That’s A Wrap: Derek Elston

  • 04/15/2013 10:58 am in


Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Derek Elston.

Elston (19 games): 1.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 28.6% FG, 22.2% 3PFG, 70.0% FT in 6.3 minutes per game.

When Derek Elston looks back at his senior season at Indiana, he will likely feel a bit unfulfilled. There’s no doubt his final year in Bloomington turned out to be an opportunity missed.

Elston tore his meniscus before the season began, and he was never completely healthy again. It was a disappointing and frustrating year for Elston because he could have played an important role for the Hoosiers. He played well at times during his junior season and was looking forward to the opportunity to play on the perimeter more this season.

Elston played sparingly, and when he did get in, he struggled to knock down his open shots. He wanted to be part of it so much that he sometimes seemed to press and could never get in any real rhythm. He was much more important off the court for the Hoosiers this season and did what he could to help Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin learn the Indiana system and the college game.

Elston did not play in the Big Ten Tournament and played a total of only three minutes in Indiana’s final two NCAA Tournament games. It’s hard to watch Elston go out like that because his struggles came because of reasons out of his control.

Bottom line: Even though Elston struggled and didn’t have much of an on-court impact for the Hoosiers in his senior season, he will still be remembered for being part of the class that stuck it out and brought Indiana back. It doesn’t seem fair that Elston’s career ended the way it did, but he should be commended for persevering and sticking it through the good times and the bad.

PreviouslyHanner Mosquera-PereaPeter Jurkin, Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy HollowellCody Zeller, Remy AbellWill Sheehey, Victor Oladipo, Maurice Creek

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  • Props to Derek! He was a class act whose career didn’t go to plan, but he stood strong and was a critical part to rebuilding the IU basketball culture and bringing IU back to relevance. Thank you.

  • marcusgresham

    I hate it for both Derek and Mo that their careers were robbed by their bodies working against them. Have a feeling both will be successful adults, though.

  • MillaRed

    We rarely seemed to talk about this for one reason or another, but Derek’s injury was a huge blow to this team. He really made strides as a junior and we needed him to be that guy last year. We would have been the deepest team in the country with a healthy Elston. And who knows, maybe we have fresher legs in the end, maybe we don’t face Syracuse, maybe this, maybe that.

    His jumper was looking sweet as a junior. He was settling down defensively. Could have made a difference. Felt bad for the kid. Wish him the best.

  • SCHoosier

    Couldn’t agree more..a healthy DE would have been a huge boon for the Hoosiers. Not sure what his future holds..but if he can play overseas I hope he gets the chance.

  • What is Crean supposed to do? At the beginning of the year, Hanner, Peter, and Elston were all inelegible or sidelined with injury. It wasn’t until the Butler game the first two were made available and you saw the results. The consequences of their non playing time really made it hard for them to catch up. And poor Derek re-injured himself later on too, thus causing the lack of PT in those regards. If you saw the Purdue game at Mackey, in which we won by 37(!) points, Derek actually got valuable playing time and him and Mo both hit a few shots. Crean wasn’t showboating, we just had a lack of depth due to injuries. And once Austin Etherington went down, that hurt us even more. Some things aren’t worth nitpicking with Crean because he really didn’t have a choice.