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Arizona State transfer Evan Gordon adds depth to Indiana's backcourt but the Hoosiers still only have three guards on scholarship.
If Yogi Ferrell wasn't on the court last season, IU could use Remy Abell, Jordan Hulls or Victor Oladipo to lead the charge on the perimeter and help orchestrate the offense. All three players are no longer playing for the Hoosiers, which means Indiana has to look elsewhere for a depth at the guard position.
If Ferrell and either Arizona State transfer Evan Gordon or incoming freshman Stanford Robinson are in the starting lineup, it remains unknown who will play the two guard positions besides those three players.
Robinson is listed as a small forward by ESPN but a shooting guard by Rivals, which makes him one of the leading candidates for a backup, or even the starting, shooting guard role.
Justin Albers of Inside The Hall wrote about IU's void in its backcourt:
Arizona State transfer Evan Gordon is one option, but Robinson may be an even better one. He’s bigger than Gordon at about 6-foot-4, which would keep Indiana from starting two small guards like it did a season ago, something that could especially help on the defensive end.
Albers wrote more about how the Hoosiers have only one true point guard:
Whether or not Robinson lands the starting job at shooting guard, he will likely spend some time playing point guard in a backup role for Ferrell. Gordon and walk-on Jonny Marlin are other options.
Simon said he and his staff spent a good part of Robinson’s senior season getting him ready to play point guard, per Tom Crean’s request.
Indiana does not want to get to the point where it's relying on walk-ons to add depth at guard, but it looks like the Hoosiers may have to. Another option is to give some of the team's many small forwards—Will Sheehey, Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Etherington, Troy Williams, Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr.—opportunities to play the two.
Having small forwards play some at shooting guard would also give the Hoosiers extra height in the backcourt. Part of IU's downfall in its NCAA tournament loss to Syracuse was that the combination of Ferrell and Hulls was too small to be successful against the Orange's long 2-3 zone.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman tweeted in March that IU's small backcourt was "exposed" by Syracuse. Considering that the Hoosiers play Syracuse next season in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, IU will need all of the extra height possible in order to seek revenge.
Tiny Indiana backcourt has really been exposed in this game. Carter-Williams told me yesterday he was excited about going against IU guards.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2013
IU's backcourt certainly emphasizes quality over quantity but the team's lack of depth at guard could come back to haunt the Hoosiers next season.
Backcourt depth is the third biggest concern for IU because while the team may lack quantity, the Hoosiers don't lack quality. Ferrell and Gordon have both proven they can play at a high level in college. Not knowing who the team's fourth or fifth best guard should not be a major concern at this point when Indiana has potentially two All-Big Ten-caliber players in its backcourt.