Tom Crean and Yogi Farrell

Indiana basketball fans have had a pretty good three years. The Hoosiers have made it to two sweet 16 appearances and even claimed the programs first outright Big Ten title since 1993. Alas all good things come to an end. For the 2013-2014 season the Hoosiers will only have 4 returning players who saw playing time this past season, of which only two played more than 10 minutes per game. 

            With the loss of Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, Derek Elston, Maurice Creek, and Remy Abell the Hoosiers lose 75% of their scoring from last season. Needless to say next year’s Hoosier squad will be drastically different.

            The real question for next year is who will step up for the Hoosiers? The only returning starter for IU next year is Yogi Farrell who averaged 7 points and 4 assists per game last year for the Hoosiers. If IU is going to succeed next year Farrell will have to increase his output.

            The Hoosiers also have their 6th man from last season Will Sheehey returning for his senior season. Sheehey averaged 10 points off the bench last season and the increased playing time next year could lead to even bigger numbers.  Regardless Tom Crean is going to need Sheehey’s A game if he even wants to contend for another Big Ten crown.

            Other than Farrell and Sheehey, the Hoosiers are lacking in terms of talent. Freshmen Jeremy Howell showed some promise late in the season this year, but often seemed overwhelmed when on the court. Even worse off was the performance of Hanner Mosquera Perea who looked as if he had never learned the fundamentals of the game. While he undoubtedly has tremendous athleticism, Perea will need to improve his game if he wants to see any significant minutes this season.

            Luckily for Hoosier fans Tom Crean was able to once again secure a strong recruiting class for the 2013-2014 season. Heading the freshman class is the New Hampshire standout Noah Vonleh. Vonleh should provide an immediate impact to the Hoosiers. At 6-9 Vonleh has a tremendous amount of athleticism and perimeter game to go along with his size. Freshman Stanford Robinson from Findlay prep is Las Vegas should also provide an immediate impact with a style of play that is shockingly similar to the departing Victor Oladipo. Lastly Freshman Center Luke Fischer out of Wisconsin will undoubtedly step in to replace Cody Zeller.

            While Hoosier fans have once again come to expect success at IU, the 2013-2014 season will be a struggle for IU.  With only 1 senior the Hoosiers will be one of the youngest in the NCAA and will have to overcome many obstacles if they want to win a Big Ten championship.