Film Session: Pittsburgh

  • 12/04/2014 9:35 am in

In Indiana’s 81-69 victory over Pittsburgh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, freshman Emmitt Holt had a breakout performance to the tune of 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field.

We’ll take a look at the range of ways he scored in the latest edition of Film Session:

I. Pick and Roll

Not long after entering the contest, Holt looks to set a wing ball screen for Stanford Robinson:


Holt’s man looks to ward off Robinson’s drive to the middle:


This gives Holt room to slip the screen and call for the ball:


The help defense is late on the pass:


Which allows Holt to score with his right hand with relative ease:



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  • KmanCRK

    I love these film sessions Ryan, although I doubt HMP will love your choices this week…

  • Hoosier Hall

    Holt is a baller! I think he is a 24/7 365 guy too so he will only get better. How valuable is Robert Johnson though? That guy can do it all. I love Yogi Ferrell but I’m starting to worry less about whether he declares for the draft next year. A sophomore RJ at the point would be just fine (Not saying I wouldn’t love to have Yogi and RJ both back though!)

  • Arch Puddington

    If RJ stays four years and the program doesn’t experience any further “episodes,” he could become one of the best players in the country. And if Holt, Hoetzel, and April do the same, they could be a really dominant group as seniors. Heck, even as juniors. Those guys, along with Hartman, TW, and SR as seniors and Morgan and Anunoby as sophomores, would be a really solid team. And if JBJ is somehow still around, they would be truly great.

    Things won’t actually work out that way, of course, but it is a nice thought.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I agree about RJ and Holt as seniors, but I’m surprised that you included April in that group.

    The trick about IU in the last several years is that at two players transfer every year, so it’s really hard to foresee ALL of the players you mentioned staying until their senior year.

  • inLinE6

    My complaint? Holt should have dunked some of the layups….. Gotta use some leap with his 7’1 wingspan.

  • Arch Puddington

    Yeah, the transfer thing — not to mention the “going to the NBA thing” — is why I disclaimed my little fantasy at the end. It’s too bad, but it’s the way of the world.

    As for April, I’m not saying I think he will be great individually, just that if he matures along with the rest of the group he could play an important role in that particular group. With a top PG (RJ), a top SG (JBJ), a versatile bunch of SF’s (TW, MH, OG), a pair of excellent PF’s (EH, JM), and a couple of glue guys (CH, SR), almost any competent play from April at C makes that a complete team.

    Again, it won’t happen that way, but it sounds nice for now…

  • SilentBob

    Is that his official wingspan? Cause I’ve seen it listed everywhere between 7’1 and 7’3

  • Brian Goodman

    Gotta love Laphonso Ellis on the call

  • SilentBob

    I have a hunch Ryan likes Emmitt Holt

  • Hoosier Hall

    I think JBJ and RJ are 2 year guys. RJ is way too skilled to not turn some NBA heads by next year.

  • drewmiller1

    Hanner might disagree with you.
    If Holt can continue to contribute at this level, it’ll let give Hanner
    the breathing room he needs to be a better player.
    He won’t have to play 27+ minutes or worry about fouls as much. In my opinion, Hanner’s best game in my opinion
    was against Ohio St last year where he played 15 quality minutes.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    IU is already over-signed by 2 slots right now. If fortunate to add Thomas Bryant or some other big who isn’t a project to the incoming class, several players currently here won’t be around for the 2015 season for any of several reasons. While I, too, have a few names I’d truly like to see remain in B’town, I find it to be a waste of energy and time to speculate on who’s in and who’s out. There are still areas needing improvement with the current team which can/will “stimulate” conversation…

  • Rob

    Yogi may declare but he will not get drafted. He is not good enough to play the point and not big enough to play the 2.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    There will be more fans liking him in the future…IU’s got itself a baller!

  • Let’s put his numbers in perspective in the only 2 games he played.

    Vs Pitt: 15pt, 5 reb, 2 blocks in 19 minutes roughly translates to 30pt, 10 reb, 4 blocks in 40 minutes. Vs Lamar (weaker competition): 4pts, 2 reb, 1 steal in 5 minutes, which translates into 40 pts, 16 reb, 8 steals in 40 minutes.

    Obviously these are very small sample sizes, especially the Lamar game, but so far he’s been the most solid contributor on our team on a per-minute basis. Hopefully he can keep it up. Hopefully he’ll have more opportunity to contribute.

    BTW, did anyone see Brandon Dawson snatch 18 rebound last night!?

  • inLinE6

    There’s no “official” wingspan per se… I’ve seen different numbers between 7’1 to 7’3 too. But latest news following his break-out game seemed to list it as 7’1. I’ll take that for now. Remember Noah Vonleh had 7’3 – 7’4 and he was second longest in last year’s draft. I highly doubt somebody at 6’7 would have 7’3 wingspan. But I’m curious to see how that looks like.

  • Outoftheloop

    Solid assist by Stan. Last year Stan was 32 A/ 47 TO. This year he is 10 A/ 3 TO. Great improvement! But his minutes are down from 16.9 to 10.8. Yes Stan is not a great shooter, but his FG % of .125 this year compared to .448 last year is, in my opinion, due to his lack of minutes. He can’t get into the flow of the game and pressures himself to “show” his ability because he knows that he will not be on the floor for long, forcing and rushing shots. Stan’s rebounding is constant at .15/min. We all acknowledge that he is our best guard defender and the only “tough” guy on the team (maybe Emmitt now joins him). So I say give the kid 15-20 min/game! And, yes, I can give you numbers of minutes for the IU rotation where this works out. Emmitt definitely deserves 15-20 min/game too.

  • oldiugymnast

    I am glad he didn’t. In the cases where he might have been able to he was getting contact or too far under the basket. Sometimes, laying it in is the higher percentage shot. Just ask TW – he missed one with contact that didn’t get whistled, and could have laid it in.

  • oldiugymnast

    That was a great assist. I don’t know any better than you do why he doesn’t get any more time and also don’t know any better than you if playing time would make him better. I do, however, know that in this game, he got pulled when he wasn’t hustling on D and when he was slow to be in the right spot on O. As I remind myself at my son’s soccer games now and then – if I don’t like how his coach is coaching him, I should get my own team to coach rather than undermining the coach he has..

  • SilentBob

    Oh yea either is impressive lol. Yea Noah was measured at the combine at 7’4 and a quarter. But hey there’s been crazier things. Beejay Anya is like 6’8 or 6’9 and has a 7’9 wingspan.

  • SilentBob

    There is no question the talent is there for Stan to be a major contributor for this team. BUT if you want to earn your minutes on this team, rushing shots is not the way to do it. Some of his shots might as well as counted as TO’s cause they had no chance. Look at Collin Hartman, he doesn’t rush anything. He lets the game come to him and hustles. That’s what Stan needs to do. I’m not quite sure what your definition of tough is, but rushing sure isn’t a sign of mental toughness.

  • Outoftheloop

    Putting your nose in front of the swinging elbow on defense is what I mean by “tough”!

  • inLinE6

    Glad you mentioned Anya… I almost forgot about him since he reached 349 lbs last year….

  • SFHoosier

    I said on this site months ago when they signed him that Holt was a STEAL. The only reason he wasn’t highly recruited was because he is only 6’7″. He may not be an NBA guy because of his size but he can definitely establish a presence in NCAA basketball. I love this kid. Hopefully his excelling on the court will push HMP. Unfortunately I just don’t think HMP is really that focused on getting better.

  • Outoftheloop

    You are trying to tell me that you actually saw Stan “not hustle” on defense during his 5 minutes on the floor? That you actually saw him be “slow” to get to “the right” spot on offense? How can that be when Stan in 5 minutes on the floor had 2 rebounds-defensive and 2 assists with 0 TO’s? Yes, Stan was 0-2 on shooting but you did not refer to this obvious reason for his lack of playing time. For your information, that put Stan at .40 rebounds/minute, ahead of Collin (.29) who had a very good game, Emmitt (.26) who had an excellent game, Hanner (.235) who played OK, and everyone else on the team who played! If everyone in an IU uniform hustled as much as Stan does on defense, Indiana would be a very good defensive basketball team! As to your “right spot on O” comment, you just don’t know Crean’s dribble drive offense. If Stan were a 3 point shooter (he is not) he would have spots to “drift” to. But as a driving guard, he goes to the rim if he can when he has the ball, and “reads and reacts” to those driving to the rim. As to your soccer remark, I did exactly that, won the State and went to Regionals, despite my admittedly mediocre coaching (my assistants had to explain some-most-of the “Laws” of the game to me). But I was good at putting my players in position to use their strengths, conceal their weaknesses, and think as a “team”.

  • SilentBob

    I personally have 3 criteria for being “tough”

    1) your example. Stan does give me a vibe of a hard nosed old school player. Frankly him, Emmitt (so far), RJ, and Collin have been my favorites to watch this season cause they all give me that vibe.
    2) Hustle, when he does he is flat out awesome
    3) Smart play and not getting flustered. He is struggling with this right now with his shot selection

    The latter two are the most import, as taking a charge and things of that nature only happen a handful of times, you can do the other two every play of every game. Hope he can get some minutes against Savannah St to build his “confidence.” We could use some of that “toughness” against Louisville, Butler, etc I’m sure.

  • SilentBob

    Yes and he is having a hard time with the “read and react” part right now. He can also cut and at least help space the floor. That isn’t happening right now either. And yes he was slow back on defense a few times recently, but that’s been a issue for quite a few of our players so far. Not something I’m used to seeing from Stan, sure that will be worked out.

  • SilentBob

    haha we seemed to have dodged a bullet with him lol. I mean he is getting 3.4 blocks per game but all he has to do his stick his arms up lol.

  • ForeverIU

    Somewhere it was also said that Emmitt wasn’t heavily recruited because he did not join the EYBL circuit until after he graduated. He was an absolute steal, thanks in large part to Chuck Martin (by CTC’s acknowledgement). Looking forward to Chuck’s next recruits (hoping for Bryant still).

  • FinEndNow

    Bryant will be hard to get cause of his mom. This summer killed us.

  • SilentBob

    Which is butt considering Syracuse HID results of drug tests. Nobody in their right mind would talk about that stuff to a recruit before they make it public.

  • oldiugymnast

    That’s awesome on the soccer! I don’t know much about the game, but I do understand that 7 year old boys pretty much need to be told what to do in a sport on every play. I have been boning up and will probably coach his team in the spring.

    And yea, Stan was the last guy back on the play before he got pulled, and RJ yelled at him to move and pointed to where he was supposed to be twice on O right before he went out. There are all sorts of reasons why this might have been. Like I said – I love Stan and hope he can find his spot and earn 20 mins a game. I just think he was forcing things and maybe a little overly worried about trying to impress and getting himself out of control. I am not sure that was what was going on – I truly don’t know. But I think he got sat for not doing what he was supposed to be doing. I would happily admit to being wrong. Just from a “what would get Stan more active on offense” it seems like he should be cutting and slashing more – but I don’t know what he is being asked to do. It sure would be cool to get to hear the chatter on the floor and hear the coaches! That would be a good learning experience.

  • Drew

    April’s frame reminds me a lot of George Leach. If he became anything similar to him I think we’d be in decent shape.

  • gm

    i disagree, a reason he might not get drafted is height. he is a good point guard–his assists are way up and his turnovers are down. he’s an excellent ball handler. he shoots very well from nba range. he’ll get drafted.

  • gm

    It just comes down to there being three better guards than Stan. Two of them may be headed to the NBA next year, and everyone loves Rojo. I know he’s good at defense, but his offensive game is ugly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m routing for him. If not for this year than for the next two. Maybe with more minutes he’ll get his confidence back up. But forcing drives/shots isn’t the way to do it. TW is way better at forcing drives/shots.

  • mdtreat

    I think his mom is overplaying her role in her son’s decision process. If she had so much influence he would be committted to Syracuse already- its pretty clear she is badmouthing any school not close to home. I think she might be to overbearing on the process and Thomas might not be wanting to stay close to home.

  • KmanCRK

    I agree that HMP should have 4 fouls per game based solely on being extremely aggressive.

  • hagster

    The heck with the stupid NBA.