It’s hard not to call the upcoming IU basketball season a transition year. The team lost seven players from the 2012-2013 Big Ten Regular Season Champion squad, including four starters. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo left early to enter the NBA while Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls graduated.
“We plan to fill that void with practice. I think we are kind of fortunate that this year we can start practice a little earlier I feel that will defiantly help our team play together and get a feel for the new guys that our here,” said Sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell.
Indiana is welcoming six freshman to the team this season so for those that have experience they need to take on more of a leadership role. Ferrell knows he must step up as does senior Will Sheehey.
“You have to make sure the freshman know what they are doing on and off the court. Their are guys before me that did the same thing for me so its the seniors responsibility and the guys that have done this before to make sure that everything is going and running smoothly.”
A new Hoosier who grew up in Indianapolis can also help. Guard Evan Gordon is the younger brother of NBA star Eric Gordon and he transferred to IU from Arizona State. Last season he averaged over 10 points and close to 3 rebounds per game.
“I just try to be a leader. I’ve been in college and I know different leaders and I’ve had leaders on both teams at Arizona State and Liberty and I just have to bring my personality to the team. Hopefully they take it in and look for advice when they need it.”
Gordon enrolled in graduate school at IU and only has one year of eligibility remaining.
The Hoosiers hold their first official practice for the 2013-2014 season on Friday. Then a week later fans get the opportunity to see how their chemistry is coming along during Hoosier Hysteria on Friday October 4th.