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Indiana Basketball: One Reason Each Starter Will Be a Success in 2014-15

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2014

Indiana Basketball: One Reason Each Starter Will Be a Success in 2014-15

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    While the Indiana Hoosiers may be a young basketball team, they have a ton of potential. Many of the key players from last year's squad are back and should be vastly improved. 

    IU's players, especially the assumed starting five, should have added facets to their games. The Hoosiers starting unit has a real chance to be special. This slideshow will explain why.

Yogi Ferrell: The Introduction of James Blackmon Jr.

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    It's no secret that Yogi Ferrell carried last year's team. Outside of Noah Vonleh, he had little help around him. 

    Every game, there was immense pressure on Ferrell to not only put up points, but get others involved. Because of this, Ferrell was forced to try and make plays against defenses that were constantly keying on him, and his shooting percentage suffered.

    James Blackmon Jr. is a natural scorer. His presence will command attention from opposing defenses.

    As long as Blackmon Jr. scores like he's supposed to, Ferrell won't have to worry so much about making shots, and he can get back to being a facilitator, which will make the Hoosiers offense better overall. 

James Blackmon Jr.: Plenty of Scoring Chances

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    A season ago, the Hoosiers offense was a train wreck. There was little ball movement and hardly an elite scorer.

    Blackmon Jr. is a sharpshooting, elite offensive talent. He's arguably the best scorer to attend Indiana since Eric Gordon. In his senior high school season, he averaged 33.4 points per game, so yes, the Hoosiers have a legitimate weapon at their disposal.

    Because of last year, Blackmon Jr.'s job is to energize the offense, and Tom Crean should put the ball in his hands early and often. Expect him to get plenty of looks, which should translate to a successful freshman year. 

Stanford Robinson: Improved Jump Shot

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    As a freshman, Stanford Robinson struggled from anywhere outside of the lane. Per Hoop-Math.com, he made just 31 percent of his mid-range attempts and shot an even worse 18 percent from three.

    It would be shocking if he doesn't improve his shooting. I find it difficult to believe he hasn't worked on his jump shot day in and day out during the offseason. Because of that, Robinson should be a more diverse scorer as a sophomore.

Troy Williams: Rebounding

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    Troy Williams is known for his insane vertical and gravity-defying dunks, but as a sophomore, people will talk about his ability to rebound.

    With Noah Vonleh and his 9.0 rebounds per game gone to the NBA, count on Williams to become a force on the boards and pick up the slack left behind by Vonleh.

    Once Williams ups his offensive rebounding numbers, his scoring will rise, as offensive boards usually lead to scoring opportunities.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea: Increased Playing Time

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    For essentially two seasons, Hanner Mosquera-Perea rode the bench. When he did get some significant minutes, he played well. In a win over Ohio State, he had the game Hoosier faithful were waiting for as he produced eight points, five rebounds and three blocks. 

    Now, as the presumed starting post player, he will have a real opportunity to make an impact. Mosquera-Perea most likely won't be an offensive force because of the other players on the court, but he should be able to be one of the team's best at crashing the glass, if not its leading rebounder. 

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