The Indiana basketball team scrimmaged this afternoon at the annual Haunted Hall of Hoops event. Here's what I thought, player by player:
Will Sheehey: Not much to say here as he didn't play much. Sheehey played 30+ minutes in Saturday night's exhibition game against the University of Southern Indiana, so he started but mostly was a spectator on Sunday.
Yogi Ferrell: Same goes for Ferrell ... He started, but didn't play much after playing heavy minutes Saturday.
Noah Vonleh: Here's a bold prediction: Vonleh has the potential to make a Cody Zeller-like impact right away. He's that good. He absolutely dominated Hanner Mosquera-Perea, scoring three consecutive and-ones to start the game. He can dribble down the floor, he's quick, strong and smart. This kid's going to be good. The problem? He can't make free throws. He was 0-of-5 on Saturday and 0-of-3 on Sunday, and the misses weren't close.
Stanford Robinson: Robinson was, without a doubt, the player of the scrimmage. The freshman guard sat out Saturday night's exhibition game with a knee injury, but played heavy minutes in Sunday's scrimmage, and looked great. He directed the offense like the veteran, showed a good ability to attack and finish at the rim, and played with lots of energy on the defensive end. Robinson had a game-high 20 points, and his team won the scrimmage. Robinson has a good chance to be in the starting lineup when he's healthy. Was very impressed.
Troy Williams: He's crazy athletic, that much is for sure. He runs the floor very well and had a couple dunks on Sunday. Robinson found him for a nice alley-oop on one play. What Williams really needs to improve is his outside shot. He's a very poor perimeter shooter, and he sometimes settling for jumpers instead of attacking the rim. That's not his game at this point. Until he can consistently knock the outside shot down, he needs to spend all of his time attacking the rim. Otherwise, he has a tendency to waste possessions. But Williams was one of the big bright spots of the weekend and he has a ton of potential.
Jeremy Hollowell: Was kind of hard to notice. He has the potential to be a great scorer, but sometimes makes plays that force you to scratch your head.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea: There's no doubt he has improved, but he didn't fare well when he was matched up against Vonleh. He struggles on the defensive end and is still learning to use his ridiculous length. He airballed the same baseline jumper he made on Saturday night, so the jumper is still a bit inconsistent. But he is better, and he does look more comfortable out there.
Austin Etherington: Was a solid contributor. He knocked down a number of 3-pointers, especially late, and played with a lot of energy. He needs to consistently knock down shots and play good defense if he wants to be part of the regular rotation.
Collin Hartman: Was less than impressive. He missed several open outside shots and doesn't look like he yet possesses the strength to play at this level. If he wants to be on the court, he needs to make shots. Period.
Devin Davis: Did not play for the second straight day.
Peter Jurkin: Just don't see him getting much, if any, playing time this season. He missed some time to go home, and he simply doesn't look like he can contribute much, unfortunately. Seems to be a step slow a lot of the time.
Luke Fischer: Fischer has practiced for less than a week, but he looked much better in Sunday's scrimmage than he did on Saturday night. He scored four baskets in a row near the end of the scrimmage against Jurkin. Fischer has nice touch with both hands and has clearly gotten stronger since he's been on campus. He'll continue to improve as he gets more time in practice.