Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Sunday, January 14

Wilmont For MVP?

What's up with Rod Wilmont? Have you ever seen a guy who can rebound like he does and yet still be a three-point shooting threat?

Let's qualify threat. The guy is a three-point beast at times, which was very, very apparent at Penn State. He kept the Hoosiers in the game in the first half with his perimeter shooting, and finished with seven three-point baskets, one off the school record. He also took 17 three-pointers, which is a school record.

Usually, when a guy is firing away from the outside like that, he has no time or inclination or positioning for rebounding. Wilmont, however, finished with a career-high 12 rebounds along with his career-high 25 points as Indiana took charge in the second half during its first road win of the season.

Coach Kelvin Sampson called Wilmont "unique" and said he'd never had a player who could shoot so many threes and still rebound like that.

Wilmont never did anything like that when Mike Davis was coaching. But coach Kelvin Sampson's emphasis on defense and rebounding and becoming a complete player is really paying off.

Oh, yes, it's also paying off for IU, which is 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.


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