Indiana Set To Host Univ. of Indianapolis in Exhibition Game
Nov. 2, 2011
THE OPENING TIP
Freshman forward Cody Zeller has been named to the 12-player Wayman Tisdale Award Preseason Watch List, honoring the nation's top freshman for the 2011-12 season, announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) on Oct. 20. Zeller has been a pick to be the league's top freshman by several preseason publications. Zeller was named Indiana High School's Mr. Basketball, becoming the 26th Mr. Basketball from the state of Indiana to play for the Hoosiers. He was named a McDonald's All-American and scored 10 points, pulled down three rebounds and dished out three assists in the nationally acclaimed all-star game. He averaged 24.6 points, 13 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a senior while leading Washington to the Class 3A state championship, the third title of his career.
Junior forward Christian Watford is the top scoring third-year player in the conference with 834 points. He averaged 16.0 points and 5.4 rebounds as a sophomore and was named a second-team preseason All-Big Ten selection by several publications and website's.
Senior Verdell Jones III is third among active Big Ten scorers with 1,122 points which ranks 33rd in Indiana men's basketball history. He has averaged 12.9 points in his career and 14.0 points in Big Ten play.
Junior Jordan Hulls enters the season having made 41 straight free throws and was a perfect 35 of 35 from the line in Big Ten play a year ago.
Junior guard Maurice Creek underwent surgery October 10 to repair a torn Achilles tendon he suffered away from the basketball court in his left leg. It is the third serious injury he has suffered in the past 22 months. Creek had surgery to repair a broken left patella in late December of 2009 and last year he was shut down after a stress fracture in his right patella ended his season in January. This latest injury had no impact on either of his previous injuries to his knees. In 30 total games for the Hoosiers, he is averaging 11.5 points and is shooting 37.1 percent from three-point range. He averaged 16.4 points as a freshman and 8.3 points last year. His career-high came when he knocked down 31 points against Kentucky as a freshman.
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