Indiana Basketball: What Addition of Troy Williams Means to Hoosiers' Future

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIOctober 28, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Head coach Tom Crean talks to his team after Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Hoosiers fouled out in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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News broke today by ESPN that small forward Troy Williams decided to addend Indiana next year and join a very talented recruiting class. Williams is ranked No. 32 nationally and is the fifth player to join the 2013 recruiting class.

Williams joins another top-100 recruit shooting guard Stanford Robinson, power forward Luke Fischer, small forward Devin Davis and small forward Colin Hartman in next year's class. This helps reload this team just in case some guys decide to go to the NBA after what should be one of the most successful Hoosier seasons in 20 years.

Williams said his decision was made when he made his visit to the campus for their Hoosier Hysteria last weekend, as he thought Indiana had a very strong fanbase. The Hoosiers could still add another player, BeeJay Anya, to the class and bring in six very talented guys to what is already a very talented roster.

The addition of Williams, though, poses somewhat of a problem as his commitment makes Indiana two scholarships over for 2013. Indiana only loses Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston to graduation this year, and adding five guys puts them over by two.

If Anya decides to go to Bloomington, which I suspect he will, Indiana will need to lose three guys somehow. That more than likely means Cody Zeller will depart for the NBA, along with trimming two other key guys.

Don't fret, though, Hoosier fans, as this class alone can keep Indiana a national powerhouse, and they will still return a ton of talent from this year's team. I don't think many guys will be able to go pro as no one is going to stick out nationally as a huge scorer. This team is too deep and talented to lean on one guy. That could mean nearly all of them come back as some guys aren't NBA-level talent, just extremely good college players.

I couldn't be happier for head coach Tom Crean, as he has built this into a dynasty. Indiana is a place guys want to go again.

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