Cream defeats Crimson behind Devonte Green’s 15 points in Hysteria scrimmage

  • 10/22/2016 11:10 pm in

Once the 3-point and dunk contests came to an end at Hoosier Hysteria, the fans who stayed were treated to a 12-minute scrimmage featuring all but three players (Collin Hartman, Juwan Morgan, and Freddie McSwain all were out with injuries).

Although there wasn’t much in the way of defense or set plays, those in the newly renovated Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall were given a small glimpse at what the Hoosiers will look like this season, as the Cream defeated Crimson, 41-29, in an intrasquad scrimmage.

Freshman Devonte Green led the way for the Cream, scoring 15 points on five made three-pointers.

“He’s willing to work,” Thomas Bryant said after the scrimmage. “He’s listened. He goes out there and plays his heart out. I respect that a lot about him. Playing with him in AAU, just growing up with him, little by little, I see him grow each and every day.”

Sharing the backcourt with Newkirk and Blackmon, Green showcased an all-around game to match, posting several deflections on defense and making smart passes on offense. Green also nearly threw down a putback dunk after rebounding a missed three.

“He’s gotten better at everything,” Bryant said. “When it comes to shooting, ball-handling, passing, defense; he’s improved each and every day.”

The other two guards that led the way for the Cream were Newkirk and Blackmon. Fresh off an impressive performance in the three-point contest, Newkirk scored five points in the scrimmage and displayed the passing skills that may earn him a starting spot in the backcourt.

“Whether it’s before or after practice, [Newkirk] is getting more shots in,” Bryant said. “We’re getting better at passing as well. One thing that coach stresses as being a great passing team in order to get shots up.”

OG Anunoby was the leading scorer for the Crimson with 11.

The most shots Anunoby took in a single game last season was 10, but he spent plenty of time handling the ball and forcing the issue during the scrimmage, driving through the defense. He even threw down a reverse dunk in the waning seconds.

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Hoosiers is what their starting lineup will look like. But Seth Greenberg, who spent 22 seasons as an NCAA head coach and the emcee of Hoosier Hysteria, says that it’s too early to make any predictions.

“[Indiana’s] got a lot of pieces,” Greenberg said after the scrimmage. “Figuring out how to get those pieces together: rotations, substitution patterns, things like that. This time of year I get a kick when guys go in and say ‘Well, I see these guys as the starting five.’ I don’t know. It’s all a work in progress”

When the energy of Hoosier Hysteria dissipates, Greenberg says it will key for the Hoosiers to continue bringing intensity and passion throughout the season.

“This was great,” Greenberg said. “But tomorrow’s a whole lot more important than today. Are you going to have the same enthusiasm in January that you had today?”

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  • SCHoosier

    Loved what Green showed tonight….young man is a baller.

  • john

    We need a good three machine. Way to go Devonte.

  • Lynn

    Wow, Devonte is going to be awesome.

  • MM

    Newcomer assessments:
    Green/Jones – Both very athletic and didn’t look like Freshman in the scrimmage. Definitely will increase guard depth.
    Gelon – Pure, fluid shooter. His confidence will serve him well should he get minutes.
    Newkirk – He doesn’t have the short space quickness like Yogi, but boy that kid is fast in the open court! Shot looked pretty good too, but will be very good at driving/dishing.
    Davis – Showed strong half court defense, but will need to continue to work on running up and down the court (could be slower bc of coming off injury or just behind from the summer).
    McRoberts – Didn’t show great shooting ability, but the kid showed flashes of what we all love about Hartman. Running down rebounds…good drives/dishes…even blocked OG on one play.

  • Biggest takeaway that I”m hearing (and from the highlight video) is that our perimeter shooting isn’t going to fall off this season. Sounds like it to even mark an improvement, which would be something. This team could be a complete package on offense–spreading the floor shouldn’t be a problem. And I’ve always been fairly confident that the defense is going to be something special.

  • Lance76

    Yes perimeter shooting looked great. With so many weapons from three, someone is going to be on every night. We all need to be patient at the start of season. Hopefully the team will gel quickly. We will miss CH to help “glue” the parts together,especially from the start of season.

  • I’m not going to write off the Kansas game, but I’m not going to get my hopes up too high either. With all of the injuries, players getting to campus late, and the like, I agree that patience will be a virtue early–probably by the next ranked opponent after Kansas we should be in better shape.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Green is going to be a Diaper Dandy!!

  • Outoftheloop

    Indiana has 5 really good guards and 4 really good Bigs! Never before in the Crean era has Indiana been so deep! Cody and Christian were the only Bigs when Derrick was injured. Jordan, Verdell and Yogi were our only quality guards. If Collin returns this season, that makes 10 big time players. Grant has shown more in 3 months in Bloomington than in his entire senior year including All-Star time. Freddie is injured and new, but definitely talented. Even Tim Priller looks like a player. Both McRoberts and Jaeggar are solid walk-ons. Indiana is both talented and deep! This could be a special year!