That’s A Wrap: Jordan Hulls

  • 03/26/2010 8:34 pm in

Big Ten Basketball Tournament - First RoundWelcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our attempt to um, wrap up the 2009-10 season. Sit back. Relax. Grab some popcorn. Get your read on.

Final Stats (31 games): 6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 40.6% FG, 80% FT.

The book on the season of Jordan Hulls can be written in a similar fashion to many of his freshman peers throughout the country.

There were spectacular moments — eight 3-pointers — in the regular season finale versus Northwestern, which snapped an 11-game losing streak.

And there were not-so-spectacular moments — two points and four turnovers — in a 25-point loss at Ohio State in IU’s first conference road game.

But more importantly for the point guard Indiana hopes will develop into one of its key contributors over the next few years, Hulls showed improvement as the season rolled along.

The Hoosiers were a better team, from a turnover standpoint, with Hulls at the point rather than Jeremiah Rivers. The freshman turned it over 14.8 percent of the time compared to 21.6 percent for Rivers.

Hulls was Indiana’s best 3-point shooter, knocking down 47 of 117 attempts, good for an impressive 40.2 percent. While many wondered how the unorthodox release on his jump shot and stature would translate against bigger and quicker guards in the Big Ten, the adjustment was, for the most part, seamless.

(He also shot free throws at an 80 percent clip, which will be a huge plus down the road in close games.)

So where, you ask, are the areas in which Hulls needs the most work on his game? Strength and quickness are the two areas that stand out, but the same can be said for nearly the entire Indiana roster. Tom Crean would tell you that. Hulls would tell you that. Jeff Watkinson would tell you that. Any fan that watched a game this season would also tell you that.

I would add that Hulls needs to become more assertive in looking for his shot. Verdell Jones, Christian Watford, Rivers and Devan Dumes all put up more shots and all shot a lower percentage. As Gus Johnson would say, “Rise and Fire,” Jordan.

The Bottom Line: While he may never emerge as an All-Big Ten player, Hulls is the type of player that every program needs to build success. He’s solid, but not outstanding, in just about every facet of the game. He’s also a proven winner with the potential to lead and make others around him better. And since the ship appears to have sailed on Rivers as the starting point guard in Bloomington, look for Hulls to begin running the show full-time next winter.

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  • SeattleHoosier

    My son has given Hulls the nickname “Ninja Boy”…a testament to his quickness and skill. Look forward to seeing him develop into “Ninja Dude”.

  • dougy

    HAHAHAHAHA thats great

  • JerryCT

    Good report on Hulls. I wish him great success. He is a great story for us. As for replacing Rivers ? Lets think about that.

    When Hulls assists were low people defended that ( I was one ). One excuse was “the player gettign the pass did not hit the shot “. Let me try the same silly excuse for Rivers…..”the player receiving the pass did not catch the ball” or ” at least he tried to make more passes “.

    The Rivers detractors donot like to hear this but you are basically saying that if CTC sticks w transition offense you want sit down :

    1. team leader in assists
    2. team leader in steals for weaker defender
    3. 2nd rebounder in exchange for last rebounder
    4. 2nd in blocks for player w no blocks in a whole season
    5. player who actually gets over the top of ball screens

    Moreover Rivers and Creek are near perfect matches in the transition game ….. a style of game generated from good defense. Go back and watch the first minutes of the Ole Miss game early in the season to see how dangerous Rivers and Creek are in open court. If we are building our offense around Creek I think Rivers is at the point.

  • sjudge

    The problem, last year, with Hulls, was that we had to play him as a 5'10″ 2 guard on offense, and on defense, we had to play zone because he couldn't apply ball pressure against small guards, but got posted up against big ones. He's a gutsy, smart kid who really needs a better handle and a way to score closer than 25 feet out.

  • valpohistory

    It does make sense, but many really only see the turnovers he makes. I guess it doesn't really matter what we think, it's the big man running the show. Good post though

  • valpohistory

    If he can get stronger with the ball, and get it up the floor quicker, we could be set at the point guard for the next three years. We'd have to change the offense a bit, but we'd have someone

  • JerryCT

    Personally i would support a change in offense to more like N-Iowa or WVA where there are alot more moving parts and off ball screens where Hulls could be our Ali Faroukmanesh. I think however CTC is committed to different style

  • kristheboss

    i'm not sure we have an offense so I think any change would be a good one

  • usnavyhoosier

    jerry i think thats a perfect idea. And this isn't even that much about benefiting Hulls as much as it would the entire team. This dribble drive motion only works if you have those type of players and outside of maybe Creek who can create his own shot we dont. A motion offense, or a flex offense with constant motion would allow Hulls passing ability and outside shot, Verdells 15 foot pullup and watfords slashing to flourish. Also for a defense its much more difficult to get a body on the offensive players when the shot goes up and everyone is moving around. Hence people like bobby c and elston who are great “garbage” players to grab offensive boards. when were stagnant the defense does not have to work, can easily box our players out and takes away from the skills that our guys have.

  • MillaRed

    After watching Cornell carve up Wisconsin and Butler derail Kentucky I tend to agree. It seems like every four possessions those teams draw up a play that results in a wide open layup.

    I realize you need to play together a few years and in the system, have the right people on the court etc. But our main play was the high pick and roll. I'm looking forward to seeing where the offense goes next year.

    As far as Jordy goes, I am happy with his FR season. Our team was terrible. He didn't get much help. I think he will be solid and I'm glad we have him.

    As for my buddy JerryCT up there and his consistent J. Rivers support? I am totally egging your house tonight buddy.

  • JerryCT

    Hey …. remember …. it was you , Millared , that got me looking at the facts.

    Anyway I have 4 houses , 2 in Lake Placid area, which one are you targeting ? If its the hotel in in the Adirondacks you will need alot of eggs