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Way-too-early 2015-16 Big Ten basketball rankings

7. Indiana Hoosiers

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Tom Crean got another year in Bloomington, despite what could only be described as an underwhelming season for the Crimson and Cream-clad Hoosiers. So, this next season is going to be vital for the Hoosiers to continue an upward climb after two down years.

Having Yogi Ferrell back for his senior year and sophomore James Blackmon Jr. coming back after his solid freshman season is a great place for this team to start. Still, the Hoosiers’ lack of size killed them in 2014-15 and will need to be corrected for this team to be a true contender this next season.

Troy Williams is a nice piece to the puzzle at 6-7 and the soon-to-be junior won’t have to carry the full load this upcoming season. Indiana will bring in three players to the fold this upcoming season and highest up on that list is the newest member of the group — four-star power forward Thomas Bryant. He committed to Indiana just this past week and will make a huge difference up front.

So will 6-8 power forward Juwan Morgan, who comes in as a four-star prospect of his own.

Adding size to the abilities of the perimeter players makes the Hoosiers a potentially dangerous team this upcoming season. The problem is, Crean has never had a problem bringing in massive recruits before…he has had a problem getting them all to pan out the way they should, especially up front.

Until we see this team in action and getting good play out of the newcomers up front, let’s reserve judgement on exactly how good this team is going to be next season.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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