Tracking the true freshmen: Illinois

IU's freshmen class headlined by Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and Stanford Robinson is beginning to take quite a large role in IU's success.

The Indiana freshmen class continues to make an impact each game for the Hoosiers this season. With every game, will chart the production of the IU freshmen.

Here's a look at how IU's freshmen performed Sunday afternoon in a 56-46 defeat of Illinois at Assembly Hall:

Noah Vonleh: IU's starting big man scored just four points, one bucket in each half, Saturday afternoon, but IU head coach Tom Crean said afterwards that he was one of IU's most impactful players on the floor. Vonleh pulled down 14 rebounds for the Hoosiers while limiting one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the Big Ten to just four in the game. Crean mentioned that the Fighting Illini grabbed 25 offensive rebounds against Wisconsin a few games ago, and limiting Illinois on the boards gave them zero second chance points which was one of several factors that went into IU's victory.

Stanford Robinson: Robinson got his second start in a row Sunday and played 29 minutes, his highest total this season. The freshman guard scored 10 points while also grabbing five rebounds and turning the ball over once. Robinson shot 5-for-12 from the field, and Crean said after the game that he's now taking more shots than most players on the team and needs to be consistent, reliable scoring threat with his larger role.

Troy Williams: Williams was the spark early for the Hoosiers, scoring IU's first four points on two buckets while the rest of his team struggled offensively and Illinois held an early lead. The freshman forward ended with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field while also pulling down three rebounds. Williams also turned it over just once, better than his average of nearly two a game this season.

Devin Davis: Davis logged two minutes off the bench, but he didn't take a shot or record numbers on the stat sheet.

Collin Hartman: Hartman did not see any playing time. Top Stories