Hoosier Hysteria: Hollowell shines

Plenty of new faces were on display Friday night at Assembly Hall. Who impressed? Read more to find out.

The season began in earnest Friday night with Hoosier Hysteria.

Freshman Devin Davis won the dunk contest, sophomore Yogi Ferrell won the 3-point contest, and a number of other players impressed throughout the night.

Here were some of the biggest moments from the night.

1. RAISING THE BANNER: Indiana raised its first banner under coach Tom Crean in honor of last season's Big Ten title. The Hoosiers won the championship with a win at Michigan to close the regular season, and the crowd on hand got to see several video highlights from that game.

"That was a moving moment, there's no question about that," Crean said of raising the banner. "When you come in here every day like we have and like I have since April 2 of 2008 and you at those banners, there's no question you wanna be a part of raising one of your own in the program. It felt great."

2. MORE INJURIES: We knew heading into the event that Troy Williams (hand) and Luke Fischer (shoulder) wouldn't participate in the event, but the injury issues worsened.

Freshman forward Noah Vonleh -- the top-ranked player in the class -- hurt his ankle in practice on Wednesday and was held out of the scrimmage. He did participate in the 3-point shootout. Crean said Vonleh will likely miss this weekend and may return to practice next week.

Freshman guard Stanford Robinson went down with a knee injury late in the team's scrimmage Friday night. Crean said the injury is likely a "bruised knee" but said that was hopeful thinking on his part.

"It looked like everything was intact, I hope that's how it continues to be," Crean said. "He was in a lot of pain, but those hurt like that. We don't need any more guys missing time that are gonna play."

Crean said he expects Williams to return to practice early next week. He said he still expects Fischer to miss "a few more weeks."

3. REMEMBERING THE PAST: Crean honored Steve and Lorri Zeller -- the parents of Cody Zeller -- by having them serve as judges for Friday's dunk contest. When the Zellers stepped on the floor, they were greeted with a standing ovation.

Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo also gave video messages of their memories from Hoosier Hysteria. Both could not be present for the event due to their respective NBA training camps.

4. LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE: Indiana fans had an opportunity to begin looking toward the future by seeing some of the young Hoosiers in action for the first time. Several players showed flashes throughout the night, including Robinson, Davis and Jeremy Hollowell.

Hollowell, a sophomore forward, was the most aggressive player on either team in the scrimmage. He finished with 13 points. Crean said Wednesday night at his IU Auditorium speech that Hollowell had led the team in scoring in the first week of practice.

"Everybody has had flashes in this first week, and everybody has had segments where they're not going on a highlight tape, they're going on a lowlight tape," Crean said. "That's just how it is. We're gonna have days like that.

"If I had to sum it up for everybody, I'd say we got a lot of old habits to break and a lot of new habits to build. And I have no idea what the timeframe will be on that."


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