The college basketball season is underway with the first official practice this past Saturday. Over 16,000 fans showed up for the annual event to catch their first glimpse of the 2011 Hoosiers.
The night was full of slam-dunk contests, three point shootouts, fan participation and even a concert performed by the players.
Besides injuries to two of IU’s leading scorers from last season, Christian Watford and Maurice Creek, fans were anxious to see the highly recruited freshmen class take the court for the first time.
Freshman Cody Zeller admits he is trying to adjust to the college game.
“Just the speed, the strength, the college game is so much different then high school,” he says. “It’s just something that I got to work on, as far in the weight room. I’m just getting use to it, just going through practice everyday against these guys has helped already, but I still have a long ways to go.”
Fans believe he will play a big role in winning a Big Ten Championship someday, along side teammate Will Sheeyhey, who has taken on more of a leading role in his second year.
“Just working with the coaches and strength and conditioning coaches, just being more aggressive,” Sheeyhey says.
The Hoosiers begin play on November 11 at home against Stony Brook.