2011-2012 Player Profile: Will Sheehey

  • 10/13/2011 2:08 pm in

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Will Sheehey.

Victor Oladipo showed his flash early and often in 2010-11, and became an instant fan favorite.

But as the season progressed, Indiana fans found his freshman counterpart, Will Sheehey, had some serious, spring-y swag as well.


But like most freshman, Sheehey has plenty of room to improve his game. He shot only 64.9 percent from the line (24-37) and 30.4 percent (7-23) from three. (Though it should be noted both marks are of a relatively small sample size; Sheehey only played 34.4 percent of available minutes last season.) And he was also a part of the problem on defense last season at times, but that could be written to describe just about every player on the roster.

However, Sheehey did excel inside the arc, as he hit 52.4 percent (55-105) of his two-point field goals. Part of this was predicated on his game around the rim, as he was a solid offensive rebounder (8.6 percent OR%, fourth-best on team among regulars), which led to some nice put-back opportunities.

Derek Elston praised Sheehey’s improved jumper on Aug. 11, and Sheehey told assembled media on Sept. 22 he’s been working on his outside shooting as well as ballhandling in the offseason — so the sophomore may be able to flash a more versatile inside-outside game in 2011-12.

Best-case: Sheehey’s work this offseason and experience from a freshman Big Ten campaign puts him on the advancement-in-his-basketball-skills path and he plays an important role in the Hoosiers’ return to relevancy.

Worst-case: Sheehey fails to improve, and is just a facsimile of his freshman self  — an athletic player with untapped potential.

Quotable: “When guys talk about being a guard or a forward, they talk about guarding somebody. If I can guard a big or a guard, then it doesn’t matter. I had to guard some bigger guys last year and didn’t do that great of a job, but with a little bit of experience I think will be better this year.” — Sheehey on Sept. 22.

All stats in this piece from KenPom and StatSheet.

Previously: Jordan Hulls

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  • Guest

    I was there for the dunk.  It was epic.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I love watching that dunk. Will and Vic bring huge energy to this team. 

  • Anonymous

    Was my favorite from the moment I saw him at the Night of the Living Red. If he continues to improve and be the just-slightly-less-than cocky confident kid, he’ll go out as one my favorites of all time.

    Excited to see what he brings this year.

  • Anonymous

    Easily one of the best dunks I’ve seen in my life, college or pro.  In part b/c it just came out of nowhere.  Even Will was shocked afterwards.  

    Very excited to see him play, definitely one of my favorites going in to the season.

  • Steve

    goosebumps. Stay tuned more to come

  • Anonymous

    This kid brings excitement..if he can improve his 3pt shooting and pull up jumper..I don’t know how they keep him out of the lineup. Exceptional athlete who proves (some) white men CAN jump!:)

  • HoosierSmitty

    That would have been awesome. On TV, you could tell the crowd just went berserk. 

  • MillaRed

    The best part about this vid, aside from the dunk, is Verdell’s reaction in the background. Priceless!

  • JerryCT

    “problem on defense at times ” ……………..true enough but he is actually our 2nd best defensive player on the team . He has defended every position on the floor and done well. His shutout of Juice Thompson for 7-9 minutes enabled us to get back into the game . He is far from our worst problem on D

  • Anonymous

    listening to the crowd go insane just gives you goosebumps…one more month

  • Anonymous

    His problem on defense was he was a freshmen plain and simple.  I thought he did a pretty decent job for the most part.  He took some chances here and there and made some mistakes but he has what it takes to play defense…effort, athletic ability, and a little swagger.  I can’t wait to see his game round out a little bit.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn’t agree more was probably our most versatile defender and he done it with a lot of heart and when one factors in that he was a true freshman he done a respectable job. What Crean said after the game that Thompson was tearing us a new one still sticks in my head “there was only one guy that stepped up and wanted to take on the task to try and stop Thompson and we need for everyone to have that kind of mindset”. Not a exact word for word quote but pretty darn close and it came to be known later on that that player was Will. If he keeps that kind of mindset he will be hard to keep off of the floor this season.

  • Anonymous

    That and the Pritch had to be highlights last year. Thought I was going to stroke out both times.

    GO IU!!!!

  • eph521

    Just think, Sheehey and Olidapo came to IU ranked in the low 150’s nationally. And yet they’re both fan favorites and impact players for this team. Even with the 2012 heralded class coming in (can’t wait!), both Sheehey and Olidapo will still be major contributors!

  • eph521

    When Verdell went down for injury last year I remember two key things that happened… Jordy took over the offense and Sheehey got way more playing time. It was the best our offense flowed all season IMO.

  • Anonymous

    This guy can fly!  I am a big Sheehey fan.  If his jumper and ball-handling have improved as much as it sounds, he will be a force this year.  

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I agree!  Watching him front Mbakwe was amazing against Minn.  He was giving up 3 inches easy and probably 40+ lbs and yet he fronted him effectively and maintained got back into rebounding position when shots went up.  I was slightly more than amazed when I saw him pull that off!  I think he’ll probably be IU’s best defender until Hanner arrives!

  • Anonymous

    It has to be so intimidating as an opposing player during a moment like that. You have 17,000+ screaming fans and the people with court-side seats are basically standing on the court jumping up and down and yelling.  As the years go by, there are going to be more and more moments like this.  

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard it said several times by several people that there just isn’t a substitute for god given talent and while I agree with that to a certain extent there is also no substitute for the drive and heart that Will seems to possess. A person may have the god given athleticism in the world but it is of no use to that person or any other person if they do not possess the drive and heart to make use of it.

  • Anonymous

    That dunk is still great, but we did lose that game. The Iowa game was indicative of the highs and lows of last season.

  • Aschick11

    I love Will’s swagger. He’s become one of my favorite members of this squad. I’d love to see some improvement from him this year.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Very well said.  I think the players that are gravitating towards IU now are those type players.  Will and Vic have that drive.  The Zellers seem to have it.  It appears that Yogi and Hanner have it, and so does Buss.  I hope that JH has that drive because he’s got the skills to be dominating if he does!

  • Anonymous

    This is definitely one of my favorite players. He might be the only guy on the team with real swagger. I have a feeling as he gets better and better the rest of the fans in the league are going to grow to hate that about him, which will make me like him even more! He has the cockiness of Luke Recker, and maybe the work ethic to ultimately be the better player……..I would love to see him stick a couple threes in a row, and then cap it off with another Sheebag dunk but this time at Purdue in the midst of a 16 point run that ends with a comfortable win and Lewis Jackson with Will’s shoe print on his head

  • MillaRed

    There is no doubt VO and Will have a lot of heart and pride. If they can commit to locking people down on D, we will be much, much better this season.

  • As you can see from my name on here, my comment is still the “Top Comment” on the youtube video. Although I’m not sure It’s appropriate for ITH.

  • Kelin Blab

    Having Will and Victor eases the pain of losing out on a Gary Harris or missing another season with Mo Creek. I think Will brings some ‘umph’ to the table and some enthusiasm that this team needs. When a frosh ask to guard Jordan Taylor from Wisconsin you have to respect that.

    Finally, for an in game dunk this one lifted me off my couch with an expletive I hoped my son didn’t hear….

  • Anonymous

    There is very little doubt that Zeller, Watford and Hulls are the stars
    of this team. If any one of the three can become a top 5 All-Big 10
    player, this will be a good (20+ win) season. Vic and Will are the next
    best players and have to get 22-25 minutes/game on the floor each.
    Elston and Pritchard have to do it on the floor, “being 6’9” is no
    longer good enough. Derek could be great, but can he develop the mental
    side of his talent? Verdell can show that he is the senior leader that
    we have desperately needed for the last three years. If he can accept
    lesser “billing” but play great, then this can be a special season.
    Austin and Remy have to bring it all and bring it hard every second on
    the floor. They each have some real talent that Indiana has sorely
    needed. I hope that Matt Roth hits 50% of his 3’s because if he can’t
    Danny Moore might. Danny does a lot of good things in short stretches.
    No more excuses now for Coach Crean, it is win NOW time! We miss and
    love you Mo Creek and want to see you play again at 100%! GO IU!