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Indiana basketball 2010-11: meet the newcomers.


I haven't had time for a full-blown preview, but for those who haven't paid much attention to Indiana basketball since the end of the 2009-10 season, it's worth taking a look at the newcomers before the season begins Friday night.

Victor Oladipo, 6-5 guard, Hyattsville, Md.: Less than a month after practice began, Oladipo has made a name for himself in the preseason.  At the opening practice, Hoosier Hysteria, Oladipo won the dunk contest by leaping over a crowd of school children.  More importantly, on Monday night, Oladipo saved the Hoosiers from an embarrassing exhibition loss to Ferris State with a four point play and some additional cltuch  free throws.  Oladipo comes to IU from Dematha High School in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.  DeMatha is a legendary high school program, led until a few years ago by Morgan Wootten, the all-time winningest coach in the history of high school basketball.  DeMatha has produced Danny Ferry, Adrian Dantley, and many other college players, including Notre Dame coach Mike Brey.  Oladipo wasn't a big scorer in high school--he averaged only 11 points per game as a senior--but his athleticism and intelligence should make him a factor at both ends of the court.

Will Sheehey, 6-6 forward, Stuart, Fla.:  Sheehey, the son of former Syracuse player Mike Sheehey, is, like Oladipo, a borderline top 150 recruit.  He was second-team all-state in Florida.  His scoring numbers dipped as a senior, but as a junior, he averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds a game.  He transferred high schools before his senior year, and apparently went to a much more talented team as a senior, which would account for the scoring decline.  Tom Crean has been quoted as being impressed with Sheehey's defensive ability. Sheehey also was offered by Stanford, so it would appear that we need not worry about his academics.  

Guy-Marc Michel, 7-0 center, Martinique.  Michel, as I noted in this post, is currently under the review of the NCAA to determine whether his play on a team that included professionals presents any eligibility problems.  If Michel becomes eligible, he should help the Hoosiers' defense, rebounding, and shot-blocking.  He never broke into a double-figure scoring average during his two years at North Idaho College, but was an excellent rebounder and shot-blocker.  Hopefully, the NCAA will clear him and he can take the court as soon as possible.