Derek Elston Can Ball: The Freshman from Tipton Indiana Is Turning Heads

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 17, 2009

Raise your hand if you looked at the list of recruits coming in as freshman for the 2009-2010 season, and you thought to yourself, "Who is Derek Elston?"

If your hand is raised, you are not alone.

The Tipton, IN native was praised by coach Tom Crean before the season saying he would turn a lot of heads.

And boy was Crean right.

So far, in the first two games of the season, Elston has been a key performer coming off the bench, and has helped the Hoosiers to a 2-0 start.

In the first game, verses Howard University, Elston was 6/7 shooting for 14 points and three rebounds in 14 minutes.

And in the second game, against USC-Upstate, he was 4/6 shooting for 10 points, while collecting eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

While being 6'9" and 220 lbs, Elston is not limited to being a power forward.

He has shown that he can drive the lane and make incredibly athletic layups, as well as popping out behind the arc and draining threes.

And he also showed that he can make steals, as well as set up his teammates for baskets.

In the future, Elston should improve into one of the Big Ten's premier forwards, but this year he has a chance to be the 6th man for this Hoosier team, and help bring some energy, talent, and athleticism into the game.

Hopefully we haven't scratched at the surface of Derek Elston's talent, and he can improve even more.