Will Sheehey Archive
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:
Will Sheehey knows his days as an Indiana Hoosier are numbered.
The senior forward has already experienced his senior night and perhaps his final game at Assembly Hall. But he doesn’t want the ride to end, just yet. “I’d love to win every game out,” he said on Wednesday.
That urgency, he hopes, will translate into Indiana’s Big Ten tournament opener on Thursday, in which the 8th-seeded Hoosiers (17-14, 7-11) will play the 9th-seeded Illinois Fighting Illini (18-13, 7-11) at 12 p.m. in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“Obviously (I’m) making sure that they take each game seriously and each practice seriously,” Sheehey said, “knowing that potentially it could be coming down to one of the final ones.”
As the Hoosiers enter postseason play, Sheehey said the only difference it holds compared to the regular season will be the frequency at which the games come. His teammates, he said, will have to take care of themselves health-wise throughout the whole process. That is, if they get that far.
With top-seeded Michigan looming, Indiana’s focus is on Illinois. The two teams matched up twice in Big Ten play — once in late December and once in late January — with each team winning on its home court. And the Hoosiers have looked at those tapes — the second game occurred while the Illini were in the midst of an eight-game losing streak — as well as more recent games, in which the Illini have won four of their past five.
Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey met with the media on Wednesday to preview Thursday’s matchup with Illinois in the Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Watch their comments in the media players below:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Senior Will Sheehey (17 points) and freshman Troy Williams (16 points) addressed the media following Saturday’s loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Watched their comments in the media player below: