Are IU players staying or leaving?

It's almost a end-of-season ritual at IU. When the season ends players are asked if they'll return to school next season or go elsewhere. Four IU players were asked that Friday night and here is what they had to say.

Like clockwork it happens every year when Indiana basketball plays its final game.

The questions in the postgame locker room are the same.

Who’s staying? Who’s leaving? What are people thinking?

Generally, the answers are very vanilla. No one wants to talk about that just moments after the season has ended.

That was pretty much the way it went down Friday night after No. 10 seed Indiana dropped an 81-76 decision to No. 7 Wichita State at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

The object of the questions were players who have been speculated throughout the year of considering leaving after this year: Troy Williams, Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Stanford Robinson.

Ferrell, a team captain, spoke as much as anyone. He said the only thing he was thinking about right now was watching film with his teammates when he returned to Bloomington. He said he didn’t have a timeline and simply wasn’t thinking about his future at that moment.

But then he was asked specifically what factors would come into play in terms of making a decision to return next season.

“The factors that are going to matter to me is to talk with Coach Crean, the coaches, my family, my teammates and just seeing what I can do, see my options next year,’’ Ferrell said. “I think we can really have a great team next year.’’

The follow up: What makes you think that?

“I think we really came together,’’ Ferrell said. “Guys have a lot of confidence. Freshmen are now sophomores. I think we’ll have a little bit of an edge.

Asked what his goal for next season would be if he came back and Ferrell answered very quickly without pause.

“Definitely a national championship,’’ Ferrell said. “I think we could definitely do it.’’

Williams has been projected on some draft boards as a second round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft if he chose to forego his final two years of college eligibility. currently has him as the No. 42 rated draft prospect overall as of today.

Williams was asked about his future following the game.

“I just finished the game and that’s probably the last thing I’m worried about,’’ Williams said.

Robinson seemed the most surprised by the question. After starting nine games and averaging 16.9 minutes per game a year ago, Robinson had one start and averaged 11.3 minutes this season. He shot 31 percent from the field and missed all 10 of his 3-point shot attempts this season. He averaged 2.9 points per game.

Friday, Robinson scored six points and pulled down four rebounds. He made all three of his shots from the field and played 16 minutes.

“I’m not going anywhere,’’ Robinson said. “I’ll be back.’’

Blackmon said leaving wasn’t something he was thinking about.

“I haven’t really thought about that all,’’ Blackmon said. “I haven’t looked into that at all. We just lost. Maybe that stuff will come up later.’’ Top Stories