Stats – 11.5 points, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.1 steal, 49% 3-pt, 89% FT
Best Game of the Season – at Penn State – 28 points (7-11 FG, 7-9 3-pt, 7-9 FT), 4 assists, 2 steals
What We Knew – After last season, it appeared that Jordy was the leader of this IU squad. Whether fit for the position or not, Jordy, as the team’s starting PG, was looked on as the head of this team. Because of the lack of upperclass talent, an underclassmen Hulls was looked upon in numerous spots for the big shot. This was most notable against Illinois when the Hoosiers upset the Illini behind not only his 18-point effort, but the big plays down the stretch.
We knew Jordy was a scorer. He wasn’t your typical, or maybe ideal, point guard, but he wasn’t bad. He was someone who was unafraid of the big moment and who could step up and knock down the shot. Most thought Jordy would make a big jump and become, undoubtedly, “The Man” for this team.
What We Learned – Jordy certainly didn’t make the jump to “The Man” and, in all honesty, his progression seemed to stall. It’s not to say he isn’t a solid player, but if you look at him from Year 1 through this past season, while his shot making has improved (FG and 3-pt percentages have increased each year), his playmaking skills have not. His assist averages for his three seasons have been 1.5 per game, 2.9 per game, and 3.3 per game this season.
However, it isn’t to say Hulls had a bad year. In fact, he was certainly a key to this IU team. While he may not be able to make plays and set up teammates, he doesn’t turn the ball over, nor does he make bad decisions. He’s absolutely someone you can trust with the ball.
Offensively, his 49% 3-pt shooting proved his was unconscious from deep. It was truly a great show watching he and Matt Roth at Happy Valley light it up from 3, hitting a combined 12 threes and single, or double, handedly winning the game for the Hoosiers.
Defensively, Hulls had his moments, but overall, he was a weak point. Too often, Oladipo and Watford were charged with guarding the other team’s ball-handler and it even led to Hulls being benched on multiple occasions.
Overall, however, it was another above-average season for Hulls, whose 3-point shooting and decision-making were a big reason IU had a Sweet 16 berth.
What We Expect – After three years of college ball, it’s hard to expect drastic improvements or changes, which is why I don’t expect Hulls to walk onto the court and average eight assists a game and become the top point guard in the Big Ten. However, for possibly the first time in his tenure at IU, he’ll have competition at the point guard spot. With Yogi Ferrel’s arrival at IU, a true point guard will be added to the mix.
What does this mean for Hulls? Well, hopefully it means the competition will fuel him and he plays his best ball next season. It’d be great to see Hulls and Yogi together, but that’d require Hulls to make a vast improvement on the defensive end, which, as I say, is hard to expect.
Physically, if Hulls is going to be asked to play the two spot more, he’ll need to bulk up a bit. However, with word from Tom Crean (or at least his Twitter account) that next season’s team is going to run, run, run, speed and quickness might be the name of the game. Crean’s also tweeted that they are working on increasing Hulls range, meaning anything inside of half-court is within Hulls range.
Nonetheless, this next season will be an interesting one for Jordy.