It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Derek Elston.
Key stats: 4.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 55.2 3PG FG%, 17.1 defensive rebounding percentage.
Like many upperclassmen on this year and last year’s roster, Derek Elston got more opportunities in his first couple seasons than he will in his final two. Elston’s minutes dipped from 15.5 a game his sophomore year to 12.3 per contest last season thanks, in large part, to the addition of Cody Zeller. Elston wasn’t relied upon as much for playing in the paint, so he was able to float around and play more as a perimeter shooter. He often did well in that role as he hit 55.2 percent (16-of-29) of his 3-point attempts last season.
Elston’s minutes will likely decrease again this season with a strong incoming recruiting class that includes Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Perea, two guys that could play his position. But that certainly doesn’t mean Elston can’t make an impact, especially given his e...