Troy Williams Archive
Indiana had defensive issues against both Lamar and Eastern Washington, something we chronicled in yesterday’s Lamar Film Session.
We’ll instead be taking a look at Troy Williams work on the baseline on his way to 19 points.
What often makes Williams’ sneaky work out of the corners to the hoop so effective is that even when the defense has a foot in the restricted area, Williams still finds a way to use the precious amount of space between the endline and the hoop to receive the ball and score. The sophomore makes it that much harder to defend with his leaping ability, which sometimes allows him to catch on one side and finish on the other, using the hoop as a shield for scores.
The latest edition of Film Session:
James Blackmon Jr. has the ball on the top of the key. Yogi Ferrell, who has just inbounded the ball, gets a screen from Williams out near the right wing:
The Eagles sink into a 1-3-1 zone, and it leaves Williams tucked behind the defense as Blackmon Jr. still has the ball up top:
Blackmon Jr. sees it and throw it over the top as the Eagles scramble to recover:
Troy Williams (19 points, nine rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (27 points, seven assists and four rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 88-86 loss to Eastern Washington on Monday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch the full press conference below:
It wasn’t easy, but Indiana passed its first legitimate test of the season on Thursday night with a 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU at Assembly Hall.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s win over the Mustangs:
· Turnovers tell the story: When Larry Brown and his staff go back and look at this loss, the glaring number that will stand out for the Mustangs is turnovers: 19 of them. SMU shot an effective field goal percentage of close to 62 percent, won the rebounding battle and still lost by six because it turned it over on 28.4 percent of its possessions.
Indiana, on the other hand, has been justifiably criticized for turnovers in the past but only turned it over on 10.5 percent of its possessions on Thursday night. Nick Zeisloft, James Blackmon Jr. and Yogi Ferrell combined for 49 points and no turnovers.
In a game that was played much more in the halfcourt than IU’s previous two contests (67 possessions), it’s solid progress for this group to take care of the ball that well against the length and athleticism of SMU.
· James Blackmon took over offensively: Indiana didn’t shoot the ball well from the field as a team, but James Blackmon Jr. again showed efficiency as he hit 7 of his 15 field goal attempts and also went 7 of 7 from the foul line for 26 points.
James Blackmon Jr. (26 points, seven rebounds), Troy Williams (11 points, four rebounds, two steals) and Yogi Ferrell (13 points, seven assists and five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 74-68 win over No. 22 SMU on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch the full press conference below:
ESPN.com: Indiana Hoosiers’ Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams apologetic before return
“I know we let a lot of people down, teammates, coaching staff, family and definitely the fans,” Robinson said. “But I think we’ve learned from it. Before I think we had a little idea of what it means to put on an Indiana jersey. Once this all happened and it went public, we saw what it really means to be a Hoosier.”
The players’ suspensions, announced just days after news of the car accident, made for a tumultuous start to the season for the Hoosiers and coach Tom Crean.
“He went through a lot more than we had to go through,” Williams said. “The fact that he kept us through all of this, we’re just grateful.”
ESPN also has a story on Emmitt Holt and how he’s dealt with the aftermath of the accident that left Devin Davis seriously injured.
This much we must remember: Tom Crean gets what’s expected in Bloomington.
You don’t toss up four straight perfect APR scores without getting it. You don’t chain your entire team to student housing this season without getting it.
But we’re still left with this recent mess in Bloomington under his watch, a grown man unable to keep his teenage players from chasing the night — no matter how hard he tries.
Think about it this way: Whom do the underclassmen have to lead them by example? There are no seniors, and the longest-tenured Hoosiers started the off-the-court drama. Hanner Mosquera-Perea drove his car into a curb he was so hammered; Yogi Ferrell used a fake ID at Sports on the weekend of Little 500, a foolish decision. Crean has lofted Nick Zeisloft into the leadership perch. It’s true he’s the oldest kid on the team. But the fact is this: Four months ago, nobody knew who he was.
So there’s a reason Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls and Verdell Jones and Derek Elston are pissed. They see a group of kids — some they played with, some they didn’t — not getting it, not passing along the blueprint. Bob Knight may be long gone, and though he didn’t live a life of sainthood in Bloomington, he drafted that blueprint. The “It’s Indiana” blueprint. It’s a privilege to wear the candy stripes. And with it comes responsibility, higher standards, round-the-clock commitments. It’s not easy. It’s not always fun. But it’s what’s expected.
It’s a culture those players all worked hard to bring back to Assembly Hall under Crean’s watch, and it’s slipped since they’ve left.
On Monday night at his first radio show of the 2014-2015 season, Indiana coach Tom Crean faced several questions from both host Don Fischer and fans regarding the Hoosiers’ multiple off-court issues.
During the hour-long show, Crean addressed the condition of sophomore forward Devin Davis, announced suspensions for freshman Emmitt Holt and sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson, commented on leadership issues and updated the injury status of several Hoosiers heading into Thursday’s exhibition against Northwood.
Davis remains hospitalized
Following Monday night’s radio show, Crean said he would immediately return to IU Health Bloomington Hospital to spend time with Davis, who remains hospitalized following Saturday morning’s accident in which Davis was hit by a car driven by Holt.
During the show, though, Crean discussed how painful the incident was to him on a personal level — getting visibly emotional on multiple occasions and choking up on air, as well.
“I think our team is hurting big time,” Crean said. “We know mistakes are made. But our team is hurting big time.”