Sheehey confident freshman class will keep culture alive

  • 06/25/2013 2:49 pm in


Ever since he arrived on campus three years ago, Will Sheehey has been a big part of Indiana’s basketball resurgence. Sheehey and classmate Victor Oladipo — who’s expected to be a top five pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft — joined Jordan Hulls for regular workouts outside of practice when they joined the team after the 2009-10 season.

Those three players soon changed the culture at Indiana, becoming “365 day” players who would never stop working to get better.

Hulls and Oladipo are now gone. It’s Sheehey’s job to make sure the culture remains.

“We gotta make sure the older guys come in and show the freshmen, because it’s something that is new for them,” Sheehey told Inside the Hall from training camp for the World University Games on Tuesday. “It’s tough to bring freshmen in, so we’ve been making sure guys like me and Yogi [Ferrell] are around them and making sure they’re getting stuff done.

“But I think we’ll be alright, they’re a great group of guys.”

Sheehey, a rising senior, and Ferrell, a rising sophomore, are now responsible for helping to lead a team that lost most of its production from last year’s Sweet Sixteen club. Oladipo and Cody Zeller are gone to the NBA, Hulls and Christian Watford graduated, Remy Abell transferred to Xavier and Maurice Creek transferred to George Washington.

That places a good deal of pressure on guys like Sheehey and Ferrell, but also on a freshmen class that includes McDonald’s All-American Noah Vonleh and a host of other talented players. All six incoming freshman are now on campus as they begin preparing for their collegiate careers.

As for Sheehey and Ferrell, they are currently in Colorado Springs trying to make the USA roster for the World University Games in Russia. The group began workouts on Monday evening.

“It’s pretty difficult,” Sheehey said. “There’s a whole bunch of great players out here. Everyone wants the same thing, which is to make the team and go over and compete in Russia. We gotta make sure, talking about Yogi and I, that we’re moving the ball, making the right plays and not taking bad shots. They’re looking for guys who play hard, and there’s a bunch of big-name guys around here.”

Sheehey will have plenty of competition for a spot on the roster. He’ll likely be competing with guys like Iowa’s Aaron White, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Duke’s Rodney Hood, Louisville’s Luke Hancock and North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston, among others, for a postion on the 12-man roster.

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  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Will in my eyes is a natural born leader. I think this year he will find the perfect blend for his enthusiasm on the court and personal example to help herd the incoming guys in the right direction. I applaud Will and Yogi for eyeing lofty goals and wish them well on making the team.

    Am I selfish just for feeling nervous (not saying they can’t or shouldn’t, just feel hesitant) about them competing at that level in the off season? I don ‘t want to feel that way, but it does make me nervous. Feedback please

  • HoosierFrom812

    Will gets it from his pops. Have you seen the list of HIS accomplishments? He says all the right things, and leads by example. He went from an “immature” freshman, always smiling on the court, to a fierce, headstrong upper-classman. I hope him and Yogi make the roster!

  • N71

    I wonder what will happen when one of the freshman don’t meet Will’s expectations with regards to working hard. It’ll be an interesting window into what could be a calling in coaching once he’s done playing. I wouldn’t want to be the first one caught slacking.

  • Miamihoosier

    I feel like it can only help. Say they both make it. The extended time competing with the nations best will only make them better players. If one or both do not make it, that is an extra chip on their shoulder they’ll carry in to the upcoming season to show those coaches their mistake

  • marcusgresham

    If you’re indicating that you’re concerned about them getting injured, I don’t really worry about that.
    I’m thrilled for both of them to have opportunity, but the part that concerns me is that I was expecting these two to be the most likely to “lead by example” through the summer months. With both of them out of town I wonder who will have taken the reigns of leadership? That leaves the oldest player in Bloomington Gordon, who is a newcomer. The next oldest is Austin, who has had limited playing time and is coming off an injury.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Thanks! Makes me feel better!

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  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Very good points! Thanks

  • CreanFaithful

    Same thing I was thinking…

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yes injury. I still honestly believe Will’s ankle injury hurt our chances in 2011-12 for the Big Ten. Not his fault at all, but the injury hampered our growth.

  • Rie

    “and North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston”
    Pretty sure he just got arrested. I do not really see him making the team.

  • Candy Striped Kid

    Sheehey should wear #4 next year. A tribute to Indiana greats Victor OOOOOLLLLLLLAAAAADDDDDDIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPOOOOOO and Brett Finkelmeier.

  • kenny george

    I think they are gonna do just fine. A lot of fans sometimes think the grass is greener looking elsewhere. But our guys are gonna be jus fine and make us proud.Will there be ups and downs? Yes. ButI am really excited for what we have and what we will have…..

  • dtfreed

    Think how more competitive practice day to day will be this year. Going against Stan, Wiiiams, DD, Hartman, Hanner, E Gordon, all of which will be fighting for more and more playing time. Last year it seemed to be a sizeable step down at several positions from starters to 2nd five or six.

  • He’s there and participating. If they are choosing the 12 best players in the camp and are trying to win, he has a chance.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Good points!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I am very excited too.

  • IUeconAlum

    Oladipo should wear #0 to support Sheehey.

  • skotchie

    Appearently they both made the team, this is a great acheivment for both of them. The schedule says first practice in Russia is on the 3rd and final games are the 16th, so they’ll be gone just under 3 weeks with travel included. I believe this will be a good time for the freshmen to gel together before the boys return to take over and lead them through the rest of the summer workouts.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    It will be nice to watch some Hoosiers on tv during the off season!