Around the Hall: 2017 point guards, Morgan and Anunoby and more

  • 07/05/2016 10:00 am in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.

NetsDaily.com talked to former Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell about how he can fit in with the Nets:

Ferrell believes that the Nets, in a rebuild situation, present him an opportunity to play hard and earn a roster spot during Summer League. “A lot of guys [on the Nets] are basically playing for a roster spot at this point so I think this was the best option to work hard and get one of those spots,” Ferrell said.

Jeff Borzello of ESPN runs through some of the biggest storylines for the July evaluation periods, including the point guard dominoes in the 2017 class:

5. Point guard dominoes: Heading into the spring, the point guard position was looking fairly weak for the 2017 class. Trevon Duval (No. 5) was the lone top-20 prospect, and while that is still the case, spring performances really solidified the top of the position. Trae Young (No. 21), Quade Green (No. 22) and Matt Coleman (No. 27) are now in the five-star ranks, and New England products Tremont Waters (No. 31) and Makai Ashton-Langford (No. 32) are not far behind. There’s a drop-off following those top six until the next uncommitted point guard, but here’s the biggest thing to watch among that group: there are several big schools prioritizing point guard in 2017, not the least of which are Duke and Kentucky.

Former Indiana guard Eric Gordon agreed to a four-year deal with the Houston Rockets:

The Rockets completed their second deal with a New Orleans free agent of the day on Saturday, agreeing to terms with guard Eric Gordon hours after they locked up his Pelicans teammate Ryan Anderson.

Gordon agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract with the Rockets, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Mike Miller of The Herald-Times sat down for a Q & A with Tom Crean ($):

Q: How much is junior college transfer Freddie McSwain hurt by not being able to be here until August?

A: It’s a hindrance to his development here, it’s a hindrance for us getting his skills right, but at the same time, he’s showing a great determination because he could have signed with other schools and not have had to take this math class. But we require it and it was important for him to come to Indiana in his mind, and he’s taking this on as a great challenge. So we go to see him. Rob Judson has been to see him twice. We can’t see him play or workout and things like that, but to go to check on him and make sure he feels a part of it. That’s the same thing with De’Ron (Davis). De’Ron has got to get some academic work done and he’s doing it, and he’s doing well with it. I think if there’s anything that’s changing in college basketball and college sports in general it’s that everything is changing, so you better be fluid. It’s only going to change more. If you are rigid, regimented and can’t deal with change, you’re gonna struggle at coaching and you’re gonna struggle running a program. This is just part of it. I think the whole key becomes clear communication, staying in touch and making sure that we’re all trying to follow a plan that we have.

Rick Bozich of WDRB.com watched Juwan Morgan and OG Anunoby last week and came away impressed with both:

Anunoby showed a solid three-point stroke from the corners and the wings while developing the most explosive lower body on the team. IU graduate assistant Derek Elston said Anunoby has upgraded his outside stroke as he works on his ball-handling. He was making shots from the NBA three-point line — on catch-and-shoot as well as off-the-dribble situations. The Shot Doctor, assistant coach Tim Buckley, appeared pleased.

Morgan participated in all the drills, no longer wearing a protective brace on his surgically repaired left shoulder. Crean has discussed using Morgan as a ball-handler on the perimeter, similar to the role Troy Williams played the last three seasons. Morgan showed a solid left hand and improved shooting touch. He has a good first step as well as the ability to use either hand. Buckley also worked with Morgan.

The Oklahoman looks at what’s next for the Thunder without Kevin Durant:

There’s no Durant, which means there’s no realistic title hopes, which is a pretty devastating blow to Westbrook — one of the country’s most competitive humans. But there are young pieces of which Westbrook is very familiar.

Steven Adams is a 22-year-old emerging star. Enes Kanter is one of the most skilled offensive bigs around. Westbrook has developed great pick-and-roll chemistry with both over the past couple seasons. That would be his starting frontcourt.

In the backcourt, he’d pair with the recently acquired Victor Oladipo, forming one of the more athletic, explosive guard duos around. Probably the most electric in the open court.

“Definitely going to be fun to watch,” Oladipo said. “We have a similar mentality.”

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  • HoosierStuckInKY

    It’s crazy to think how much better Oladipo will become as a defender if he’s going against Westbrook in practice every day…

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    nothing but great news about our sophs every time i read about em. if only we could keep em for a couple more years…

  • TomJameson

    You know, of course, Vic isn’t a slouch when it comes to defense in the first place. I think him and Westbrook will be great feeding off of each other on both ends of the court. They will be fun to watch.

  • TomJameson

    At the end of the Rick Bozich article, he mentions that OG and TB stayed after the drills to work at the gym a little more … and one of the assistants mentioning that those two live in the gym. I really like that. Those two just might be at the top of the “most improved” list this season.

  • IUBizmark

    I never want to lose Tim Buckley. Pay that man whatever he asks because he makes our offense sing by consistently developing shooters year after year. VIP.

  • inLinE6

    He’s already one of the best. Probably have to sharpen his shots a bit more.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    You got an upvote from me on that one

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I read that too, but I’m not sure why Collin isn’t one of the other ones “living in the gym”. He should be a senior leader. Maybe I’m reading too much into this…..

  • TomJameson

    Buckley can go to a head coach position anytime. Pretty sure it would have to be a great position for him to go, but his name’s been floated around before. Don’t know if he’s ever been asked, but he has been on some lists. Like you though, I would really hate to see him go.

  • TomJameson

    Collin probably just had something to do at the time, because I’ve heard that he is a gym rat also. Matter of fact, Crean says that most of the team really works hard on their own. Music to my ears!

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yeah, you’re probably right. I’m just reading something into it that’s not there. My bad! I really love all of the guys on this year’s squad. They all sound like hard workers that want to play “FOR” Indiana.

  • SCHoosier

    TC’s quote on Davis takes the mystery out of his “no show.” Let’s just hope the kid passes his courses..and is staying in good shape. Disappointing to say the least.

  • BL4IU

    OG is “developing the most explosive lower body on the team”? Who had it previously?

    If OG becomes a legit shooter from three (“catch-and-shoot” and “off-the-dribble”), watch out; ask MSU’s Goins what happens when defenders get to aggressive on close-outs.

  • Bill Graham

    I could be wrong but I’m predicting that natural point guards will start to slowly decline over the years. The NBA (and even some colleges) are pushing towards a fast paced 1v1 style of play (you see it all over the AAU circuit)… Guys like Tom Coverdale are being replaced by guys like Rob Johnson because the bigger stronger combo guards look better in transition and are able to do more athletically. This class is a perfect example. Look at the PG’s and you can clearly see that they are almost all combo guards. Duval is the best out the bunch and he’s 6-4 (easily able to defend and play the 1-3). Troy Brown is the same way. Young and Greene are both 6-2 but they are still explosive combo guards. Guys like Waters used to be the rule and now they are the exception.

    Heck if you look at 2018 there’s only one ranked PG under 6 foot. I think this year will tell us a lot about which type of PG to recruit. As much as Yogi was a scorer he was also a very good ball distributor (you don’t get to all time assist leader by being selfish). However, this year we will probably have a combo guard running the point. This should tell us if we should we recruit a Yogi or Tom. Or if we should recruit a bigger more explosive guard.

    ….personally I like traditional lineups better….but thats just me.

  • HardRockHoosier

    I may be ‘nit-picking’, but he said De’Ron is doing well… he did not really say that about McSwain.. So now I’m more worried about McSwain, than De’Ron… I hope he’s also doing well in getting that class completed.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    The NBA has a variety of PG’s. Russell Westbrook is a freak athlete, Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of all time and Chris Paul is an amazing passer. All 3 have different games. Someone like Robert Johnson will never replace a PG or else the game of basketball is screwed. The NBA still wants people who can run an offense at PG. Westbrook, Curry, Paul, Lillard, Irving, Lowry, Parker, Thomas, Walker, Holiday, Williams, Teague, Rondo, Rubio, Bledsoe, Wall, Conley. Size is becoming more of a factor than anything. a 6-5 PG is going to be looked at because he can see over the defense. Jason Kidd(Bucks) and Brett Brown(76ers) have already committed to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ben Simmons playing PG. That is 6-11 and 6-10. Westbrook, Curry, Lillard, Irving, Holiday, Williams, Rose, Rubio and Wall are all 6-3 or 6-4. I wouldn’t consider any of them combo guards except maybe Westbrook. These guys are actual PG’s. That is what the NBA wants. A traditional lineup is just a PG, SG, SF, PF and a C. And Indiana can play that with Newkirk, RJ/JBJ, OG, Davis and Bryant. Now if you want to go with the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 method then you can go Newkirk, JBJ, RJ, OG, Bryant.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Westbrook will be leaving OKC sooner rather than later. He won’t sign an extension with them.