That’s A Wrap: Will Sheehey

  • 04/10/2013 9:05 am in


Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Will Sheehey.

Sheehey (36 games): 9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 48.6% FG, 34.6% 3PFG, 65.6% FT in 22.3 minutes per game.

Much was expected from Will Sheehey coming into the season and, for the most part, he delivered. Indiana coach Tom Crean referred to him as a “sixth starter” many times throughout the year, and Sheehey performed like a starter at times. He scored in double figures in 17 games, and posted a season-high 22 points on 9-of-9 shooting against Purdue on Feb. 16.

Sheehey’s was the team’s energizer bunny off the bench, and he was never afraid to mix it up a bit if he felt it was necessary. It’s safe to say he wasn’t exactly a fan favorite around the Big Ten, but that’s a role Sheehey relished and thrived in.

His mid-range jump shot continued to be a major strength, but he scored the majority of his baskets this season off cuts to the basket. Sheehey is one of the best players in the country at moving without the ball, and he caught defenses sleeping time and again throughout the season.

If there was a disappointing part about Sheehey’s season, it had to be his shooting inconsistency and his defense. Sheehey showed an ability to knock down 3-pointers — sometimes in bunches (See: North Carolina) — but he wasn’t nearly as consistent from beyond the arc as Crean would have liked.

Before the season, Crean called Sheehey one of the team’s best two defenders, putting him in the same category with Victor Oladipo. But Sheehey’s defense took a step back from a year ago (in this writer’s opinion), especially his on-ball defense. Sheehey struggled to guard quicker guys like Butler Rotnei Clarke, and crafty guys like Temple’s Khalif Wyatt.

Going forward, Sheehey will have to make improvements defensively as he will have to help replace what the Hoosiers lose with Oladipo going pro. Sheehey will also be more of an offensive focal point, so it should be interesting to see how he adjusts to opposing teams focusing their defensive efforts more on him.

With a lack of perimeter shooters on next year’s roster, Sheehey needs to develop a more consistent 3-point shot in the offseason as well. As mentioned above, he’s fully capable of making outside shots, he simply needs to work on consistency.

Bottom line: Sheehey was a big part of Indiana’s second consecutive run to the Sweet Sixteen, and he was more than deserving of his Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year award. Sheehey’s spirit and fire were invaluable to this team, and will continue to be important going forward.

PreviouslyHanner Mosquera-PereaPeter Jurkin, Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy HollowellCody Zeller, Remy Abell

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  • Anybody hear rumors Sheehey transfers?

  • Alex

    I really think Sheehey will end next season with the same hype Vic did this season. He’s going to be a stud, and get some MAJOR national recognition. My guess is that he’ll average 15 points and 6 rebounds a game. Plus his defense is extremely solid. Could easily make himself into a mid first round draft pick.

    Not to mention he’ll be a sure fire LEADER! The team will feed off of his toughness and grit.

  • psvirsky


  • havent heard that at all. With vic and Cody leaving he will be a go to guy at Indiana. He’s not going to find a better gig anywhere else. I think he loves it at Indiana.

  • chiv86

    Can’t see him transferring. He will be our go to guy for defensive energy, scoring, leadership and toughness. He won’t get those opportunities anywhere else and the kid lives for those things.

  • Joe B

    That would be more surprising to me than Jurkin declaring for the draft..

  • That’s my uncle in the top left with his arms crossed. 🙂

  • Benhyoung14

    Gonna need Will’s killer instinct next year. Vonleh really needs to be an offensive option as well as Yogi. HMP is going to have to really improve next year, and hope that Fischer or Williams surprises. Looking for a coming out year for Hollowell.

  • Benhyoung14

    And go to a team that doesn’t draw the NBA scouts that IU does? Highly doubt it.

  • And_One

    Perfect picture. That’s the Will we all love, and that the other team’s fans absolutely cannot stand. He’s a dynamic and talented fella, with the perfect amount of swagger: just shy of a technical foul or fist fight (well, most of the time). His senior season will be something to see.

  • No way, he’s a starter on a blue-blood team next year, where else can he go where he’ll get the press and attention?

  • Will have be huge for us next year. Don’t be surprised if he is the teams leading scorer if Zeller declares this afternoon

  • Sam Hollan

    Next years team will have more of an edge than this years. It will take on the personality of Sheehey and Yogi. Cannot say enough about CZ, VO, JH, and Wat. They are talented and nice young men with an easy going style. But I think this season would have been even better had the played with more of a grudge and dealt more pain than they received. We will never know, but that’s how I see it. Next season, IU plays with an attitude we have not seen in a long time.

  • CreamandCrimson

    If you think Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo had “easy going” styles on the court, I think you are sorely mistaken. I agree with the edge you are describing coming from Yogi and Will but Hulls and VO didn’t lack intensity or edge.

  • If you have unsubstantiated information, please either say where you heard it or don’t bring it up. That’s been the protocol here for many years now.

  • Hulls is so underrated as a leader on this past season’s team. No Hulls no conference championship

  • WhatsUpKnight

    one thing’s for sure, next year’s team is going to be vastly different! while they’re not going to be ranked as highly as this year’s team, i still think they’re going to be fun to watch. a lot more mystery surrounding them, that’s for sure…

    will yogi, will, and remy step it up another notch, particularly with 3-point shooting
    will jeremy and hanner make the huge improvements that they’re capable of
    will the fr. class have better success this year, are they more talented than the movement
    will pj be healthy enough to play, and if so will he have an impact
    does a healthy ae get minutes
    left intact, is this team a year away from another shot at #1

    i’m sure i’ve left out a bunch more

  • Arch_Puddington

    You’re not exactly doing your own credibility any favors with a rant like this…

    Your hostility aside, Justin is right: Sheehey’s on-the-ball defense is shaky. Guys get by him every bit as much as they did Hulls, and for all the talk about his length and athleticism, he neither steals the ball nor blocks shots at any notable rate. He could perhaps be described as a versatile defender in that he can guard more than one position, but only in the “jack of all trades, master of none” sense. Tell me someone he shut down and we’ll talk.

  • Look, you’ll be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of sheehey’s game than me. But facts are facts, and he was not as good of a defender as he was as a sophomore. He took a step back. Am I saying he was a poor defender? Absolutely not. Simply comparing him to himself. And considering he was the fourth best on-ball defender on his own team (Oladipo, Ferrell, Abell) I doubt you could make a real case he’s one of the best defenders in the conference.

  • Wish the entire team played with the same fire and nasty attitude that Will brings every game. He should be proud to be our most “hated” player.


    I totally agree about the edge. Yogi quietly has an eff you kinda attitude. Will not so quiet, but I love it. If I know anything from JH from high school, it’s he doesn’t take crap from anyone. And from what we’ve heard and seen from the incoming freshmen, they don’t either. Should be a fun group to watch so long as they have good chemistry.

  • baukev55

    Being a focal point on next year’s team. Will really needs to keep his head cool and stay out of foul trouble. He was one of the league leaders in stupid frustration fouls. Many times when games got tough, see Syracuse, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Butler, and Michigan State he picked up 4 fouls in about 20-25 minutes. Next year, we’ll need him to play at least 10 more minutes per game against quality opponents. It is reasonable to assume that if he doesn’t change his approach, he’ll foul out a lot as a starter.

  • HoosierDavey

    What do you all think? Who takes over the leadership role on the team: Will or Yogi? Will seems to be a leader on the bench, though he doesn’t strike me that way in press conferences. Yogi is the floor general. I think we’ll miss Jordy and Vic’s leadership almost as much as we do their play.

  • Nice size 10 Alex!

  • iuoiu

    You’re right about his edge and how the entire team this year would have possibly done better if as a unit they played like that but even that edge would not have saved them vs. Syracuse. That was almost all a height/length mismatch that attitude can’t overcome very easily.

    The single biggest thing Will can do this summer and next year is instill his work ethic and spread his edge to the rest of the team. If he’s the leader of this team next year we may not have the type of regular season that we saw this year but could be one hell of a scary match up come tourney time – even with a much lower seed.

  • Riley -Justin was probably near deadline when he wrote this and so we must forgive the omission. Hopefully it won’t happen again (LOL) because IU would be nothing without our fans.

  • 5_Banners

    Love that picture!! Just as good as him flexin to the paint crew.

  • The best policy is if one hears a rumor to ask around by private message instead of a post. Otherwise – people will pick up on it and claim “I read it right on an Indiana Basketball Page{.

  • esapata

    Hulls and Oladipo were clearly our leaders this year. I think it was Big Handsome and CWat that were too easy going. Refs don’t always favor a finesse game, and give even less sympathy to dudes over 6’9″.

  • esapata

    I can see us being a scrappier team next year, more in the vain of OSU or MSU this year. A scary matchup, but just short of the conference title.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    He’s obviously making a joke on the Remy comments yesterday. Calm down folks.

  • True, what would IU be without us?! haha

  • Andrew

    Justin is absolutely right. I would take it a step further and call his defense overrated. Not saying it’s bad, but he cannot guard quicker defenders at all and is constantly reaching in. He is much better served IMO guarding taller guys and frustrating them w/ his quickness. Offensively, I’m more worried about him improving at the stripe rather than from downtown. A guy who gets fouled as often as he does and who has a nice-looking shot should not be making less than 2 of 3 free throws. He needs to be at 75% next year, as the new-look Hoosiers will need all the points they can get.

  • SCHoosier

    It will be Will and Yogi’s team next year..with Will being the senior leader. Hope he continues to work on his mid-range jumper..and not fall in Love with the 3 pointer. His D is very good..but for Crean to suggest that Will is at the same level as VO as a defender is pure and classic Crean hype (u know..Jordy is a pro guard..Jurkin and Perea will have a major impact etc etc). Will has trouble defending a guy with a really quick first step..but will be our main defender. Love his attitude game and potential. Hope he solidifies his position as an NBA draft choice with his senior season.

  • SCHoosier

    Will is not as good on ball as VO was..few are. Somebody with a quick first step..can beat him to the hole. That thing Will did do at mid-season was quit using his left arm as a bar inside on defense. He got called for a lot of fouls with that move..started moving his feet better. Can not foul on the perimeter this year…doesn’t need to take quick 3’s either. All that said our team leadership..toughness and attack mode WILL all come from WILL!

  • IU80

    Anybody hear rumors that….? You can say that about anything. Seriously.

  • IU80

    Anybody hear rumors that….? You can say that about anything. Seriously.

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    I think “and” is more likely than “or.”

  • CutterInChicago

    Sheehey’s FT% was suboptimal at 65.6% (63 of 96). That won’t do, especially when he’s expected to be a focal point of next year’s squad.
    He shot 48% from field but only 34% from beyond the arc, needs to improve as well.


    Excellent point and one not talked about that much if at all. There are so many unknowns about next year’s team that, depending on how numerous things go, next year this could be a much bigger factor than just about anyone expected or could be just another thing that can be dealt with by using other players that have stepped up their game in needed ways. Good point.


    Good point also. He could do himself and his team a big favor in improving from the line. Someone that plays as many minutes as he does and gets a large percentage of his shots from cutting to the basket w/o the ball is going to get fouled more than your average perimeter shooter, thus the real need for him to shoot in the mid 60’s from the line. He needs to try and get that average at least into the mid 70’s.