IU announces opening of Roberts Family Basketball Center

Hoosier Hysteria not only marked the start of the 2018-19 basketball season at Indiana University, but it also served as the grand opening of the Roberts Family Indiana Basketball Team Center in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, named for long-time supporters Dave and Susan Roberts.

IU athletic director Fred Glass announced the completion of the project on Saturday, including the Andy Mohr Locker Room, the Tim Garl Training Room and the Oladipo Zeller Legacy Lounge.

The 4,000-square foot Center was unveiled to IU men’s basketball coach Archie Miller and his team on Thursday.

“As a program we want our players to experience the best of the best, and as we took inventory on how we wanted to do things as a new staff, one of the things we really approached was a new area for our team and creating an environment that is cutting edge and second to none,” Miller said in a release. “I think that’s what we have been able to create here.”

The Andy Mohr Locker Room features expansive space, new lockers and other amenities for the Hoosiers to utilize on game days and throughout the season.

The Tim Garl Training Room features increased space and state-of-the-art equipment, named in recognition of IU’s long-time team trainer, an honor made possible thanks to contributions from a handful of unnamed donors and friends of the men’s basketball program.

“It’s only fitting that our new men’s basketball athletic training room be named after Tim, whose contributions to the program and the athletic training profession in general are impossible to quantify,” Glass said in a release. “My good friend Andy Mohr continues to impact Indiana University and IU Athletics in profound ways, both through his service and his generosity. We greatly appreciate his continued support and involvement and are honored to name the locker room in his honor.”

Glass also announced major gifts by former Hoosiers Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo in support of IU basketball, resulting in the new players’ lounge bearing their names.

“It means a lot to be able to give back to not only the school but to future players as well,” said Oladipo, who was the NBA’s Most Improved Player last season, averaging 23.1 points and an NBA-best 2.4 steals last season for the Indiana Pacers. “Players did the same thing for us before we got there and now we are doing the same. Hopefully it continues the rise of Indiana Basketball.”

Zeller, who has averaged 7.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in his first five seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, agreed.

“A few months ago Vic and I were given the opportunity to help out with the locker room project at Assembly Hall. First of all, we were humbled by the opportunity, and secondly we are very blessed to be in a position where we can give back,” Zeller said. “We hope this project will help the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall remain at the top, and we hope it will enable players in the future to enjoy the same experience Vic and I did when we were in Bloomington.”

3 comments

  1. More photos of this great new facility would have been appreciated. I have no idea what the photo above shows.

  2. Thanks Jeremy. The new BB locker room and players’ lounge certainly left a positive impression on the players.

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