Will Sheehey Archive
Five former Indiana players — Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Noah Vonleh, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford — participated in the NBA summer league, which concludes later today in Las Vegas.
Oladipo played in the Orlando summer league, while Watford played both in Orlando and Las Vegas. Zeller, Vonleh and Sheehey played in Vegas. Here’s a look at how all five players performed:
· Zeller, Charlotte: 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals in 27.7 minutes per game.
The sample size was small — just three games — but the results were encouraging for Zeller, who may be in line for a bigger role following the departure of Josh McRoberts to Miami via free agency. Most impressive about Zeller’s play was his shooting from the field (58.6 percent) and the fact that he got to the line 20 times over three games.
His play was enough to draw the praise of Amin Elhassan at ESPN Insider:
Zeller has looked a lot more assertive on the floor this year and more sure of himself, and that confidence has definitely manifested itself in the box score, where he has shot an impressive 63 percent from the field (over his first two games). His combination of size and speed makes him an extremely tough cover, and he’s finding ways to get open looks around the rim by being active and taking full advantage of his physical gifts.
Former Indiana forward Will Sheehey wasn’t selected in Thursday’s NBA draft, but he’ll still get a shot to play in the NBA.
After working out for 10 teams in the pre-draft process, Sheehey had some second round interest, but didn’t hear his name called.
He’ll now have to play his way onto a roster and he could get that chance beginning in the NBA summer league with the New York Knicks, according to his high school coach, Adam Ross.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana forward Will Sheehey is looking to catch the eye of an NBA franchise in the weeks leading up this month’s draft and on Friday, he was at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to work out for the Indiana Pacers.
Sheehey, along with Russ Smith (Louisville), Davion Berry (Weber State), DeAndre Daniels (Connecticut), Xavier Thames (San Diego State) and Kendall Williams (New Mexico), worked out in front of members of the Pacers front office, including team president Larry Bird.
The Pacers have the No. 57 pick in this year’s draft.
Since finishing up in Bloomington, Sheehey has been working out in New York, where his agent, Marc Cornstein of Pinnacle Sports, is based. According to HoopsHype.com, Cornstein represents Metta World Peace, Samuel Dalembert and Beno Udrih.
Sheehey’s father, Mike, also lives in New York.
Following his workout with the Pacers, Sheehey addressed the media and was asked about a variety of topics, including the feedback he’s received so far from NBA teams, his career at Indiana and what he feels he can bring at the next level. You can watch and listen to all of his comments in the media player after the jump.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Will Sheehey.
Sheehey (31 games): 11.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 blocks, 53.0% eFG, 69.0% FT in 30.3 minutes per game.
This was a transition season for Will Sheehey. After three seasons of being Indiana’s sixth man, the Hoosiers’ spark of energy off the bench, the 2013-2014 season was meant to be Sheehey’s year as Indiana’s senior leader. The one who would help carry the young Hoosiers to on-court success, through scoring and through leadership.
Co-captaining the Hoosiers with sophomore Yogi Ferrell, that is exactly what Sheehey did, starting 31 of Indiana’s 32 games (missing just the Michigan State road game with an ankle injury). He left as one of the fan favorites on a team that struggled with inconsistencies all season. But Sheehey’s road to the end wasn’t as smooth as he might have liked it to be.
Before the season even began, Sheehey injured an ankle at adidas Nations while colliding with Kansas freshman Joel Embiid during a counselor game. In October, he was dealing with a groin injury, according to Indiana coach Tom Crean.
And in the opening months of the 2013-2014 season, Sheehey dealt with offensive inconsistencies. In the first 20 games of the season, Sheehey scored fewer than six points on seven separate occasions. He shot better than 50 percent or better from the field in only 11 of IU’s first 20 games.
McDonald’s All-American week is off to a very good start for Marion guard James Blackmon Jr.
The 6-foot-3 Indiana-bound senior won the McDonald’s All-American 3-point shootout on Monday night at the University of Chicago’s Gerald Ratner Athletic Center.
Blackmon Jr. scored 23 points in the event to beat Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis (20), Duke’s Grayson Allen (14) and undecided Myles Turner (10).
Here’s video of Blackmon Jr’s performance:
The future Hoosier then beat Tennessee signee Alex Middleton in the boys’ vs. girls’ 3-point shootout, 20-19.
The McDonald’s All American Game will air live Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Cunningham sets decision date
Class of 2014 Morgan Park (Ill.) forward Josh Cunningham, rated 107th nationally in the 247Composite, will announce his college decision on Wednesday, Apr. 9.
Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey met with the media following Indiana’s 64-54 loss to Illinois in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Watch their postgame comments and read a full transcript below:
Q. You guys got it going from the three-point line in the first half, missed the last 11. Did they come out on you more? What changed the rest of the game?
WILL SHEEHEY: The ones in the first half kind of came off movement and penetration. The second half we didn’t necessarily get the same penetration and movement that we did the first half.
Q. I’ll ask both of you, the zones seemed to give you some troubles. Was that a big factor in the game for you? You came out the second half really penetrating and they went to the zone. There must have been a reason for it.
YOGI FERRELL: We needed to move the ball more, still kind of play inside and out. But we didn’t do that the second half.
WILL SHEEHEY: I think we had some sets where we actually did have some pretty good movement within the zone but it wasn’t on a consistent basis.
INDIANAPOLIS — It was a quiet Indiana locker room on Thursday afternoon as the Hoosiers addressed the media following a disappointing 64-54 loss to Illinois in the opening round of the 2014 Big Ten tournament.
Watch what several of IU’s players had to say following the loss: