The Hoosiers drew an average of 16,288 fans per game over 19 games at Assembly Hall for a total of 309,477. That number was second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin, which averaged 17,279 fans over 16 home dates.
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Zachary Farmer on Facebook writes: Everyone talks about what Troy (Williams) and James (Blackmon) need to do this off season, but not Robert Johnson. What must he improve this off season besides turnovers?
Fantastic question. Johnson has looked great physically in the offseason workout videos, but skill development is going to be equally important for him to reach his ceiling. His jump shot definitely needs to become more consistent. He was 38.8 on 3s as a freshman, which is very good, but just 29.4 percent on 2-point jump shots.
The Big Ten is shaping up to be an elite league next season and while the league lost plenty of talent to graduation and the NBA, an infusion of McDonald’s All-Americans and transfers will ease the loss of stars like Frank Kaminsky and D’Angelo Russell.
In no particular order, here’s a look at the five newcomers we expect to make the biggest impact on next season’s conference race:
· Eron Harris, Michigan State: The Indianapolis native flew under the radar for much of his prep career at Lawrence North, but a strong summer in 2011 landed him interest from West Virginia and he signed with the Mountaineers. After a pair of seasons in Morgantown, including 2013-2014 where he averaged 17.2 points per game, Harris opted to transfer to Michigan State.
Welcome to offseason storylines, a look into some of the biggest storylines surrounding the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. First up, a detailed look at rising junior Troy Williams — his game, his numbers, his future and the possibility of another big leap as a junior.
If the title here looks familiar, it’s because a post with a similar title was penned last June. At the time, Williams was coming off a freshman season with mixed results, but there was plenty of optimism for what he might become in his second collegiate season.
A year later, Williams appears on the cusp of a breakout after a sophomore season full of improvements. At the recent Nike Skills Academy, Williams was already being discussed as a player who could find himself with a guaranteed NBA contract a season from now.
But there’s still plenty of room for growth for a player who has the talent to land in the first round of next June’s NBA draft. In fact, according to Williams’ uncle, Boo Williams, there were teams willing to consider him in the first round of this year’s draft, but that wasn’t assurance enough to convince him it was time to go.