Video: Will Sheehey discusses future after Indiana Pacers workout

  • 06/13/2014 1:46 pm in


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana forward Will Sheehey is looking to catch the eye of an NBA franchise in the weeks leading up this month’s draft and on Friday, he was at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to work out for the Indiana Pacers.

Sheehey, along with Russ Smith (Louisville), Davion Berry (Weber State), DeAndre Daniels (Connecticut), Xavier Thames (San Diego State) and Kendall Williams (New Mexico), worked out in front of members of the Pacers front office, including team president Larry Bird.

The Pacers have the No. 57 pick in this year’s draft.

Since finishing up in Bloomington, Sheehey has been working out in New York, where his agent, Marc Cornstein of Pinnacle Sports, is based. According to, Cornstein represents Metta World Peace, Samuel Dalembert and Beno Udrih.

Sheehey’s father,┬áMike, also lives in New York.

Following his workout with the Pacers, Sheehey addressed the media and was asked about a variety of topics, including the feedback he’s received so far from NBA teams, his career at Indiana and what he feels he can bring at the next level. You can watch and listen to all of his comments in the media player after the jump.

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  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    While I don’t know if he’ll be picked up by any NBA team, he’s exceeded my expectations before. Doing so again would be awesome. Here’s to Will landing a roster spot!

  • Bryce Kepner

    I’ll probably get a lot of flack for me comment, but I see this situation with Will as I did with Wat last year. They just didn’t seem to give it all they had their senior seasons, then busted their tail in NBA workouts, so its hard for me to understand. I root for their success but it just makes me wish they had given it all their senior years like they are in these workouts.

  • Mr_What_It_Is

    Will “I Do Hate To Lose And I Hate Tonight” Sheehey
    Will “Hard Nosed” Sheehey
    Will “I Am The Most Efficient Interview Ever” Sheehey


  • First of all, good luck to Will. He exceeded many expectations and represented IU well. He has the explosiveness Watford lacked and Watford had the shooting skills Will lacks. Hope to see him make an NBA roster, but fairly confident he will get paid to play basketball one way or another.

  • marcusgresham

    I remember when the Pacers had a chance to draft Damon Bailey in the 2nd round and passed. They were in a no-win situation. They skipped over him and got booed mercilessly but had they taken him and cut him in the pre-season it would have been worse. I think Sheehey has a far better chance of being a pro than Damon did but I still don’t know if they take him. Then again, he’s got basketball smarts and Bird likes that.

  • marcusgresham

    …and if he doesn’t get paid to play and decides he doesn’t want to use that law degree I’d feel pretty confident about him sitting in front of a camera talking about basketball.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Or coaching at IU with Crean

  • Snookafly

    I feel like VO had confident that he could expand his game going into his last year, so he spent all his time in the gym. Will stated several times that he didn’t want to change his game, so instead of focusing on weak areas he spent more time trying to work on “leadership” and knowledge of the system. I wonder if it didn’t hold him back as a player.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Larry also was continually working to improve EVERY aspect of his game…Sheehey’s comment that he didn’t want to change his game could very well come back to haunt him next month.

  • dssnyder1

    here’s a random question, does anybody know who pays for all of wills travel expenses as he goes from city to city? is it on him?

  • Bryce Kepner

    Most likely the team flies them in, that would be my guess.

  • thankyoudonnie

    the Pacers drafted Bailey…

  • Correct. The teams pay for those expenses.

  • Ole Man

    Bruce, you’re entitled to an opinion, but to second guess Will Sheehey for “not giving his all”, is one of the more far-fetched statements I have ever read.
    Just my opinion.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Well maybe “not giving it his all” was a bad way to put it. Sophmore and Junior Will Sheehey was a lot better than Senior Will Sheehey. As Snookafly pointed out, Will stated that he didn’t want to change his game before his Senior year, and it showed. He just didn’t step up into the role the team needed.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    Wasn’t it Alford they passed on and instead took some skinny kid named Reggie from UCLA?

  • Michael

    wow… lol

  • Michael

    its hilarious how literal some fans take comments from players in a short interview.

    if you don’t think he was working on all areas of his game then you might wanna rethink everything you know.

    don’t forget that Will and Vic (along with jordy, etc) brought that relentless work ethic back to IU….. yeah hes not working on his game constantly….right

    Everyone wants to complain why Yogi and Will didn’t do better or dribbled too much or didn’t shoot as good as they had in the past, well maybe because they were forced to put up a ton of shots?

    Things look a lot different when you are surrounded by a good team like 2 seasons ago.

  • Snookafly

    He specifically said he wasn’t trying to change his game and that he wasn’t try to play outside himself– on several occasions. What exactly makes you think differently? Did you watch him practice? Did you see him bust out new moves on the court? No to both? Okay.

    I’m not saying he didn’t work on his game, BUT VO played the 3 in college and everyone said he didn’t have the handles to play PG. He went out and became an NBA PG.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    You are correct… They actually drafted bailey and he was on injured reserve a couple of years

  • I’ve got the jersey

  • ForeverIU

    If I were Will trying to get into the NBA, I’d rather someone said I didn’t try hard enough than say I tried very hard and failed in some areas. I’m not sure which of the two is true, but I definitely feel Will could have done much better. My sense is that Will just didn’t have the relentless work ethic that Vic did. I say that not because I somehow have insider knowledge, but because I believe his potential is vast, and I just can’t accept that he could have regressed in the areas that he did regress in unless he weren’t giving it his all. If my perception is true, then the NBA must be thinking we have great raw talent (in certain areas of his game) to work with.

  • TomJameson

    I think Will would make a very good coach, and I’d like to see that after he’s had a 10 year pro career somewhere. lol I wish the best for Will.

  • SCHoosier

    Agree..Will probably could have been a little more selfish his senior year..and had way too many TO’s for a senior. That said..playing with the rest of the group and trying to show leadership must have been like trying to herd cats.

  • SCHoosier

    He was also surrounded by better players those two years and had a specific role for which he was really designed for IMO

  • Benhyoung14

    ‘Not trying to play outside himself’ likely means letting his game come to him. He will never chuck shots like Allen Iverson. At most he’d be a role player. Three point shooter, defender, and rebounding small forward.

  • dtfreed

    Pacers signed damon to a contract and paid for his knee surgeries. Damon got a pretty good deal

  • dtfreed

    And maybe that is what makes Will a good energy guy coming off the bench, playing with better talent, for an NBA team. Cardinal from PU was that sort of guy and was signed.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Yeah thats what I’m saying, he played great in the role he had before his senior year but I guess the transition from 6th man to “the man” was difficult, as it would be for most players.

  • Outoftheloop

    I just love Will Sheehey! He is a great person and a talented basketball player! He is athletic, versatile, hard-nosed, a team first kid, who works his but off. If he is hitting his shots in these try-outs, then someone will see that they can really improve their deep bench;#9-14, for a very low cost! Good luck Will!

  • Outoftheloop

    And his agent picks up the unpaid incidentals and the training costs.

  • Outoftheloop

    It is better for Will NOT to be drafted, but to get multiple invitations to team training camps and Summer League roster spots, so he can pick his best fit.

  • Outoftheloop

    Not a great point, Will is always working to improve his game. But getting better at what you do is NOT changing who you are.

  • Outoftheloop

    Or being a sports agent. He would be a tough negotiator!

  • Outoftheloop

    I think you missed that “didn’t…give it his all” about as completely as is humanly possible!

  • Outoftheloop

    Will will always be a key piece of a very good team, never the super-star of a very good team.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Hello Europe

  • HoosierGrampy

    If he was continually working in his Senior year as hard as he did his first three years, it sure as hell didn’t show on the court. Turnovers up, handling about even, NOT the high energy player we saw in prior years…he didn’t get better. Neither did he change whom he is.

  • marcusgresham

    Damn, I forgot that. I guess I was remembering their earlier pick.

  • It’s amazing to think what it takes to be a d1 level athlete. All the time, money, and sacrifices these young men and women put forth from such an early age. AAU trips, practices, sacrificing much of their childhood, shoes, jerseys, uniforms, travel expenses, and weight training. A lot of this effort is appreciated by many fans of any sport. Hats off to all the great parent, aunts, uncles, grandparents, players, coaches, and others who put forth the effort for these young men and women.

  • Bryce Kepner

    He can pick which team he wants to play for in the summer league but ultimately that means squat, the team will still have choice to sign him or not. Didn’t work for Wat last summer

  • Bryce Kepner

    Must not have bothered reading my other post afterwards where I agreed with others that saying he didn’t “give it his all” was a bad choice of words. But he definitely didn’t step up into the role that was needed this last year, but its in the past now. Im still rooting for him to make a squad