting rotation. No Hoosier sees the floor like the Park Tudor grad; he’s a true point guard with vision and quickness. These skills are important for a team with so many offensive weapons.

And I’d argue Ferrell — despite playing primarily in a 2-3 zone defense in high school — has displayed an ability to play strong, pesky on-ball defense. As long as Ferrell’s on the team, it’s unlikely Abell ever climbs ahead of him in the rotation. — Ryan Corazza

@lybarger602 writes: who do you feel has been the surprise player and team in both the big ten and country thus far?

For surprise team in both the Big Ten and the country, I’ll go with Illinois. Not much was expected out of the Illini in year one of the John Groce era, but they won Maui and are up to No. 13 in the country. We’ll see how legit Illinois is this weekend as they travel to Spokane for a meeting with Gonzaga.

My surprise player in the Big Ten thus far would be Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas. He’s been on an absolute tear from the perimeter (21-of-33 from 3) and is averaging 13.9 points on the No. 3 team in the country. Who could have predicted that? In the country, I’ll go with Duke’s Mason Plumlee. He’s always been a very good prospect, but he’s putting it all together right now. A case can certainly be made for Plumlee as the national player of the year at this point of the season as he’s averaging 19.7 points, 10 boards and close to two blocks per game. — Alex Bozich

Jenni Colson Gaines writes: Where I can get one of the posters with all the team on it? I would like to give one as a gift to one of the residents at the nursing home I work for.

Here’s the link: Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Men’s Large Calendar Alex Bozich

  • Oldguyy

    Ferrell’s assist percentage is twice that of Abell (28.6 vs. 14.5). With the scorers IU has, the offense runs best with a pass-first point guard, in my opinion.

  • disqus_j99D6j0Ouy

    I love Jordan Hulls, we all do. Might be my favorite player on this team, but lets be realistic. He is not better than Travis Diener OR Ben Hansbrough. He may be just as valuable to this team, but based on stats alone, not even close.

    http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/player/marquette/travis-diener/2003-2004
    http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/player/notre-dame/ben-hansbrough

  • disqus_j99D6j0Ouy

    I love Jordan Hulls, we all do. Might be my favorite player on this team, but lets be realistic. He is not better than Travis Diener OR Ben Hansbrough. He may be just as valuable to this team, but based on stats alone, not even close.

    http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/player/marquette/travis-diener/2003-2004
    http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/player/notre-dame/ben-hansbrough

  • Brian Evans

    what is an “absolute tear”? is it more than a partial tear, or less than an infinite tear? does it contrast with a conditional tear?

  • shknqk

    Beauty of elston this year is he won’t be needed in the interior. He will be able to get up shots on the perimeter with his feet set. And if he’s not filling it early, he won’t be forced to stay on the court longer than necessary.

    I like that we can see if he’s rolling bc when he is, he can be real nice on the court.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    No question Ferrell belongs on the court as much as possible. I love Remy and he is close to being my favorite player on the team. Yogi needs the court time as much as possible to continue to grow his game for future seasons at Indiana. IMO nothing is more valuable than game experience in Yogi’s case.

    Yogi is in a wonderful situation. He came in highly touted with expectations, but with the experience we had in the stable with our existing guards on the roster it eliminated any pressure of absolutely having to be the guy right away. Obviously, production is expected at some point, but he can learn and progress naturally at his pace, and he will be better for it in the long run.

  • jayrig5

    Their usage rates were a lot higher than Hulls, I don’t think a strictly per game analysis is the best way to compare them. That doesn’t mean I disagree with you. Personally I think he’s better than Eddie House, who has somehow had a 12+ year NBA career.

  • jayrig5

    Their usage rates were a lot higher than Hulls, I don’t think a strictly per game analysis is the best way to compare them. That doesn’t mean I disagree with you. Personally I think he’s better than Eddie House, who has somehow had a 12+ year NBA career.

  • bayer45

    Hulls 3 point percentage is better than hansborough and diener and those guys got way more minutes than hulls, you give hulls another 7 or 8 min a game is ppg would be higher. Hulls improves every year and with his quick release i think hed be a perfect fit for the heat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.pennington.547 Dave Pennington

    I thought he meant terror, not tear….I could be wrong.

  • b_side

    Don’t think it’s a fair comparison either. Jordy struggled at times playing point guard last season. A lot of pressure is off him this year with the addition of Yogi and he’s greatly benefited Not only were Diener and Hansbrough great scorers, but they had to run the offense and get players involved.

  • b_side

    Hulls is a shooting guard now. They are both point guards. I understand that Hulls’ assists numbers are solid, but it’s Yogi doing the heavy lifting to amplify Jordy’s skills.

    The true sign of a great point guard is making the players around him better.

  • Geoff_85

    Might as well be apples and oranges. Indiana doesn’t rely on Jordan Hulls. I guess what I mean is that the offense doesn’t HAVE to flow through him. It does so because he facilitates himself to create often times, but the offense doesn’t have to go through him because every other backcourt player can create shots for everyone.

  • bayer45

    Im not sure what you mean when you say Hulls is a sg now, they are both point guards, which one is he? Hulls shot almost 50% from the 3 last year without Yogi. I do agree that Ferrell makes it easier on Hulls, but to say yogi is doing the “Heavy Lifting” is absurd. Hulls is the leader on this team and he’s been playing like an all american. Like every player in the country the more talent you have on their team the better the player is. I think Lebron would amplify Jordan’s skills quite a bit

  • IUeconAlum

    Yogi is a better distributor, Remy is a better scorer. The defense appears to be the same to me. I like the current rotation going on with them. We are winning :)

  • Oldguyy

    I think that sometimes we forget that Elston is a pretty good rebounder. He was second on the team in defensive rebound percentage last year, behind Watford (and ahead of Zeller).

  • BlakeD1223

    Here’s the question….. If the game is down to the wire and Jordan is on the Heat, who are you going to kick the ball out too? Jordan or Ray Allen? Would Jordan even be in the game at that time? I love Jordan, I hope he goes to the NBA and becomes a great player. I just think his height may hurt him in the NBA. He’s a type of player that would possible be better off the ball. Coming off of screens to get his shot much like Ray Allen and Reggie Miller have always done. At a shooting guard in the NBA he’d be way undersized and may get torn apart on defense.

    With that said, I do think he could supply 6-9 points to many teams in the NBA. It would just have to be the perfect situation.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I know this was not an epiphany by any stretch of the imagination but prior to the season I felt that Yogi’s presence on the court would push Jody’s and Cody’s scoring numbers through the roof. Thus far, Jody has probably benefited more than Cody but that should start to equal out as the season goes on.

    Another impact that Yogi has had on Jody’s game is that it seems Jody is more confident in attempting some of his no look passes than he has been in the last couple of seasons.

  • b_side

    I meant exactly what I said. Hulls was a point guard last year. He brought the ball up, he ran the offense. This year, that’s Yogi’s job. When a basket is scored by the opposing team, who gets the ball on the inbounds pass to initiate the offense? Jordy is a benefactor of Yogi’s dribble penetration more times than not. How many more wide open looks does Jordy get as a result of not having to get others involved 100% of the time?

    I never said Yogi was the “leader”, but doing the “heavy lifting” of bringing the ball up and pressuring the opposing point guard full court (which Hulls does do on occasion when Yogi is on the bench) does free up Jordy to maximize his skills. In essence, Jordy doesn’t have to overexert himself on defense and can save his legs for late game heroics. That is my definition of “heavy lifting.” If you disagree that’s fine. But to say it is absurd is, quite frankly, absurd.

  • ronb

    I think it is interesting that all the posters who said Yogi was a super star and that Hulls would not start are gone now. I tried to tell them that a player like Cody Zeller comes along very seldom. Most freshman need time to adjust to the college game, but everyone kept saying not Yogi! Well 8 games in and I was right. Yogi is going to be a super star but there is a learning curve. His assists are there and his on ball defense is great allowing him to guard taller guards with no problem, but he is in a terrible shooting slump. Just .265 overall and only .125 from 3. He has a nice stroke from the F/T line which says he should be a good shooter. He needs a break out scoring game to get his confidence back. Right now it is Hulls who leads the team in assists to turnover ratio, shooting .557 from the field and .533 from 3. Hulls also has improved his defense and has 11 steals to Yogi’s 3. I love Yogi and he will be a stud for IU but it will some time just like it takes most freshman to feel totally comfortable with their shot. ALso, those of you who told me that Hulls and Yogi could not play at the same time were wrong also. Yogi and Hulls are playing off each other greatly and IU is a hard match up with them Cody,Vic and Will on the court together. IMHO that is our best energy lineup and if Remy and Cwat lead the charge from the bench we are unstoppable.

  • marcusgresham

    He’s caucasian, so he’s already on Minnesota’s radar.

  • marcusgresham

    Good point to bring perspective. People seem to forget, four years ago we were weighing the options of Daniel Moore and Brett Finkelmeyer, no disrespect to either of them.

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