Troy Williams Archive
MONTREAL — Thoughts on a 110-70 win over Laval University:
After an offseason full of arrivals and departures, the first look at the 2014-15 Indiana Hoosiers was unveiled on Friday night on the first game of a five-game tour through Canada.
And the early returns were promising.
On a night where Indiana was without junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea (visa issues) and freshman Jeremiah April (ankle), Tom Crean opted to go small from the get-go with a starting lineup of Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Troy Williams and Nick Zeisloft.
The Hoosiers wasted little time scoring early in possessions as a 24-second shot clock produced a frantic pace that only Indiana could keep over a full 40 minutes.
After Laval hung in for a quarter and even led for portions of the first 10 minutes, Indiana finally exploded in the third quarter. The Hoosiers hung 34 third quarter points and were on their way to a comfortable win.
A look at some of the tempo-free numbers: Indiana’s effective field goal percentage was strong (57.3) as was its offensive rebounding percentage (38.4). The Hoosiers did, however, turn it over on 18.3 percent of their possessions. And while Indiana did clamp down defensively in the second half, holding Laval to just 27 points over the last two quarters, it did allow an effective field goal percentage of 50. That was driven, in large part, by Laval hitting 11 of its 30 attempts from behind the 3-point arc.
Individually, there were several standouts.
MONTREAL — Indiana opened its five-game Canadian tour with a comfortable 110-70 win over Laval University on Friday night at Brebeuf College.
Following the win, Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell (22 points, six assists, four rebounds, three steals), James Blackmon Jr. (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals), Robert Johnson (12 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Troy Williams (21 points, six rebounds and a steal) met with the media to discuss the win.
Watch video of both press conferences below:
As part of his press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Assembly Hall, Tom Crean broke down the 2014-2015 Indiana roster on a player-by-player basis.
We’ve organized his quotes on each player below:
Yogi is getting a lot better. He’s getting a lot stronger. He’s benching 245 right now which is phenomenal. He’s always been a strong young man but nobody really lifts in high school like they did in college, and that wasn’t a big part of his day. I mean, he is a force in that weight room right now; and he’s not only a force with what he’s doing and the way that he’s lifting but in the way that he’s talking and leading.
What I really like about him, and I’m going to put him in front of you here pretty soon so you get a chance to see, he’s starting to grasp what he’s capable of. And I don’t think he’s even grasped what he’s capable of on the court yet and I know he’s showing flashes of it.
I had a gentleman in this league tell me that his team they had polled their team on some different questions about the season, and he said, when it came down to the hardest matchup in the league, to a man, everybody said the hardest matchup for them to deal with was with Yogi. I haven’t even told him that yet.
We want people across the country saying that when they run into him. And he’s working towards that. The keys right now, that he become as great of a lead guard in the sense of, do multiple things but make others better constantly.
Via the official IU Athletics YouTube channel, Indiana today released a video showing footage of an offseason workout with strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson:
Welcome to offseason storylines, a look into some of the biggest storylines surrounding the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Next up, a detailed look at sophomore Troy Williams and whether he can make a major leap in production as a sophomore. (Previously: A look at Indiana’s youth and how it got here.)
As one of two returning players who started each of Indiana’s 32 games last season, much will be expected of Troy Williams as he enters his sophomore season in Bloomington. Williams is back on campus now, but spent time last month working out in Texas under John Lucas.
There’s little doubt that Williams arrived on campus possessing the athleticism necessary to make plays right away in the Big Ten, but the nuances of the games like reading defenses and making the simple play rather than trying to do too much were slower to come along. He admitted as much in an interview earlier this month with IUHoosiers.com, while also noting that the physicality was a major adjustment:
“I also had a lot to learn about the game itself, things like different ways to play pick-and-roll defense or how to defend other screening situations,” he said. “That was the biggest adjustment for me.”
With one season under his belt, a healthy amount of minutes played and a roster packed with youth, Indiana is going to rely on Williams to take a significant jump forward in order to reach its goal of returning to the NCAA tournament. In terms of career minutes logged, Williams will be Indiana’s second most experienced player entering the 2014-2015 season.
So what does Indiana need out of Williams as a sophomore? Improved shooting, much better decision making and a bigger presence on the glass would be near the top of the checklist.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Troy Williams.
Williams (32 games): 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 50.9% FG, 20.7% 3PFG, 67.6% FT in 21.5 minutes per game.
If you’re looking for the personification of Indiana’s inconsistent 2013-2014 campaign, freshman wing Troy Williams is a good place to start.
The Oak Hill Academy product came to Bloomington with much promise and dazzled at times. At Madison Square Garden on Nov. 22, he pumped in 22 points and snagged eight rebounds against Washington, his athleticism and confidence on full display. But the next night against UConn, Williams had just two points in a loss.
He found his offensive niche around the basket this season and sported a team-high 2-point field goal percentage of 56.9. Not counting Luke Fischer, his field goal percentage at the rim was nearly tops on the team, too. Only Will Sheehey (61.1 percent) bested him. Sometimes it was out of the corner, scoring on tip-ins, putbacks and up-and-unders. Others it was connecting with Yogi Ferrell late in the season against Michigan.
But when Williams tried making a move off the wing to the hoop, he often played too fast, taking a step before dribbling and turning the ball over. This happened a lot. Williams’ turnover percentage of 24.8 percent was near worst on the team, just barely losing that title to Devin Davis (25.8), Hanner Mosquera-Perea (25.7) and the departing Austin Etherington (25.0), though he used more possessions this season (19.4 percent) than any of those three. Williams also struggled to shoot from distance. He made just six of his 29 3-point attempts (20.7) with two of those coming in one game (at Michigan on March 8).
Defensively, Williams’ athleticism led to a team high in steal percentage (2.2 percent) and it would have been higher had he found a way to not step out of bounds after deflecting the ball up ahead on near wing steals more than once this season.
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.”