The United States Basketball Writers Association announced the watch list for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award, which honors the country’s top freshman, and IU freshman forward Cody Zeller was among the 12 preseason candidates.
Here’s the complete watch list, per a USBWA press release issued on Thursday:
It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Matt Roth.
As one of three scholarship seniors, Matt Roth enters his final season in Bloomington with far fewer on the court expectations than his classmates Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones III.
Roth, one of two recruits from the Kelvin Sampson era, was targeted in large part because of his shooting prowess from the perimeter. In fact, Sampson once likened Roth’s potential impact to that of Lee Humphrey, a starter on two national championship teams at Florida.
The reality for Roth is that his most productive season from a statistical standpoint is likely in the rearview mirror due to a much more competitive landscape in the backcourt for playing time.
After missing all but two games as a sophomore, Roth returned and played in 28 of 32 games as a junior. His role on offense was almost exclusively a 3-point shooter. 72 of his 78 field goal attempts were from behind the 3-point arc. His effective field goal percentage was 55.8 percent, which was fourth on the team behind Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo and Tom Pritchard.
2012 forward Hanner Perea and the La Lumiere Lakers tipped off the 2011-2012 season with three games on Sunday at the Vincennes Jamboree at Vincennes University.
Inside the Hall was there and we’ve compiled over two minutes of highlights of the future Hoosier in the embedded media player below. (Note: Expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player.)
It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Tom Pritchard.
Tom Pritchard made 59 percent of his 2-point attempts in 2010-11. No one on Indiana’s roster fared better. (In fact, because Pritchard attempted no 3-pointers last season, he also tied for the best eFG% on the team with Jordan Hulls at 59 percent.) Pritchard’s offensive rating — which measures a player’s offensive efficiency — was also second best on the team to Hulls.
So why is it he only averaged 2.5 points a game as a starter? Well, the problem was two-fold: The Ohio native’s fouling issues only allowed him 18.2 minutes per game. And despite shooting such a high mark, Pritchard only attempted 61 shots all season, down from 92 as a sophomore and 233 as a freshman.
Simply put, he was an afterthought on offense last season.
But there’s another issue lurking under the surface here: Pritchard has had some serious issues at the foul line (just a 34.8 percent mark last season and 37.3 percent as a sophomore), which may have him shying away from taking more initiative around the hoop, despite shooting such a high percentage.
But to beat a dead horse, the arrival of Cody Zeller could take some pressure off Pritchard as the lone “true” big in the frontcourt, which may help boost his confidence around the hoop as the second option. (But when he did flash some confidence last year? Whoa boy.)
It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Victor Oladipo.
Like most players experiencing the rigors of life in the Big Ten for the first time, Victor Oladipo’s debut season as an Indiana Hoosier was a mix of highs and lows.
Oladipo shot 59 percent from inside the 3-point arc, which tied Tom Pritchard for a team-high among regular contributors. Many of those buckets were easy opportunities around the basket and in the lane that Oladipo finished thanks to his athleticism.
His defense was also solid at times and his steal percentage (3.6) was third in the Big Ten. On the glass, Oladipo’s offensive rebounding percentage of 11 was the best mark on the team and sixth in the conference.
So where does Oladipo fit on a roster that should be much more competitive for playing time? Right in the mix to crack the starting lineup.
The sophomore guard spent the offseason in the weight room, working on his perimeter game, traveling to China with Reach USA and playing in the Indy Pro-Am in Indianapolis. Those factors, coupled with the fact that Tom Crean is looking for his guards to defend and rebound at a high level, suggest Oladipo’s role will grow significantly this winter.
2012 Lawrence Central forward and Indiana commitment Jeremy Hollowell took an unofficial visit to Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria and spoke to Inside the Hall on Monday night about his experience and several other topics. A transcript of our Q & A follows:
On attending Hoosier Hysteria:
“It was real fun just being there and witnessing the atmosphere in the place and how much the fans came out to support. And knowing that next year I’ll be suiting up with the guys I’m coming in with, it’s just a real good feeling. It makes me kind of nervous for a little bit when you think about it knowing how close it’s coming, but it was a real fun experience.”
On how the atmosphere for this year’s Hysteria compared to previous years he attended:
“I think it’s pretty big every year. I think this year the thing that stood out to me was how Cody (Zeller) and Austin (Etherington) are really there now. Seeing them grow up and play AAU and all that, it’s pretty crazy to see them actually a part of it now.”
On Victor Oladipo’s performance of Usher’s “U Got it Bad”:
“(Laughs). He told me he was going to do it before, but I didn’t believe him. It was pretty funny. I didn’t think he was going to do it.”
On when he’ll take his official visit:
“I’m taking my official homecoming weekend. Me and Ron (Patterson).”