During Friday night's 105-59 win over Samford, Indiana play-by-play announcer Don Fischer made an interesting comment. This year's team, he said, is the most athletic one he's seen during his four decades covering the Hoosiers.
It's certainly a fair point, and one many people are raising three games into this season. The majority of Indiana's six freshmen have crazy athleticism, and the Hoosiers have athletic guys like Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Will Sheehey back this season.
Bennie Seltzer, a former IU assistant who is now the head man at Samford, tends to agree with Fischer's opinion.
"The athleticism on that team is completely off the charts," Seltzer said. "They're probably one of the most athletic teams I've seen in a very, very long time, and it's almost at every position. With that size and that athleticism, they're making for a very tough team to deal with."
Indiana is often able to put a lineup of five players on the floor that can switch at every position. Noah Vonleh plays the center spot, but he has guard skills and moves very well for his 6-foot-10 size.
The Hoosiers (3-0) blocked 10 shots, had 10 steals, and outrebounded Samford 53-32 on Friday night.
Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked after the game to respond to what Fischer had to say.
"He's always had an unbelievable view of what it looks like to win and how to get better," Crean said. "He said it to me. I take that as a huge compliment because he knows the game so well. I think at the same time he'd be the first to tell you he sees the upside in them, too. That's the most important thing.
"We're as concerned about developing athletes as we are developing, you know, the individual player and his skills. I think it shows and that's why we've got a lot of upside here."