2013-2014 Player Profile: Peter Jurkin

  • 10/09/2013 8:47 am in


With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we look at sophomore Peter Jurkin.

In his first season at IU, perhaps the only thing more telling about Peter Jurkin than his raw skills was his health.

As someone who had battled injuries during his entire high school career, Jurkin came into his freshman year with an undisclosed foot injury, which severely limited his minutes. In fact, he had a total of seven minutes of action all season, playing in only the Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville and Penn State games after returning from a nine-game NCAA suspension.

However, Jurkin didn’t face much pressure coming into his freshman season to come in and play immediate minutes, especially with an All-American center ahead of him on the depth chart in Cody Zeller. Now, Zeller’s gone.

And heading into the 2013-2014 season, Jurkin is one of only two centers on Indiana’s roster, the other being freshman Luke Fischer, who has battled injuries this preseason as well.

As far as Jurkin’s health is concerned, it’s what’s limited him in being able to develop over the past three seasons. As of now, though, he is getting back to where Indiana coach Tom Crean wants him to be.

“He has never been in a situation where he has just been absolutely able just to lay it out there, health-wise,” Crean said at his “State of the Hoosier Nation” address on Oct. 2. “He’s getting closer to it.

“There’s a guy we’re really hoping can come in and make some shots, block some shots and space the floor.”

When healthy, Jurkin can truly provide valuable minutes. During the 2013 Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage, Jurkin scored six points on a tip-in, a post-up and turnaround layup and a jump shot. He ran the floor, he rebounded well; it was a Peter Jurkin that fans hadn’t seen that level of production from him —  granted, it’s still a scrimmage — in his entire career at IU.

Jurkin, however, might again miss a decent amount of time in the preseason. His father is severely ill in Sudan, and Indiana is currently working through NCAA paperwork to send Jurkin back home to visit him in the next couple weeks.

Once IU gets him back, though, a healthy Peter Jurkin might find his way into proving himself as an asset on the Hoosiers’ roster.

Bottom line: As Crean said in his “State of the Hoosier Nation” address, Jurkin has never been at full-go in his time at IU. He missed important time due to the NCAA suspension, and then missed much of the season after that due to a foot injury. But heading into 2013-2014, Jurkin is seemingly healthy. And a healthy Jurkin indicates he is nearing a point where he can be able to contribute meaningful minutes to a young IU squad.

Quotable: “I’ve just been getting back in shape, getting healthy and playing hard. Just focusing on my weaknesses: basically staying low, speed, footwork and my jump shot. I just have to work hard and play defense.” — Jurkin at Indiana media day.

Previously: Yogi FerrellLuke Fischer, Noah VonlehDevin Davis, Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams, Collin Hartman

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  • Kyl470

    I don’t expect much out of Jurkin. Any production IU gets out of him I look at as a bonus. I hope he can stay healthy and provide 7 to 10 minutes of rim protection and rebounding.

  • RMK

    Is Jurkin a Freshman or Sophomore? I know its his second year and it says Sophomore in the article, but does he get a medical redshirt for last year?

  • sarge

    rim protection, rebounding and the ability to spread the defense with an improving outside shot. unlike last year i can see him earning minutes… especially if he can prove to be a worthy defender with his length

  • Dagwoods

    He already has a pretty good jump shot – excellent actually for a big man. Hopefully he can stay healthy and get his chance and surprise people as I think he can.

  • IU Fan 4 Life!!!!

    Let’s be clear about this. Jurkin is basically a Tijan Jobe clone. CTC swung and missed on this one. You’ll have this from time to time. He took a risk and it didn’t work out. No big deal.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I hope his father’s health improves. It must be very tough for Peter to be in Bloomington (obviously, very far from Sudan) and focus on school and basketball. It’s way more important for him to be able to spend some time with his ailing father than anything he can give the Hoosiers on the court and I hope the paperwork gets worked out soon.

  • drewheck

    I think the suspension made him ineligible for medical red shirt but don’t take me saying that as 100%right

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    First of all, never — never — speak ill of Tijan. Secondly, never speak ill of Tijan. And finally, there are some similarities, but give Jurkin some time to prove you wrong (which, if he can stay healthy, I think he will). Tijan was a JUCO transfer, so he came in as a junior; Jurkin only started his sophomore year a month ago.

  • SCHoosier

    My tendency is to agree with you..but after watching just a few minutes from the HH scrimmage..Jurkin showed a court awareness that neither Tijan (would he run the right direction or maim on of his own players?) or Bawa..(who seemed intimidated by the PA announcer) ever had. A roster spot is a valuable thing especially for a big. If he can stay healthy I do believe he might give us a few minutes each game .By the time he’s a senior..who knows. His family situation is tough..and I hope he gets a chance to address that.

  • Nathan

    This was a very poorly written article that doesn’t live up to the standard of journalism typically set by ITH authors. I’m sorry to chime in just to point out faults–I’m a frequent reader and appreciate the work ITH does.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    Ditto. Of course with the NCAA involved, it may take a few months for them to act.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    If he never plays or keeps getting injured, I might agree with you. Reports from people like Terry Hutchins indicate he is actually a pretty good shooter with some range – something that was never said of Jobe or Bawa.

    I’m hoping he gets healthy and at least has the opportunity to show what he can do.

  • evan

    you are nuts..why is this article poorly written? How would you have written the article? Thought the profile (and that’s what it is, is great..

  • IU Fan 4 Life!!!!

    He is a Sophomore. He was suspended for the first 9 games for receiving illegal benefits. Then Crean played him in 3 games and realized he’s a bust. They will push him through the program as fast as possible to free up his scholarship

  • Gregory Spera

    This. ANY production we get from Peter is gravy. If he grabs a single rebound sometime this season, it will be one more rebound than I was expecting. Hope he proves me wrong. (And I still can’t believe we have a player whose name is actually *giggle* PETER JURKIN! *snort*)

  • mk

    lay off the ganja before 11:00 AM bro

  • TokyoSteve

    Didn’t quite catch the “faults” you “chime[d] in just to point out.”

  • gerald

    “IU Fan 4 Life!!!!” is that troll Jerry Smith, so nothing he says matters.

  • gerald

    Hey Jerry Smith


    He obviously doesn’t know that what he said could result in a visit from the liger !

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Ok? What was…??? Your points are….??? Ok nevermind…..

  • Nathan

    I’m surprised that folks responded with such tasteless ad hominem to my comment. Take for instance the below passage:

    He ran the floor, he rebounded well; it was a Peter Jurkin that fans hadn’t seen that level of production from him — granted, it’s still a scrimmage — in his entire career at IU.

    The phrase following the semicolon “it was a Peter Jurkin that fans hadn’t seen that level of production from him” is nonsensical because of the superfluous pronoun that concludes the phrase.

    Again, I appreciate the hard work that folks at ITH do to keep us loyal fans informed. I read the site everyday and have commented elsewhere to express my appreciation for their best work. But, in this case, I think that the author was sloppy. I think other commenters can likely understand my perspective, and, if not, I hope that you all can disagree with me respectfully. There’s simply no need to be rude over such a mundane topic among a community of like-minded people.

  • Nathan

    I’ll leave unsaid the irony of you neglecting to close a parenthetical while attacking me for thinking that the article was poorly written.

  • mk

    Lol ok Shakespeare

  • IUDan

    I think people might be more understanding of your criticism if this were, say, the New Yorker … It’s a basketball blog – it’s ok … I’ve seen much worse in “publications” such as the Indy Star and others …

  • Nathan

    I think you’re right to point out that a forum’s publication can effect readers’ expectations of its quality. But, it strikes me as a non sequitur to then conclude that people should take license to be insulting.

  • IUDan

    Maybe we shouldn’t label a kid after one season where he was suspended and injured … Just a thought.

  • TokyoSteve

    You didn’t leave unsaid what you said you would.

  • Really don’t see the issue here, but you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. Thanks for your input.

  • Nathan

    I understand and appreciate you disagreeing reasonably, Alex. As I’ve said twice now, I appreciate the hard work that you and your colleagues do at ITH.

  • IUDan

    That is a fair point … And I agree. I’ll also say there may have been a more appropriate way to voice your concern (maybe a private email) … Quite frankly, I think people might have overreacted, but you open the door by acting like a jerk …

  • jmac

    He is way better than Jobe! That is an insult for sure. Jurkin has potential,but to contribute to this team.

  • IU Fan 4 Life!!!!

    Oh no, you did not just go there!? Please do not confuse me with that UK troll or whatever he is.

  • Nathan

    Thank you. And to your point, I understand why people’s feeling were hurt by my criticism of a member of their community. But, again, that doesn’t give them license to be personally insulting. I should think that the folks who care most deeply about this community would also be vested in treating its members with respect, even when they disagree.

  • Toms Crean

    Nice guy but very far away from providing any meaninful and impactful minutes. Extremely raw as of right now. Unfortunately, it’s much harder to develop players of his size than a 6’7″ guy. Hopefully, Crean can work his magic but I’m not really expecting him to do much this season.

  • IU Fan 4 LIfe!!!!

    While Crean has had good luck developing guards, Big men especially 6’10 and above have not seen that kind of improvement under CTC. Zeller was pretty much the same player from day 1 and the other big men he has had were either benchwarmers or they transferred.

  • Steve Fischer

    LOL Cal- once had a player named “Randy Duck”

  • mk

    who cares though? this website is free. if u dont like what u are ready go somewhere else

  • gerald

    hahah ok fine

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    maybe PJ suprises us all and is in the rotation for meaningful minutes, that would be a bonus. GO HOOSIERS!!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Did anyone see the tip-in at HH?? It was moment for me like, holy cow, did Jurkin just make a really, really amazing play???? Then, I thought to myself, I will be darned if he didn’t actually make a really amazing play given the expectations.
    My expectations going into this year are the same as most of the earlier posts, basically nothing. If he came in and got a rebound here, spelled on defense competently there, it would be gravy. I still have the same expectation for this year, but he does have better hands than I thought and I think that before he graduates, he will be a rotation player. Just not this year.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I think it’s humorous that anyone other than the author’s feelings would be hurt by “criticism”. I’m not disagreeing with you and it’s absolutely true. Amazing how little it takes to rile people up.

  • Oldguyy

    Which begs the question of why the NCAA has to be involved in whether a player can go home and visit his seriously ailing father.

  • Snookafly

    Yeah, I remember Manute Bol used to bury threes in the NBA too, but unfortunately we don’t really need him for his jumper.

  • Snookafly

    You said that he said something about what someone said….shoot. I lost it…

  • Jacob

    It strikes me that you don’t know the difference between effect and affect. I usually enjoy reading your comments but this mistake is unacceptable for the ITH comments section.

  • IUeconAlum

    Jurkin vs. Jobe??

  • IU Fan 4 Life!!!!

    Yes, that would be a toss up. I’d go with Jobe because of experience

  • MisterSlippery

    shut up dork.

  • mk

    use some more big words webster