Interview: Former Student Manager Tyler Devitte Provides a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Last Year’s Big Ten Champion Hoosiers

Our newest feature here at The Assembly Call is our IU Interview Series.

In it, we are interviewing some of the behind-the-scenes folks who make, and who have made, Indiana basketball the proud and successful program it is and always will be.

This installment is an interview I conducted with Tyler Devitte, a current IU junior who was a student manager for last year’s Big Ten Champion Indiana Hoosiers. He had quite the behind-the-scenes look at one of the most talented and exciting teams in IU history.

Below, Tyler provides behind-the-scenes insight on a number of topics, including:

  • Tom Crean’s crazy work ethic … and what he’s like behind closed doors
  • How the upperclassmen dealt with underclassmen who didn’t bring their “A” effort to practice
  • How the media affected last year’s team (or, how Tom Crean used the media to affect last year’s team)
  • The activity that Victor Oladipo always seemed to be doing
  • And the time Cody Zeller got into a practice scuffle with Santa …

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Are Zeller Comparisons Fair For Luke Fischer?

With the recent news that Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller will indeed be heading to the NBA draft, the speculation as to who will be playing when, where, and how much for the Hoosiers come next November is plentiful.

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Cody Zeller Slipping Player of the Year Ranking…Umm, So What?

Before the 2012-2013 college basketball season got underway last month, the Indiana Hoosiers’ pre-season All American Cody Zeller was featured on ESPN the Magazine, Sporting News, and Sports Illustrated’s covers. SI labeled him the “best player” on the “best team” (with the best pants, for good measure).

So if being the most popular man in Bloomington wasn’t already enough pressure on the sophomore center, he then had the entire nation’s attention shifted to him.

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IU-NDSU Quick Recap and Postgame Show

Tonight’s game felt a little blah. The atmosphere on a Monday night in Assembly Hall was a little blah. The play on the floor, for stretches, was a little blah.

And yet, Indiana still dominated North Dakota State just like a #1 team should en route to an 87-61 victory.

Cody Zeller was, not surprisingly, the most impressive player on the court. He showed a little bit of everything: his post game; confidence shooting the 15-17 foot jumper; the ability to handle the rock; his superlative ability to run the floor; and so much more. His 22 points and 9 rebounds paced the Hoosiers.

The other story of the night was Remy Abell and Jeremy Hollowell off the bench. Abell has yet to miss a shot this season (7-7 from the field) and Hollowell continued to show confidence and assertiveness on offense.

We broke it all down on tonight’s show, including some great observations from Zach (who was at the game) about the interactions between Victor and Yogi as well as Christian and Jeremy.

Indiana next plays Sam Houston State on Thursday.

IU-NCCU Quick Recap and Postgame Show

Indiana went into tonight knowing that it was virtually guaranteed of victory barring some kind of miracle. No miracle took place, and the Hoosiers picked up their 21st victory of the season with a ho-hum 75-56 win over North Carolina Central.

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