Indiana Basketball: Each Hoosier Starter's Most Impressive Stat
For every game this season except for one, Indiana basketball head coach Tom Crean has used a starting lineup comprised of Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey, Troy Williams, Jeremy Hollowell and Noah Vonleh. The group hasn't dazzled, but each starter has been great in at least one aspect of the game.
This slideshow will name the most impressive stat for each of IU's starters.
Yogi Ferrell: 3-Point Shooting
Who would have guessed that Yogi Ferrell would take the title of "three-point shooting ace" after Jordan Hulls departed the program. Believe it, people. Ferrell is shooting 45.2 percent from beyond the arc, good for fourth in the Big Ten.
It was easy to assume he would raise his percentage from last year's 30.3, but this much improvement is astounding. Ferrell's better outside shooting has turned him into a complete offensive player and skyrocketed his points per game from 7.6 to a team-leading 17.7.
Will Sheehey: Free-Throw Shooting
It's been a rough go so far for senior Will Sheehey. Despite playing almost five minutes more per game than last season, his numbers haven't made an eye-opening jump. He's averaging just 1.4 more points, 0.4 more assists and 0.4 more rebounds per game in 2013-14.
If there is a bright spot for Sheehey, it's the free-throw line, but it's a dim bright spot. Sheehey only made 65.6 percent of his free throws a season ago and has raised his percentage to 67.4.
It's not much, but with the type of season he is having, he and the Hoosiers will take it.
Troy Williams: Rebounding
Williams is arguably the most athletic player on Indiana's roster, and he is putting that athleticism to work on the glass. The freshman with jackrabbit hops pulls down 4.7 rebounds per game, good for second on the team.
As a high school senior, Williams averaged 7.8 boards per game, so luckily for the Hoosiers, the rebounding prowess he displayed back then came with him to the next level.
Jeremy Hollowell: Free-Throw Shooting
Like Sheehey, sophomore Jeremy Hollowell isn't having a noteworthy season, averaging 7.7 points per game while shooting just 34.6 percent from the floor. And, once again, like Sheehey, Hollowell's impressive stat is his free-throw percentage, but in Hollowell's case, he is exceptionally better than he was last season.
As a freshman, Hollowell's free-throw percentage of 63.2 was one of the worst on the team. Only Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Austin Etherington were worse, and they didn't play near as much. So yes, Hollowell's number was bad.
This year has been a totally different story. Currently, Hollowell is making 80.9 percent of his attempts, which out of players getting significant playing time, puts him second.
This has been a welcomed improvement for the Hoosiers. Now, Hollowell just needs to get to the line more to cash in on his talent.
Noah Vonleh: Defensive Rating
Vonleh is playing very well in his freshman season. His scoring (11.8 PPG) and rebounding (9.5 RPG) numbers are to be commended, but his defense is what's truly eye-popping.
He is playing the best defense out of any Hoosier—by far. His defensive rating (points IU allows per 100 possessions) is an absurdly low 83.9, per Sports-Reference.com. The starter with a defensive rating closest to that is Williams, but his 91.8 rating is still very far off.
Indiana is simply a much better defensive team when Vonleh is on the court. This number will likely go up now that the Hoosiers are playing Big Ten competition, but regardless, Vonleh has been the real deal for Indiana this season.
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