Men's Basketball Participates in Cream and Crimson Scrimmage
Oct. 29, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana held its Cream and Crimson intrasquad scrimmage on Oct. 29 at Branch McCracken Court, and while it provided IU fans with their first opportunity to see the team since Hoosier Hysteria, it offered head coach Kelvin Sampson an opportunity to evaluate his club¹s progress.
"These are great. You always learn more after a scrimmage," Sampson said. "There's not one area of the game that I think we¹re good at right now. But we'll take this film, break it down, show it to them and get better. You try to be good at one or two things at this time of year. There's going to be a lot of things that we're not good at early, but over the course of November and December, we're going to get better and better."
Sampson has often said that the point guard does not have to be the best player on the team, but they should be the most valuable. Senior captain Earl Calloway has taken his coach¹s words to heart.
"Coach is just trying to help me lead the team because I have to be a leader," Calloway said. "The point guards have to be the leaders of the team, Armon (Bassett), Errek (Suhr) and I. We all have to be leaders of the team. So, he's going to get on us to make sure that we are tough mentally to go out and help the other four on the court to become better players."
Sophomore center Ben Allen knows that the Hoosiers' rigorous offseason conditioning program and disciplined, competitive practices will pay dividends this winter.
"The bubble drill is a war of getting rebounds off the rim," Allen said. "It is great for us to develop that aggressiveness that we will need for games and it teaches us how to rebound properly. It's a plastic bubble on the rim that shots bounce off of and we rebound. It really has taught us to be aggressive on the boards."
The bubble drill is just one element of the trademark that Sampson is bringing to the Hoosier program.
"I feel pretty good about this season," Allen said. "Coach Sampson is coming in with a plan to win on the road. An important part of competing and succeeding during the season is winning on the road. To develop an identity like that has been really important to us."
While the first two weeks have served as a transition for the coaching staff and players, junior forward Lance Stemler eagerly anticipates the 2006-07 season.
"From the experience I¹ve had so far, everything has been great," Stemler
said. "I wanted to find a place to play college basketball where I could be successful and win. Indiana is a great place for that. Everyone here loves basketball. That makes you want to work harder for the fans."
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