The past decade in Indiana basketball has given us plenty of notable on and off-court moments, but more than anything else the lasting impact of the past 10 years of IU hoops has come from the players who represented the Hoosiers.
To that point, Assembly Call and Inside The Hall have teamed up for a fun activity making use of what we saw on the court from Indiana over the past decade.
Assembly Call’s Jerod Morris and Inside The Hall’s Alex Bozich, along with writers Cameron Drummond and Dylan Wallace, met up for an episode of Podcast on the Brink in which they took part in a draft selecting players who played at Indiana during the 2010s.
The draft lasted eight rounds, allowing each person to select a starting lineup and some bench help from a player pool that included Hoosiers who only took the court over the past 10 years. Current players like Trayce Jackson-Davis were included as part of this.
The goal of the draft was for each person to compile the best eight-man team possible from this crop of players, with the goal of winning a hypothetical round-robin tournament against the other three teams that were drafted.
We’ll have more on that tournament, and how you as readers and IU basketball fans can play a role in selecting the winner, over the next few days.
But first, here are the complete results of the “2010s Assembly Call / Inside The Hall IU players Draft,” with the selections organized by round and pick in descending order.
A complete listing of each team’s roster can be found at the bottom of the post.
Dylan – Yogi Ferrell: Program’s all-time assist leader (633), sixth all-time in scoring (1,069). Averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists in four-year career (2012-2016). Led team to Big Ten title in 2015-16, as well as the Sweet Sixteen.
Cameron – Jordan Hulls: Second in program history in 3-pointers made (254), 26th all-time in scoring (1,318). Averaged 9.8 points and 2.7 assists in four-year career (2009-2013). Starting guard on back-to-back tournament teams that went to the Sweet Sixteen and Round of 32.
Alex – Victor Oladipo: Third in program history in steals (161), 37th all-time in scoring (1,117). Averaged 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in three-year career (2010-2013). Sporting News National Player of the Year and Big Ten defensive player of the year in 2013. Helped Indiana advance to the Sweet Sixteen in 2012 and 2013.
Jerod – Cody Zeller: Program’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (59.1), 36th all-time in scoring (1,157). Averaged 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in two-year career (2011-2013). Helped lead Indiana to the Sweet Sixteen and Round of 32 in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Jerod – Romeo Langford: Led Big Ten freshmen in scoring in 2018-19 with 16.5 points per game. Had third highest scoring average among major college freshmen. Averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in his one-year career (2018-18). Was selected 14th overall in the 2019 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
Alex – Thomas Bryant: Has the program single-season field goal percentage record at 68.3 his freshman year. Averaged 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds over two-year career (2015-2017). Helped the team win the Big Ten title in 2015-16 and advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.
Cameron – OG Anunoby: Was preseason All-American by Sporting News in 2016-17 before suffering season-ending injury in January. Averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in two-year career (2015-2017). Played an important role on the team in their Sweet Sixteen run in 2016. Defensive stopper and efficient scorer who was drafted 23rd overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2017 NBA draft.
Dylan – Juwan Morgan: Posted the second triple-double in IU history with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in December 2018 against Jacksonville. He is 24th in scoring (1,374), eighth in blocked shots (138), tied for fourth in field goal percentage (56.2), and tenth in rebounds (757). Averaged 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in four-year career (2015-2019).
Dylan – Nick Zeisloft: Led the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage at 51.4 in the 2014-15 season. Averaged 6.6 points and shot 43 percent from three across his two-year career (2014-2016). He helped team win the Big Ten title in 2015-16 and his shooting also helped the Hoosiers advance to the Sweet Sixteen that year.
Cameron – James Blackmon Jr: Is second all-time for single-season three-point makes with 91 in the 2016-17 season. Was third team All-Big Ten that season and Big Ten player of the week on two different occasions. Averaged 16.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in three-year career (2014-2017).
Alex – Christian Watford: Famously known for the “Wat-Shot” to beat Kentucky in 2011, but Watford did much more in his career. He is ranked ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,730 points, ninth in career rebounds with 776, tenth in career field goal attempts at 1,292 and is third in career free throws made (504) and attempted (616). Averaged 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds in four-year career (2009-2013). Helped Indiana get to the Sweet Sixteen and round of 32 in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Jerod – Robert Johnson: Tied Crossroads Classic record with five 3-pointers made in a game against Notre Dame in 2018. The same year, tied IU school record with nine 3-pointers made against Iowa and broke the record in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. He is 21st in IU career scoring with 1,413 points and fourth in three-point field goals made with 239. Averaged 11 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in four-year career (2014-2018).
Jerod – Noah Vonleh: Won Big Ten freshman of the year and was third team All-Big Ten in the 2013-14 season. That season, he was first in the Big Ten in rebounding, third in field goal percentage and eighth in blocked shots. He led the team with 41 blocked shots and tied for second with 26 steals. Averaged 11.3 points and nine rebounds in his one-year career (2013014). He was drafted ninth overall in the 2014 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
Alex – Rob Phinisee: Two years into his Indiana career, Phinisee is averaging seven points, 3.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds. Phinisee has hit a lot of big shots in his IU career so far, including a buzzer-beater in the 2018 Crossroads Classic and some clutch shots against Nebraska in 2019. Phinisee is a calming presence on the court and is a terrific on-ball defender, especially on the perimeter.
Cameron – Trayce Jackson-Davis: In Jackson-Davis’ one season at IU so far, he earned third team All-Big Ten and finished seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding (8.4), second in field goal percentage (56.6), and seventh in blocked shots (1.9). He averaged 13.5 points in his freshman campaign, and he has plenty in store for the upcoming season(s).
Dylan – Troy Williams: Williams is probably the most athletic player to come through Indiana in the past decade. He earned third team All-Big Ten during his junior year while averaging 13.3 points per game. During his three-year career (2013-2016), he averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. Williams has 1,115 career points and helped Indiana reach the Sweet Sixteen in 2016.
Dylan – De’Ron Davis: Finished his IU career (2016-2020) 10th in program history in field goal percentage by making 54.7 percent of all his shots. Made 23 starts for the Hoosiers and finished his career with 590 points and 287 rebounds. As a sophomore, Davis averaged 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game before tearing his Achilles in January 2018.
Cameron – Justin Smith: A versatile defensive presence, Smith (2017-present) has played in all 98 possible games during his time at IU and led the team in minutes played (971) as a junior. Smith has averaged 8.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for his career and has played exactly 2,300 minutes.
Alex – Will Sheehey: For his career Sheehey (2010-2014) averaged better than 8 points per game and had 85 career steals. A 34.3 percent 3-point shooter and a nearly 50 percent shooter from the field, Sheehey was voted the Big Ten sixth man of the year by the conference’s coaches in 2013, the same season that IU reached the Sweet Sixteen.
Jerod – Collin Hartman: Injuries plagued Hartman’s career (2013-2018), from knee surgeries, to a broken right wrist and leg injuries. But he shot better than 35 percent from 3-point land during a career that mostly involved providing a spark off the bench and reached two NCAA tournaments.
Jerod – Maurice Creek: Creek (2009-2013) exploded as a freshman, averaging 16 points and 4 rebounds per game, as well as 45 percent 3-point shooting, before fracturing his left knee after starting all 12 games. His IU career was never the same, as Creek suffered further knee injuries and a torn Achilles before finishing his career at George Washington.
Alex – Verdell Jones III: Jones (2008-2012) was a senior on the 2011-12 IU team that finally made it back to the NCAA tournament. A right knee injury kept Jones from taking part in that NCAA tournament run, but he still closed his IU career with 1,347 career points and 389 assists, as well as 16 career games scoring 20 points or more.
Cameron – Max Bielfeldt: Bielfeldt’s lone season at Indiana (2015-16) was an impactful one. As a redshirt senior he was named the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year after putting up 8.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. This followed a successful career at Michigan, and Bielfeldt was an integral weapon off the bench (45.3 percent 3-point shooting) for the last IU team to make the NCAA tournament.
Dylan – Devonte Green: An exciting and unpredictable threat from the backcourt, Green’s flashy play and ability to score in bunches often made him the center of attention when on the court. He finished his IU career (2016-2020) with 954 career points, 164 career 3-pointers made and a career 37.7 percent success rate from 3-point range.
Dylan – Jerome Hunter: Hunter’s IU career (2018-present) only features one season’s worth of games to date after leg surgery took away his true freshman campaign. As a redshirt freshman he flashed his potential, playing 30 games and averaging 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest. His 3-point shooting arrived at the right time for the Hoosiers as well: Hunter made 16 3-point shots during the season’s final 10 games.
Cameron – Race Thompson: A gritty defensive-minded big man, Thompson’s (2017-present) role at both ends of the court has increased over the last 18 months once his injuries subsided. He had four games during the 2019-20 season with eight or more rebounds and has defended well against the Big Ten’s premier big men.
Alex – Emmitt Holt: Holt had just one season at Indiana (2014-15) before being dismissed from the program, but his talent on the court was evident. As a freshman he played in 29 games off the bench, ranking second on the Hoosier team with 21 blocks while making 65 percent of his shots (39 of 60). He later finished his college career at Providence, overcoming a serious medical scare to do so.
Jerod – Derek Elston: A fan favorite during his time in Bloomington (2009-13), Elston fought through injuries to score nearly 500 points and shot 37.5 percent on 3-pointers during his career. He reached back-to-back Sweet Sixteens and won a Big Ten title with Indiana as a player before going on to be the program’s Director of Player Development.
Jerod – Al Durham: Durham (2017-present) has averaged 7.6 points and nearly 2 assists per game for his career. His value also shines through as a career 35 percent 3-point shooter and a career 77 percent free-throw shooter, marks that have come as Durham has adapted to the various playing styles of his backcourt teammates.
Alex – Remy Abell: Abell played two seasons at Indiana (2011-13) before finishing his career at Xavier. He was a consistent bench presence for two IU squads that each reached the Sweet Sixteen. Abell never started any of the 68 games he appeared in for IU, but nonetheless averaged 3.5 points and shot almost as good from 3-point range (45.8 percent) as he did from the field (46 percent) as a Hoosier.
Cameron – Matt Roth: Roth’s four-year IU career (2008-2012) was capped by a remarkable senior season in which he shot a Big Ten-best 54.5 percent on 3-pointers (the second-best ever mark by an IU player) and shot 59.2 percent on 3s in Big Ten games (an IU record). For his career Roth was a 42 percent 3-point shooter.
Dylan – Tom Pritchard: Remembered specifically for his thunderous dunk in a 2011 home game against Minnesota, Prtichard (2008-12) finished his career ranked 18th in IU history in career field goal percentage (52.8%) and played in every game at IU over his four seasons with the program. He also finished his career with 70 blocks to his name.
Complete team listings
Alex Bozich – Inside The Hall
– (PG) Rob Phinisee
– (SG) Victor Oladipo
– (SF) Will Sheehey
– (PF) Christian Watford
– (C) Thomas Bryant
– (PG) Verdell Jones III
– (PF) Emmitt Holt
– (SG) Remy Abell
Cameron Drummond – Assembly Call / Inside The Hall intern
– (PG) Jordan Hulls
– (SG) James Blackmon Jr.
– (SF) OG Anunoby
– (PF) Justin Smith
– (C) Trayce Jackson-Davis
– (PF) Max Bielfeldt
– (PF) Race Thompson
– (SG) Matt Roth
Jerod Morris – Assembly Call
– (SG) Robert Johnson
– (SG) Romeo Langford
– (SF) Collin Hartman
– (PF) Noah Vonleh
– ( C) Cody Zeller
– (SG) Maurice Creek
– (PF) Derek Elston
– (SG) Al Durham
Dylan Wallace – Assembly Call / Inside The Hall intern
– (PG) Yogi Ferell
– (SG) Nick Zeisloft
– (SF) Troy Williams
– (PF) Juwan Morgan
– ( C) De’Ron Davis
– (SG) Devonte Green
– (SF) Jerome Hunter
– (PF) Tom Pritchard
Filed to: Al Durham, Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Collin Hartman, Derek Elston, Deron Davis, Devonte Green, Emmitt Holt, James Blackmon Jr., Jerome Hunter, Jordan Hulls, Justin Smith, Juwan Morgan, Matt Roth, Maurice Creek, Max Bielfeldt, Nick Zeisloft, Noah Vonleh, OG Anunoby, Race Thompson, Remy Abell, Robert Johnson, Robert Phinisee, Romeo Langford, Thomas Bryant, Tom Pritchard, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Troy Williams, Verdell Jones, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Yogi Ferrell