Around the Hall: Power rankings, bracketology, Crean Q & A, more

  • 07/08/2016 9:43 am in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.

Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated published his offseason power rankings on Thursday and Indiana checks in at No. 12:

12. Indiana Hoosiers: Post-ups accounted for 8.7% of the Hoosiers’ offensive possessions last season, slightly above the national average of 8.1%, according to Synergy Sports Technology. I’m curious if the return of sophomore 7-footer Thomas Bryant will push that post-up rate higher. As a freshman Bryant averaged 1.02 points per possession in the post, making him the ninth-most efficient major-conference big man in that category (with a minimum of 100 possessions). Going too heavy on post-ups, especially when you have the shooters that Indiana does, is unwise, but Bryant was efficient enough last season that giving him the ball on the blocks was a better option for the Hoosiers than an isolation or a pick-and-roll.

Jerry Palm of reveals a July edition of Bracketology:

There are four Big Ten teams in the top 16. Michigan State is top-rated and a No. 2 seed. Indiana and Wisconsin, which had Thomas Bryant and Nigel Hayes respectively decide not to leave for the NBA, check in as No. 3 seeds. Caleb Swanigan’s decision to return to Purdue boosts the Boilermakers to a No. 4 seed.

Terry Hutchens sat down with for a Q & A with Tom Crean and part one and part two are published over at The Herald-Bulletin:

CNHI: I know Blackmon had his surgery back on Jan. 5 so we’re now six months into his rehab. Is there any concern he’ll be limited early in the season?

Crean: I don’t think so. I don’t think he will. Not once we get into it. He’s on schedule to not be limited at all.

ESPN looks at a player from each preseason top 25 team who could get into coaching one day:

11. Indiana Hoosiers: Collin Hartman
Hartman is undersized against most forwards and outrun by most wings. Yet, he has thrived at Indiana. Why? He can shoot it, sure, but mostly he grasps the nuances of the game — angles, positioning, timing — in ways few college players can. Throw in an inherent understanding of advanced analytics, and that sounds like a pretty good coach to us. — Eamonn Brennan

Rick Bozich of writes on Thomas Bryant’s desire to establish a career rather than make a big splash:

Bryant was posted outside the men’s gymnasium at Cook Hall, visiting the weight room, locker room and nutrition area. Bryant is a confirmed worker bee, eager to accept any leadership role Crean asks him to consider.

“The biggest change for me is just having more responsibility for me and my teammates,” Bryant said. “Freshmen coming in, having new teammates, having to take them in and really getting them into the system. Having them understand what we are all about here at Indiana.”

2017 Fort Wayne Snider big man Malik Williams is eyeing August to trim his list of schools:

Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Purdue coach Matt Painter, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried, Indiana assistant Chuck Martin and Iowa assistant Kirk Speraw were among those on hand to watch the 7-foot, 215-pound Williams play for Legit Basketball in a close loss.

“[I notice them] a little bit, I try not to worry about them too much,” Williams, a Class of 2017 center out of Fort Wayne (IN) R Nelson Snider, told

Asked which schools were currently working the hardest, Williams listed Louisville, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa and Xavier among the top.

Jordan Hulls will play professionally next season in Germany:

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have found Jordan Hulls (180-G-90, college: Indiana) to help bolster their guard rotation for the upcoming season. Hulls is a 26 year old 180cm guard from Bloomington, Indiana that will commencing his fourth professional season after stops in Poland, Kosovo and Belgium. Last season he proved himself as a consistent contributor for Hubo Limburg United (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 35 games: 12.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT-1 (96.2%).

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  • beppecolo

    I agree as well but am not optimistic. We had great inside players in Cody and Noah and did not get them the ball nearly as much as we should have.

  • Ole Man

    LOL! He only did it for 10 games. That’s why I did that.
    Seriously; I’m worried that the guards attempt to do too much rather than be facilitators.

  • HardRockHoosier

    My ‘ex’ used to say, If I said something in the forest, and she wasn’t there to hear me? Yes, I was still wrong…

  • Koko

    That’s just what the guy was saying in so many words.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Oh don’t say that. You’ll be attacked by the homer mob.

  • TomJameson

    I think Newkirk will be a great facilitator. (From all reports from his teammates … ) JN has the speed, court vision, and passing skills of yogi, but not the Yogi shot. To me that means facilitator. My opinion is that there is going to be more of a back-court emphasis and slashing wings, but still need the 3-pointers to open up the lanes and keep everyone honest.

    None of this will be really known until they play their way through the preseason schedule, but it could be a perfect storm.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I realize I am late to this discussion but I would be interested in knowing how many “very-good-to-great” college coaches played professionally. If anyone has that info it would be an interesting perspective for this topic.

    I suspect that the post-college potential of players should be evaluated on scales other than if they will or will not play professionally.

  • Koko

    Maybe so but the guy said what he said. The homer group will just have to read it again. I for one think CH is more suited for a coaching career than an NBA career. But I look forward to watching him play this season…..he should be a big help to the new guys coming in.