VICE Sports is producing a four-part series on Orlando Magic and former IU guard Victor Oladipo and the second installment, which was published late last week, takes you behind the scenes with the former Hoosier at the NBA summer league.
(Previously: Video: At home with Victor Oladipo)
In the second part of the series, Oladipo, an NBA All-Rookie first team selection last season, talks about playing with some of the new talent that has arrived in Orlando, his leadership and more:
Welcome to “Montreal rewind,” our player-by-player recap from Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada. Today: Robert Johnson. Previously: Nick Zeisloft, Devin Davis, Troy Williams, Yogi Ferrell.
After Robert Johnson went 0-of-6 in Indiana’s fourth game on its tour of Canada against McGill University, Tom Crean was surprised to learn that his freshman guard didn’t register a point in the contest.
From Crean’s perspective, the Richmond (Va.) native had a positive overall impact on the game, so the scoring void didn’t stick out when he had a chance to take a closer look at the statsheet.
“You know what’s funny, I don’t know who brought it up yesterday, but I hadn’t read the stat sheet when we talked,” Crean said after IU’s fifth and final game against UQAM. “I didn’t have any clue that he didn’t even score a point. I told him that’s the good news and the bad news.
“The good news is it didn’t affect him in my mind because we were asking him to do so many different things inside of the game. At the same time, he knew when we talked that he wasn’t as aggressive as he could be in looking for shots, in getting to the rim, in getting to the foul line. But, his seven boards, those things were good. I thought it was a great sign of somebody who went out there and impacted the game and it wasn’t his scoring.”
Welcome to “Montreal rewind,” our player-by-player recap from Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada. Today: Yogi Ferrell. Previously: Nick Zeisloft, Devin Davis, Troy Williams.
There’s a strong argument that no player was more critical to his team’s production on a game-to-game basis in the Big Ten last season than Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell.
Much will be expected of Ferrell once again in his junior season, but on IU’s five-game tour of Canada, we received our first look at Indiana’s revamped backcourt and the effect it may have on the point guard of the Hoosiers.
The early returns suggest that Ferrell’s game should benefit significantly as a result of the overhaul.
With three lottery picks in the last two years, Indiana has established itself as one of the top programs in terms of developing NBA talent in recent seasons.
And now some of that talent is returning to Bloomington to work out this week, sources tell Inside the Hall.
Former Indiana All-Americans Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, who will appear Wednesday evening at IU’s “on the road” tour stop at Lucas Oil Stadium, are expected to workout in IU’s facilities this week.
In addition to Oladipo and Zeller, five members of the Miami Heat will also workout in Bloomington: Dwyane Wade, a former player for Tom Crean at Marquette, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem and Josh McRoberts.
Welcome to “Montreal rewind,” our player-by-player recap from Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada. Today: Troy Williams. Previously: Nick Zeisloft, Devin Davis.
Plenty of storylines emerged over IU’s five-game tour of Montreal and Ottawa. Among them: IU’s improved ball movement, the perimeter shooting of Nick Zeisloft and the play of freshman guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson.
However, the most intriguing of all of them may have been the play of sophomore Troy Williams. In five games, the sophomore wing from Hampton (Va.) put up impressive numbers: 18.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals in 27.8 minutes per game.
It was a major swing from what Indiana fans saw out of Williams as a freshman. While effective at times, he was inconsistent and struggled with his shooting from the perimeter. In Canada, Williams laid off the perimeter shots and instead, focused on attacking off the dribble and scoring often off of baseline drives. Williams credited his health as a major reason for the improved play.
“Last year I had a hand injury – I always had my left hand bandaged,” he said. “Now that it is healed, it feels better. I have always been comfortable with the ball, I just couldn’t use both hands last year. Now that I have both back, it is much easier for me to handle the ball again.”
More important than the scoring, however, was the variety of ways in which Williams was able to impact the game.
Welcome to “Montreal rewind,” our player-by-player recap from Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada. Today: Devin Davis. Previously: Nick Zeisloft.
With the departure of Noah Vonleh to the NBA, Indiana lost arguably the best defensive rebounder in the Big Ten. At times, Vonleh could control the defensive boards on his own, but without him, much is going to be asked of both IU’s guards and frontcourt players this season when it comes to hitting the glass.
One of the guys who IU hopes can step up to fill some of the void is Devin Davis, who is expected to have a significant role in IU’s frontcourt as he enters his sophomore season. IU’s trip to Montreal gave us a first glimpse at the offseason progress made by the Indianapolis native.
He appears to have put on close to 10 pounds of muscle since last season and in five games in Canada, Davis put up solid numbers: 8 points (77.8 FG%), 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 turnovers, 1.2 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.6 steals in 21.4 minutes per game.
“Coach Crean talks to me about being consistent and going to the glass every time,” Davis explained after IU’s win over UQAM to close out the trip. “So I try to go every time and if the ball bounces my way, I do my best to come up with it.”
Emmitt Holt, a 6-foot-7 forward who graduated from Webster Schroeder (NY) this past spring and opted to head to Vermont Academy for a postgraduate season, will visit Indiana beginning tomorrow and could become the sixth member of the 2014 class for the Hoosiers.
At the AAU Nationals in July in Louisville, Holt averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in nine games as his Albany City Rocks team finished second in the event. During the 2014 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) season, he averaged 11.6 points (60.2 FG%), 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
In his final season at Webster Schroeder, Holt averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and five blocks and was a finalist for the Mr. Basketball award in New York.
Here’s a look at some highlights of Holt’s final high school season: