Indiana’s freshman class is now on campus

  • 06/18/2015 9:56 am in

Phase two of Indiana’s offseason is about to receive an infusion of talent.

Recent videos posted to the program’s Snapchat account have showed returning players working with the coaching staff and new strength and conditioning coach Lyonel Anderson, but have yet to include the four incoming freshman.

But that will soon change as the four freshman – Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby and Harrison Niego – are now on campus.

This isn’t the first time the three scholarship freshman – Bryant, Morgan and Anunoby – have met. The three were teammates in April’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville, Kentucky.

Niego, a 6-foot-2 guard who played at Lyons Township in Illinois, is a walk-on who turned down multiple Division I scholarship offers to come to Bloomington. Lyons Township also produced Nick Zeisloft, who was a key contributor for IU last season and will be a redshirt senior this fall.

Earlier this month in his comments at Huber Winery, Tom Crean said it will be important for each of the newcomers to begin to “build their niche” quickly once arriving on campus.

“Build your niche based on how you compete, how you defend, how you rebound,” Crean said. “How you make the game easier for your teammates. The plays that you make not only for yourself, but that you make for others. And put that all together as a group and let’s see how far we can take it.”

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  • hoosier93

    It’s going to upset me that OG won’t get to wear his headband.

  • kris

    Love the pics. Great to know they’ve already played together (3 of them anyway)

  • TomJameson

    True that, and from everything I’ve heard the whole team is united with their goals. Man, it’s going to be a loooong offseason.

  • TomJameson

    You know, that is such a simple thing to get upset about … but I actually agree. LOL I just really don’t see what harm it does. Maybe it’s a negative visual looking thing that I just don’t understand.

  • Robert Golden

    When does college football start? #antsy

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    welcome, gentlemen! your stay in bloomington is beginning at an exciting time for iubb. this team’s got a great chance to make some noise!

  • IUBizmark

    I think it’s about the Indiana Basketball brand. Just like the court, the uniforms are clean and minimal. Player dress apparently must also comply.

  • David Macer

    2.5 months. Can’t wait for it !!

  • Robert Golden

    Is there anyway we can not speed up summer but still get college football started? I need my fix. Bad.

  • drunken_cardozo

    Wouldn’t be freshman if at least one of them wasn’t sporting a lanyard

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    my only reason for welcoming winter is INDIANA BASKETBALL!!

  • TomJameson

    While I can understand the “clean and minimal” reasoning, and mostly agree with it, I just think a headband can be made an exception. A plain, non-advertising, non-political headband. Maybe they need to create and issue (if wanted) an IU headband.

  • marcusgresham

    I just hope he loses the Redskins shirt. lol

  • Iumick22

    Nick’s little brother has the most muscular legs of the four.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Weird observation.

  • hoosier93

    What harm would a black headband do? It’d blend in with his hair. I don’t get it. Think it’s the stupidest rules to not let the players wear headbands and arm sleeves.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i would argue that og has the most muscular legs, but i won’t. 😉

  • Bk39

    These guys are winners, IU is going to be very good the next several years.

  • PDXHoosier

    If the Pritch can wear a t shirt 3 sizes too big i think headbands should be allowed

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    I would like to hear what CTC is going to do differently as far as his coaching methods to elevate this team to top 50 defense nationally. His answer is paramount to what he imparts to the entire squad to get them all on the same page immediately. Does he have drills outlined, tactics, consequences, etc? What will this chef prepare in the kitchen to deliver to satiate our appetite for results?!

  • MK

    that must mean they aren’t good basketball players. Dang it Crean!

  • So I’m guessin’ you’re into lookin’ at guy’s legs?… hmmmmm…lol…

  • IULore

    Yeah, headbands are actually useful

  • BC Hoosier

    “Does he have drills outlined, tactics, consequences, etc?”

    Do you really think D1 coaches show up and wing it? I visit ITH for its excellent coverage of IUBB and statements like this. Both are entertaining.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    You work @ McDonalds, right? So, how did those drills work out last year?! Duuuuuuuhhh.

  • BC Hoosier

    Again you make me laugh. Take a step back, read your post, and consider what you’re questioning. In your first post you’re questioning if a D1 basketball coach even has a plan for practicing. You want a top 50 defensive team, here are some numbers 84, 28, and 47. Those are IU’s AdjD numbers the three years prior to last year. You think they worked or drilled defense during that time. Facts say he can coach a top 50 defensive team.

  • BC Hoosier

    Now with the basketball talk out of the way, I’ll address your comment in regarding my employment.
    Don’t make it personal, it’s not a good look. You made a ridiculous comment and someone called you on it. Don’t make it worst by making another ridiculous comment about me working at McDonald’s. If you’re sensitive or have low self-esteem commenting and lashing out on an internet forums isn’t going to improve your self worth.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    so the payers who played had inert defensive coaching from past coaches. CTC recruited last years team and they were pathetic, he was responsible for their performance . . . thus his multi-million $ contract. Wut dont u get? I never mentioned he ‘winged’ anything, but he did not have his team deliver/perform up to even average expectations with all these’McDonald’s All Americans, etc. Wut dont u get dude? I play better defense, I leave it on the floor in intramural games. So I guess he is a D1 coach who sucked @ coaching a team he recruited last year is the takeaway?!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    So rocket scientist, u missed the whole McDonalds connection. I just saw Dave Chappelle last Wednesday, I think u were one, if not many, of his jokes. How does it feel?

  • BC Hoosier

    Let me get this right… the three previous years, you’re crediting former players’ high school coaches for their performance not CTC. But last years team you’re crediting CTC for their performance. You don’t see how that argument is flawed?

    CTC recruited all of the teams the last four years, not sure what that has to do with anything.

    As for last year’s team not “performing up to even average expectations”, that’s false. Last year’s team performed at a level that most in the media and on here thought they would. They may of even overachieved some if you look back at most predictions.

    Lastly, you continue to amaze me with these absurd comments. You play better D and leave it on the floor in…….INTRAMURALS! Please tell me you’re drunk. This comment is funny for two reasons…
    1. You think intramurals and D1 ball is even comparable.
    2. You play intramurals, meaning you’re still most likely in college and called me out on an earlier post about working at McDonald’s…HAHA!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    u r an idiot for giving credit to CTC after watching his dismal ingame coaching! Point is, even drunk, I play better defense than his team last year!

  • BC Hoosier

    I’m the idiot. You’re struggling to even put together a rational thought. No, the point is you play intramural basketball for a reason!

  • BC Hoosier

    What are you even talking about? Are you asking…How does it feel that I missed a connection you didn’t make?
    OR
    Are you asking…How I feel that some guy on the internet thinks Dave Chappelle used me as a source of inspiration.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Enjoy your weekend.

  • BC Hoosier

    Looks like someone sobered up. I remember the first time I got drunk and posted ridiculous stuff on the internet. Dont worry…only you and I (And ITH viewers) will know about the uninformed and ignorant stuff you posted.
    Drink water, hit the court this weekend, and keep improving that defense. The season (intramurals) starts in only seven months. Your roommates and you don’t want to be knocked off by Alpha Phi Alpha again this year, do you. PUT IN WORK!

  • iufan1957

    I am most definitely with you! Without IU basketball in the winter I would have to move.

  • Iumick22

    Well let me give you some other observations. OG is only about an inch shorter than Juwan, but has a totally different skill set. He reminds me of Bobby Wilkerson when the latter was in high school. During IU s 1975 and 76 years Wilkerson routinely shut down the opposing teams best offensive player. OG with his length has the ability to be a shut down defender. He can put the ball on the afloor, better now going to the right, but looks as though he could play the two guard. He has a nice stroke and is very athletic. Juwan has an instinct to be at the right place at the right time and will see minutes off the bench right away. He is the higher rated recruit, but to me OG has a greater upside. OG is like a Scotty Puppen, Chuck Person, or more recently Sam Dexker, Oladipo type. When I saw them play, Juwan had more points, but OG was the better defender, had to sit out a quarter due to foul trouble but still had more of an impact in the outcome of the game which his team won.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Those were totally sober posts. One year there are turnover issues, the next shitty D, seems like s college hoops soap opera, Why can’t CTC fix the issue during the season like most top 20 paid coaches?!?!? Get the point?

  • BC Hoosier

    You had an out and didn’t take it.. Now, I have to assume you’re that ridiculous all the time.

    This is college basketball. Coaches only get kids for a few years and then they move on. Team strengths and weaknesses will change year in, year out… its a different team.

    I started out by trying to support my argument with stats and facts. You didn’t want to acknowledge or hear any of it. You don’t really care what “drills and tactics” they use…you already stated you would never give credit to CTC for anything. You don’t want to talk basketball, you want to talk about your dissatisfaction with CTC. That’s fine, just come out and state that at the beginning of each post. That’s where you want to take the conversation anyways. And for the record, I’m not a CTC guy. I’m more indifferent when it comes to CTC. I like some things, hate others. If we don’t improve this year he should be gone. Until he is gone, everyone on here knows you don’t care for him as a coach. I “get it”, always have. I just don’t agree with what you posted. Please stop beating the horse.

  • Chappy Dan

    Niego is a tall man…yet he looks quite short!

  • Dmoe

    It’s obvious that you wasn’t paying attention to the game O.G is athletic But was not the Reason His Team Won. First bad play calling with 2:35 left in the game, then poorly placed substitution. Also they both had 16 points so far as O.G being a better defender that remains to be seen. To be effective at the next level u have to be more then one dimensional now that’s what Juwan has that O.G doesn’t

  • Dmoe

    Also Juwan lead the conference in blocks and steals in his position. Plus he can play the 2, 3,4 and 5 depending on the team. So do a little bit more research before you make statements like that. BB IQ is a must…..

  • Dmoe

    What a ridiculous comment do you know anything about the game?

  • MK

    Lol….I was kidding

  • Iumick22

    Seems as though you have an opinion on Jawan based on being a fan of Waynesville rather than a fan of IU. I was talking about the game in Jeff City.
    Jawan out scored OG by almost double figures. OG sat out the entire second quarter due to foul trouble.

    Here are my observations from the game. I had never seen them play before.
    Announced Morgan at six eight and OG at six eight. Looks to me that Morgan is 15 to 20 pounds heavier. Morgan blocks the first shot OG takes.
    Off a missed shot OG drives and dunks. Morgan fouled by OG. Waynesville in a zone. Morgan unforced turnover. Morgan steal and coast to coast bucket. OG picks up second foul. OG sits 1:05 left in first quarter.

    14-4 at the quarter Jeff. city up.

    Morgan assist nice pass. Morgan Posts j City fouls. Morgan operating down low. Scores again. Morgan again on a coast to coast. Lay in.

    14-10. Jeff city soph Number 21 is very heady. Looks like OG will sit till half.
    Morgan will have to get up and down the court much faster at IU.
    Morgan backs down and scores, and one misses.
    23-12 1:12 left in half. Halftime 23-15 Jeff City

    Second half. oG block on Morgan. 7:04 left OG three pointer from the corner.
    Morgan three from right corner. Morgan nice pass muffed. Morgan block offensive rebound and put back. 28-20 4:56 left. Morgan nice pass on fast break. 28-22. Morgan nice steal and technical foul. Missed free throw. Morgan drive from the corner and dunk. 28-26. Morgan block on OG. OG nice pass off a double team 3 pointer

    31-28
    31-30. Foul in back court Jeff shoots two first one good misses second.
    Waynesville holds for last shot hits. 33-32.

    Fourth quarter. oG blocks Morgan shot nice pass another nice pass by OG and score Jeff up 37-35. Inbounds to Morgan nice move to the basket with his left hand and is fouled. Makes one of two. Notice Tom Crean standing just off to the side of the basket.

    OG steal and dunk 41-36. OG air ball three. OG draws charge on Morgan44-36 3:23 to go.

  • Iumick22

    went to talk with Crean and told about my comparison to Wilkerson in high school. We had a nice two minute conversation while the game wound down. Told home I tout OG could play the two and he agreed. Had to leave to get back to St. Louis.

  • Iumick22

    Kirk Haston was a little more polished as a senior. His high school team was a lot better than either Jeff city or Waynesville. Jawan and Haston were very similar as High schoolers. OG reminds me of Vincent YarBorough at the same age.

  • Dmoe

    Once again both of them finished with sixteen points. Also it’s has nothing to do with being a Waynesville fan or Juwan fan. Spell the name right b4 you speak about a kid. What was your point in your so called break down? I was there let me point out again I love what O.G bring to the game. But like I said Juwan is more Versatile

  • Iumick22

    Juwan excuse me. It’s difficult to type some times on an I pad. Let me see did I get Dmoe correct. I looked up the box score.. They did not score the same amount of points in the game I saw. Juwan scored 21 points and had 16 rebounds and OG scored 11 points and had11 rebounds. I believe you just like to argue. Some people are just like that. I am not over and out.

  • Dmoe

    Has nothing to do with liking to argue I’m going by what I seen and was told . So you have a good day