As we all saw, Indiana's 2013-14 basketball season was a shadow of its previous year. After a Big Ten Championship and appearance in the Sweet 16, this time around, IU didn't even earn an invite to the NIT.
After such a dramatic shift, the Hoosiers need to regroup during the offseason. Here are some things Indiana needs to do this offseason in order to right the ship in 2014-15.
Find or Develop a Big
When looking at Indiana's roster, an experienced point guard (Yogi Ferrell), promising shooting guard (James Blackmon Jr.) and talented forwards (Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams) are already in Bloomington. The one thing missing is a proven big man.
The Hoosiers have three possible post players (Devin Davis, Peter Jurkin, Hanner Mosquera-Perea) on their roster, but each has a lot of developing to do in order to replace NBA-bound Noah Vonleh. This isn't to say that one or a combination of the three can't do the job, but as of right now, IU's low-post situation is concerning.
To try to remedy the problem, head coach Tom Crean is trying to bring in more options but is coming up empty-handed. Temple transfer Anthony Lee chose Ohio State instead of IU, and current high school senior Yante Maten was considering IU but decided on Georgia.
Unless Crean has an ace, rather a big man up his sleeve, the Hoosiers could be in trouble down low in 2014-15.
Robinson and Williams Need to Take the Next Step
If Indiana is going to get back to the NCAA tournament, it needs major development from Robinson and Williams. The two had more than their fair share of impressive moments in their freshman seasons, but they can be tons better as sophomores if they commit to improving one thing—their jump shot.
Both are capable of making plays around the rim (especially Williams). Robinson and Williams shot 56.1 and 59.4 percent in that area, per Hoop-Math.com. But further away from the basket was a problem for them.
Robinson made just 31.4 percent of his mid-range jump shots and 18.8 percent of his three-pointers. Williams actually shot 50 percent from the mid-range but only 20.7 percent from beyond the arc.
This duo definitely has the potential to become dynamic, but they have to diversify their offensive games by improving their jump shooting.
It's the next logical step for each to take, and IU will be much, much better if it happens.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!