Hoops Central: Freshmen meet the media

Indiana's six incoming freshmen met with the media for the first time Friday afternoon at Assembly Hall. Hear what they had to say about adjusting to the college game, their veteran mentors, and more.

Indiana's incoming freshman class had heard all about the work ethics of guys like Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey before they ever stepped foot on campus. They were told how difficult it was going to be and how hard they were going to be pushed.

But even so, they were surprised by just how tough it was when they arrived on campus.

"The conditioning, definitely," Indiana freshman Devin Davis said of the biggest adjustment to college so far.

Just how hard is it?

You find out you're not in the shape you thought you were," Troy Williams said.

The conditioning, like it usually is, was a wake-up call to the freshmen. Many of their bodies have changed in the short time they've been on campus.

Noah Vonleh, the most-highly regarded of the six freshmen, has gained 25 pounds in the three months since arriving in Bloomington. Vonleh now weighs in at 240.

"In high school, I really didn't lift," Vonleh said. "At the end of my high school season, I was 215. I came up here, started lifting pretty heavy and intense with coach [Je'Ney] Jackson, and now I'm up to 240."

How'd he do it so fast?

"Just getting a lot of meals in, working hard, and drinking protein a couple times a day," Vonleh said.

Vonleh isn't the only one. Collin Hartman said he's put on 15 pounds this summer, and Stan Robinson at least feels like he's gotten a lot bigger.

"I walk around with my shirt off all the time just because I feel likeI I'm that much bigger," Robinson said. "[Jackson] tells me to put my shirt on because I've still got a bird chest."

Work ethic was one of the primary topics of discussion when the freshmen met with the media for the first time Friday afternoon. With guys like Oladipo and Jordan Hulls gone, it will be critical for the culture they established to remain in place through other players.

Vonleh, who will more than likely start from day one, has had his work ethic for some time. Some of the other freshmen may still have to develop it.

"In high school, I was a top 10 player in the country and I just kept working hard to try to get up where I was at," Vonleh said. "Now that I'm here at Indiana, I'm just going to keep up that same workout. Guys like Victor and Cody [Zeller], they were always in the gym, and that just motivates me even more to keep getting better."

A couple quick odds and ends before I wrap up the blog for today. First, we've heard before that freshman center Luke Fischer has dealt with an injury throughout the summer, and he addressed it on Friday.

"Just tweaked something, got through it fine, and now we're back to 100 percent," he said.

Fischer will have to play pretty heavy minutes right away and is a viable candidate for the starting center position.

Also, on an unrelated note, 2016 guard Tyus Battle's unofficial visit ended Thursday night after he attended the Indiana football team's season opener against Indiana State.

Thanks for reading.


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