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POTB 125: Hoosiers in the NBA with Matt Dollinger

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Sports Illustrated NBA editor Matt Dollinger to talk Hoosiers in the NBA and also some Hoosiers who could be picked in June’s NBA draft.

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Troy Williams entering NBA draft, will not hire an agent

Indiana junior forward Troy Williams will declare for the 2016 NBA draft, but will not hire an agent, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

“After much thought and family discussion, I’ve decided to declare for this year’s NBA Draft but will not hire an agent,” Williams said in a statement. “This gives me the opportunity to explore future possibilities, while keeping my options open. Coach (Tom) Crean is always supportive and makes sure that you have the best information to help you make a decision like this and I value his input. I’m excited to go through this process.”

Williams, who averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season, is ranked the No. 83 draft prospect by DraftExpress.com and the No. 86 prospect by Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

By not hiring an agent, Williams will have the option to participate in next month’s combine in Chicago (May 11-15) and also work out for teams but still return to school next season.

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Troy Williams says NBA draft decision coming soon

In an interview Saturday morning on ESPN Radio 94.1 in Virginia Beach, Indiana junior forward Troy Williams said he is still undecided on his future, but plans to make an announcement soon.

“Right now, I’m still deciding,” Williams said. “I’ll be making an announcement here soon. In the next couple of days.”

Williams, who averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season, is ranked the No. 83 draft prospect by DraftExpress.com and the No. 86 prospect by Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

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That’s A Wrap: Troy Williams

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Troy Williams.

Williams (35 games): 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 55.4% eFG, 69.1% FT, 34.7 3PFG% in 26.2 minutes per game.

When Troy Williams announced that he would return to Indiana for his junior season in April of 2015, he did so with high hopes for what the Hoosiers could accomplish as a team in his third season.

“I love my teammates and coaches and with continued work, I think we can accomplish so much,” he said at the time. “This is a special place and I can’t wait to see our team grow over the coming months.”

While the path to get there had plenty of bumps in the road, Williams and his teammates accomplished plenty in the 2015-2016 season, including a regular season Big Ten championship. Individually, Williams earned All-Big Ten third team honors.

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An NBA scout’s take: Breakdowns on Ferrell, Bryant and Williams

Earlier in the week, Inside the Hall had a chance to speak in-depth with an NBA scout regarding the three Hoosiers who could be involved in the 2016 draft: Yogi Ferrell, Thomas Bryant and Troy Williams.

Here’s a breakdown of each player from a scout’s perspective, who spoke with Inside the Hall on the condition of anonymity.

Thomas Bryant

General thoughts from an NBA scout

“Everybody really just loves his energy and competitiveness. He runs the floor a little bit better than you’d assume just because of the stiffness in his body, which is your main concern. I think that’s the one thing that there is some concern about out there and how much can you improve that as he grows and works with strength training and conditioning.

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Draft watch: A look at the stock of Ferrell, Bryant and Williams

With a pair of NBA lottery picks in 2013 and one in 2014, draft watch was a regular feature on the site during the 2012-13 and 2013-2014 seasons. The Hoosiers didn’t have an early entry to the draft last season, but that could change this year as Troy Williams and Thomas Bryant consider their futures. Yogi Ferrell also figures to be in the draft conversation.

Thanks to NCAA rules changes, the key dates to know this year for Indiana fans are April 24, May 11-15 and May 25. The first date is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft. From there, the NBA will have a list of all players who have made themselves available for the draft and then invite players to the NBA draft combine, which will take place May 11-15 in Chicago. For those players who do not hire an agent, the deadline to withdraw from the draft and retain college eligibility is May 25.

Underclassmen can enter the NBA draft multiple times without foregoing their eligibility and may participate in the combine and one tryout per NBA team per year and still return to college as long as they do not hire an agent.

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NBA decisions will shape Indiana’s outlook for 2016-17 season

In the immediate aftermath of Indiana’s 101-86 loss to North Carolina on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center, Thomas Bryant and Troy Williams weren’t ready to talk about their futures in Bloomington.

In previous years, it was typically window dressing around the country to hear players utter the words “I haven’t thought about that yet,” but this year, it may actually be accurate.

New NCAA rules that were passed earlier this year will allow underclassmen to test the NBA waters without losing their eligibility, which is a major change in the system.

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Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Kentucky

DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 73-67 win over Kentucky on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. The victory improved the Hoosiers to 27-7 on the season.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Wildcats:

· Indiana won with defense: The numbers don’t lie: Kentucky entered Saturday’s matchup with Indiana with the nation’s best offense.

The Wildcats left Des Moines with their second worst offensive performance of the season and Indiana’s defense had plenty to do with it. Kentucky scored just .94 points per possession against Indiana. This wasn’t just about Kentucky missing shots. It was also about Indiana defending.

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