A non-conference player-by-player breakdown

  • 12/24/2015 10:30 am in

The non-conference portion of IU’s schedule is complete and the Hoosiers are 10-3 heading into Wednesday’s Big Ten opener in Piscataway.

Here’s a player-by-player look at how each Hoosier performed in the non-conference portion of IU’s schedule:

Yogi Ferrell – 16.1 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.7 rpg, 55.9 effective field goal percentage in 32.5 minutes per game

Quietly, Ferrell has played very well offensively through IU’s first 13 games. His turnover percentage is up, but his other pertinent numbers are up, including his assist rate and effective field goal percentage. The senior has figured out how to strike a balance between scorer and distributor as he currently ranks ninth among Big Ten players in scoring and fourth in assists.

Right now, he’s probably in the second tier of candidates for the Big Ten’s best player given the start of other players and teams and IU’s disappointing start. But wins in league play and continued strong play could put him right back in the conversation.

Troy Williams – 13.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.2 bpg, 60.6 effective field goal percentage in 25.8 minutes per game

Williams has better scoring, rebounding and shooting numbers than he did a season ago heading into league play. His steal and block percentages are also up and if he can make those a permanent staple of his repertoire, he becomes even more valuable.

From a percentage standpoint, he’s IU’s best defensive rebounder and is the team’s third best on the offensive boards behind Max Bielfeldt and Thomas Bryant. Turnovers, however, remain a major concern as his turnover percentage of 23.7 is higher than any other perimeter player on the roster.

Thomas Bryant – 12.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 1.2 apg, 72.6 effective field goal percentage in 22.7 minutes per game

While Bryant may be falling a bit short right now expectation wise in terms of rebounding and rim protection, he’s been an elite finisher through 13 games. He’s third in the country in 2-point field goal percentage at 76.3. According to Synergy Sports, Bryant has scored 60 points in 53 post-up possessions, which ranks in the 90th percentile nationally. He’s also been terrific in terms of drawing fouls (six per 40 minutes) and his offensive rebounding percentage of 10.9 is strong.

The challenge for Bryant is continuing to improve defensively and learning to position himself better for success. He’s been caught in the wrong spot too often in pick-and-roll situations and has also been beaten at the rim on numerous occasions for easy buckets. Still, it’s important to remember that Bryant has been banged up and that he’s a freshman who is learning the ropes of college basketball.

James Blackmon Jr. – 15.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg, 60.2 effective field goal percentage in 24.5 minutes per game

Blackmon Jr.’s defensive struggles have been well documented and have even resulted in him being benched in some key spots like the second half against Notre Dame. It’s something that the coaching staff will have to consider doing more often in conference play, particularly if the Hoosiers continue to defend so poorly.

Offensively, Blackmon Jr.’s scoring is down more than two points per game from where it was a season ago leading into Big Ten play, but his efficiency is up. The illustration below from Shot Analytics shows just how well rounded Blackmon Jr. has been from the perimeter while also leaving plenty of room for work inside the 3-point line.

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Robert Johnson – 8.8 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.6 rpg, 69.6 effective field goal percentage in 22.1 minutes per game

In addition to being IU’s best and most consistent perimeter defender through 13 games, Johnson is also the team’s best 3-point shooter. He currently sits 10th nationally in 3-point shooting percentage at 56.1. According to Synergy Sports, his 57 points in 38 spot-up possessions ranks in the 98th percentile nationally.

Turnovers remain an issue for Johnson, but he is down about three percent from where he finished last season in turnover percentage. It’s also worth noting that IU is unbeaten (7-0) with Johnson in the starting lineup.

Max Bielfeldt – 8.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 68.9 effective field goal percentage in 17 minutes per game

Bielfeldt is filling the role of a backup frontcourt piece very well through non-conference play. He’s the team’s best offensive rebounder (13.4 OR%) and has even shown an ability to step out and hit the 3-pointer (7-of-13).

The graduate transfer has also been sensational in the post as he’s scored 30 points in 23 post-up possessions, per Synergy Sports. His 2-point shooting percentage (66) trails just Bryant. As conference play begins, it’ll be interesting to see if having a veteran presence off the bench pays dividends for the Hoosiers, particularly away from Assembly Hall.

Collin Hartman – 4.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 53.5 effective field goal percentage in 19.3 minutes per game

Hartman has struggled through the first 13 games of his junior season after a very good sophomore campaign. His scoring and rebounding are both down slightly from where they were at this point last season and is effective field goal percentage is down nearly 13 percent.

Perhaps Hartman, who has battled injuries, will turn it around and once again prove himself to be a guy who can play and guard multiple positions. He was terrific down the stretch against Notre Dame. But it must start with better perimeter shooting (just 32 percent on 3s) and better offensive rebounding (6.7 OR% this season vs. 8.6 OR% last season).

Nick Zeisloft – 6.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 77.4 effective field goal percentage in 17.9 minutes per game

We heard talk about Zeisloft expanding his game in the offseason, but the reality is he’s one of the best 3-point specialists in the country. That isn’t a bad thing when you have a player who can fill it up this efficiently.

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Zeisloft is still challenged as a defender, but with little separation from his peers who also struggle to guard, it’s hard to argue against the 18 minutes per game he’s earning. His offensive rating is currently third in the country, according to KenPom.com.

OG Anunoby – 2.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 52.5 effective field goal percentage in 8.3 minutes per game

Anunoby is on the fringe of what is considered a rotation player through 13 games, but he appears to be on the rise. He was very effective against Notre Dame and his offensive rebound and subsequent dunk was one of the key moment’s in IU’s signature win to date.

The freshman wing has turned it over quite a bit (31.9 TO%) and has missed six of his nine free throw attempts, but looks like a player who can help provide frontline depth in situations where Bryant or Bielfeldt run into foul trouble.

Juwan Morgan – 0.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 33.3 effective field goal percentage in 7.1 minutes per game

Injuries have slowed the development of Morgan, who has only appeared in eight of IU’s 13 games. He’s just 3-of-9 from the field overall and has just two offensive rebounds in 57 minutes of action.

For Morgan to carve out a role in IU’s rotation, he’ll have to prove himself as a guy who can defend reliably and provide more on the glass.

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  • Donnie Vick

    Where is the analysis on Priller? Ha ha Merry Xmas ITH and thanks for the great coverage!

  • BC Hoosier

    If defense and rebounding really is a focus, RJ and Max’s minutes need to increase. RJ should be playing 30+ minutes per game. Eventually, Max and TB will have to log a few minutes together as the opponents get bigger. Playing 10 deep is great and during the non-conference I understand it.Young guys get minutes and you save the key players legs for a long season, but at some point you have to ride the best and most productive players.

  • BL

    Must limit Max’s minutes against athletic bigs. Need to suffer through growing pains for OG and Morgan to get them ready for late season run.

  • BL

    Disagree Yogi has played well offensively. Check out my earlier posts showing his stats against the better competition (Wake, UNLV, Duke, ND). High turnovers and very low shooting percentage.

  • marcusgresham

    Leading the nation by a wide margin in inspiring rousing crowd enthusiasm per minute.

  • cooper

    Interesting to see the stats over the next 11 games since the competition will be so much better.

  • marcusgresham

    Johnson has has some minor injury stuff that has limited his time a bit from what I remember.

  • Outoftheloop

    Also check out the minutes. Yogi is the one player who is on the floor for 30 minutes every game, even in the blowouts! However, the entire team, excluding Robert and Collin is weak on defense and selfish on offense!

  • marcusgresham

    Look at Blackmon’s shooting inside the arc to get a good indication of how unwilling he is to pass at times. It’s almost a shorter version of Vonleh–if he gets it in there, by god he’s putting it up!
    OG’s on the rise at just the right time. He’s starting to show a better understanding of what’s going on; hopefully the game Morgan had the other night is indication that he’s on the same boat after missing time with the injury.
    Hartman’s not been as good as he was last year, but he’s still the smartest one on the floor whenever he’s out there.

    Probably not what anyone wants to hear, but I did some math the other day when I was “working.” Emmitt Holt is averaging 12.0 a game (they only listed points in each game, although there was reference to him having 12 or 13 rebounds in a game,) and Devin Davis is averaging 17.0 and 7.8.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t think I would classify Bryant as selfish on offense–he’s made a lot of nice passes.
    I also think that’s a bit of a harsh assessment for Williams. He’s certainly careless but I feel like he looks to pass enough.

  • BL

    Agree. Troy shares the ball and he has made some great passes lately. That said, every now and then he finds a fan in the stands. Oh well.

  • BL

    No doubt losing Holt, Davis and even Hanner really hurt our frontline depth. Top 10 ranking would have been legit if they were still with us. Hoping OG and JM can soften the pain as the season progresses.

  • IULore

    I never understood the selfish claims about Crean teams. They share much more than most team I watch. I wish Yogi was more selfish sometimes.

  • BC Hoosier

    I would agree agaisnt a “stretch” 4, Max is not your man. But there will be times and teams (PU), Max and TB will need to play together. Max is arguably the best rebounder on a team that struggles to rebound, and he plays 17 minutes a game. Nick plays more minutes than Max.
    I’m not out to make him a world beater because he’s not, but for a team that lacks rebounding, defense, and turns the ball over entirely too much, I think he would help strengthen those weaknesses.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Man, you’ve turned bitter, and I don’t blame you. If marcus is bitter, then it’s def a time for change.

  • Outoftheloop

    I make no assertions about “Crean’s teams”. Just about Indiana’s play in these 13 games. But Thomas Brysnt should also be excluded!

  • Outoftheloop

    Agreed, see above.

  • Not me. I think Yogi’s biggest contributions to us winning, will come when he is in a distributor role. Haven’t you seen.. His shooting percentage in out three losses is markedly less than his regular average would lead you to believe, In short, he really hasn’t come through, when we were up against the tougher teams… I think BL put together some stats in another story that indicate he really hasn’t shown up in the games against tougher opponents when we’ve needed him.

  • Darrell Allen

    I totally agree that both RJ & Max’s minutes should increase, but especially Max’s. He is a veteran who plays like a veteran and is quite capable on both ends of the floor!

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t know that I’m feeling bitter about it, just disappointed—at least about this stuff. I totally understand why Davis and Holt had to go. That being said, I would not be one tiny bit upset if they were allowed to come back next year (I don’t think that’s going to happen but I wouldn’t be against it.)
    If I am bitter about any of what I just mentioned it would be the part about Blackmon’s unwillingness to give up the ball when he should. I have to assume it’s unwillingness because I know he’s intelligent enough to realize he’s forcing things when others are open. I also think that one of the things he surely was told when he “tested the waters” with the NBA is that he’s probably not big enough to be a 2 so he better learn to be a 1–I know improving his ballhandling was part of that, but hitting open guys and making teammates better is also part of it.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Merry Christmas ITH and Hoosier Nation!

  • RDD#76

    I agree the JBJ seems the most selfish and the games he does pass more it opens up his offense more

  • The only players who can be classified as selfish are those whose job it is to distribute the ball. If TB were to sit in the post and take feed after feed and score 30 points a game shooting his 75%+, IU would be very, very hard to beat.

  • Do you really think we’ll see much of them together? I kind of doubt it.. If either one or both, gets in foul trouble then we become very small. No real good substitutions. If OG and Juwan really start coming on strong that’d be different. Would really open up the possibilities.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    Marcus you’re one of my favorites on here, but for Heaven’s sake I cannot understand how we are okay having Davis and Holt back but were also okay with them being booted in the first place. The only thing that explains this position is some sort of belief in puritanical penance. Tired of this hypocritical crap. My favorite people drink and smoke; I trust them more than any self-righteous preaching schmuck.

    Blackmon, yes. We agree about him.

    Merry Christmas or merry whatever the heck you believe in. LOL.

  • marcusgresham

    “My favorite people drink and smoke; I trust them more than any self-righteous preaching schmuck.” I had to read your name to make sure that wasn’t something I had written myself. lol

    I believe they screwed up multiple times and Crean really didn’t have a choice, but I can also see where that year away could have been used to show them what they’ve lost. Don’t see them coming back so it’s kind of a moot point.

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    I hate this team. I can’t watch. I don’t care. I just logged on because I am bored on Christmas night. Hopefully you geniuses figure out what is going wrong with the skeleton of what was IU basketball. Because at this point I would rather watch re-runs of Welcome Back Cotter then this sorry a** team, with bad haircuts.

  • jhutton6

    I watched the repeat of the 2011 Kentucky game before our last game. WOW, that team played with some heart. You see these guys playing a lot of street ball and quickly realize why IU is not even close to a top 25 team. Sad to be honest as we have the talent and I’m not sure all of this is Crean’s fault. At the end of the day coach is responsible though and a change is needed if this year doesn’t get better. I’d like to see the likes of a Hulls, Zeller and Watford again. Need to show the love of the game to win the big ones!

  • vicbert caladipo

    It’s spelled Kotter and up your nose with a rubber hose

  • PBzeer

    Unfortunately, games are played on the court, not on paper. And while we have plenty of individual talent, what we don’t seem to have is 5 guys playing together as a team. Athleticism and talent will only go so far in covering up our deficiencies in fundamentals, from footwork and positioning to communication and court awareness.

    If nothing else, the Kennesaw State game shows we are not ready for prime time. The simple fact of the matter is, we are not playing up to our capabilities, and if the past shows us anything, it’s that this is as good as it probably gets.

  • Dave Carnes

    How bad is this team?So bad for the first time in my life I wouldn’t mind if our good guys transfer.RJ especially would benefit from playing at a better system.I really think he might be able to play pro after four year at a real program and he could contribute at any program.All the hot air that has been wasted on Yogi Williams and JBJ is an insult to the kids who actually know how to play and give there all.

  • eville87

    We are who we are. Lots of talent for guards and wings. 1 true post player. A graduate transfer forward who will be our back up center. And 2 promising freshman. A coach who can’t get 3 to 4 nba prospects to play together or play defense. Oh and my favorite. He paces all the time because the seat is too hot to sit in. Another year of mediocrity.

  • PBzeer

    Who would have imagined that our game @Rutgers would become a must-win?

  • Young Hoosier

    Lol. There were people on here saying this year’s team would be just as good if not better than the 12-13 team… think we got whooped by Duke? Wed get beat by 50 by the 12-13 team. This is just a bad bunch. All there is to it. Bryant, Williams and JBJ could stay. Won’t matter. Won’t make us any better.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    And you used to talk about JBJ like he was some kind of prophet. Lol to you.

  • SCHoosier

    IMO DD was never going to be a major factor..Holt probably..but all that falls into the ‘water pver the dam” discussion… doesn’t matter anymore. They both ought to be over-achieving against the competition they now face. Good for them if they are.

  • Breakfast at Bruce’s

    We have a beautiful team and fantastic kids. It does not help to pout and feel sorry for ourselves. I think they are going to take this season into their own hands and take us to the promised land. Put out good vibes.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    That is hilarious! Love those 70s sitcom catch phrases. Sit on it, Vicbert.

  • William Bill

    Emmitt averaging 12 and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes per game. Certainly would have helped if not for letting him take the fall for the exiled HMP.

  • William Bill

    Seriously, Holt was a fall guy and the situation was ruled by fear from the coach and AD. HMP – nuff said.