Indiana junior forward Troy Williams is among the nation’s top college players currently participating in Nike’s inaugural Basketball Academy at Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport’s Barker Hanger.
The event, billed by Nike as an “effort to create a premium and seamless basketball experience with the game’s elite,” features both high school and college players and combines Nike’s previous three skills academies into one.
According to a press release, the academy “will allow the best players in the country to compete against the best competition while receiving guidance from Nike Basketball’s biggest stars; LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis to name a few. Additional basketball legends will be on hand to serve as mentors and coaches for the weeklong session with the top high school and college players in the country.”
I think Troy Williams has helped himself so far. Stroke looks good. Making plays with the ball. Athletic in transition. Lock 1st rounder.
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) June 29, 2015
Phase two of Indiana’s offseason is about to receive an infusion of talent.
Recent videos posted to the program’s Snapchat account have showed returning players working with the coaching staff and new strength and conditioning coach Lyonel Anderson, but have yet to include the four incoming freshman.
But that will soon change as the four freshman – Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby and Harrison Niego – are now on campus.
It’s been more than a month since our last look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten and as with our last update, there’s been plenty of developments over that timespan.
Here’s our latest look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2015-2016 season.
Illinois (19-14, 7th place tie, NIT first round)
· Arriving: Aaron Jordan, Darius Paul, D.J. Williams (247Composite top 100), Jalen Coleman (247Composite top 100), Mike Thorne (Graduate transfer from Charlotte)
· Departing: Aaron Cosby (transfer), Ahmad Starks (graduation), Austin Colbert (transfer), Nnanna Egwu (graduation), Rayvonte Rice (graduation)
Notes: Illinois announced on June 15 that guard Mike LaTulip will redshirt this season and then transfer to another institution for the 2016-2017 season to complete his eligibility.
Former Indiana center Jeremiah April will continue his career in the junior college ranks.
April, a 7-footer who signed with the Hoosiers in the spring of 2014 and played less than 10 minutes as a freshman, signed with Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.
There’s a new face in charge of Indiana’s strength and conditioning program. And with the change, IU’s returning players and newcomers are likely to experience some training methods for the first time.
Lyonel Anderson, a former tight end for Kansas who has spent time with the Denver Broncos, Youngstown State football, IU football and University of Houston football, is excited to put his own mark on the program.
Among those methods, some of which have already been started as IU’s returning players began working with Anderson this week, are hot yoga, elevation training masks and training in a sand pit.
Indiana announced on Wednesday morning that Lyonel Anderson has been hired as the strength and conditioning coach for men’s basketball.
Anderson was formerly the associate director of sports performance for the University of Houston football program. He played tight end at Kansas and earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the university in 2008, according to a press release from IU.
“We look for the best person to lead young men and get the most out of them on a daily basis,” Tom Crean said in a release. “You have to be at the forefront of your profession, display passion for what you do and energize everyone you touch.
The NCAA announced via the March Madness Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the proposed rules changes for men’s basketball have been approved.
OFFICIAL! 30-sec shot clock, 4-foot arc, reduction in time outs among changes coming to men's basketball next season. pic.twitter.com/qgLqt0BS6D
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) June 8, 2015
Chief among the changes are a 30-second shot clock, a reduction of timeouts and the restricted area arc moving from three feet to four feet.