Indiana fans got another glimpse of their 2015-16 Hoosiers Saturday afternoon at the Haunted Hall of Hoops, the program's annual Halloween scrimmage at Assembly Hall and the second and final public scrimmage this year. Following the intrasquad scrimmage, IU associate head coach Tim Buckley discussed a number of topics. Among them:
Freshman O.G. Anunoby had arguably the most impressive performance from the scrimmage, pouring in 15 points. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward also added a pair of rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal, disruptive on the defensive end.
Anunoby was the second-leading scorer in the Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage held Oct. 24 with eight points, two rebounds and a steal, building off a nice public debut.
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Play like that will likely land him a spot in the team's rotation. To earn that time, IU associate head coach Tim Buckley said Anunoby will need to understand his strengths and what he needs to improve on.
Buckley also said Anunoby will eventually develop into a player who can play out on the perimeter.
"He can do that at times now, but then he can also post up and be really strong inside," Buckley said. "He's big and physical, so he may have to guard those kind of matchups."
Buckley credited Anunoby and other Indiana players' development to head coach Tom Crean running a pro-style offense.
Developing that well-rounded game will require Anunoby getting up to speed like all college basketball freshmen and continuing to play in front of crowds, according to Buckley. The same goes for the other IU freshmen.
"Practice is a time for developing your game, but the games aren't a time for experimenting," Buckley said. "And they have to have a pretty good handle on that before we take the court, and I think they usually do through film sessions and film study of practices and things like that."
Defense turns up the pressure
A game-high 17 points did not come easy for sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr.
The Marian, Ind. native faced an onslaught of full-court pressure all afternoon from fellow sophomore guard Robert Johnson and other teammates, the individual effort indicative of both teams' effort as a whole.
"I think there's a difference between pressuring, and gambling or reaching," Buckley said. "We want to be able to use our athleticism and our length, but we don't want to get out of position because we're trying to get the ball or steal the ball."
Between 6-foot-7 Juwan Morgan, Anunoby, 6-foot-7 Troy Williams, 6-foot-8 forward Max Bielfeldt and 6-foot-11 center Thomas Bryant, Indiana has the length and athleticism to create lots of deflections on the defensive end.
"We're going to have some breakdowns, but what you like to see when we have the breakdowns is when the guys cover for each other," Buckley said. "We're starting to do a much better job of that."
Bielfeldt posts near double-double
Just one point and one rebound separated graduate transfer forward Max Bielfeldt. His nine points and nine rebounds were arguably the second-most impressive numbers put up by a Hoosier in the scrimmage.
Bielfeldt also had a nice wrap-around assist to Anunoby for the first points of the scrimmage and made a 3-pointer.
Buckley said afterward that Max played "pretty well."
"Max has really expanded his game from the time that he's gotten here, and he's handled the ball more maybe than he had before," Buckley said. "Understanding when to shoot it, when to kick it, how to set up other guys. I think he's a really good passer out of the post, and I think he's got really good poise in the post."
No new updates on Hartman
One week after participating in the Hoosier Hysteria 3-point contest, junior forward Collin Hartman still remains somewhat limited as he heals from a rib injury.
Like Hoosier Hysteria, Hartman also did not particpate in the Haunted Hall of Hoops scrimmage. Buckley didn't specify a timetable for his return.
"He's been doing a great job of staying engaged," Buckley said. "... He's been staying on top of his conditioning and his shooting and all the things he's able to do, but when they tell us he's ready to go, then he'll be ready to go. I know he's chomping at the bit."