Tracking the true freshmen: Northwestern

Troy Williams had his best Big Ten performance so far in his career with 12 points and helped the Hoosier team out play the Wildcats. Vonleh also had a strong peformance with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

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

Here's a look at how IU's freshmen class performed Thursday night in an 61-56 victory on the road against Northwestern.

Noah Vonleh After struggling last week with foul trouble, Vonleh ended the night with just two fouls, so there was no foul trouble for him tonight. His first points did not come until the 14:37 mark when he came down with an offensive rebound and put it back up for a layup. Vonleh would have all three of his offensive rebounds in first half, one that was a slam dunk with 5:42 left. At halftime the forward had seven points to go along with six rebounds. Vonleh continued his strong presence in the paint on the defensive side in the second half limiting Norhtwestern's options inside. Vonleh finished the night with 12 points, eight rebounds, one block, and two assists (matched season best).

Troy Williams Playing 23 minutes against the Wildcats, Williams made his presence felt throughout the game on both sides of the ball. The question all season has been whether or not Williams would be able to get his great athleticism under control. Saturday it appeared that he's getting closer. In the press conference after the game Crean made the comment that Williams had good footwork and played fast but not in a hurry. Williams recorded a Big Ten high 12 points.

Stanford Robinson While he only played 15 minutes against Northwestern he was still able to get to the foul line more than anybody else on the Hoosier basketball team. The issue is he went 3-of-6 which is not a percentage that any coach will be happy with. The reason why he was able to get to the foul line is his ability to drive the ball and that clearly was evident Saturday. The Hoosiers pressed for a bit and Robinson was a contributor to that using his quickness. Robinson put together a five point, three rebound, and one assist performance.

Devin Davis Only played five minutes and came in when Vonleh needed a break. He did not make any noticeable mistakes which is exactly what the team needs out of him. He made his only shot and finished with two points.

Colin Hartman Did not play but Tom Crean made a comment in the press conference after the game that he was tagged as Drew Crawford in practice this week and played an instrumental role in getting the team prepared for Northwestern.


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