Noah Vonleh Archive
The Big Ten held its first weekly coaches teleconference on Monday morning to review the non-conference season to-date. Here are some notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s appearance:
· For the third time this season, Noah Vonleh was named the Big Ten freshman of the week. In games last week against Syracuse and North Florida, Vonleh averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds. Ohio State’s LaQuinton Ross was named the Big Ten player of the week.
· Crean began by congratulating Ohio State and Michigan State football for “such a great championship game.” Crean also congratulated Curt Miller and the IU women’s team for their 9-0 start.
Crean was asked to evaluate the impact that Vonleh has had on the Hoosiers this season:
“He really wants to be not only a great player, but a great winner and great teammate. He’s got a unique work ethic in the sense that it’s been commonplace for him to be in here, inside this building, not only when he needed to, obviously, but the other times and off times, mornings, nights. He’s just constantly, whether he’s trying to work on his shot, his post-up game, his free throws, spending more and more time absorbing film on his own, those are the type of things that just lead you to believe that he’s going to have a fantastic career.”
· Crean said that Luke Fischer is beginning to get healthier as he continues to recover from a torn labrum that forced him to miss a significant part of the preseason.
Indiana bounced back from Thursday’s second half debacle at Syracuse with a comfortable 89-68 win over North Florida on Saturday night at Assembly Hall.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Ospreys:
· The Hoosiers didn’t let the Syracuse loss linger: With a young team, there’s always the possibility of a loss carrying over to the next game. Aside from a narrow defeat at the hands of Connecticut and a narrow win over LIU-Brooklyn, Indiana had yet to experience much adversity this season until the Syracuse game. Tom Crean talked at length in his Friday press conference about putting the loss to the Orange to bed quickly and for the most part, his young team did just that.
Indiana moved the ball early, hit some perimeter shots and forced North Florida out of its zone. It rebounded relatively well and got to the line at a decent clip.
In other words, it got back to establishing its identity.
“I think this team can be a very good rebounding team and can be a team that gets to the foul line,” Crean said. “I think what we saw tonight is can we keep building on this, when we move the ball and we get in rhythm on 3s, we’re pretty good with it.”
· Evan Gordon had his best performance of the season: Evan Gordon hadn’t had much of an offensive role through the first eight games despite averaging in double figures in each of his first three collegiate seasons.
That changed on Saturday night as the graduate transfer from Arizona State gave IU a major lift off the bench with 15 points (7-of-9 shooting), four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 19 minutes.
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kmark22 on the premium forum writes: Draft Express has Noah Vonleh #8, NBADraft.net has him #9, and ESPN’s Chad Ford has him at #9 as well. Is it more realistic than we think Vonleh could be one and done?
It’s early December and as interesting as it is to discuss mock drafts or big boards at this point, they’re relatively meaningless. The most important games of the season have yet to be played. If you went back and looked at the mock drafts from this time last year, most of them probably had Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress as lottery picks and Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke nowhere near the lottery. And we all know how that worked out.
Vonleh is going to be highly coveted by NBA teams whenever he decides to come out. He has the physical attributes that NBA general managers and scouts love, he’s a high character kid and he wants to get better.
The one thing that has me hesitant on all of this buzz for Vonleh coming out after one year is just how loaded this draft is at the top. His ceiling in the 2015 draft may be much higher (which is somewhat important when you look at the rookie salary scale) and he’s also just four months removed from turning 18. Right now, I’d use these predictions and rankings for entertainment value and not put too much stock into viewing them as indicative of what’s to come. – Alex Bozich
NervousWreck on the premium forum writes: Rotations and substitution patterns seem to be a hot topic. In your opinion – who’s getting too little playing time on this roster and who’s getting too much playing time?
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Indiana dropped its second game of the season on Tuesday night, 69-52 to Syracuse, in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Carrier Dome.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss:
· A lack of leadership on the floor: Tom Crean was direct in his postgame comments regarding IU’s play in the second half. Without calling out any player specifically, Crean expressed his disappointment in how the Hoosiers played after trailing by just four at halftime and made it a point to mention that the locker room was too quiet at halftime.
“Our leadership took a step back tonight,” Crean said. “And I don’t know if it’s the inexperience of the team, I don’t know if it’s the fact that we have a senior like Will (Sheehey) that’s in a different role right now. But there’s no excuse for it.”
Whether his comments were meant to send a message to certain players or is truly symbolic of a gap in leadership remains to be seen, but it was clear that Crean was frustrated with his team’s second half execution in a game that was winnable after 20 minutes.
“I’m disgusted with the lack of leadership, and unbelievably disappointed with the lack of fight in the second half,” Crean said. “That was one of the poorest displays of fight and communication that I’ve ever seen.”
· IU settled far too often: When IU was at its best offensively on Tuesday night, the Hoosiers were patient and worked the ball around for a good look or entered the ball in the post to Noah Vonleh.
Despite trailing 10-0 to start the game, IU outscored Syracuse 29-23 for the rest of first half and even briefly took a lead on a Yogi Ferrell 3-pointer at the 3:28 mark.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Yogi Ferrell (12 points) and Noah Vonleh (17 points, six rebounds, three blocks) met with the media following Indiana’s 69-52 loss to Syracuse in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at the Carrier Dome.
Watch and listen to their postgame comments in the media players below:
Indiana coach Tom Crean saw his team’s potential in perhaps its worst half of the season.
On Friday, Nov. 22, in the 2K Sports Classic final against then-No. 18 Connecticut, his Hoosiers went 9-for-24 from the field, had 12 turnovers and somehow only trailed, 30-24. Though Indiana would subsequently lose the game, 59-58, Crean was convinced.
“You’ve got limited time and you’re trying to not wear them down and they are young guys, and you’ve got a million things you’re thinking about,” he said on Nov. 26, following Indiana’s 77-46 win against Evansville. “But the bottom line is we just have to get better at certain things every day and not get ahead of ourselves. We never get ahead of ourselves game wise, but we are asking them to learn a lot.”
Seven games into the season, Crean has a lot to be optimistic about.
As of Saturday morning, Indiana (6-1) was the No. 4 offensive rebounding team (45.6 offensive rebounding percentage) in the nation and was No. 11 in getting to the foul line with a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 60.6 percent. His team is playing to the pace he wants with an adjusted tempo of 74.3 possessions per game, which ranks 20th nationally.
Indiana is also averaging 86.4 points per game — No. 24 in the country — and is limiting opponents to an effective field goal percentage of 39.5, which is fifth nationally.
But his team is still one of the youngest in the country, one that has six freshmen and five sophomores on scholarship. According to KenPom.com, the Hoosiers rank 325th in the country in terms of experience.
“I’m the first one that’s getting too far ahead, and I realized that today,” Crean said after the Evansville win.
“I think the hard thing for me, I see how good they can be. I see their talent level. I’ve known them for so long through the recruiting process and things like that. I want greatness for them.”
Indiana moved to 6-1 with a comfortable 77-46 win over Evansville on Tuesday night in Assembly Hall. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the rout of the Purple Aces:
· Evansville’s offense never gets going: Led by D.J. Balentine, who entered Tuesday’s game with a scoring average of 29.6 points per game, the Evansville offense boasted some of the nation’s best numbers coming into Assembly Hall. The Purple Aces ranked in the top 25 nationally in both offensive efficiency and effective field goal percentage at tip-off.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Hoosiers had limited Evansville to a season-low in points (46) and a season-high in turnovers (15). Balentine finished with 14 points on just 5-of-17 shooting. And the nation’s top 3-point shooting team managed to hit just 3-of-16 in Assembly Hall. Evansville coach Marty Simmons had a pretty simple explanation for why his team his struggled.
“They just executed their defense well,” Simmons said. “They did a lot of good things and we just weren’t patient. Their communication, they switched up some things on us and got us stagnant. We just have to do a better job.”
· Hollowell’s career-night: There will likely be better performances down the road in the career of sophomore Jeremy Hollowell. But Tuesday’s performance was Hollowell’s best from an offensive standpoint in his young career and he did it coming off the bench for the first time this season. In 17 minutes, Hollowell scored 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 free throws.
Hollowell was replaced in the starting lineup by senior Jeff Howard and said afterward that he didn’t view coming off the bench as a big deal.
“Coach made his decision, Jeff came in, he did a great job,” Hollowell said. “He capitalized on his opportunity, and it was coach’s decision and we went with it.”