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That’s A Wrap: Offense

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Indiana’s offense.

Final stats (32 games): 72.3 ppg, 44.8 FG %, 49.8 eFG %, 34.3 3P FG%, 73.0 FT %, 45.3 % FTR.

After spending back-to-back season as one of the most efficient offensive teams in the country, Indiana’s offense took a couple steps back in 2013-2014.

It was easy to see why. Gone were Cody Zeller’s and Victor Oladipo’s high-percentage looks. Gone too was the precision of Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls from distance. All four were also crucial members of Indiana’s transition attack, and all four moved on. And instead of three upperclassmen in the starting lineup, this season’s offense featured three freshman.

While Yogi Ferrell took steps forward and Noah Vonleh was overpowering at times, it simply wasn’t enough to make up for the departed. After finishing third nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency in 2012-2013 and fourth in 2011-2012, Indiana fell to 127th this past season.

The turnovers were a big part of it. As has long been discussed, the Hoosiers’ sloppy play and poor decision making had them forfeiting 21.8 percent of their possessions for the season (310th nationally) and 21.9 percent in conference play (12th). But Indiana also squandered points by getting their shots blocked at a high rate as well (12.4 percent: 331st nationally, 13.2 percent: 12th in conference).

Six seasons in, these two areas have been consistent low spots for Indiana’s offense under Tom Crean in conference play:

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Draft watch: Vonleh a lottery pick in every projection

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With his decision to enter the NBA Draft now in the rearview mirror, the question of whether Noah Vonleh will be back in Bloomington next season has been answered. What hasn’t been answered, and won’t be officially until Thursday, June 26, is which franchise will select Vonleh in the 2014 NBA Draft.

In our latest edition of draft watch, we take a detailed look at where Vonleh’s stock stands following his lone season in Bloomington:

Projections
ESPN: (7) Draft Express: (7) NBADraft.net: (6) Sports Illustrated: (8)

· Analysis: Since our last update before the Big Ten tournament, Vonleh moved up a spot in ESPN’s rankings, down a spot in NBADraft.net rankings and down two spots in the SI rankings.

We won’t have a good idea on which teams could potentially target Vonleh until after the NBA Draft lottery, which takes place on May 20. Right now, however, he’s a consensus top eight pick if you go by the four major mock drafts we’ve been tracking for most of the season. Those projections are consistent with the feedback Vonleh says he got from NBA.

“I heard I’ll be somewhere in the lottery, but that’s unknown,” Vonleh said on Thursday. “I’ve got to go into workouts and showcase my skills and hopefully end up where I want to be.”

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Video: Noah Vonleh talks decision to enter NBA Draft

Noah Vonleh and coach Tom Crean met with the media on Thursday afternoon to discuss the IU freshman’s decision to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Watch the press conference in the media player below:

A complete transcript is available after the jump.

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That’s A Wrap: Noah Vonleh

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Noah Vonleh.

Vonleh (30 games): 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 0.6 assists, 52.3% FG, 71.6% FT in 26.5 minutes per game.

Noah Vonleh arrived in Bloomington on May 29 weighing just over 220 pounds. By the time July arrived, he had put on over 20 pounds of muscle as the transformation of his body under the guidance of IU’s strength and condition program took hold.

“I wasn’t used to that at prep school, so that was a big adjustment,” Vonleh told the media in his first comments after arriving on campus. “I put on a lot of weight and am getting stronger.”

After just a few weeks at IU, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson said Vonleh would put a cot in Cook Hall if he could, an indication of the work ethic he possessed at just 18 years of age.

The 2013-2014 season tipped off with high hopes for Vonleh and rightfully so. He arrived in Bloomington as the highest rated recruit of the Tom Crean era and at 6-foot-10 with a ridiculous 7-foot-4 wingspan, the Massachusetts native appeared ready to contribute right away.

And that’s exactly what he did.

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Report: Noah Vonleh declares for NBA draft

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It had long been rumored, but late Sunday night, Noah Vonleh confirmed the reports. He is declaring for the 2014 NBA draft, he told Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.

Vonleh was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in his lone season at Indiana, in which he led the conference with 9.0 rebounds per game and scored 11.3 points per game.

“It’s going to suck leaving college without an NCAA tournament,” Vonleh told Parrish. “But I have to do what’s best for me.”

The 6-foot-10 forward is projected to be a lottery pick in June’s NBA draft, and Vonleh told Parrish he thinks he will be selected anywhere from pick No. 4 to pick No. 12.

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Report: Vonleh leaning toward entering NBA draft

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Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh is strongly leaning toward entering the 2014 NBA draft, according to a report on Saturday evening by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Citing sources, Wojnarowski reports that “Vonleh’s inner circle has been engaged in dialogue with a few prominent NBA agents, especially across the past several weeks of the season. NCAA bylaws allow players, families and associates to talk with agents and still preserve their amateur eligibility.”

Vonleh was named the Big Ten freshman of the year and third team All-Big Ten after averaging 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward would be the first one-and-done to play at Indiana since Eric Gordon.

After Indiana’s loss to Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday, Vonleh was asked about his process for making a decision on the draft, but shot down the question by saying “I’m not going to talk about that right now.”

The deadline to enter the 2014 NBA draft is April 27.

After 32 games, Indiana’s turnover issue remains

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INDIANAPOLIS — There have been plenty of recurring issues for the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2013-2014 season. Scoring slumps, second-half collapses, the list goes on.

But on Thursday in their Big Ten tournament opener, another recurring issue reared its ugly head: turnovers.

In their 64-54 loss to Illinois, the Hoosiers turned the ball over 16 times — on 25.9 percent of their possessions. Through 32 games this season, the Hoosiers have turned the ball over on 21.8 percent of their possessions.

No Indiana squad has had a worse turnover percentage since the 2009-2010 team that finished 10-22. And after the Illinois loss, many of the Hoosiers weighed in on why it has remained an issue throughout this season.

“It was just awareness on the court,” redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington said. “Some of the times the turnovers we had, we had the right intentions and we were making the right play, just sometimes you were over-dribbling or over-thinking a play.

“I wouldn’t say it’s something like skills-wise, that’s the reason why we had turnovers — with a young team it’s hard to really get used to everything. But I mean it is the end of the year and you don’t consider them freshmen anymore. It’s something that you just have to be more aware of on the court.”

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