BLOOMINGTON, In. (WDRB) - Indiana senior forward Will Sheehey joked that he finally no longer needed nametags for the new players coming into the Hoosiers basketball program. But a lot us may need to keep a roster handy when the season begins.
Ten new players, eight of them freshman, will suit up for the Hoosiers this year. Six of those freshmen are three, four and five star recruits that have Indiana near the top of the recruiting charts if not at the top of the preseason rankings. The Hoosiers are ranked #20 by Lindy's Sports, #23 by USA Today and #25 by Sporting News.
"People aren't seeing what we can do," freshman guard Stanford Robinson said at Thursday's Media Day in Bloomington. But, he admits, "…it is going to take some work."
The "work" is trying to fill the shoes of seven departing players, including NBA picks Cody Zeller and Victor Olidipo.
"We've got all the pieces here who can fill those gaps," said Luke Fischer, a four-star center from Wisconsin.
The timetable on when we can see if the Hoosiers can live up to that may be delayed a bit. Fischer is sidelined with a sprained shoulder and fellow four-star freshman Troy Williams has a hand injury that could keep him out of action for a few weeks.When Williams was asked to spin a ball on his right hand for a picture, he told the photographer he was unable to do it because of the injury. Indiana refused to reveal the extent of the injury, but coach Tom Crean called it a minor setback.
The healthy players will take part in Hoosier Hysteria, the annual open practice at Assembly Hall, Friday October 4th. The first exhibition game is set for October 26th against Southern Indiana in Bloomington.
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