Evaluating the True Freshmen

What did we learn about the freshmen in the non-conference season? They shot it at a high percentage from the field, they will not be known for their 3-point shooting, and their assist-to-turnover ratio was lacking. As a group though, they contributed an average of 31.5 points and 22.8 rebounds per game. Here is a complete look at the frosh impact for IU basketball.

The non-conference portion of the Indiana basketball schedule is over and the Hoosiers are 10-3 heading into Big Ten play.

So much was made this season about the incoming freshmen class and how they were going to have to contribute immediately if Indiana was to have a chance to be successful in the 2013-14 season.

The early results are in. Here is a look, statistically, at how the incoming freshmen performed in their collective on-the-court exams for the first 13 games of the season.

As a whole, the freshmen averaged 31.5 points, 22.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 3.3 steals, 3.0 blocks and 6.5 turnovers per game.

The freshmen hit 142-of-273 shots from the field for a lofty 52 percent field goal percentage.

They also showed that 3-pointing shooting is not a particular strength, either from the point of making them or for that matter, shooting them.

Indiana's six freshmen combined to hit 4-of-28 3-point shots, 14.3 percent. That means though that collectively they attempted just over two per game.

From the free throw line the group made 121-of-180, 67.2 percent.

Individually, here is how the freshmen performed in the first 13 games.

1. Noah Vonleh

Vonleh nearly averaged a double-double. He was second on the team in scoring behind Yogi Ferrell with a 12.0 average. He also averaged 9.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists and had 14 steals and 12 blocks. His assist-to-turnover ratio was 9-26. He hit 56.3 percent of his shots from the field (49-of-87), 16.7 percent from 3 (1-of-6) and 70.4 percent from the foul line (57-for-81). He started all 13 games and averaged 22.2 minutes per game. Surprisingly he did not have a single 20-point game. His high was 18 twice in back-to-back games against Stony Brook and Washington. His rebounding high was 15 against Stony Brook.

2. Troy Williams

Williams was fifth on the team in scoring with a 7.9 average. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists and had 17 steals and five blocks. His assist-to-turnover ratio was 12-28. He hit 45.7 percent of his shots from the field (37-of-81), 15.4 percent from 3 (2-of-13) and 67.5 percent from the foul line (27-for-40). He started all 13 games and averaged 21.8 minutes per game. He had the lone 20-point scoring game among the freshmen with 22 points against Washington. His rebounding high was eight which he did twice against Samford and Washington.

3. Stanford Robinson

Robinson came off the bench in all 13 games and averaged 4.8 points per game. He also averaged 2.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists and had five steals and no blocks. His assist-to-turnover ratio was 9-13. He hit 53.7 percent of his shots from the field (22-of-41), 16.7 percent from 3 (1-of-6) and 56.3 percent from the foul line (18-for-32). He averaged 10 minutes per game. His scoring high was eight twice, most recently against Nicholls State. He also had eight points against Oakland. In his last five games, he scored 34 points, an average of 6.8 points per game. He only had one game where he had more than three rebounds but that was an 8-rebound effort against North Florida.

4. Devin Davis

Davis played in 12 of the 13 games, missing the Oakland game because of an ankle injury. He averaged 3.4 points off the bench. He also averaged 3.7 rebounds, 0.0 assists and had three steals and 10 blocks. His assist-to-turnover ratio was 0-12. That's right, Davis did not have a single assist in the non-conference season. He hit 51.7 percent of his shots from the field (15-of-29), didn't attempt a 3-pointer, and shot 68.8 percent from the foul line (11-for-16). He averaged 10.5 minutes per game. Surprisingly he did not have a single 20-point game. His scoring high was 10 in the season opener against Chicago State. He also had his rebounding high in that game with nine.

5. Luke Fischer

Fischer played in all 13 games off the bench. He averaged 2.8 points per game, 2.1 rebounds, 0.3 assists with one steal and 11 blocked shots. His assist-to-turnover ratio was 4-6. He hit 55.6 percent of his shots from the field (15-of-27), did not attempt a 3 and shot 77.8 percent from the foul line (7-for-9). He averaged 10 minutes per game. His season scoring high came Sunday against Kennesaw State when he scored 10 points. His high rebound game was six against Oakland. He had three blocked shots against both Samford and Kennesaw State.

6. Collin Hartman

Hartman played in 10 games off the bench and averaged 5.6 minutes per game. He scored a total of nine points for an 0.9 average. He also averaged 1.1 rebounds, 0.1 assists with three steals and one block. He shot 50 percent from the field (4-for-8), did not hit a 3-pointer in three attempts, and was 1-of-2 at the foul line for 50 percent. His high scoring game was five against Samford and he had three rebounds against both Samford and Stony Brook.

That is a look at how the freshmen performed in the non-conference season. We'll check back after the Big Ten season and see how those numbers compare to the first 13 games.

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