Notebook: New tradition begins at Hoosier Hysteria

  • 10/25/2014 10:21 pm in

Saturday evening’s Hoosier Hysteria was a first for many on Indiana’s 2014-2015 roster. For nine of the program’s 15 players, it was their first time donning the cream and crimson in front of a crowd at Assembly Hall.

It also was a night of firsts for Indiana basketball in general, as the Hoosiers debuted a new tradition they expect to continue for years to come.

Hoosiers start new candy-striped pants tradition

One of the most recognizable symbols in college basketball is Indiana’s candy-striped pants, something the Hoosiers have worn since the 1971-1972 season.

And on Saturday night, Indiana started a new tradition in front of the fans at Assembly Hall, handing its nine newcomers their first pair of candy-striped pants.

The ceremony included former players Matt Nover, John Laskowski, Gary Long, Greg Graham, Todd Leary, Errek Suhr, Jamaal Meeks and Jerry Memering, who each handed a pair of the pants to the nine first-year Hoosiers: Nick Zeisloft, Max Hoetzel, Nate Ritchie, James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson, Ryan Burton, Jeremiah April, Tim Priller and Emmitt Holt.

“I loved it,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “I think it’s fantastic and I think it will really take off as a tradition. Something we can make a big part of this.”

Newcomers shine in 3-point, slam dunk competitions

Two freshmen won Saturday night’s skills competitions, as Hoetzel won the 3-point shooting contest and Ritchie, a walk-on, won the slam dunk contest.

Hoetzel led all scorers in the first round of the 3-point shooting contest with 22 points, beating junior Yogi Ferrell’s number of 19 and clinching a spot in the final against Zeisloft, an Illinois State transfer.

Zeisloft then scored 18 in the final, as Hoetzel followed with a 21-point, winning performance.

“I don’t lose 3-point shooting contests,” said Hoetzel, who also won the Derby Festival Classic 3-point shooting contest in April.

In the following slam dunk contest, Ritchie qualified for the finals with both junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea and sophomore Troy Williams.

And with the last dunk of the three finalists, Ritchie took a Stanford Robinson pass off the backboard and turned it into a windmill slam.

“Haven’t you seen his YouTube video?” Crean said. “Now you’ll be knowing him for something other than his YouTube tapes.

“I’m not surprised with him. He turned down Division I offers, good schools, and really wanted to be at Indiana. Well-coached, he’s an excellent young man. He competes.”

Blackmon leads scoring in Red and White scrimmage

Though on the losing side as the Red team beat the White team, 49-42, Blackmon led all scorers in the 20-minute exhibition with 19 points on three 3-pointers.

Ferrell, who played for the winning Red side, followed with 14 points, along with four assists and two rebounds. Robinson added nine points and led with four rebounds and four assists, as well.

In all, the Hoosiers made 12 3-pointers in the scrimmage. And afterward, Crean expressed optimism that last season’s shooting struggles are now a thing of the past.

“I think the days of us being concerned about are we going to make enough threes to be in games,” Crean said, “I don’ think that’s going to happen very often.”

High-profile recruits in attendance

Though Indiana received the news earlier on Saturday that the Huntington Prep (W.V.) trio of top 100 prospects scheduled to attend Hoosier Hysteria cancelled their plans, there still were several top prospects in attendance at Assembly Hall.

Leading the group were the Hoosiers’ two class of 2015 commits, Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby, who both traveled from Missouri to be in Bloomington.

Class of 2016 top-100 guards Rawle Alkins and Eron Gordon also were at Assembly Hall, as was 2017 top-25 prospect Paul Scruggs.

In addition, class of 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle, the former Evansville Bosse guard and Oregon signee, also was at Hoosier Hysteria. Lyle currently is attending IMG Academy in Florida after he was denied admission at Oregon.

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  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Any clue why the Huntington Prep kids canceled?
    Any clue why JaQuan Lyle was there?

  • Speed

    Lyle’s presence is puzzling and the canceling of the Huntingon Prep trio shows how difficult it is for IU to compete for the high profile recruits with the more elite schools.

  • ForeverIU

    I don’t think their attendance or lack thereof at Hoosier Hysteria has anything to do with our chances to recruit them. Remember Devin Robinson?

  • Speed

    I hope you are right but it does make you wonder.

  • Alford Bailey

    Don’t read too much in to those kids not showing up. The travel can be tough sometimes. Very promising that JL was in attendance. IMO he will end up at IU.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    2 of the 3 HP players are sick. The visit is being rescheduled soon.

  • ForeverIU

    Visit by all three, together?

  • ForeverIU

    JL got tons of offers from big name schools. Interesting that he’s attending IMG Academy in FL (I think). I wonder if he’s getting visits from Donovan. He would have to fix his academics though.

  • MPmike B

    What do you mean elite? IU is elite. They were number #1 two years ago. They were successfull in getting highly elite players such as Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Noah Vonleh, and had Trey Lyles committed (only if parents were not involved) he would have been at IU, and lastly, from his own words, Dante Exum said that he would have attended IU if he decided to not go pro. I think IU is still competing with the elite.

  • MPmike B

    J.Q. really likes Tom Crean and IU. He stated that during his last year at Evansville Bosse. He just needs to get his academics in order, and find a school that best fits him on and off the court. Good luck J.Q. wherever you decide to go.

  • Bryce Kepner

    We still compete with top schools for recruits and we have beat out top schools for our fair share of top level recruits.

  • jon

    going to be a long year.

  • FKIM01

    I hope so…I’m ready to watch IU play through March.

  • FinEndNow

    Not a bad night. Though it didn’t seem to be as intense as it has been in past years. Tom Crean seemed pretty upset about something. Cali Swag won the 3 pt contest which I kind of expected. JBJ is still smooth as can be. Colin Hartman’s shot is just absolutely beautiful. Im surprised he’s even ready to play already. Could be a rough year… might not be. Who knows. I know we’ll be able to shoot the 3 ball though.

  • Yeah it really shows a lot.. when two of them get sick, it definitely means they really didn’t want to come and we can’t compete.. I mean wake up….

  • Rkeg

    I hear UNC is a solid academic school for ballers

  • Oldfan

    JaQuan is an elite point guard. Yogi may decide that a senior year would not help his pro prospects any and may declare for the draft this spring. IU would be a perfect place for Jaquan with all the shooters IU has.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I like Tom Crean and my academics are in order, but I didn’t get an invite to Hoosier Hysteria. 😉

  • Eugene Debs

    Errek Suhr….LOL

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Was it the “character of your team” question that Sage Steel posed to Crean? I heard it got pretty awkward.

  • FinEndNow

    It was weird. And after she asked about him wearing candy stripes.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Do you think she meant it in regards to the DUI / underage drinking stuff? I’m assuming that she simply meant “hard-working nature” and wasn’t trying to embarrass the coach or players on a stage like that… I’m guessing Crean misinterpreted the whole thing.

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  • E Foy McNaughton

    CTC was surely snarky… Esp about wearing candy stripes … And I noted he talked several times about needing to live up to the history of IU — which I took to mean live up to IU expectations —

    I hope they do, and I believe they can.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I think so from the way I read it. It would have to be an unofficial for Bryant though unless he has any officials left to use/would use again on indiana.

  • SCHoosier

    This a half serious question..and I love the new “tradition” of giving the freshman their candy-stripes at HH. However if a kid leaves before graduation of his own volition, does he return the pants (get’s de-pants..stripped of his stripes so to speak????:)

  • Speed

    We are ranked 9th in the Big Ten….if we don’t make the dance it’s two years in a row. That is not elite

  • Outoftheloop

    Not really! 2 of the 3 kids were sick and the visit will likely be rescheduled. It had nothing to do with the “myth” of IU difficulties in recruiting.

  • Outoftheloop

    NOT if you have some facts!

  • Outoftheloop

    Don’t forget James!

  • Outoftheloop

    And if we make it to the Sweet Sixteen that would make it 3 out of the last 4 years! So I guess that your “point” must be that it all depends upon what IU does this year on the court. What a unique idea!

  • Outoftheloop

    Errek was a quality walk-on who earned a scholarship and all of his minutes on the floor!


    You jump from being negative on the recruiting, and then after facts are pointed out to you, to being negative about where we are ranked in the B1G….. and in the preseason polls at that ! Negative much ?


    As I’ve told you before, I’m totally on board with you on it being a positive if he was to come to IU. Wasn’t able to attend last night but hearing that he was there is a really good thing IMHO. I’m not worried about his academics if Crean gives him a scholly cause he has done proved that he won’t give him a scholly unless they are in order. So to all the JL doubters out there, the long story short version is, if he gets a scholly that means that he has gotten his academics in order well enough for it to not be a problem and that he has heeded the advice that Crean gave him, that he didn’t want to hear or necessarily believe to be correct, and done what Crean told him he needed to clean up.


    Cue rim shot !!


    Damn straight ! Epitomized a whole lot of things that most IU bball fans feel like Hoosier bball is all about. I know a lot of people don’t care for Coach K but I still remember how complimentary is was about him in his post game interview after playing them at their place, and Coach K doesn’t just hand out that kind of praise just cause you were on the other them and logged several minutes in the game.

  • Speed

    Hope you are right. Remember we did not even make the NIT last year and we are forecasted to finish 9th this year. Not the results of elite recruits

  • Alford Bailey

    I don’t know the kids financial situation but I wouldn’t think he travels up from Fl. just for fun. We know Crean wouldn’t mess with him if he wasn’t getting things in order. I’m excited about this. Love his game. He would make an immediate impact on this team next year similar to what Blackmon will do this year.

  • So what. That doesn’t mean a thing. There hasn’t even been a game played. .That doesn’t mean a thing. So you think those guys weren’t really sick, they just didn’t want to come because were ranked ninth in the Big 10 and we can be an elite team if were ranked 9th? So they’re not going to come, because of that?? You’re reasoning escapes me.

  • mark

    Was surprised to see Todd Leary proudly included among the alumni …. last I heard, he was in some pretty hot water and I thought might still be in jail. Not surprised a guy like that would be introduced proudly at a UK event, but IU? But maybe he’s repented?

  • mark

    Just curious if how T Priller looked …. I didn’t attend but apparently he
    wasn’t in the 3-point contest ???? Surprised by that. Gotta love Hoetzel’s swagger though!

  • MPmike B

    Oops! How did I forget JBJ? I must be getting old. Go HOOSIERS!

  • Jeremy Pinnell

    He is from Evansville, so it wouldn’t be that much of a drive to visit his family and make the trip to Bloomington. He would knock out 2 birds with one stone.

  • IUBizmark

    Can you elaborate about Crean? I wasn’t there.

  • Blair McKee

    “YouTube Tapes”?! Hey, CTC, welcome to the nineties!