Montreal rewind: Nick Zeisloft

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Welcome to “Montreal rewind,” our player-by-player recap from Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada. Today: Nick Zeisloft.

When Nick Zeisloft emerged as a potential offseason addition for Indiana, the move was met with plenty of skepticism from Indiana fans. With limited scholarships available, why were the Hoosiers looking to add the seventh leading scorer from Illinois State with two years of eligibility remaining?

Over five games in Canada, we learned exactly why as Zeisloft showed that he’s capable of being a valuable piece for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 8.8 points and hit 11 of the 20 shots he attempted from behind the 3-point line. On a team with plenty of perimeter players who can create off the dribble, a shooter like Zeisloft holds tremendous value when ball handlers drive and kick.

And after working with the team for only few practices before departing for Canada, it did not appear as though Zeisloft needed much time to get incorporated with his teammates.

“He’s feeling his way,” Tom Crean explained. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 21, 22, 42, 52, you walk in a new environment and it’s going to be different. But we have high expectations for Nick, extremely high expectations for him. Like I said when we started studying his film when this became a possibility, we felt there was a lot on the table left for him. There is and we’re going to keep pushing him, but I think he really wants it and he’s an extremely hard worker.”

Beyond the shooting, Zeisloft picked his spots a few times and got to the rim and also set up teammates for a total of 10 assists in five games.

On a team that was extremely limited in terms of perimeter shooting options a season ago, the addition of Zeisloft along with James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson should totally change IU’s backcourt.

“He’s definitely a big contributor to our team. We definitely need him,” Blackmon Jr. said after IU’s win over Carleton. “He is leading us and being a big vocal guys that brings us together in the huddle. We definitely need that.”

It says a lot for how Zeisloft is viewed by his teammates that they made it a point to find him routinely throughout the five-game slate and that Tom Crean is already talking about him as being one of the leaders of the group.

“I think Nick is going to be a fantastic leader,” Crean said. “It’s going to take him a little while to get used to and get comfortable and all those things with the team, but we’re highly confident that he will.”

  • CreanFaithful

    I love his response when being asked if the corner three was his shot. “Behind the line is my shot.” It’s going to be raining 3’s in B-town this fall.

  • shknqk

    Nick SheeHulls

  • Alford Bailey

    The smart answer. The corner three is frowned upon in Creans offense.

  • Alford Bailey

    Whats the latest on Kasongo ? Apparently LSU is out I’ve heard.

  • ForeverIU

    He’s visiting us on Monday, and Emmitt Holt on Tuesday. I also heard LSU is out; someone said their international admissions is already closed, lol.

  • Bryce Kepner

    You must not have followed the feeds from the games in Canada then, because there were TONS of corner threes

  • FinEndNow

    And Jeremy April remains a complete mystery to just about everyone in the world. Who is Jeremy April?! What can he do for us this year? We need an update on the mystery man.

  • David Macer

    Its Jeremiah, not Jeremy. And he was hurt, left ankle sprain.

  • inLinE6

    Crean didn’t want anybody take the corner 3 at least last year. That may have changed with so many good shooters on the team this year.

  • inLinE6

    You have to get his name right at least…. Jeremiah. But I agree that if he’s injured and can’t contribute right away, we’re wasting a scholarship. Peter wouldn’t be much worse if he had stayed.

  • SCHoosier

    Not apparently for this group given the number of corner shots taken on the trip and specific plays run to get people like Priller open in the corner. A new day?

  • Miamihoosier

    If they signed Holt and Kasongo, someone comes off scholarship. I thought the Ron Patterson deal was kind of shady, but I’ve never heard of a kid losing his spot 2 weeks before school starts. It’s speculative, but I could see Crean doing it. If it makes us better, I’ll take it, but dang, that’s cut throat.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Jeremy April probably is a mystery man because there is no Jeremy April on the team

  • Bryce Kepner

    Well outside of Yogi, no one could hit an outside shot last year so of course Crean didn’t want anyone taking a corner three last year hahah

  • Bryce Kepner

    New update on Kasongo…He is not coming. Doesn’t have the GPA

  • FinEndNow

    Don’t ask me why I was thinking Jeremy. But it is at least close to Jeremiah except for the last 3 letters.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Just giving you a hard time

  • marcusgresham

    That’s how much of a mystery he is!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Agreed…we haven’t seen near enough of this team (that is going to change and mature between now and November) to draw conclusions but I think comments like Alford Bailey’s “the corner three is frowned upon in Creans offense” might need to go away. Tom Crean hasn’t had a team like this in his time at IU (strong perimeter shooters, potentially elite backcourt, weak frontcourt) and I don’t think we have a clear idea of what this team’s offensive philosophy or approach to specific things (like corner 3’s) is going to be.

  • skotchie

    He zieses he dieses he lofts!

  • Outoftheloop

    Part of the “questioning” of Nick as a valuable recruit was the lack of accuracy about his 3-point shooting stats during his last season at IL St. I read, here and in other Newspapers, everything from 33%-40.7% What are the facts? But it is now a moot question. We have some real evidence: the kid is a valuable and much needed leader, he has good basketball skills as a well-rounded player, he can stroke the 3 ball. Excellent recruit!

  • Outoftheloop

    Not an “update”, you need patience. Wait until he has played in some games. This “rush to judgment” is silly and unseemly. He is a freshman!

  • Outoftheloop

    The scholarship is for FOUR years! So if he is suffering an ankle injury for 2-3 weeks “we’re wasting a scholarship”? You are absurd!

  • Outoftheloop

    He can’t qualify academically.

  • Outoftheloop

    It never happened. It never was going to happen. Worry about the real not the hypothetical terrible.

  • Outoftheloop

    Not any more!

  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly.

  • inLinE6

    Did we know if Peter was going to suffer a leg injury for 2-3 weeks or 2-3 years when we signed him? He had a record of injuries that’s why he missed the senior season in HS but we still signed him, why? Because we thought it was a short-term issue. I was never optimistic on foot/leg injuries on big man. Their bodies are too fragile. Not saying anything negative against Jeremiah. He’s a Hoosier now and I’m pulling for him no matter what. I’m just not buying the choice of subbing an injured big man with another.

  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly, last season. Would you want Yogi and Noah buried in the corner? Would you want anyone else shooting 3’s last season? Sounds like rational coaching to me.

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