Last Thursday against a much inferior Sam Houston State team, Jordy Hulls hit the 1,000 point mark as a career scorer for the Indiana University Hoosiers. This is no small feat and puts him on among an elite bunch of Hoosiers who have topped this mark. His 3-point shot (fitting for the sharp shooter) put him right at 1,000 points even, good for #44 on Indiana's all-time scoring list. His current teammate, Christian Watford (perhaps best known for his game winner against Kentucky last year) is currently #25 on IU's all-time scoring list with 1,331 points.
To hit 1,000 points as a career scorer is quite a feat. And for these two, it's even more noteworthy. Why? Well, it's because they have been two anchors during perhaps the darkest stretch IU basketball has ever seen.
Both came to IU in 2009, just after Coach Kelvin Sampson left, with a mess of disastrous sanctions in his wake. These two came to IU when IU was not expected to win any games during their Big 10 schedule. Forget about any sort of tournament invites or bids, these teams were lucky to be competitive and win in non-conference games. Yet these two continued to compete and persevere, This was no easy feat as teams knew that these were essentially IU's only offensive weapons and were able to focus their game plans on stopping them. Again, despite these challenges, both thrived and were a bright spot on otherwise struggling teams.
Now these two have seen some of their hard work come to fruition as IU is now the #1 ranked team in the country. It is in large part due to the efforts of these two - struggling through bad years while continuing to move the IU program in the right direction. Recruits were attracted to the foundation that they laid, and IU is now a destination for top recruits.
That dream that probably seemed so distant when they arrived at IU is now arguably within reach. Starting from scratch to now being the top ranked team in the country in just a few short years is nearly unthinkable in today's competitive college landscape. To reach the true goal of hanging another banner in Assembly Hall would truly be amazing. So cheers to Jordy and C. Wat for sticking it out and being he anchors to much of this success. #iubb #themovement