The college basketball season officially kicked off an Friday and ESPNU‘s coverage of the Indiana Hoosiers‘ opening practice gave the nation an ample opportunity to see one of the country’s top teams.
After bursting back onto the national scene a season ago, the Hoosiers are shaping up like a team that can cut down the nets on that first Monday in April and expectations are nothing short of that.
While Indiana’s roster is deep and the rotations in both the back and front courts give head coach Tom Crean more than enough weapons, the staple of the team’s production is sophomore forward Cody Zeller.
Zeller could have left Bloomington following an incredible freshman campaign, but the 6-foot-11 big man made the decision to return for another run at glory. The forward averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game a season ago.
During ESPNU‘s coverage, Crean was interviewed by the guys on set as the team’s practice continued in the background. Answering numerous questions about the team’s improvement and progression into the 2012-13 season, Crean took the time to mention his star player, saying that Zeller was the team’s most improved guy on the roster.
With that, the nation should be on high alert, especially considering Zeller is among the leading candidates for National Player of the Year heading into the season regardless. Many experts and fans alike know that Zeller was the team’s top player a season ago and if he is in fact the squad’s most improved from a year ago, then that just goes to show the increasing potential that Zeller and the Hoosiers will have in 2012-13.
Crean did also give credit to junior guard Will Sheehey, saying that he too was among the team’s most improved players. Sheehey averaged 8.6 points per game last season as a sophomore.
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