POTB 094: 16 questions for 2015-2016: Part two

  • 10/21/2015 7:50 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is available each Wednesday during the offseason. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this week’s edition of the show, Morris asks Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich the second set of eight questions related to Indiana basketball for 2015-2016. Among the questions covered:

· Will Thomas Bryant’s freshman season more closely mirror Cody Zeller’s or Noah Vonleh’s?
· What are the realistic expectations for Juwan Morgan?
· Will Indiana continue to fill roster spots with graduate transfers?
· Which Big Ten team isn’t being talked about enough outside of Maryland, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin?

And plenty more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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  • N71

    I’m like a bug to a bug light when I visit ITH…can’t get enough. My next stop is usually this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIjeUZY19dY

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    AB had to choose his words carefully to not sound critical of NV’s short career. i agree with what he said, NV just didn’t seem to gel with the team. he didn’t make players around him better. i also think TB will more closely resemble CZ than NV. not sure if his game will look as polished as CZ’s (he was so good at finishing around the rim), but i think he’ll play with a higher motor. and i think he can be both a better defender and rebounder. will he make players around him better? gotta agree with AB that he’ll be somewhere in between as far as that goes.

  • sarge

    I agree with everything you said except maybe the motor. CZ had a high motor, great athleticism and a lot of heart. I think TB will give him a run for his money though.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i don’t disagree at all, certainly not meant as a criticism toward CZ

  • sarge

    There is no better place for basketball fans than Bloomington, IN.

  • Vonleh was a great prospect in terms of the NBA, which loved his length, size and the fact that he was young and still developing.

    As far as his impact on winning and making his teammates better, he didn’t leave much of a legacy at all.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    that was easily my least favorite CTC team. i don’t think NV had a bad attitude or poor work ethic (in fact, quite the opposite was reported), he just sort of fell victim to being contrasted with CZ, who was so effective at elevating everyone’s play. granted, CZ had a much better supporting cast.

  • TomJameson

    Great job again gentlemen! You two always do well together, you need to interview each other more often. LOL

    Team expectations … just play better, continue playing well to the end, Top three in the B1G, and get to the Elite-8 or Final-4 (further will be okay as well). Really, just play better and more completely (defense and offense). My biggest fear is the drop off in play toward mid Feb.

  • straight no chaser

    NV basically did his last year of high school in Bloomington. Something went sour between him and CTC, and I’m not sure why, so much so that CTC had to publicly remind us that Noah should have still been in high school and that he might get less playing time. I would love to go out for a drink with Noah one day for a man-to-man chat to find out what happened, lol. One thing I know: we would have all LOVED to have him one more year.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    everything about that team went sour! outside their miraculous win against wiscy (i still can’t figure out how they pulled that one off), and the occasional inspired play of SR, it was an absolutely dreadful season. i completely agree, would have been great to have him last season, where he would have been surrounded by amazing shooters. would have made a huge difference in his effectiveness and in that team’s success i think

  • straight no chaser

    Yep, and it’s sad that a guy who averaged 11.3 points and 9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks should be remembered in less than glorious terms (not to mention his 16/33 3-pointers, by far our best 3-pt shooting percentage that year, lol).

  • straight no chaser

    I was there on the second floor (standing room only) when we beat Duke in 2002. I’m surprised how the floor held up that night.

  • Knuckledrager

    Luke Fischer bailing the next year didn’t help. Go Hoosiers.

  • SilentBob

    If we’re talking on court success, when comparing Thomas to Noah and Cody, then I think we’re all hoping he is closer to Cody. However, just on a player profile comparison I think he is closer to Noah, but really all three are uniquely different. Noah and Thomas are both much longer than Cody, and have stronger frames. Though it seems more of Noah’s strength came from his tree lunk legs, and Thomas seems to be more naturally gifted in the upper body.

    Also skills wise he seems closer to Noah. Both players seem to be better, or at least more willing to put up, long distance shots. Both players bread and butter are rebounds and put backs. Not to say Cody wasn’t good at that, he was very good at that, but Noah and what I’ve read of Bryant seem to put them in an elite category. And a lot of that has to do with length, frame, and “warrior” like mentality those two have. Again not say Cody didn’t have a motor, these two are just on a different level. But honestly, after watching a few of Noah’s preseason games for the Blazers, I have to wonder if his motor is actually tuned a little too high. It’s nice to go fast, but if you drive fast on curvy roads then only disaster awaits you.

    But really what stands out individually about Thomas compared to these to is his vocal ability. He really seems to align himself personality wise more with Victor Oladipo than either of these two. Of course intetangibles never outweigh actual skill, but it’s always nice to have.

  • GaHoosier

    Thanks for posting the video!

    It gave me goosebumps and got me fired up for this season!

    I really miss that team!!! That 2011-2012 team played with some HEART.

  • marcusgresham

    Cody was so much better (and more willing,) to pass than Noah. When you don’t (or won’t, whichever it may have been,) pass well you better be really, really effective on offense. Noah was good but he’d have been so much better if he’d have used his teammates more—not only for the sake of hitting open people but also because other teams knew they could double him without threat of getting burnt.

  • IUMIKE1

    There have been an overwhelming amount of discussions on here about CZ and him not shooting more from longer range than he did, so this isn’t meant to open up that can worms again. I’ll just say that I would love to hear from him AND Crean their honest and full rationale for him to not have moved his range out more than he did. I know everybody has what they feel like the reason was, but I would really like to hear a non BS, direct and honest accounting from those two and with one not knowing that the other had answered with those conditions. I know fantasy world right, maybe in a book some day I guess. lol