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Indiana Basketball: Greatest Weakness of Hoosiers' Projected Starters

Kyle GrandAnalyst IAugust 30, 2016

Indiana Basketball: Greatest Weakness of Hoosiers' Projected Starters

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    It still may be the offseason for Indiana basketball, but it's never too early to discuss next year's starting lineup. After losing four starters from a year ago, the projected lineup will be very different from the one in 2012-13.

    Yogi Ferrell remains the point guard. Will Sheehey will presumably move from sixth man to starting shooting guard. Freshman sensation Noah Vonleh and Jeremy Hollowell will be the forwards. Rounding out the starting five is freshman Luke Fischer at center.

    While the lineup is missing the big names of Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, this group of Hoosiers has all of the tools to be successful. That being said, every projected starter has one aspect he has to address in order for IU to be competitive again. 

    This slideshow will detail the biggest weakness in each starter's game.

Yogi Ferrell: Mid-Range Jump Shot

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    Yogi Ferrell had a solid freshman season. The fact that he dished out more than four assists per game is a great sign for his future. His scoring (7.6 PPG) was decent but won't increase unless he improves his jump shot. 

    Ferrell's mid-range game was abysmal. According to hoop-math.com, he shot an ugly 26 percent on two-point jump shots. What's just as alarming is he shoots mid-range jumpers more than any other shot. Forty percent of his attempts were in that area of the court. 

    If he continues to put up jump shot after jump shot and hasn't improved, the Hoosiers will be in trouble next season. 

Will Sheehey: Free-Throw Shooting

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    When looking at Will Sheehey's stats, the general sense is he played very well. Last season, he averaged 9.5 points per game. He shot almost 50 percent from the floor and just a hair under 35 percent from beyond the arc.

    The compliments come to a halt when it comes to his free-throw shooting. He is one of Indiana's most reliable shooters but one of its most unreliable at the charity stripe. Sheehey shot a mere 65 percent from the free-throw line last year. For a player who loves to attack the basket and draw fouls, his percentage is unacceptable.

    Free throws are the one glaring weakness in his otherwise superb all-around game.  

Noah Vonleh: Outside Shooting

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    Make no mistake, Noah Vonleh is a stud. He isn't rated as a 5-star recruit for nothing. He's long, athletic and can hold his own on both ends of the floor.

    If there is one area where he needs improvement, it's long-range shooting. He can knock down outside shots, but scoring from that area of the court isn't his forte. He hasn't had to rely on his shooting because he's been bigger, faster and stronger than everyone else.

    In college basketball, that will no longer be the case. The Big Ten will throw some of the best players in the country at him. In order to become the player the Hoosiers need him to be, he must become lethal from outside. 

Jeremy Hollowell: Aggressiveness

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    Jeremy Hollowell is under a lot of pressure heading into next season. After being a hyped recruit (No. 42 on the ESPN 100), his freshman year was subpar. He only averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

    Hollowell must make himself into a force for the Hoosiers in 2013-14.

    It's understandable why he deferred to other players. He was younger, the college game was brand new, and he could lean on the likes of Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo to carry the team.

    The Hoosiers are different now. The players who drove the team to success are gone. IU will need Hollowell to step up and be confident. He's too talented to shy away from the spotlight. 

Luke Fischer: Strength

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    Luke Fischer has a great chance to start as a freshman. The Hoosiers are thin in the post. Fischer is just as or more skilled than any big man on the roster, so he should win the job. 

    That being said, his size is a concern. He is going to face some tough competition down low during conference play. Purdue's A.J. Hammons (7'0", 280 lbs), Michigan State's Adreian Payne (6'10", 240 lbs) and Ohio State's Amir Williams (6'10", 250 lbs) are a few examples of who Fischer will face.

    At 6'9", Fischer is tall enough to bang in the post, but he is lanky and only weighs 200 pounds. In order to hold his own in the Big Ten, he will have to add muscle. He must become stronger in order to score on and defend bigger players.  

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