• Gregory Spera

    Didn’t watch the “Weaknesses” video. Weaknesses?!? That’s total BS.

  • Miamihoosier

    OG’s freshman year was just such a small sample size. Not only did he play sparingly to start the season, but his improvement by the end was off the charts. I think the excitement about him is generally based on the potential that he could continue to improve at the same rate as last season, and on his size. OG’s arm length is devastating defensively and on the boards. I can’t wait to watch him defend Joshua Jackson, the number 1 Frosh in the country and lock lottery pick. Draymond Green says Jackson is NBA ready right now….we’ll see who’s more ready in exactly one month.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    NBA so called experts can kiss off. OG doesn’t have weakness.

  • dwdkc

    Great breakdown. Seeing the strengths brought back so many great moments of revelation–can’t believe how this kid came out of nowhere and made us all giggle with some of those plays. Topped off by utterly frustrating Jamal Murray in that glorious Kentucky game. And the weaknesses are manageable–I expect he’s worked really hard on that handle and we will see a better player.

  • Courtney Graber

    We have the Nigel Hayes stopper!!!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Excellent breakdown of strengths and weaknesses. Good for us IU fans to get a realistic picture of the good and bad. OG remained humble throughout as he got more and more attention. I am sure he has worked on becoming a more complete player and will increase his role this year. Can’t wait!

  • BL4IU

    His offensive game will take a big jump forward with more touches. Typical freshman learning curve last year.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    My only fear is that OG drinks the cool aid and becomes complacent. I don’t think it will happen, and I am very excited to see what OG can do. Along with TB & DD, we could have the best defensive/rebounding front line in the B1G, especially if TB improves on defending the pick and roll.

  • MK

    I love OG. Also love the way he handles the media – some of his answers are hilarious! He only speaks in facts which doesn’t allow the writers to make stories out of nothing.

  • inLinE6

    Realistically, I’m not expecting him to improve at the same rate as last season, but rather, being consistent at the level at end of last season, for 30 mins a game. And reduce those freshman mistakes. That’s already a lottery pick for sure.

  • sarge

    I think it was obvious last year that he was unsure of his dribble and his offense off of the dribble. I didn’t really notice that he was right hand dependent last year, but he only put it on the floor once or twice a game. It is more noticeable once you compiled his season highlights. I know that is something that all players at IU work on, so I am hopeful that it will improve. I also think his shot will get even better as that is something that IU will work on constantly as well. Almost all of our players improve their stroke % from their freshman year to when they leave. If he can improve his consistency in defense and rebounding, I think some of the projections for this season are realistic, as long as he keeps his head high and continues to work.

  • BL4IU

    I don’t believe he improved all that much last year; just got to play. Still boggles my mind he was so under-recruited. Expecting noticeable improvement this year.

  • Kelin Blab

    The weaknesses were interesting:

    +The shooting can be corrected pretty easily.
    +Most shooters do not shoot it the same way every time and know what they need to correct.
    +I think O.G. needs to work on his ballhandling more than anything. He seems to lack confidence after a couple of dribbles. For his size he could be more of a creator with improved ballhandling. Watford is a good example. He could get his own shot off the bounce.

    He is well on his way to lottery based on his strengths and age.

  • xCowHoosier

    Uhhh…is it just me or does he look about 2x as strong in that headline pic than he did last year??

  • BL4IU

    Great comment!

  • SCHoosier

    Should have been titled “areas for Improvement”. Lot of potential for an incoming Soph….and the areas they pointed out looked right to me.

  • John D Murphy

    Really nice breakdown. He’ll need to quit bringing the ball down to his knees prior to bringing it up shooting outside once he reaches the association. They’ll fix that. No need to mess with it at IU as he should only be taking open outside shots this year. He can hang his hat on defense. That will get him a roster spot in the NBA and a long career. If he tightens up the shooting, he can definitely be a starter in the NBA. Now for this year…play within himself and do what he does. He will be a better ball handler, passer, decision maker, etc…

    The only stupid comment in the “weakness” was “lack of a floater”. 3/4/5’s don’t go into the NBA with a floater. There isn’t a need to develop that prior to getting there as they simply won’t face shot blocking from team to team where the practice time taken (cost) would be exceeded by the benefit.

  • Absolutely one of my favorite things about him going back to early last year. I think that’s his character in general–speak softly and… well… some basketball reference that makes sense.

  • “Nobody could guard me.” – Famous last words.

  • Appreciate your enthusiasm, but everyone has weaknesses. Hell, even I have a couple. 🙂

  • thrawnjan

    I made a video of OG’s weaknesses in less than a nanosecond.

  • Well, he gained either five pounds or 20 pounds over the summer, depending on whether you believe him or his teammates. I’m guessing most of that is muscle, and so he’s either a little stronger or massively stronger. Time will tell…

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice, all my best to you and have a nice day!!!

  • TomJameson

    I agree with SCHoosier about calling them “areas for Improvement” instead of weaknesses, but really 6 of one and half-dozen of another. The biggest point is to remember that Crean has him working on his shot mechanics with the shot doctor, and is working on OG creating his own score, and his ball handling skills. I think that covers all his areas for improvement. Funny how CTC saw all that from the start. Lol

    Also, not just getting coached, but you know OG is working in the gym taking reps and working on his drills. I really do expect big improvements from him this year. I actually think he may start slow, but confidence will get him going pretty quickly.

  • Kwang

    No one can guard a guy who gets a foul call when you breathe on him.

  • Kwang

    I think you may have taken Mark’s comment the wrong way, He has more than a couple of weaknesses. 🙂

  • It’s my fervent hope that Hayes truly regrets those words this season. I was ready to fly to Wisconsin last season and commit some violence after watching Hayes take his 578th free throw in that game.

  • there are several plays in that video capturing OG stopping Hayes. I want to like the guy, but that comment sealed the deal last season. Class A dork.

  • Only a few more weeks…

    I’m still jazzed about the fact that, according to Crean, OG texted him over the summer about letting him defend against point guards. It remains to be seen whether or not this is a good idea, but you gotta love the spirit and confidence. And the fact that he’s been thinking about such things in the off-season. Somebody’s going to be ready to play come November!

  • plus Juwan and possibly McSwain later. On a related note, IU’s guards have been pretty good rebounders for the past few years, as well. It’s going to be a great year.

  • block opponents’ 3-pointers and deliver endless two-hand jams in their faces?

  • also, IU’s offense is basically either 3’s or shots deep inside. Very few jump shots. So the whole “lack of a floater” thing is basically bs, an arbitrary statement based on nothing. OG didn’t show he had a floater, because neither he nor the team ever needed/wanted to take them. Overall, it’s a big non-issue, which is exciting because it means they were really struggling to find “weaknesses” to talk about.

  • TomJameson

    As long as OG is defending the point guard, and not playing PG, I think that would be okay. IMO, OG would be good guarding the point. Maybe pick it up half-court and just bug the sh!! out of them. Disrupt that flow!

  • Let’s see… In the game at Wisconsin, Hayes scored 17 of his 31 points from the free throw line. He took 22 free throws. Indiana took 18 free throws as a team. I’m fairly certain a chunk of those were in the closing minutes.

    I remember at least one play where literally nobody was within three feet of Hayes when he was “driving” for a basket and a foul was called, and it wasn’t even called on the closest IU player. I went back and forth over the play more than 10 times to make sure of what I’d seen. In the last two minutes of that game, “driving to the basket” really meant flopping in the general direction of the basket and obviously waiting for the foul to be called.

    I can’t remember a game that was so clearly handed to a team, and Hayes was the conduit. Nobody could guard him, and Kwang says below, because if they even thought about it then a foul was called. It was like Minority Report precog or something. I can’t remember being so angry about a game’s officiating–maybe have to go back to Duke in the 1992 Final Four.

  • I was thinking maybe “carry a big rock,” but those work too.

  • Bill Graham

    *I’m going to go for point by point numerical posts for these videos. Here goes.

    1. Excellent find by the ITH staff really enjoyed watching the videos.
    2. I hope CTC is showing each player his respective video (its good to be conscious of strengths/areas of improvement)
    3. O.G. is a special player in that he absorbs some of the blow of losing Troy and Collin. Troy because he is a freak athlete that can easily turn a rebound into a put back. Collin because he has that right place right time tenacity and seems to come up with loose balls.
    4. I think O.G. is a lottery pick IF he can learn to create more off of the dribble. Look at the great 6-8 ~ guys in the NBA…Nearly all of them can create off of the dribble (i.e. Gordon Hayward, Lebron, Draymond, K Leonard, etc. etc.)
    5. Not worried about shot consistency because of the human phenom known as Tim Buckley.
    6. I am concerned about him adding a mid range jumper and learning to see open guys on drives.
    7. Couldn’t wait for the next Oladipo transformation. Now I can’t wait for the next O.G. transformation.

  • John D Murphy

    Andre Roberson of OKC is a versatile 6-7 defender. Lock down defense and a corner 3 have him making $1.2M year. He doesn’t need much more off the dribble to get into the bottom of the lottery. And he isn’t going to get into the top 8 or so because he just doesn’t have a developed enough offensive skill set to jump that high. Keep defending, rebounding, bringing energy, and hit an occasional 3 and he should land at the bottom of the lottery. Which is a fine place to be.