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hmhernan

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  1. Although it is a small role right now, I agree I think he's done a good job with the experience and ability he has right now. At the beginning of the season, I didn't think we would be seeing as much as Niego as we have been lately.
  2. I agree. I don't think Yogi is necessarily in a "slump" of any sorts, but it is nice for Yogi to have the chance to come out of the game, take a breather, and see the game from the event for another perspective. When Yogi comes out of the game, he usually catches on to what needs to be fixed pretty quickly. I think this helps IU makes in-game changes without getting too far off track as well. 
  3.   I never expected him to have the impact or playing time that he has seen so far this season. I don't think Niego even expected it for himself. It's more of a pleasant surprise to most people to see him have some potential as a walk-on. But don't get me wrong, I think he definitely has a lot of room to grow and improve as well.     
  4. IU did what it is known to do in Assembly Hall, knock off ranked opponents. The Hoosiers took down No. 4 Iowa 85-78 on Thursday night and it is games like this, which convinced freshman walk-on Harrison Niego to pass up scholarship offers and choose to come play for IU. All week around campus, there was a buzz about Thursday night’s game. Would IU pull off the upset? Would it get demolished on its home court? I have to admit, I was nervous to see which IU team would show up. But nevertheless, IU would get a chance to play a top-five team, at home and in front of a national audience.   The energy, the stage and the opportunities cannot be matched anywhere else. The fans played a big part of it and once that energy gets rolling, there is no slowing down, Niego said.   Niego only had two points in seven minutes, but it’s guys like him that gave the Hoosiers the depth to rally back against Iowa. Despite a 16-point lead in the first half, IU ended up trailing by 4 points in the second half. But that’s where the bench came in. IU had 28 bench points, while Iowa had 0.   Nick Zeisloft, Max Bielfeldt, OG Anunoby, Juwan Morgan and Niego all played, and all scored for the Hoosiers. With Yogi Ferrell struggling to make shots, Thomas Bryant in foul trouble and yet another unpredictable and unreliable performance from Troy Williams, the IU bench is what keeps this team grounded.   Coach Tom Crean admits Ferrell plays too many minutes. Crean also admits that it is his fault. Niego is good, but he’s still young. He doesn’t have the confidence and experience yet to give him more playing time.   It’s obvious for one to see Niego is overthinking things out on the court, passing up opportunities to score. He still looks timid.   “Sometimes Niego is his own worst enemy and we just wanted him to play fast,” Crean said. “I wouldn't say reckless, but try to play fast and be really, really cognizant of moving the ball to people and be confident that he's out there and not worry about who he's matched up with, just do his best job.”   I’ll admit I was really worried for this year when news got out James Blackmon Jr. would be out for the season. But the problem now seems to be that the Hoosiers have too many guys who can fill Blackmon’s spot.   Other freshmen like Anunoby and Morgan play more than Niego because they are bigger and they have more versatility, but that isn’t to go against Niego and say that he’s not capable.   “[Niego] is tough,” Crean said. “He's a tough, young guy. And he's got to play more. I mean, it's been me, not him. I’ve just been playing those other guys more. But we have to have another guy that can handle the ball. And I was really proud of the way he played.”   Niego’s only points, and only shot, came with about 9 minutes left in the second half off of a baseline jumper to decrease Iowa’s lead to two. He’s a good shooter, but he still remains just a little too shy on offense.   However, I’d rather have him be too timid than be too out-of-control. As we’ve seen with Williams, it is not a good habit to have too much confidence and the mindset that one can do no wrong.   It seems as though all Niego needs is a little encouragement to spark his attack on offense. He plays the best when he trusts his instinct.   “Yogi is a great leader, he always tells me to be aggressive and look for my shot,” Niego said. “But when these guys instill confidence in me like they always do, it's real easy just to kind of revert back and knock down a shot or two to help us.   IU really showed its depth on Thursday night and they proved again, that Assembly Hall is a tough place to play if you’re the visiting team. Sure, Ferrell, Williams, Robert Johnson and those guys get some of the credit, but without IU’s bench, these wins wouldn’t be happening.   This wasn’t the first big victory for IU this season, and I definitely don’t think it will be the last. IU has balance in its lineup and that will come to make a big difference down the stretch. The fact that so many guys can contribute makes this win nothing less but a team effort.   It wasn’t an easy victory for IU, but it was a meaningful one. Despite talk of the ‘easy schedule,’ the Hoosiers have earned their wins. And at this point in the season, I’ll take a win, no matter how they come. [url=https://btownbanners.com/page/index.html/_/basketball/harrison-niego-continues-to-add-depth-to-iu-r310]Click here to view the article[/url]
  5. The Hoosier came to play, but will have to bring their own energy when playing Iowa on the road. That will be a true test and even when down 16, we've already seen Iowa doesn't give up.
  6. All week around campus, there was a buzz about Thursday night’s game. Would IU pull off the upset? Would it get demolished on its home court? I have to admit, I was nervous to see which IU team would show up. But nevertheless, IU would get a chance to play a top-five team, at home and in front of a national audience. The energy, the stage and the opportunities cannot be matched anywhere else. The fans played a big part of it and once that energy gets rolling, there is no slowing down, Niego said. Niego only had two points in seven minutes, but it’s guys like him that gave the Hoosiers the depth to rally back against Iowa. Despite a 16-point lead in the first half, IU ended up trailing by 4 points in the second half. But that’s where the bench came in. IU had 28 bench points, while Iowa had 0. Nick Zeisloft, Max Bielfeldt, OG Anunoby, Juwan Morgan and Niego all played, and all scored for the Hoosiers. With Yogi Ferrell struggling to make shots, Thomas Bryant in foul trouble and yet another unpredictable and unreliable performance from Troy Williams, the IU bench is what keeps this team grounded. Coach Tom Crean admits Ferrell plays too many minutes. Crean also admits that it is his fault. Niego is good, but he’s still young. He doesn’t have the confidence and experience yet to give him more playing time. It’s obvious for one to see Niego is overthinking things out on the court, passing up opportunities to score. He still looks timid. “Sometimes Niego is his own worst enemy and we just wanted him to play fast,” Crean said. “I wouldn't say reckless, but try to play fast and be really, really cognizant of moving the ball to people and be confident that he's out there and not worry about who he's matched up with, just do his best job.” I’ll admit I was really worried for this year when news got out James Blackmon Jr. would be out for the season. But the problem now seems to be that the Hoosiers have too many guys who can fill Blackmon’s spot. Other freshmen like Anunoby and Morgan play more than Niego because they are bigger and they have more versatility, but that isn’t to go against Niego and say that he’s not capable. “[Niego] is tough,” Crean said. “He's a tough, young guy. And he's got to play more. I mean, it's been me, not him. I’ve just been playing those other guys more. But we have to have another guy that can handle the ball. And I was really proud of the way he played.” Niego’s only points, and only shot, came with about 9 minutes left in the second half off of a baseline jumper to decrease Iowa’s lead to two. He’s a good shooter, but he still remains just a little too shy on offense. However, I’d rather have him be too timid than be too out-of-control. As we’ve seen with Williams, it is not a good habit to have too much confidence and the mindset that one can do no wrong. It seems as though all Niego needs is a little encouragement to spark his attack on offense. He plays the best when he trusts his instinct. “Yogi is a great leader, he always tells me to be aggressive and look for my shot,” Niego said. “But when these guys instill confidence in me like they always do, it's real easy just to kind of revert back and knock down a shot or two to help us. IU really showed its depth on Thursday night and they proved again, that Assembly Hall is a tough place to play if you’re the visiting team. Sure, Ferrell, Williams, Robert Johnson and those guys get some of the credit, but without IU’s bench, these wins wouldn’t be happening. This wasn’t the first big victory for IU this season, and I definitely don’t think it will be the last. IU has balance in its lineup and that will come to make a big difference down the stretch. The fact that so many guys can contribute makes this win nothing less but a team effort. It wasn’t an easy victory for IU, but it was a meaningful one. Despite talk of the ‘easy schedule,’ the Hoosiers have earned their wins. And at this point in the season, I’ll take a win, no matter how they come.
  7. I love the fact that the players are beginning to acknowledge this ^. They aren't playing selfish basketball anymore, and look where it's got them. 
  8. I agree with you. Williams has his moments of highlight reel, but he hasn't been able match the defense that OG brings. With IU's talent, offense can be replaced pretty quickly, as we've seen in the case with Blackmon. Defense is what counts.   Williams, and even the whole team, could learn from OG. 
  9. He still has a lot to learn, but I think Bryant has come a long way since beginning his freshman year. They all have. Part of that comes from the leadership with Yogi and guys taking responsibility. I really like that OG and Juwan Morgan are getting deserved time because they have proven they know how to defend. 
  10. On a team with this much dominance offensively, it's nice to see they haven't gotten selfish. I agree, defense and fundamental improvements have been crucial so far.  
  11. Thanks for reading. Although this season was a little bit of a rough start, I agree with you- I think they are definitely on the right track. 
  12. He certainly has made a lot of change and improvements this year, and I think this team is one that really wants to grow, learn and continue to improve. It's not the same situation when they make mistakes anymore. Now, Crean takes them out of the game pretty quickly and you'll see Crean or someone else jumping on them right away to fix the problem. It's hard for a coach to teach guys who don't have any desire to learn. Thankfully, this team doesn't seem to have this problem, they all look pretty coachable. 
  13. Thank you for reading! I think the timeouts have been huge. It's not something Crean typically did much in the past, and I've heard him mention Yogi has taken the lead in huddles, too. The whole team is showing they can make improvements, and that they WANT to make improvements. With new guys like OG, Max Bielfeldt, and Juwan Morgan making some impact, that new energy has been huge for them. 
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