What to watch for: Hoosier Hysteria

  • 10/24/2014 1:16 pm in

With the 2014 version of Hoosier Hysteria just a day away, the Inside the Hall team looks at three things to watch in Assembly Hall:

· A bigger focus on basketball: Hoosier Hysteria is never short on entertainment and there will be plenty of pyro and bright lights to ensure that element is still present, but you can also expect some enhancements to make the event better from a basketball perspective.

For example, the 3-point shootout is expected to be preceded by shooting drills so that the participants — James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, Max Hoetzel and Collin Hartman — are ready and warmed up before any shots go up.

Hysteria is also expected to include a brief scrimmage and a dunk contest. But unlike the last two years where the event seemed to drag on at times, this year’s version will focus more on shooting and tightening the script. It will be, we’re told, an “ode to fans.” — Alex Bozich

· A chance to get a first glimpse at offseason progress and the newcomers: Indiana’s trip to Canada in August gave us a sneak preview of what to expect heading into the 2014-2015 season, but neither Emmitt Holt or Hanner Mosquera-Perea made the trek, which still leaves some intrigue heading into Saturday.

Mosquera-Perea will be a player that many are excited to see in live action given the role he’s expected to take on as a junior. Will his progress jump out immediately?

The program has also added several high-level shooters like Blackmon Jr., Johnson and Zeisloft, who should help shore up a major deficiency of last year’s team. How all three of those guys operate in concert with point guard Yogi Ferrell is a major storyline heading into the season.

There’s also the intrigue of getting a glimpse at Troy Williams, who is expected to be thrust into a more prominent role after an offseason of improving his strength, conditioning and perimeter shooting. — Alex Bozich

· A major night for recruiting: Always an event that attracts high-profile recruits to Bloomington, this year’s Hoosier Hysteria will welcome several top prospects to Assembly Hall. Both class of 2015 commitments — Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby — will be in attendance, but this year’s group of Hoosier Hysteria attendees will feature several top uncommitted prospects, as well.

Leading that list is expected to be three top-100 prospects from Huntington Prep (W.V.), including 6-foot-11 forward Thomas Bryant. Bryant, of course, took an official visit to Indiana last weekend, and the No. 25 prospect in the 2015 class is expected to make his second trip to Bloomington in as many weekends. Joining Bryant will be juniors Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones. Bridges, a 6-foot-6 wing rated No. 23 in the 2016 class, according to the 247Composite, was offered by Indiana this past week. Jones, a 6-foot-3 guard also is expected to attend and the No. 56 prospect received an Indiana offer this week as well.

In addition to both Bridges and Jones, Rawle Alkins, the No. 30 prospect in the class, is expected to attend just a night after going to Villanova’s Midnight Madness, and it will be his first visit to Bloomington. 2016 Cathedral guard Eron Gordon also is expected to be in attendance.

The Hoosiers also plan on having top-25 2017 prospect Paul Scruggs in Blomington as well as his AAU teammate Zach Gunn and Fort Wayne Snider big man Malik Williams, among others. And, of course, there is always the possibility of other high-profile prospects showing up, though no names have been confirmed as of yet. Hoosier Hysteria always is an event important for Indiana’s recruiting, as it is a showcase of the atmosphere surrounding Hoosiers basketball. And though there might not be any imminent commitments looming, this year’s event will have several recruits in attendance that will take Indiana very seriously when making their college decisions. — Jordan Littman

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  • Hoosier Hall

    I think Troy takes the dunk contest easily. Last year I watched him sit in the judges seat and it was just killing him to not be in it. I’m picking a dark horse for the 3 point competition and since Priller won’t be in it, I’ll take Hoetzel FTW!

  • Kyl470

    If Troy loses the dunk contest I’d be shocked. Also I think Yogi wins the 3 point contest.

  • Kyl470

    Also I hope no one gets hurt. I know last year Stan got injured during the scrimmage. I don’t want to see a repeat of that.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    I got HannerTime winning the dunk contest with a thunder dunk that shatters the backboard! IU then takes out a Lloyd’s of London insurance policy to cover their newfound dunkmaster. Hanner sets a record this season with over 100,000 frequent flier miles on Air Colombia.

  • inLinE6

    Shocked??! Never overlook on Hanner. He was top10 recruit for a reason, provided that he couldn’t shoot. I won’t bet with my house but my money goes to Hanner.

  • Outoftheloop

    Why limit the 3-point contest to 6 players and leave Tim “Swish” Priller off? Let the kid show that he can put the shot IN!

  • inLinE6

    shhhhhhh…. He’s our secret weapon this year. Don’t tell anybody else he can shoot!

  • Hoosier Taxidermist

    I hope your right because that would mean he REALLY has improved. We know what Troy could do last year and with the inches he has added to his vertical leap he will be hard to beat, but if anyone on the team could beat Troy it would be Hanner. It’s like Christmas. Go Hoosiers!!!!!

  • hoosierfan2336

    I hope because air Colombia hasn’t flown much due to drunk pilots and faulty equipment

  • hoosierfan2336

    He wasn’t a top 10 recruit, but whatever his ranking # was certainly wasn’t indicative of what kind of player he was.

  • Kyl470

    Hanner could win, but he was not a top 10 recruit on any recruiting boards. Top 100, but not top 10.

  • inLinE6

    I’m pretty sure he was ranked top 10 at some point but dropped to 40+ in his senior year. Much like Troy. Athletic with raw talent.

  • hoosierfan2336

    He hasn’t shown anything yet on or off the court since he has been here to make anyone believe he can play at a competitive level. Hope he had a good summer.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Hey guys – don’t sleep on DD!!! He had impressive dunks last year.

  • TomJameson

    Not sure there is a dark horse in that group … lol

  • Bryce Kepner

    Well Hartman was ranked in the top 25 of his class his freshman year…but like much like Hanner being in the top top “at some point”..it doest really matter hahah

  • I really don’t think he was lower than top 25 on anybody’s board. He was very well regarded. But that was High School.. this is a notch above.. rankings are not always indicative of how they will perform at the next level.

  • SCHoosier

    I guess that Rivals rating of Hanner pretty much demonstrates how much those rating services REALLY DON’Tknow about the talent they rate.