Indiana Basketball: Assigning Roles to Each Player on 2013-14 Roster

Kyle Grand@@KyleGrandFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2013

Indiana Basketball: Assigning Roles to Each Player on 2013-14 Roster

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    After losing three players to graduation, one to transfer and two to the NBA, the Indiana Hoosiers are going to look completely different next season. 

    Because of the seismic changes to the roster, player roles will be changed and be redefined. This slideshow will assign a role to every player on IU's 2013-14 team. 

    Each player will be labeled as either a starter, second-unit player, or reserve. Second-unit players are those who play significant minutes off the bench.

Will Sheehey

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Starter

    Indiana is now Will Sheehey's team.

    With all of the talent and experience IU is losing, it is imperative that Sheehey becomes the face of the Hoosiers. He is by far the most experienced player on the roster and can't just lead by example. 

    Indiana has six freshmen joining the team next season. Most likely, some of them will join the starting lineup. It's up to Sheehey to set the tone for these young players and show them how to prepare for the rigors of a college basketball season. 

    In order for Indiana to repeat this season's success, Sheehey will have to be a leader on and off the court.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Second Unit

    After a disappointing freshmen year where he only averaged 0.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game, the pressure will be on Hanner Mosquera-Perea in 2013-14.

    He must show he is capable of playing the way he did before he arrived at IU. Mosquera-Perea was a confident, electrifying athlete that played above the rim. This season, he looked timid and uncomfortable.

    It is perfectly realistic that a full college offseason will do him wonders. Because of this, he should be a regular contributor for the Hoosiers in 2013-14.

    A starting job is by no means a guarantee. Luke Fischer and Noah Vonleh are both capable of filling the spots left by Christian Watford and Cody Zeller. Mosquera-Perea could be a starter, but he must vastly improve before that happens.

Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Starter

    Indiana will need Yogi Ferrell to improve on a solid freshman season. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.1 assists per game. He was in charge of the nation's third highest scoring offense and showed that he could handle the tough Big Ten Conference. 

    Despite the success, Ferrell must become more of a leader. With a full season of experience under his belt, he must be an example for this crop of incoming freshmen to follow. Seeing as he was in their shoes not so long ago, he can give them the best perspective on how to handle the pressure of playing at Indiana as a freshman. 

Luke Fischer

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Starter

    With a lack of depth in the post, it is reasonable to believe that incoming freshman Luke Fischer will be a starter for the Hoosiers. Because Cody Zeller is leaving for the NBA, Indiana will need a true post player down low. Fischer has the skills and size necessary to pick up where Zeller left off.

    Also vying for that role is Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin. This means the competition Fischer faces isn't steep.

    Unlike the other two, Fischer has true low post moves. He is also two inches taller than Mosquera-Perea. Although he may be just a freshman, the job should be Fischer's to lose.

Jonny Marlin

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Second Unit

    Most Indiana fans don't know a lot about Jonny Marlin. This season he transferred to IU from IPFW. Because of that he had to sit out the entire year.

    He should see action because he plays point guard. The Hoosiers only have one other true point guard on the roster, Yogi Ferrell.

    Because Ferrell can't play the entire game, Marlin will have to come in to give him a rest. There is speculation that incoming freshman, Stanford Robinson, has been learning the position and could serve as Ferrell's backup.

    Until practice starts though, it won't be known for certain how Tom Crean will use Robinson, so until then Marlin is the best fit to play after Ferrell.

Stanford Robinson

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Second Unit  

    This incoming freshman should be a nice addition to an Indiana second unit that struggled to score. With Will Sheehey moving into the starting lineup, IU will need someone to take be a spark off the bench. Robinson is the perfect fit.

    Much like Sheehey, Robinson can score from all areas of the floor. Because IU's bench struggled to produce last season, he should get the green light from Tom Crean to look for his shot. 

Jeremy Hollowell

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Second Unit

    Like fellow freshman Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell had a nice first season. He might not have put up striking stats, but he held his own throughout a tough schedule.

    With a full offseason, Hollowell should be much improved. He is sure to be more confident and reliable in his sophomore season. While there are open spots in the starting lineup, Hollowell isn't a guarantee to grab one.

    He faces plenty of competition for a starting job. He will be vying for one of the two open forward positions and will be going against Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh, Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis Jr. There is definitely a chance Hollowell could become a starter, he will just have his work cut out for him.

Noah Vonleh

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Starter

    According to, incoming freshman Noah Vonleh is a 5-star recruit, . This means there will be immense pressure on him perform at a high level.

    With Indiana's top scorers leaving the program, Vonleh will be expected to pick up the slack. IU must hope he can quickly adjust to the college game and be one of the team's leading scorers.

    Will Sheehey and Yogi Ferrell aren't dynamic enough to win games by themselves. At times, Vonleh will be counted on to carry the load. He must have an outstanding freshman season in order for the Hoosiers to have any success.  

Peter Jurkin

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Second Unit

    The reason why Peter Jurkin gets listed as a second unit player and not as a reserve is because of his size and the lack of big men on Indiana's roster. 

    Jurkin stands at 7'0". He will be the tallest player on the team. While he might not be the most skilled post player, size cannot be taught. It would be wise for Tom Crean to invest in Jurkin and get him ready to play serious minutes.

    The Hoosiers will need Jurkin to play when other big men, Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Luke Fischer, need a break or get into foul trouble. If everything goes well, he should be a valuable member of the rotation next season.  

Troy Williams

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    2013-14 Assigned Role: Starter

    Indiana will have a number of talented players trying to make the starting lineup and Troy Williams is certainly one of them. The job of starting small forward is up for grabs, but it will be up to Williams to seize the opportunity. 

    He should get the starting nod because he is an incredibly gifted athlete. One of the reasons why Indiana had a great 2012-13 season was because it had a superb athlete in Victor Oladipo. He made plays on both ends of the court. He was able to do affect the game because he was more athletic than everyone else.

    Williams plays a similar style. While he might not be the best jump shooter, he can play above the rim. Because of this and his many other abilities, Williams should be a key contributor in 2013-14. 

The Reserves

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    Reserves for 2013-14: Austin Etherington, Maurice Creek, Collin Hartman, Taylor Wayer, Jeff Howard, Raphael Smith, Devin Davis Jr.

    Out of this batch of players, there are a few who could move out of the reserve role and see some meaningful playing time.

    Maurice Creek will be in the final season of an injury filled career. He has shown promise. When Creek was a freshman, he scored 31 points against Kentucky. That same year, before his season-ending injury, he was the top scoring freshman in the country (he averaged 17.3 points through the first nine games of the season). Creek is a natural scorer that Tom Crean could turn to if the IU bench is struggling to score points.

    Austin Etherington is the wild card of this bunch. He showed promise in his freshman year, but missed all of this season with a fractured patella. If he makes a full recovery and demonstrates he is the Etherington of old, key minutes could come his way.