That’s A Wrap: Will Sheehey

  • 04/07/2014 9:56 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Will Sheehey.

Sheehey (31 games):  11.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 blocks, 53.0% eFG, 69.0% FT in 30.3 minutes per game.

This was a transition season for Will Sheehey. After three seasons of being Indiana’s sixth man, the Hoosiers’ spark of energy off the bench, the 2013-2014 season was meant to be Sheehey’s year as Indiana’s senior leader. The one who would help carry the young Hoosiers to on-court success, through scoring and through leadership.

Co-captaining the Hoosiers with sophomore Yogi Ferrell, that is exactly what Sheehey did, starting 31 of Indiana’s 32 games (missing just the Michigan State road game with an ankle injury). He left as one of the fan favorites on a team that struggled with inconsistencies all season. But Sheehey’s road to the end wasn’t as smooth as he might have liked it to be.

Before the season even began, Sheehey injured an ankle at adidas Nations while colliding with Kansas freshman Joel Embiid during a counselor game. In October, he was dealing with a groin injury, according to Indiana coach Tom Crean.

And in the opening months of the 2013-2014 season, Sheehey dealt with offensive inconsistencies. In the first 20 games of the season, Sheehey scored fewer than six points on seven separate occasions. He shot better than 50 percent or better from the field in only 11 of IU’s first 20 games.

But all the while, Sheehey held value in being an on-court leader for the Hoosiers. He helped others in practice. He held others accountable. He was active on the court. “It was guys like Will that changed that culture with their work ethic, with their energy, with their edge,” Crean said. “And he continues to do that to this day.”

Toward the end of the season, Sheehey eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark in a 10-point effort at Purdue. He scored his career-high 30 points in a 93-86 win against Iowa on Feb. 27. And in the final 10 games of the season, Sheehey found offensive rhythm, scoring double digits in nine of those games.

Bottom Line: Will Sheehey leaves Indiana with 1,120 points, the 36th-most by a player in program history. He also leaves as one of the most well-liked Hoosiers — he was never necessarily about the attention, rather the desire to win. And though his senior season certainly had its ups and downs, leaving without a postseason, Sheehey does depart Indiana with a mark on the program’s history.

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  • calbert40

    From a lowly ranked recruit from Florida that most of us were disappointed in Crean for signing to one of the most important players in the rebuilding years of the program. Thanks for everything you did here, Will.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Nice career and fan favorite! He didn’t meet many expectations but did well with what he was given.

    A few things that hindered him this year; young/inexperienced team, exerted a lot of energy on D (best defender on 3/4 opponents), fatigue (he and Yogi had to be on the floor), and lastly played too much on the perimeter (he was needed out there with this team but his game is cutting/slashing, finding space, being efficient mid-range and closer).

  • Hoosier Hall

    We’re gonna miss that guys work ethic and intensity. I hope we have some guys who can continue that culture and be a spark in games. Stan showed flashes of being a fireball in some games and Devin goes all out. We need that kind of attitude for sure. Gonna miss you Will.

  • dwdkc

    Senior year was a bit disappointing from team and individual standpoint, but his overall career and impact were outstanding especially relative to initial expectations. Sounds like some lingering injuries threw off his offensive game some, also the lack of offensive and passing competence by his teammates other than Yogi which his slashing/cutting game required. But there are some great memories; the key contributor on a #1 team, the big shot against VCU in the NCAA, combining with Vic to really bring some athleticism and energy to the team and will always be a fan favorite. Well done on a fine IU career.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Oh, and we’ll always remember that dunk on Iowa and the look on Will and Victors faces! Priceless!

  • Outoftheloop

    I just love everything about Will Sheehey! I will miss his cocky energy and passion with fun the most. Will has a great future: basketball (all he needs is to hit the pro 3 at 40%); doctor, lawyer, business, etc. Thanks for four great years Will!

  • SCHoosier

    That game winning jump shot against VCU insures Will’s Hoosier legacy. Tough minded kid. Loved watching him play in that All-Star game this past weekend. He smiled the whole time…ran the floor..not a ball hog but scored and made some great passes. Anybody know what the NBA profiles are on him right now? My guess is he will have to play overseas..or maybe just go directly into law school?

  • Outoftheloop

    Is there no shame to these negative posts: “He didn’t meet many expectations”? Let’s see, he was rated Rivals #141 coming out of HS, he leaves IU as the #36 all time leading scorer with 1120 points; he is the “Poster Boy” for four year improvement: yr#1 pts 4.8, FG% .484, 3-pt% .304, reb 2.1, team record 12-20; yr#2 8.6, .505, .383, 3.1, 27-9; yr#3 9.5,.486,.346, 3.5, 29-7; yr#4 11.4, .472, .330, 4.0, 17-15. To call your comment “silly” is the kindest I can come up with!

  • Disco_Briscoe

    “That’s a wrap”…last season…You really are out of the loop?

    Relax buddy! A lot of people had extremely high, unrealistic expectations of the kid.

  • RUTuffEnuff

    He will be successful in whatever it is he chooses to do. Thanks for everything Will.

  • Guest

    Alex – Do you know Will plans to do after he graduates? I had heard he was going to law school at one point. But he is good enough to play overseas, right?

  • Banner#6

    Alex – Do you know what Will plans to do after he graduates? I had heard he
    was going to law school at one point. But he is good enough to play
    overseas, right?

  • Outoftheloop

    I a’nt your “buddy” buddy!

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    Surprisingly, Will has stated that he has no interest in coaching.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    I admire the passion and intensity Will brought to the team, but have to admit his senior season was far from what I was hoping for – very inconsistent and didn’t show much improvement from the previous season.

  • Outoftheloop

    He is way too smart for that! Maybe he will own an NBA franchise and employ Vic, Cody, Noah and a few others!

  • Speed

    A true blue collar basketball player. Worked his tail off and did all the little things. I am sure it was quite an adjustment from being a great sixth man to a full time player. Will indeed will be missed!

  • Cismaworld

    Could you imagine this kid in an offense that makes sense. A great driver to the basket, one of the best intermediate shooters I have ever seen, the highest jumping white kid on the planet and an intensity that every coach in college basketball could only dream about. Unfortunately the offense often broke down (very poor design) and Will was left going one on three to try to get a shot off. Will is everything an IU basketball player could be. It was joy to have had the opportunity to watch him for 4 years. We all saw what this kid could do when he finally got so frustrated with the offense and other players that he took over and just did what he was capable of doing. Best of Luck to you Will and thanks for the memories.

  • Erica Knuth

    We are going to miss everything Will brought to the court and the team. Best of luck Will. Thank you for being a Hoosier!

  • MikeinNC

    Think he’ll get drafted or ever play in the NBA?

  • Outoftheloop

    Not drafted, but yes, ultimately play in the NBA.

  • CutterInChicago

    One of my favorites in recent years. The man other teams loved to hate (but secretly would have loved him on their team’s roster). Thanks Will Sheehey.

  • Alford Bailey

    25 comments is all Wills “That’s A Wrap” can muster? Turryble.

  • marcusgresham

    I wanted so much more for Will in his senior year. Then again, he’s going to have a law degree, which he may not need to use because he could be playing pro basketball somewhere…or coaching, if that’s what he wants to do. Oh, and his girlfriend is beautiful, too. Will’s going to be OK.

  • marcusgresham

    If Derek Elston is earning a paycheck to play basketball Sheehey sure as hell can (no disrespect to Elston, I loved the kid.)