Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers Players Under Most Pressure in 2013-14 Season

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers Players Under Most Pressure in 2013-14 Season

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    Indiana's basketball team is going to look very different in 2013-14. Last year, the Hoosiers were carried by players such as Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. There was immense pressure on them to play well every game and lead the Hoosiers to victory.

    Now that they are gone, that same pressure has shifted to a new group of players. The team as a whole will be feeling the heat to perform like it has the last two years, but four players will especially be under fire.

    This slideshow will discuss which Hoosiers will be under the most pressure when next season tips off. 

4. Luke Fischer

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    Much will be expected of incoming freshman Luke Fischer. The 6'9" post player from Wisconsin is ranked No. 34 in ESPN's 100. He is believed to possess a ton of talent and could start from day one.

    Outside of the pressure of being a highly touted recruit, Fisher is coming to a team that just lost its best and most experienced threat down low in Cody Zeller, and Indiana doesn't have a lot of options in the post.

    Sophomores Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin didn't show much promise in their freshmen seasons. If those two don't pan out, the pressure for Fischer to produce will be even greater. 

3. Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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    Hanner Mosquera-Perea came to IU with a lot of hype surrounding him. He was ranked No. 71 in ESPN's 100. Fans believed he would play like he did before he arrived in Bloomington. He showed an incredible leaping ability and was dynamic above the rim.

    His first season as a Hoosier was a disaster. He got off to a delayed start because of a nine-game suspension. When he received playing time, his production was minimal. Mosquera-Perea only played in 20 games, averaging 0.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest.

    Because IU is thin in the low post, he will get another chance to show what he can do. Still, he is another bad season away from turning into a bust, forcing Tom Crean to look elsewhere for post players. 

2. Will Sheehey

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    There is immense pressure on Will Sheehey because the Hoosiers will need him to have the most productive season of his career. Now that Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo are gone, Sheehey is no longer a complementary piece. He is a keystone.

    Sheehey is going to have to play more minutes, score more points, grab more rebounds, etc. Averaging 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game will no longer be enough. 

    There is pressure on Sheehey to be the team leader because he is the roster's most experienced player. 

    Outside of him and Evan Gordon, the Hoosiers are young. Sheehey is going to be surrounded by less battle-tested freshmen and sophomores. In order for IU to be successful, he must take his own game to another level and make those around him better.

1. Noah Vonleh

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    Incoming freshman Noah Vonleh faces the most pressure out of any Hoosier because he is one of the top recruits in the country. ESPN's 100 ranks him No. 13. Rivals.com has him pegged as a 5-star recruit. The pressure to play at a high level comes with such high rankings.

    Like Sheehey, Vonleh is going to be expected to carry the team. Because of his supposed skill set, the Hoosiers believe he can replace the points, rebounding and defense they are losing.

    Indiana is depending on Vonleh to have a terrific freshman season like other recent top-ranked Indiana recruits before him (Eric Gordon and Cody Zeller to name a few). If he doesn't live up to the hype, the Hoosiers are in trouble.