A non-conference player-by-player breakdown

  • 12/27/2013 8:33 am in

The non-conference portion of IU’s schedule is complete and the Hoosiers are 10-3 heading into Tuesday’s Big Ten opener in Champaign.

Here’s a player-by-player look at how each Hoosier performed in the non-conference portion of IU’s schedule:

Yogi Ferrell

Tom Crean and his staff are asking a lot of Ferrell. So far, he’s risen to the challenge in an expanded role. As we noted in Five Takeaways from the non-conference slate, Ferrell’s 3-point numbers are way up from a season ago (42.7 percent vs. 30.3 percent), as is his effective field goal percentage (55 percent vs. 45.3 percent). The Park Tudor grad is also doing a better job taking care of the ball (his turnover rate of 19.7 is down from last season’s 24.5 mark).

Ferrell is distributing the ball a bit better as well (27.4 vs. 25.7 assist rate), but his challenge come Big Ten season is to try and get other players going and find some more consistent scoring outside himself.

Will Sheehey

Sheehey’s role has changed significantly this season. Gone is his sixth-man bench bravado, replaced with a daunting task: Upstanding leader off the floor, coach on it. It’s been a dramatic switch. But as the only four-year upperclassman getting significant minutes, it’s been necessary. Sheehey’s had a rough offensive stretch for four straight games in the non-conference slate, but the last three games he’s pumped in a total of 51 points (22, 14, 15) on 59 percent shooting.

He’ll need to continue to score in double figures once Big Ten season hits to give the Hoosiers the best chance at making the dance.

Noah Vonleh

Vonleh started the season with four straight double-doubles — and nearly a fifth with a 18-9 performance against Washington at Madison Square Garden. Suddenly, Vonleh was being launched into the discussion with the likes of top freshman like Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. But after foul trouble against UConn (zero points, two rebounds) and a stretch of games late in the non-conference slate in which he didn’t take many attempts from the field, the buzz has died a bit.

Still, Vonleh’s rebounding skills are tremendous and his moves in the paint often look effortless. He’s also shown an ability to handle the ball and hit a jumper. Perhaps most important, he followed up an 0-of-8 performance at the line in the preseason with a 70.4 percent mark through 13 games.

Jeremy Hollowell

Hollowell began the season as the appointed second-best ballhandler on the team by Crean  and looked to be playing with some newfound confidence. But Hollowell’s motor hasn’t always been revved high — he was replaced by walk-on Jeff Howard to start the Evansville game — and he’s been inconsistent. His effective field goal percentage of 40.8 also ranks last among regulars not named Austin Etherington.

From a talent and experience standpoint, the Indianapolis product deserves the playing time he’s been getting. But in games he’s failed to produce, that argument loses a little weight.

Troy Williams

Williams’ athleticism has tantalized, but his decision-making and turnover issues have limited his on-court effectiveness. His effective field goal percentage (46.9) ranks third worst behind those receiving consistent minutes. However, the freshman ranks first on the team in steal percentage (3.2) and he would have converted more of those takeaways into easy breakaway scores had he been able to stay inbounds after stealing the ball off the wing.

A role in which his one-on-one play is curtailed and replaced by some off-ball movement on the baseline — along with some aggression on the offensive boards — might suit Williams best come Big Ten season.

Evan Gordon

On a team lacking experience, the younger brother of former IU star and current New Orleans Pelican guard Eric has plenty of it after stops at Liberty and Arizona State. Gordon scored in double figures in five of Indiana’s 13 non-conference contests and has been about the only other (somewhat) reliable shooter from distance (34.6 percent).

Hanner Mosquera-Perea

Mosquera-Perea is much improved from last season, contributing on both ends of the court and finishing with some rim-rattling dunks. Perhaps most impressive has been his free throw stroke, which looks quite pure. Problem is, Mosquera-Perea is coming from such a place that even his marked improvement still might mean freshman Luke Fischer will get the run over him in Big Ten season. The sophomore’s court awareness, coordination and basketball IQ lacks at times and can make him a liability on the court.

Luke Fischer

Fischer started slow due to a shoulder injury, but has come on strong of late after notching a career-high 10 points against Kennesaw State on Sunday. The Wisconsin native leads regulars in block percentage (8.1) and has a good feel for the game on both sides of the ball. If Fischer continues to improve, he figures to get some quality minutes in the Big Ten season. And, as noted above, might be called upon before Mosquera-Perea more times than not.

Devin Davis

Davis has played with a relentless motor and is second among regulars in block percentage (7.6) behind Fischer. He’s been impactful when given the opportunity. But on a team ranking in the 300s in turnover percentage in the country, Davis leads the team in turnover percentage (28.7 percent).

Austin Etherington

While it seems at times that Etherington is perhaps getting a lot of playing time, he actually ranks just 11th on the team from a minutes percentage standpoint. While he’s in, Etherington has garnered KenPom’s “nearly invisible” standing on the offensive end, using just 11.5 percent of the team’s possessions. This passes the eye test, as Etherington — save for a 2-of-3 performance from distance against North Florida — has been reluctant to shoot the ball, even when facing limited (or no) defensive pressure.

Stanford Robinson

Robinson was also slowed a bit to start the season due to injury. He’s shown the ability to get to the rim on the break and in the halfcourt and his effective field goal percentage (54.8) ranks fifth among regulars. The path is there for Robinson to be a factor for the Hoosiers in the Big Ten if he can improve his game as the seasons winds along.

Collin Hartman

After playing 10 and then 12 minutes against Samford and Stony Brook, respectively, it appeared as if the Cathedral product might be in line for an energy role off the bench like Sheehey before him. But he’s never seen double-digit minutes since and has taken just three shots in IU’s last nine contests.

All tempo-free stats via KenPom.com.

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  • Dagwoods

    Mo & Evan are 5th year seniors. I didn’t say Remy was bad, and I’ve seen enough of Stanford to want to see what he can do with more playing time.

  • Dagwoods

    I don’t know of any coach that guarantees playing time, but then again I’m not privy to what’s being said behind closed doors.

  • Victorbear

    Dagwood, here’s the thing what was the one thing Crean said that made it so hard when Hulls/watford came to iu? He said there were NO seniors to help these kids with the culture. Well what the hell if he keeps promising these freshman all this playing time why the hell is anyone gonna stick it out till their 4th or 5th year. We are not Kentucky with 6 lottery picks . All I’ve heard on this site is that creek left because he had a kid, and I’m supposed to believe that Mo would have left if he was a starter. Come on. Remys game went in the tank about midseason last year probably cause he knew he was getting “cut”.

  • JJ

    Comparing him to Jeff Withey at this stage is laughable. In 4 games against major conference teams with actual bigs, his stat totals are atrocious: 40 mins, 8 pts, 7 fouls, 1 blk. I like him going forward but, again, he has shown nothing against actual competition.

  • Dagwoods

    Don’t know why Creek left, but I wish he had stayed. IF true about Remy, would you want a player that gives up when he “thinks” he’s going to get cut, or one that works even harder to prove that he doesn’t deserve to get cut? Attitude & confidence is a lot of it, and that’s on him. Even the “great” Bob Knight tried to break the will of his share of players, some stuck it out (Isaiah, Alford, Darrell Thomas, Landon Turner, Ted Kitchell, Lyndon Jones, etc.), some didn’t (Laurence Funderburke, Luke Recker, Ricky Calloway, etc.). Fact is, players leave, it could be their fault, it could be the coach’s fault, but we have to move on. The “My players are on the floor” quote is a very good analogy here.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Jeff Withey’s stat line was less than impressive his first couple of years. It was merely a projected comparison and I have always thought Luke was a close 2nd to Noah as our top recruit for this year. He could end up being much better than Withey. Or he might end up as a solid B10 player and nothing more, who knows…

  • Today a guest

    I would thumbs down, but I don’t want to log in. Anyone, really? Why so mean spirited?

  • HoosierDiesel

    You should be an NBA GM considering your ability to predict who will be lottery players while they are still teenagers. Could you kindly follow another team? Look south…

  • TJ21

    Different team, different situation, can’t make those comparisons

  • HoosierPat

    I’m quite sure Evan Gordon was recruited because he is a veteran player that can help the team. Bringing in Evan should definitely help recruit Eron, which is good, but that isn’t the sole purpose to bringing him to Indiana.

  • Outoftheloop

    Did you not read the reports when Remy left? Both his mother and Coach Crean encouraged him to stay!

  • Outoftheloop

    Devin is way too good to leave out of the rotation! 30 min Yogi; 25 Will; 25 Noah; then 15 for Troy Jeremy,Luke, Evan, Hanner and Devin. That still leaves 15 minutes for the “hot” guys. Against Big Teams and when our Bigs are in foul trouble we will need Peter.

  • Outoftheloop

    None of his fouls are “Dumb”: on jump shooters beyond the arc!

  • Outoftheloop

    8 is never “ideal”! How do you recruit to no playing time?

  • Andrew

    Haha the same Peter who is behind Jeff Howard?

  • Andrew

    How many players do you think good teams play? We’re talking about actual rotations when these guys are in college, not recruiting. I have no idea what your argument even is, and I doubt you do either.

  • Victorbear

    Blah blah blah and Patterson got a C- instead of a C in a summer class.

  • marcusgresham

    Remy was so angry about being run out of town that he came back for pick-up games after he’d announced his departure. Yep, sounds like a “Creaning” to me.

  • marcusgresham

    I got a stancrush on him at Hoosier Hysteria when he got damn-near anywhere he wanted to go any time he wanted to get there….then crumpled to the ground in a heap. So glad he was OK. Just wish his shot was stronger, then he’d be even harder to guard. The kid rebounds like a monster, too.

  • marcusgresham

    Thank you. When depth is your strength use it. Especially if you’re going to go with the press we’ve seen recently.
    People should watch the ESPN special they did on Loyola Marymount. They said that a lot of times they were down but they always knew the last 10 minutes or so was their time because no one else was used to playing at that pace. If you are more rested than your opponent you have an advantage. If you only have 8 dependable players then only play 8, but if you have numbers use them.

  • marcusgresham

    Big damn deal if he doesn’t need to be guarded outside the lane. He’s a post player who knows he has no business chucking up 17-footers.

  • marcusgresham

    As for the shot-blocking, remember–Fischer was also a volleyball player in high school.

  • KokomoJoe

    The keys to this season are Abell and Creek. We go as they go. Oh wait, they already went. Thanks coach!!!

  • ForeverIU

    Those of you who fault CTC for subbing out players with the “hot hand” should look at all the literature about the “hot hand fallacy”. Basketball is more of a science than we are sometimes willing to admit.