Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers Most Likely to Make All-B1G Team
A season ago, Indiana basketball was well represented on Big Ten All-Conference teams. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were first-team selections (by coaches and media). Christan Watford was picked for the third-team (media), Jordan Hulls was an honorable mention (coaches and media) and Yogi Ferrell was also an honorable mention (media) and made the conference All-Freshman Team (coaches).
Four of those five may be gone, but a new crop of Hoosiers is ready to bring in the postseason honors.
This slideshow will predict Hoosiers who are most likely to make a Big Ten All-Conference team.
Senior Will Sheehey was last year's Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, but wasn't selected for any of the all-conference teams.
Snub? It's certainly worth arguing, but it's in the past now. The focus for Sheehey has to be on the season ahead.
This year should be different for him. A move from sixth man to the starting lineup will give him more playing time and bigger numbers. Seeing as Sheehey is the team's most experienced player and a proven scorer, Tom Crean should make sure Sheehey gets plenty of looks on offense.
It should be a banner year for the senior, giving him a great shot at making an all-conference team. Earning second-team honors is definitely in his wheelhouse, but making the third-team is more realistic.
Unless Sheehey completely regresses in his final season, he should see his named listed when the teams are announced at the end of the season.
Freshman big man Luke Fischer has a real opportunity to see a ton of minutes. The Hoosiers' low-post situation is wide-open, and there is a good chance the young man will be the starting center.
Assuming he wins the job, he would be in great position to make the Big Ten's All-Freshman team.
Fischer doesn't have to be Cody Zeller next year. His job is to play solid defense, score when he has an opportunity and be an above average rebounder
If he can do that, he has a legitimate chance to be honored when the season is done.
Out of all of the Hoosiers' candidates for postseason honors, Yogi Ferrell has the easiest road to earn one. The sophomore point guard should be virtual lock because of the competition around him.
After Ferrell, Michigan State's Keith Appling and Ohio State's Aaron Craft, the conference is pretty thin at point guard. Those three will battle for first-team honors, with the two not selected likely falling to the second and third-team.
Ferrell will have a bigger role on this team considering he is the only returning starter. The experience gained from his freshman season will be greatly beneficial. Because of that, his production, especially points, should go up.
Expect Ferrell to be one of Indiana's top three scorers, lead the team in assists and perhaps become the best point guard in the conference.
It would be a shock if Ferrell doesn't make an all-conference team.
Top prospect Noah Vonleh is expected to have a monster freshman year.
He will be in the starting lineup and it shouldn't be a surprise when he has the ball in his hands frequently. Tom Crean will look to him to lead the Hoosiers on offense.
He should be a lock for the Big-Ten All-Freshman team and will have a chance to be recognized with even more honors. A first-team selection might be a little out of reach for Vonleh, but an making an appearance on the second or third-team is definitely a possibility.