Early on Sunday morning, Gary Parrish sent the following tweet:
It may be March or (hopefully) April before we know the full effects of Ferrell's return, but there are a few things we already know:
1. Indiana will (or should) be a Top-10 team when the season starts. You already know why. Ferrell, Blackmon, Johnson, Hartman, Perea, Zeisloft, and Holt return. Star recruit Thomas Bryant joins the mix along with Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby. And Alex Bozich reported on Friday that Devin Davis is making great strides in his recovery and Tom Crean is encouraged. If Davis is able to return, the frontcourt will be infinitely better this season than it was last season and the backcourt will be a year older and wiser. It's hard to imagine a team with that makeup doing anything less than contending for a Big Ten title.
2. If Thon Maker comes, two players must go. The speculation right now is that Tim Priller and Jeremiah April would be those two. Be on the lookout for more in-depth conversation about this in the near future.
3. Indiana will probably have a Naismith candidate. In an era of college basketball where great players rarely stay in school all four years, the ones who do stay generally see their names on the short list from the beginning. See, Frank the Tank. Yogi will be in contention to be the Naismith College Player of the Year from day one.
4. Tom Crean will have more pressure to win than ever before. There are no excuses left. He will have a near-perfect mix of youth and experience, bigs and smalls, shooters and athletes. And knowing how Hoosier fans react when the team isn't so talented, there's no reason to think that every loss won't bring out the pitchforks. Fair or not.