Former Indiana guard Jordan Hulls is off to a solid start in his second season of professional basketball.
After spending his first pro season in Poland, Hulls opted for a change of scenery in year two and is playing point guard for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo.
Sigal Prishtina plays in both the Balkan League and the Kosovo SuperLeague and is a combined 10-0 to start the season. Hulls is averaging 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, five assists and 2.7 steals in Balkan League games and 9.2 points, 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds in Kosovo SuperLeague contests.
“It’s been good so far,” Hulls told Inside the Hall. “The competition level is not as great as what it was in Poland, but I’m getting to play a lot more. I’m playing the one, getting to play a lot more free.”
Hulls, who is getting married next summer, says the toughest part of playing overseas is the amount of downtime when he’s not at a game or practice.
The opportunity to play basketball for a living is one that he’s tremendously grateful for, but the former Bloomington South Mr. Basketball and state champion said he’s taking things on a year-to-year basis.
Jordan Hulls may be playing professionally in Kosovo, but he’s keeping a close eye on what’s going on in Bloomington at his alma mater.
Hulls, who played at Indiana from 2009 to 2013 and was an integral part of the rebuilding process under Tom Crean that ultimately led to the program’s first outright Big Ten championship in 20 years, said on Wednesday he understands the fan frustration that’s come as a result of recent offcourt issues.
But he also believes that Indiana has the right man in charge to navigate through the issues.
“It’s definitely frustrating, I would definitely share that with the fans,” Hulls told Inside the Hall. “I’m 100 percent loyal to Coach Crean and I have complete faith that he’s going to try and do all of the right things.”
Leadership, or lack thereof, has been mentioned as a potential issue since the end of the 2012-2013 season when Hulls, Derek Elston, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller departed Bloomington.
The Bloomington native, who starred in high school at South high school and won the Mr. Basketball Award, says he views leadership a little different than most.
Several former players took to Twitter on Monday evening with reaction to the turmoil in recent days for the IU basketball program.
Here’s a sampling of some of the tweets published:
As an IUBB player you're held to a higher standard. You can't be a normal college kid but you get the privilege of wearing the candy stripes
— Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) November 4, 2014
Playing at IU is a privilege! The culture was built on hard work, accountability & understanding what it means to wear INDIANA on the front!
— Jordan Hulls (@JordanHulls1) November 4, 2014
Former Indiana guard Jordan Hulls has a new professional home.
After spending last season with Energa Czarni in Poland, Hulls said Wednesday on his Twitter account that he’ll play this coming season with Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo.
Excited to further my bball career by playing for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo! Great opportunity & living out my dream, God is good! #DreamBig
— Jordan Hulls (@JordanHulls1) September 3, 2014
Sigal Prishtina plays in the Kosovo Super League.
Behind a late scoring barrage from Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls, Indiana surged to defeat Purdue, 116-113 in the second annual alumni game between the schools at IUPUI on Saturday night.
You can view final stats from the game at this link and check out 30 photos from Jamie Owens from the event in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. You can purchase prints from various Indiana games and other events from JScottSports.com.
Periodically throughout their seasons, we’ll take a look at how members of IU’s 2012-2013 Big Ten championship team are performing in both the NBA and professional leagues around the world. Here’s our March update:
· Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Stats: 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.5 steals in 31.7 minutes per game
Notes: Oladipo and the Magic aren’t in the NBA playoff race, but he is in a battle with Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams for the Rookie of the Year award. Carter-Williams is the leader at this point and Oladipo missed a couple of games since our last update with an ankle injury, which certainly didn’t help his cause. Regardless of who wins the award, it’s hard to look at Oladipo’s debut NBA season as anything less than a success when you look at the numbers he’s been able to put up from an individual standpoint.
Notable recent performance: 15 points, six assists and three rebounds in a 105-101 loss to Washington on March 14.
Podcast on the Brink returns with Indiana legend Jordan Hulls to reflect on his career at IU and also to offer some thoughts on this year’s team in Bloomington.
· Indiana’s win on Sunday over Ohio State
· What he misses most about playing at Indiana
· What makes Will Sheehey such a special teammate and player
· Why Tom Crean is so good developing players
· Whether he could beat Noah Vonleh in a 3-point contest
So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.