Hulls Focused on Present, Thinking of Future

Bloomington – Jordan Hulls' primary focus is on leading Bloomington South in pursuit of its first-ever state championship, but he has one eye on his IU future as well. Hulls talked with HoosierNation.com about that Saturday night after South's 73-54 win over Jeffersonville...

Bloomington – Jordan Hulls' primary focus is on leading Bloomington South in pursuit of its first-ever state championship, but he has one eye on his future as well.

When the 6'0", 170-pound point guard isn't busy leading the state's top-ranked Class 4A squad, he's keeping a close eye on his future team and in close contact with future coach, Tom Crean. Hulls plans on being at tonight's Indiana-Northeastern match-up, marking the fifth straight Hoosier home game Hulls has seen in person.

"I enjoy watching them play because they play really hard," Hulls said Saturday night after scoring 14 points and dishing out seven assists in South's 73-54 win over Jeffersonville. "They have had some turnovers, but that's because they are a young team. They're inexperienced, but that will come."

Turnovers has been a problem that has plagued Crean's team throughout the first third of the season, and Hulls arrival next fall should help address that issue. While the Bloomington native will bring with him tremendous range on his jump shot, his greatest attributes are his ball handling, court vision and leadership, and he'll have a chance to make an immediate impact in his debut season.

For that to happen, Hulls knows there are things that he needs to do to best prepare himself for the opportunity.

"I know in detail what I need to work on – I need to get bigger and stronger and keep shooting and get in great condition," Hulls said.

The need for additional strength has been evident thanks to Hulls' first-hand look at the Hoosiers this season, but he also knows there will plenty to learn about Crean's system as well. While Bloomington South runs a very structured offense with plenty of offensive sets, Hulls knows Crean's offense will be much more complex.

"(The number of players) is quadruple what we run here," Hulls said. "We have a lot of plays here too, but Coach Crean has a bunch."

Hulls has nearly 10 months before he'll officially get his IU career underway at Hoosier Hysteria next October. He'll arrive with some impressive credentials, including being tabbed as the ninth-best point guard in the nation according to Scout.com. But more than the individual accolades, Hulls is hoping that his bio will include mention of a state championship that he hopes to capture later this spring.

In the early going, Hulls has his team well positioned in its pursuit of that goal. South is ranked 6-0, ranked No. 1 in the state and has been tabbed as the 11th best team nationally by USA Today. While Coach J.R. Holmes' Panther squad also features a couple of very talented sophomore guards in Spencer Turner and Dee Davis, its most important player is clearly Hulls.

Hulls showed off his value in Saturday night's win over Jeffersonville, scoring 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with four rebounds, seven assists and four steals. He scored half of his points and had two steals in the first quarter to help South race to a 25-9 lead.

"That was a great first quarter for us, coming out and hitting shots, getting steals, creating turnovers and such," said Hulls, who sat out most of the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach. "For us that's huge to get the momentum going."

Most of South's games have followed a similar path this season. The Panthers have beaten each of their six foes by at least 16, including two 30-plus point victories. Hulls knows there will be closer games to come in the future, but for the time being he's not complaining about the margins of victory.

"I don't mind winning by 20 every time," Hulls said. "But I also like close games. In order for us to be great we need to have some really close games. It will make us that much better and get us ready for the (state) tournament."


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