The first five years of Indiana basketball under Tom Crean have seen some good days and some bad. One thing for certain under Tom Crean, the offense or system so to speak is going to be focused around two players.
The best team under Crean was without a doubt the 2012-2013 season. During that year the offense was balanced with a six headed monster. Crean needs to get back to a balanced attack in 2014-2015 for equal success. However, the track record says it will be a two headed monster.
2009-2010: Verdell Jones III & Christian Watford
Attempted 41% of the IU FG attempts
2010-2011: Verdell Jones III & Christian Watford
Attempted 37% of the IU FG attempts
2011-2012: Cody Zeller & Christian Watford
Attempted 36% of the IU FG attempts
2012-2013: Balanced Attack
Indiana had six players with over 225 FGA on the season
2013-2014: Yogi Ferrell & Will Sheehey
Attempted 41% of the IU FG Attempts
Yogi Ferrell attempted a high under Tom Crean, 409 shot attempts in 2013-2014. Being a year older, Yogi isn’t going to give up more shots considering that the 2nd and 3rd most attempts were Will Sheehey and Noah Vonleh both of whom are no longer in Bloomington.
Who is going to be the Robin to Yogi’s Batman in 2014-2015?
The Top Candidates:
JAMES BLACKMON JR.
James Blackmon Jr. was 3rd in IHSAA Mr. Basketball voting and comes to Bloomington as one of the most celebrated recruits in memory along with Cody Zeller. Blackmon is a prolific scorer and more importantly shooter. He has a great catch and shoot game as well as one dribble pull up from mid-range. Blackmon is expected to step right in the starting lineup from day one and can give the consistent outside threat for the Hoosiers that we missed last season.
Troy could be a stretch here because I don’t see him getting enough touches. In Crean’s system Troy is going to flourish on defense, in transition and crashing the offensive boards. The game will never be played through the four man under Crean. With that said, Troy has the potential to make things happen on his own simply because he is a NBA athlete. If he can develop a consistent jump shot from three, he could transition into a Corey Brewer type player and become a threat on offense for the Hoosiers.
Besides Blackmon, I like Robinson to step up and score tons for the Hoosiers this season. Robinson is slippery on his drives and knows how to avoid the charge. He needs to develop a quicker release from “3″ and a better pull up. If he put in some time in the gym this summer on his own, Robinson could be that 15 ppg scorer next to Yogi that the Hoosiers desperately need.