Indiana ranked preseason No. 13 by Blue Ribbon

  • 10/02/2015 9:46 am in

The fourth college basketball yearbook published this fall, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, was released this week.

After being ranked No. 4 by Lindy’sNo. 17 by Athlon Sports and No. 15 by The Sporting News, the Hoosiers come in at No. 13 in the Blue Ribbon preseason top 25.

Here are some other IU and Big Ten centric notes from the yearbook:

· Yogi Ferrell is a preseason fourth team All-American. Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Maryland’s Melo Trimble are second team while Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine join Ferrell on the fourth team.

· Maryland is preseason No. 2, Michigan State is No. 15, Michigan is No. 17 and Purdue is No. 19.

· Blue Ribbon projects Indiana to start Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr., Troy Williams, Collin Hartman and Thomas Bryant.

· Blue Ribbon’s projected order of finish in the Big Ten is Maryland, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers.

· Ferrell was picked to Blue Ribbon’s preseason Big Ten all-conference team along with Trimble, Hayes, Valentine and Michigan’s Caris LeVert.

· Hayes is the publication’s pick for Big Ten player of the year while Michigan State’s Eron Harris is picked as the conference’s newcomer of the year.

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  • Jim

    Hayes is easily going to be the most overrated player of the year. He will be UWs featured player but he is not going to be big ten POY. He was able to hide behind several stars last year

  • Hoosier Hall

    He is talented and a mismatch guy but I have to agree with you. Kaminsky and Dekker sure did soak up a lot of defensive attention so he could knock down open shots.

  • Jason Haworth

    I could see Bielfeldt starting over Hartman. More experience, more points per possession, one inch taller. Really I see Johnson starting in a small-ball lineup more often.

  • disqus_3a9b7QIpvQ

    Hartman has a lot of experience himself. He does all the little things, hustles at all times, takes charges, etc. And for our offense, he is the 4 man to spread the floor and just drain daggers while pulling bigger 4 men away from the bucket. I would have to see more of Bielfeldt, but I’m not convinced he is a starter. Possibly against certain lineups, but I see Colin as getting the majority of the starts. I really enjoyed seeing Collin come into his own last year, he’s just one of those old school, hard-nosed kids that I really root for and love to have on our squads.

  • Oldguyy

    Better post defender and better rebounder, but not as good a shooter. Who starts may depend on the opponent, with Bielfeldt getting the nod against those with very physical power forwards, like Purdue. Otherwise he might back up both the 4 and the 5.

  • Jason Haworth

    Not nearly as good a shooter, but still scored more points per possession (in the paint), granted that was at Michigan, and IU is all about making defenders guard everyone everywhere all the time.

  • Hardwood83

    I agree, Colin is a good stretch 4 option that should be on the floor. Maybe wishful thinking on my part since I don’t like 3 guard line-ups (or TW at the 4). But who is the back-up Center? I know Max isn’t a real ‘5’, but he’s the closest thing IU has after Bryant.
    I think if Morgan is playing any significant time at Center things have either gone wildy beyond expectations or, much more likely, terribly wrong. And since TB isn’t gonna play 35mins a game, someone needs to step in when he’s out. I think it’s mostly Max, with Colin at the four.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    a true IU basketball player right there and many never thought he would see the floor when he committed.

  • N71

    I like the idea of Hartman at the 4 because it means that Thomas will have a back-up in Max. Thomas is surely going to encounter foul trouble as every freshman ahead of him has.

  • Ajpmoderate

    Hayes was actually the purest talent on UW last season. Not giving Nigel and Bronson their dues is an obvious shortcoming of the press this offseason. Look for Wisconsin to challenge for the Big Ten title this season and don’t be surprised to see another tournament run. This Wisconsin team is loaded.

  • twoturntables

    Agreed, Blue Ribbon is wrong there. We will start a three guard line-up with Troy at the 4 and Bryant at the 5.

  • whomikewho

    Wisc fan trolling. Are you posting from Madison?

  • straight no chaser

    I predict Robert Johnson will get as much playing time as Blackmon, if not more (depending on Blackmon’s defense and health).

  • curtis south

    I think this is going to be a great year to Johnson! This kid has heart and grit you can just see it in him! I cant wait to see him this year!

  • curtis south

    Cant wait to see him play lol. I think Johnson is a superstar in the making!

  • eville87

    I think Morgan and Og will contribute more than people think. We will need them both to fill a void.