That’s A Wrap: The Other Guys

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Indiana’s minor contributors, including Devin Davis, Tim Priller, Jeremiah April, Nate Ritchie, Jordan Fuchs and Ryan Burton.

Devin Davis: The 2014-2015 season for Davis started as one of potential and hope, as he proved to be a significant contributor and the Hoosiers’ leading rebounder during the team’s preseason tour of Canada. But days before the Hoosiers’ first exhibition game of the season, Davis was involved in a car accident that left him in serious condition with a traumatic brain injury. Not surprisingly, his long-term and short-term health took precedence over making a return to action this season. He is back in classes this semester and is participating in practices with his teammates, but he remains limited in contact drills — still with no guarantees on his long-term basketball playing future.

Tim Priller: It was clear that early on in his Indiana career, Priller was going to be a fan favorite. Maybe it was his hair, maybe it was his (slow) speed, but whenever the 6-foot-9 Texas native touched the ball this season, the Hoosiers faithful begged for Priller to shoot. That said, Priller did not play often and showed little of what he can contribute to Indiana, as his lack of athleticism and lack of offensive prowess kept him sidelined for much of the season.

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Video: Assembly Hall groundbreaking ceremony

Indiana held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday afternoon for the Assembly Hall renovations that are underway with a planned completion date of the fall of 2016.

Among the speakers were university president Michael McRobbie, Cindy Simon Skjodt, athletics director Fred Glass, Tom Crean, John Laskowski, Tyra Buss and Robert Johnson.

Watch Glass, Crean, Laskowski and Johnson discuss the project below as well as post-ceremony media availability with Glass and Crean:

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IU releases new details on Assembly Hall renovations

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Indiana will hold a public groundbreaking ceremony later today for the Asssembly Hall renovations that are already underway and today the university released new details about the project along with several new renderings.

The full release from IU is available below, along with a gallery of the new renderings:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced today that renovations have commenced at Assembly Hall. A public groundbreaking ceremony for the future Simon Skjodt (pronounced SCOTT) Assembly Hall will take place today on the Cook Hall Entry Plaza at 3:30 p.m.

Assembly Hall has been home to IU basketball since 1971, and since then has hosted more than twelve million fans. Due to its unique, large-capacity design with the majority of its 17,472 seats on either side of the court, Assembly Hall – with the nation’s largest student section (7,800) – is regarded as one of the loudest, and most intimidating venues in college basketball. A 2012 poll of Big Ten basketball players judged Assembly Hall to be the toughest home arena in the league. Assembly Hall has been home to three men’s basketball national championship teams and the Hoosiers have a 533-106 record in the 44 seasons at the arena.

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That’s A Wrap: Yogi Ferrell

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Yogi Ferrell.

Ferrell (34 games): 16.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 53.9 eFG%, 41.6 3PFG%, 86 FT% in 34.9 minutes per game.

After a 2013-2014 campaign where he was the focus of opposing defenses and had to single-handedly carry Indiana at times offensively, things changed for Yogi Ferrell as a junior in Bloomington.

And the changes were a positive for both Ferrell and the Hoosiers.

The departures of several ball stoppers on the 2013-2014 team coupled with the arrival of players like James Blackmon Jr., Nick Zeisloft, Robert Johnson and the emergence of Collin Hartman meant that Ferrell had more breathing room to operate. And the results were fun to watch.

Ferrell’s usage was down from his sophomore campaign, but his efficiency was up across the board. His offensive rating was top 40 in the country. His assist rate was up slightly while his turnover percentage fell by four. His effective field goal percentage climbed nearly two percent and his free throw percentage climbed nearly four percent. He also continued to lengthen an impressive streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer made.  It now sits at 65, the longest active streak in the country and a school record.

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That’s A Wrap: Nick Zeisloft

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Nick Zeisloft.

Zeisloft (34 games): 6.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 67.4 eFG%, 45 3PFG% in 19.6 minutes per game.

When Indiana announced the addition of Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft back on July 7, the news was met with skepticism from many Hoosier fans.

Why would the coaching staff have interest in a player with two years of eligibility who just came off a season at Illinois State in which he made just under 36 percent of his 3-pointers? In the program’s release to announce Zeisloft’s addition, Tom Crean cited things like Zeisloft’s ability to help space the floor, physical and mental toughness and leadership and maturity on and off the floor.

It wouldn’t take long for Zeisloft to start proving critics of his addition wrong.

Less than a month after joining the program, he traveled on the foreign tour to Canada and made 11 of the 20 3-pointers he attempted. With Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson alongside him in many of the lineups IU featured in Montreal and Ottawa, Zeisloft was able to find space and splash in open looks. This was exactly the role Crean envisioned when he watched film of Zeisloft last spring and summer when contemplating whether to bring him in.

As far as leadership goes, it was clear what Crean thought of Zeisloft when he took him to Chicago for Big Ten media day as one of IU’s two player representatives last October. And days later in the aftermath of the Devin Davis accident and player suspensions, it was Zeisloft who went face to face with the media and answered questions about the current state of Indiana basketball.

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Video: Bryant talks decision to attend Indiana

Class of 2015 McDonald’s All-American Thomas Bryant committed to Indiana on Saturday afternoon and he talked to The Basketball Diary in the video below to explain why he’ll play for the Hoosiers:

Video: Thomas Bryant DICK’s National Tournament highlights

Recent IU commit Thomas Bryant put up a huge line (27 points, 19 boards) in Huntington Prep’s 73-70 win over Wheeler in the opening round of the DICK’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament on Thursday.

Bryant’s Huntington Prep team fell in the next round to Oak Hill Academy, 61-51. Bryant has 12 points and six boards in the loss.

Over six minutes of highlights from Bryant’s two-game stint in the tournament are available for viewing in the embedded media player below:

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