Connor Bazelak may already be a legend at Indiana University and he hasn’t even taken a picture under the center yet. The transfer quarterback from Missouri recently showed off his skills on the basketball court during a contest with the football team. The head coach Tom Allen called it one of the highlights of the night as Bazelak proved he could be a sniper on the basketball court. Heck, he did it inside Assembly Hall, a legendary college basketball arena.
“One of the highlights of the night…Connor punched TEN 3-pointers in 24 seconds to win the 3 pt. contest in overtime!!!!! #OnFire #clutch,” Allen wrote on Twitter.
Watch below to see Bazelak become a shooter. Maybe he will also be precise with football.
— Connor Bazelak (@BazelakConnor) July 23, 2022
Last season, Bazelak posted solid numbers. He was productive throughout his time at the SEC with Mizzou. Last year, he threw for 2,548 yards, 16 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and had a 65.3% completion percentage. Over three seasons, Bazelak had 5,058 yards, 23 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a 66.3% passing percentage.
Bazelak said he was excited about the offensive plan that the offensive coordinator Walt Bell settles in, as it will allow the Hoosiers to play fast and keep the defense on their heels.
“I think it’s going to allow the offense and myself to play fast,” Bazelak said of the new IU offense in March. “We’re going to be on the pace and play fast and we’re going to throw the ball down the pitch when we need it. We’re going to run the ball, have RPOs (run pass option), have a lot of different things that we do. It’s really going to allow me to play fast and not allow the defense to go into a lot of different blitzes and exotic covers and kind of simplify the game.”
The biggest area of improvement for Bazelak is his infield accuracy, something that could really help Indiana this fall.
“I think you just have to really understand the offense and master it,” Bazelak said of what he needs to focus on heading into the fall. “Going into the movie theater and watching practice over and over. Meet Coach Bell and start seeing how he coaches, the different things he likes, how he likes certain readings. Just learning the little details of how coaches coach, and also how players play. I also continue to work on my mechanics and my precision. We’re going to be throwing the ball down the pitch a lot, so try to be really efficient throwing the ball down the pitch by throwing deep balls.
As a member of the Class of 2019, Bazelak was a three-star prospect for Archbishop Alter of Dayton, Ohio. He was the No. 44 overall prospect in Ohio and the No. 25 pro-style quarterback in the class. Bazelak was also ranked the 373rd overall prospect in the category according to the 247Sports Composite.