Indiana ranked preseason No. 12 by Athlon Sports

  • 08/27/2016 7:53 am in

The Athlon Sports college basketball preview magazine hits newsstands on September 6 and as we mentioned earlier in the week, Indiana’s Thomas Bryant is featured on one of the regional covers.

We’ll have a more detailed post with some IU and Big Ten centric notes once the magazine is officially released, but Indiana is ranked No. 12 in the magazine’s preseason top 25.

Here’s what Athlon says about the Hoosiers:

Thomas Bryant’s return was a huge boon for the Hoosiers’ hopes to repeat as Big Ten champs. Veteran Yogi Ferrell is gone, but OG Anunoby is ready to become a star.

Other Big Ten teams in the preseason top 25 include Wisconsin (10), Michigan State (11) and Purdue (14).

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Hartman is going to start. He’ll be the 2 spot and much quicker and more physical than last year. He might be the “soul” of IU this year. Just a thought.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Bleeding, Are you ok after the horrific storms that came through your area?

  • bleeding crimson

    Yeah, thanks for asking. Most went north of us. I live in Charlestown just 15 min up the river from L’ville. I do have a biz half way in between.
    We really just had alot of rain for the most part but been pretty much dry the past few weeks.

  • bleeding crimson

    Hartman is 6’7 and with all of the guys, 7 under 6’4…i see him playing more of a 3, could be wrong. He is so versitle.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Glad to hear. Take care.

  • bleeding crimson

    Where do you live?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Naperville, Il

  • BL4IU

    With players like RJ, CH, TB, OG, JM, bringing it would be the least of my concerns.

  • bleeding crimson

    Isn’t that near chicago? Most of the extreme weather went south of you and north of me. following up 69 from evansville thur Indy area.

  • bleeding crimson

    We only have on exhib game this year, it seems like we usually have two?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    about 23 miles west of Chicago. I was really concerned about how other ITH fared when I saw the horrific storms going through the area you described. I believe even Bloomington, In was affected.

  • straight no chaser

    Bloomington wasn’t, but Kokomo got hit the hardest. Entire structures leveled by a tornado.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Ok. Thanks. I am sorry to hear about the damage in Kokomo.

  • Personally I’d be really surprised to see him at the 2 at all. Lots of three and four. I don’t necessarily see him as getting any quicker, but I do expect a lot of leadership, toughness, and smart play. I’m also expecting a lot from him from deep, filling in where Zeisloft and Bielfeldt were last season. He could be a real match-up problems for other teams, stretching the defense way beyond their capacity to cover all the potential threats at once. All he needs to do is be solid and reliable, and everything else should fall into place very nicely. I’m looking forward to his senior season.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Clyde!!!! Ok, i am thinking the 2 because JN bringing up the ball and passing to either Hartman or JBJ,,,,,first. Then down below if neither is open. Great to hear from you.

  • Piker

    Final 4 minutes I would pick this lineup. If we had to make a stop I would sub JM at the three push OG to the two and sit JBJ. Bring JBJ back in on offensive possesion…timeouts permitting. Or maybe JBJ will be a complete player…if so we win Big easily.

  • TomJameson

    I hear you, but the eye test is sometimes misleading, especially when you’re looking back for such a long time. RMK didn’t really have tons of success his last 10 years at IU, but he DID get all those banners. Not trying to take anything away from Coach Knight OR Izzo, but time tends to make the eye-tests into anything one would like to remember.

  • TomJameson

    I think all are out of rehab, but I could easily be mistaken there. I’m fairly sure that Juwan was the longest rehab (and still maybe restricted). He may be out now though, because I’ve seen him in several practices and weight lifting exercises that seemed to be working his shoulder pretty good.

    I am pretty positive that all these guys are going to be ready to go for the first exhibition game.

  • TomJameson

    I’m sure that all your best is pretty good. I nominate you the nicest person posting. 🙂

  • TomJameson

    I agree with everything you said. Thomas is going to be the Lion of this team, but Hartman is going to be the heart and soul. I think he is going to have a great senior year, not holding anything back.

  • SilentBob

    No doubt, my comment wasn’t bringing that into question.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    Dang! Gotta wait until October 1st here in Clark County, IN. Gonna work on some tree stands next weekend!

  • I still remember the Duke game where JBJ’s defense was better in some stretches than Yogi’s and the rest of the team’s. We all know how that all turned around. I’m sticking to my contention that JBJ’s defense was already starting to improve before he was hurt. I think as long as his knee is healthy his defense will be at least good enough that we won’t be talking about him as a liability.

  • Agreed. And as much of a huge fan of RMK as I am (or was, less so lately), I wouldn’t agree that he took “average” kids and made great teams. RMK’s best teams were loaded with awesome talent–which isn’t a knock against him, quite the contrary.

  • Bill Graham

    Interesting that the cover pic is JBJ on D. I think our season hinges on JBJ more than anyone. We need a lethal scoring guard that can take over the game at any point and JBJ is the only player that fits that category…and I know some people may say well “O.G. this or TB that….” The bottom line is every NCAA champion has a lethal guard. An elite scorer than can hold the ball at the top of the key as the clock is ticking and bury that go ahead shot. I don’t care how excited people are about O.G….If there is 12 seconds left on the clock and we’re down by 1 point in the elite eight…I want the ball in Mr. Blackmon’s hands. Anyday, all day.

  • Bill Graham

    I forget he transferred. Good point.

  • HardRockHoosier

    Is Clark still there? I was thinking he left. Which notable player, that we were courting, as a recruit, left? I was thinking it was Clark, but probably not. I just know they lost several transfers.

  • Shaggy_C

    If we’re only down by 1, I give it to TB. He’s shooting nearly 70% on 2pt FGs. Now, if we’re down by 3, that might be a different story…

  • straight no chaser

    His dad died. He just wasn’t himself. You lose a dad only once in your life. The same heart that wins games also breaks when it has to.

  • HardRockHoosier

    Ok, sorry, it was answered below.. He did transfer. I should’ve read further before responding.

  • HardRockHoosier

    I would agree with the thought, Izzo is not a far better coach. He did not have to start with the program up there in the same position as Tommy did at IU.

  • seconded.

  • straight no chaser

    Yes #5 is better than #12!

  • Bill Graham

    Oh absolutely, I’d love a post feed/ draw a foul approach…but most of the time final possessions have to start from the top of the key with guards…that doesn’t mean James can’t drive and dish. Or set up a post feed. But either way I want the ball in our best playmaker’s hands.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Yea.. they really brought it at the beginning of last year… oh wait..

  • Bled4IU

    bleeding crimson, I live in Ctown as well. Live off hwy 403. Not sure if you are into high school football as well, but we had a great game in Ctown this past friday against Brownstown. Ctown lost by 4pts 38-42, but was a really good game.