Kelvin Sampson, Eric Gordon and D.J. White addressed the media today in advance of the Hoosiers’ exhibition game against UNC-Pembroke on Saturday night.
Sampson ran through a few newsier items:
- Still no definitive decision on whether to redshirt forward Mike White. Sampson said he’d probably be held out of the next two games just in case, and that he’s leaning toward asking the 6-6 senior to redshirt. “We’ve got six guys for two positions,” Sampson said. “Somebody’s not going to play.”
- Sampson said he hasn’t even thought about finding a replacement for the director of basketball operations position vacated when Dan Dakich replaced Rob Senderoff on the coaching staff. Dakich is still handling most of his old job duties, which are largely administrative in nature.
- The Hoosiers have spent the week working on themselves, according to Sampson. They’ll begin looking at film of Pembroke — which is Sampson’s alma mater — today. They won’t even talk about the first actual game of the year, Monday’s contest with Chattanooga, until Sunday afternoon.
- Sampson expects to see more zone Saturday, and is anxious to see how his team will deal with it. North Alabama played Indiana man-to-man the entire game, which wasn’t hard for the the Hoosiers to deal with given the talent discrepancy.
Gordon was made available to the media for the first time. Sampson said he rescinded his earlier decision to make freshman off limits for the first semester because so many of them will play key roles.
- Gordon, as nice a kid as you’ll find, said he’s trying to stay focused on improving on the court. He’s not thinking about all the hype he’s received — the AP named him an honorable mention pre-season All-American — or whether or not he’ll go pro after the year.
- Gordon had his tooth — chipped by an errant elbow last game — fixed right after the game.
White dropped by to talk for a few minutes.
- He said the post players are adjusting well to Dakich’s tutelage. “He’s very energetic,” White said. “It’s like he’s been here the whole time.”
- White said that he hasn’t had to mentor Gordon much, especially on off-the-court-stuff. He has taken extra time to get the freshman’s game and his game to mesh. “Just letting him know where I want the ball or when I might set a pick,” White said.