POTB 126: McSwain’s impact and Blackmon Jr.’s decision to test NBA waters

  • 04/26/2016 2:11 pm in

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined in the first segment by Neosho County Community College coach Jeremy Coombs to discuss Freddie McSwain. In the second segment, Inside the Hall editor Ryan Corazza joins Morris and Bozich to discuss James Blackmon Jr.’s decision to declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent.

Among the topics discussed:

· McSwain’s skill set and how it can help Indiana
· The path McSwain took to get to junior college
· When McSwain’s recruitment took off
· Why Indiana was able to separate from other schools and earn his commitment
· What McSwain is like off the court
· Where he needs to improve to reach his ultimate goal of playing professionally
· The decision of Blackmon Jr. to enter the draft and whether it’s a good one
· How Blackmon Jr. will impact next year’s team if he returns to school
· Whether Blackmon Jr. is underrated now because of all the criticism his defense took last season

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

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  • TomJameson

    The usual good podcast, thank you gentlemen.

    Nothing really surprising, which is good :-). I was glad to hear McSwain’s Juco coach talk about how hard a worker McSwain is, and also how good his character is. Sounds like the kind of player that will fit in at IU very well.

    I think JBJ has a lot to prove next year and I just hope he doesn’t keep that in the front of his mind all the time. Less me, me, me and more team, team, team. Not a knock on JBJ, it’s just that when a person has a lot to prove he can sometimes just try too hard.

    I think the offense might dip a bit, but I also think it will get better as the season goes along. I’m really hoping that by the B1G season, the offense will be starting to gel and everyone gets used to their “new” roles. They really just need to relearn how to play as a team without Yogi, (maybe) TW, Nick, and Max.

    For the whole team … defense, defense, defense!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    this team will definitely look different. i don’t see how they play at the same breakneck pace without YF. maybe that won’t be a bad thing. don’t be surprised if the turnovers go down by quite a bit.

    i’ve never gotten the impression JBJ is a me me type of player. and we certainly want him to have a scorer’s mentality. will he ever play great defense? probably not, but i think we’ll see improvement. with this roster, i don’t see how overall team defense isn’t vastly improved. aside from JN, this team is really tall!

  • TomJameson

    Tall, athletic, and lengthy. I think the returning players have learned how to play defense (still a work in progress) individually and as a team, and everything I hear is about how the incoming freshmen like to play defense. I really don’t think defense will immediately be improved over last year, but by the B1G season it should really be clicking.

    As far as speed goes, I really don’t think Coach Crean will slow down the team too much. We know what we have in RJ and JBJ, but my understanding of Newkirk is that he plays fast and can distribute the ball pretty good. I just don’t think he has the offense that Yogi had. Not the 3-point shooter anyway.

  • BL

    Really good podcast guys. Coach Coombs seems like a really solid guy.

    Alex, was there ever an official announcement that described JBJ’s injury? You mentioned “partial ACL tear”. Is that something you learned first hand?

  • BL

    Was a bit surprising to hear McFly’s coach predict he’ll play in the NBA some day; even if it’s only as a backup. Feeling really good about this signing. Appears to be a classy kid with some big upside.

  • I believe that was what he told reporters during the NCAA tournament.

  • BL

    I wouldn’t underestimate JN’s offensive abilities. Kid can shoot it and score. His shooting stats dropped precipitously his sophomore year but you just have to believe that was due to a bad wheel. Heck, when we played Pitt in Bloomington, he hit us for 16 points (7 of 13), 8 assists and 2 steals.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    hope you’re right about this kid. i don’t think it’s crucial to the team’s success that he matches YF’s ppg, he just needs to make teams respect his range. more importantly i hope he can distribute effectively.

  • Hardwood83

    Absolutely, 17ppg isn’t realistic for Josh or even RoJo, IMO.
    I would go so far as to say that if the PG position produces that much scoring things have either gone incredibly well or horribly, horribly wrong.

  • BL

    Yep

  • BL

    Well, if it included a high FG% I’d say awesome. Agree that’s not likely and also not necessary.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    yes indeed, they gotta feed our big guys! btw, someone needs to come up with a clever name for TBD’RD. don’t you think we need a nickname now that the movement is officially gone?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Thunder and Lightning

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    nicely done! better than anything i can come up with. any good ones from your tenure?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Dart Ramsay was: Target, Terry Tallen was: Wild Beef, I called Lonnie Johnson: Smooth Smack.

  • Carlos Jacare

    ‘never gotten the impression JBJ is a me me type of player’….
    Not to overly criticize the young man, but he HAS been a me me type of player. He tends to be a shot hunter, and his assists per minutes played, considering how often he has the ball, are very low, while his turnover and number of times blocked rates are way higher than they should be. I think he was the most times blocked player in the conference as a freshman, and that statistic means that far too many of the shots were forced or ill advised. I am high on his junior year prospects, but he has been what he has been.

  • Carlos Jacare

    But the coming team, and probably the team after that, are going to be much more frontcourt dominated than we have seen, geez, since maybe the Jared Jeffries days. So there is not that much pressure on RoJo or JBJ or JN to make up for Yogi’s lost 17ppg. The pressure on those guys instead is going to be more about QBing the offense, and getting the ball to where the open shot is.

  • Carlos Jacare

    That is a good nickname for Terry Tallen, considering he was about as intelligent and ill-mannered as a bull calf.

  • Carlos Jacare

    I like that. TB does throw down some thunderous jams, and, against fellow high schoolers at least, D’RD was lightning quick.
    If TW comes back, and I think he will, we can call him ‘The DeTroyer’!

  • Carlos Jacare

    ML?