Film Session: Offensive options

  • 08/15/2014 8:22 am in

Due to FIBA rules, a 24-second shot clock and a whirlwind set of five games, drawing concrete conclusions about these 2014-2015 Hoosiers isn’t wise.

Still, the vibe is decidedly different from the disappointment of a year ago. New faces are in place. They’re hanging out a lot — and even staying present with each other during bus rides home instead of staring at their smartphones.

And so if a theme emerged from the Montréal trip, it’s this: Trust is building — both on the court and off it. On offense, no longer does Yogi Ferrell have to do it all. There are better ball handlers, playmakers and 3-point shooters up and down this roster. Move the ball, make the extra pass, play together and for each other. That’s the key. Because the potential for offense variety is vast; this group of perimeter players can mix and match all over the court.

In a special Montréal edition of Film Session thanks to the livestream against McGill, we’ll look at all this starting to take shape:

After a Robert Johnson missed 3-pointer from the right wing, Troy Williams blows past the McGill defenders to grab the rebound, going from the weak to strong side to grab the board:


Williams throws a hesitation dribble at the McGill defender:


Williams works into the lane, draws the defense and makes the heady pass to James Blackmon Jr. on the left wing:


He rises with the defender still trying to close out and hits:


It could be an adventure for Williams off the dribble last season. Time after time, he’d travel before he got going — his brain out of sync with his body. But between the adept rebound, the hesitation, the ball control with his left hand and the right pass to end the play, Williams flashed some maturity here.


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  • Brklynhoosier

    Love it!!!

  • Gregory Spera

    It is so simple, it’s almost ridiculous. Three of the four highlighted sets were just about having several players that can actually hit a WIDE OPEN THREE, this year. Amazing.

  • shknqk

    Btw, this is only gonna make the next 7 weeks or so that much more difficult of a wait.

  • Kyl470

    Hopefully this year Yogi will be able to be a distributor and not the primary scorer. In a perfect world JBJ and Troy will be the two leading scorers and Yogi will average about 13 ppg. and 7 assists a game.

  • HoosierFan76

    The first play, when Troy ran down the rebound past every single defender then found JBJ for the 3, was my favorite. Troy seems to have a great sense of knowing where the ball will be coming off the rim on a shot – he’s always right there to either get a rebound or back off when he sees that a teammate has it.

  • You are correct. Fixed in the copy.

  • shknqk

    Yogis number won’t be that high bc if hockey assists