Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke to the student body and general public at the IU Auditorium Wednesday night on a variety of topics. Here's some of the more interesting things we learned.
1. SHEEHEY BATTLING INJURY: Senior forward Will Sheehey had an "up-and-down offseason," according to Crean, due to a couple of injuries. Sheehey has been battling a groin injury lately and missed the team's first three practices. He practiced for the first time on Tuesday.
Obviously it's never good to be without a senior leader like Sheehey, but it doesn't sound like the injury forced him to be out too long and he's back and ready to go now.
2. DAVIS SURPRISES CREAN: Crean said the most surprising player so far from the summer to now has been freshman Devin Davis. Davis, an Indianapolis prospect, wasn't ranked in the top 100 by any recruiting site, but he's athletic and can do some things that could get him on the court right away.
"He can play for us right now because of his rebounding and his defense," Crean said.
3. MOSQUERA-PEREA LACKING CONSISTENCY: Indiana will really need Hanner Mosquera-Perea to take a big step forward this season, and we've heard throughout the offseason that he has improved in a variety of areas. And while that may be true, Crean said Wednesday night that Mosquera-Perea must find consistency.
"He's had some good practices," Crean said, "but he's also had two where you didn't even know he was out there."
4. HOLLOWELL CAN SCORE: Crean said Jeremy Hollowell has been the team's leading scorer through the first five practices, but he hasn't been a leader in some other categories. Specifically, Crean cited field-goal percentage and rebounding as areas in which Hollowell must get better.
5. MISSING TROY: Freshman Troy Williams remains out of practice with a hand injury he suffered in a workout early last week. Crean said he's really missed Williams' energy and athleticism in practice.
"That's not something you can typically say about freshmen," Crean said.
Crean said Williams asked for a meeting with him earlier Wednesday to ask if he could be a judge in the Hoosier Hysteria dunk contest on Friday night.
"When he's in the dunk contest next year," Crean said, "we won't need any judges."