With Hoosier Hysteria just 16 days away, Indiana’s freshmen are standing on the doorstep of their Hoosier careers.
And on Thursday, freshmen Cody Zeller, Austin Etherington, and Remy Abell sat down with the media to talk about their experience with Hoosier Hysteria and the excitement building before this year’s event, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 15. The players are barred from talking about any recruits, so no further info on plans for recruits in attendance.
On the excitement level for this year’s Hysteria…
Zeller: ”I’m definitely excited for it. It was fun seeing all the fans there, but I think it’ll be completely different when I’m the one performing. Whatever it is, the dunk contest, playing, whatever. It’s really my first time being in front of the crowd in IU gear, and I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
On past Hoosier Hysteria experience…
Etherington: “I was committed before I went, but once I came here and saw what it was like, I was really pleased with my decision, just seeing the crowd and knowing what it’s capable of.”
Zeller: “I knew the IU fans were good before Hoosier Hysteria, but it’s always fun seeing 17,000 people there, cheering for the guys, and I think it’ll definitely be fun to play in front of that crowd.”
On things they’re doing to improve, get ready for the season…
Etherington: “I just work on the little things I know I need to work on: ballhandling, being more aggressive with the ball, trying to be more physical all-around.”
Zeller: “I think the biggest thing has been getting ready for the college level — it’s so much faster and stronger. That’s work in the weight room, that’s getting lower on all my moves, being more explosive. I thin kit’s definitely a big step for all of us freshmen going from high school to college.”
On the attitude surrounding the team this season…
Abell: “Definitely everybody from this team is trying to improve and go the next step, the next level.”
Etherington: “I feel like we’re more optimistic than last year. I feel like everyone’s coming into it with a positive attitude. Everyone’s trying to pull each other along and make each other better.”
Zeller: “I think everyone’s trying to prove that we’re better than our record was last year. It’s kind of like we’ve got a chip on our shoulder.”
On improving defensively…
Abell: “I feel like, for me, just helping the defense on the perimeter against quicker guards and guards that can shoot, I can use my athleticism and my length to help.”
Zeller: “I could get away with a lot of things in high school, being so big, I could make up for a lot of it and recover pretty well. At this level, there’s not much room for mistakes. I definitely have to improve on my defense.”
Other interesting notes…
- Etherington says he wants to be in Hoosier Hysteria’s three-point shooting contest, while Zeller says he wants to be in a cookie-eating contest. And if anyone’s wondering, he prefers chocolate chip.
- Abell is thinking about being in the Hoosier Hysteria dunk contest. Etherington says he probably won’t because he “can’t dunk like (Oladipo) can”.
- The only other similar event that Zeller went to was at North Carolina. They were similar events, the team did skits, etc.
- Zeller says his brothers have helped him get acquainted with college life faster.
- On Zeller getting his name chanted when he was at HH… “It’s definitely a basketball state and they take their basketball seriously, it was a neat feeling.”
We should have a story up with more information in this weekend’s HT. So check it out.