Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
A resilient IU baseball team is making a push for the Big Ten title, Mike writes.

Indiana reliever Jake Kelzer isn’t lacking confidence when he takes the mound, Mike wrote on Thursday.

The 2016 IU soccer schedule includes defending national champ Stanford and a Big Ten home opener against Maryland, we reported.

IU women’s golf, seeded 14th, was in 15th after the first day of the NCAA Regional, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Former IU player Michael Lewis is stepping out of his comfort zone in leaving Butler to take an assistant coaching job at Nebraska, Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald writes.

A breakdown of the 2016 IU football schedule, by Tom Dienhart of BTN.com.

Cap off the IU basketball season with a quiz to see how well you know the Hoosiers, via IUHoosiers.com.

Indiana is among the latest teams to show interest in 2017 big man Xavier Tillman, Jonathan Batuello of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

2017 point guard Tremont Waters sees himself in the mold of a Yogi Ferrell as the Hoosiers pursue him, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For the resilient Hoosiers, who have recovered from a rough start — Eli Young Band with “Recover.”

13 comments

  1. Not sure if this is true, but saw a retweet that stated Troy Williams will stay in the draft and not return to IU.

    1. I think it’s true in the same way I thought that was true when Troy first declared. Barring injury, I don’t think he was ever coming back. We don’t have a source confirming it yet, but some people aren’t beholden to that standard.

  2. Yes, I saw the same thing. Good luck, Troy. Hope you kill it.

    Scholy issue solved. Priller can rest easy tonight.

  3. I’m guessing CTC had a pretty strong feeling about Troy’s level of interest in moving on as that reflects his roster moves. Troy is nowhere near the player VO was when he declared for the draft but it appears he seems to believe he is. Vic went #2. I’m betting Troy goes undrafted and signs a free agent offer. Whether he can hang on to a roster spot depends entirely on the team he signs with. He won’t be the impact payer Victor has been.

    While he was certainly an entertaining and athletic player I don’t see his departure as a great loss from a team standpoint. There are several players who can fill the reward portion without quite as much risk.

    Best of luck to you, Troy. It’s been a pleasure to watch you in the candystripes.

  4. Price, you are tremendous. Seriously. Albers is such a troll and I just realized that he was the source. The “ONLY” source.

    However, understood with the nuances of your reporting vs your feelings on it. Well done.

    Should have known when no one else was reporting the story. But also understood that it could be totally true.

    Albers was groveling on Twitter to get a job with Bill Simmons last week. You guys must love him. 😉 No need to comment. I get it.

  5. Aside from personal issues of Jay Edwards; Jay Edwards was not good enough and neither is Troy. He very well may get lost in the shuffle as did Edwards. I see somewhat of a parallel.

  6. Not to be a contrarian but,……………
    1. IU will definitely miss Troy next year. His athleticism and ability to finish around the rim made him an impact player, pumped up his teammates and the crowd, and made him a nightmare for opposing defenses. Troy made the difference in many, many games this season. He’ll be missed.
    2. Jay Edwards definitely had the talent to play in the NBA. He was simply not mature enough, in mind or body, to handle the rigors of an NBA schedule. Remember, after two seasons at IU, he was the 33rd pick in the 1989 NBA Draft by the LA Clippers. Edwards made the team, played in four games, and then due to a knee injury and bad decisions, blew his career to smithereens. But he clearly had the talent to play in the NBA. How soon we forget that in 1989 he had a scoring average of 20 ppg., lead IU to the Big Ten Championship and was an All American.
    3. I think Yogi’s departure influenced Troy’s decision. Troy and Yogi combined for some fantastic offense on many occasions. I think starting over with a new PG was not appealing to Troy. That, plus having his degree and needing to make some money probably made the decision an obvious one.

    Troy was both fun and infuriating to watch at times. I wish him all the best.

  7. VO was so much more polished as a player than Troy is at the same point. I think his draft position, or lack thereof, will demonstrate that scouts feel much the same.

    I wish him the best but I just don’t believe he is ready for prime time.

  8. …keeping in mind that at no point has anyone at any time ever solicited my opinion on anyone’s NBA potential so…there’s that…

  9. I noticed that not one Indiana beat writer besides Justin Albers report that Troy Williams was going to the NBA.

    Painful watching this guy bury his career in front of our eyes. Actually, he may find work being the Skip Bayless of Indiana sports.

    Inside the Hall folks said that Crean thinks Troy is gone. But no one has confirmed any decisions yet.

  10. A ghost of truth awaits as shackle like a journalistic Alberstross…?

  11. I surprisingly agree with Podunker’s post from a couple days ago….Troy will be missed. Though the 2015-16 UK team was not nearly the squad they’ve been in recent years, Crean was granted another Sweet 16 ceiling because of the versatility and explosiveness of Troy. I believe he’ll be a phenomenal player at the next level.

    Good luck to you Troy.

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