Crean on Devin Davis: “It’s going to take time”

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Indiana sophomore Devin Davis, who missed the entire 2014-2015 season after an accident on Nov. 1 that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, is continuing to make progress in his rehab, but there’s no firm timetable on his return according to Tom Crean.

On the ESPNU college basketball podcast earlier today with Andy Katz and Seth Greenburg, Crean said that he expects Davis to play again, but added that he still has a long way to go.

“I think the chances are good (that he can return). It’s still a long road,” Crean said. “He’s back doing workouts. We’ve started our individual workouts yesterday. In fact it’s almost 70 degrees here so I walked outside to take this call and he was down in the gym just now when I walked out of there. He just turned 21 the other day, so that was great to see him celebrate a birthday after everything that we went through in November.

“But it’s going to take time. We’re nowhere near the contact. We’re nowhere near where we can get up and down the court. We’re pushing him hard, we’re trying to get him better with his shot, keep building his conditioning, his strength, but we’re still a long ways off before he’s going to be able to play but we’ve been given no indication to believe that we wouldn’t be able to do that. But to put a timeline on it, still, even all of these months later, it’s still impossible to do.”

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Q & A: Thomas Bryant at McDonald’s All-American media day

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CHICAGO – Class of 2015 Huntington Prep (W.V.) big man Thomas Bryant was at the United Center on Tuesday afternoon for media day for the McDonald’s All-America Game.

Inside the Hall had the chance to sit down with Bryant, who is considering the Hoosiers, for a one-on-one interview. Here’s a full transcript of our conversation:

How’s this experience been for you so far these last couple of days?

“It’s been great. It’s a once in a lifetime thing and I’m just blessed to be here and I’m just thanking God each and every day.”

As far as the game tomorrow night, sometimes it can be a guard dominated game, how do you make your mark?

“I’m just going to play hard, play smart and just don’t worry about whether it’s a guard oriented game because I still have a national tournament to play with Huntington Prep right after this, but I’m just living in the moment right now and I’m just blessed and am taking full advantage of it because I know it won’t happen again.”

What’s the transition like playing in an all-star game like this to go back to the team you’ve been with all season?

“It’s good because you get to wind down a little bit and play in an all-star game, have some fun but also know in the back of your head not to get too lackadaisical because you still have a team that is counting on you and still have to be in that mindset that it’s a national tournament that you’re trying to win and let’s get serious.”

Reading your comments from yesterday, do you anticipate making a decision after that tournament? Or are you still thinking that through?

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Site News: We’re hiring a new beat writer

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Jordan Littman is completing his second season as our beat writer at Inside the Hall and will be moving on after graduation. Jordan, like Justin Albers and Zach Osterman before him, has been a tremendous asset to the site and will continue to serve in the role in the coming weeks, but it’s time to start thinking about replacing him.

We are looking for a new beat writer who will attend media availabilities throughout the season, cover every home game and also travel to cover select road games. While the position is not full-time, it is paid and a tremendous opportunity to expand your skills and gain valuable experience covering a major college basketball program.

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That’s A Wrap: Stanford Robinson

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Stanford Robinson.

Robinson (32 games): 3.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 36.7 2PFG%, in 11.4 minutes per game.

Stanford Robinson’s sophomore season at Indiana began with hope, and at the same time, turmoil.

It ended in a decision to transfer.

Robinson’s up and down season started with an offseason decision to switch his shooting hand from left to right, one that was encouraged by former Hoosier Will Sheehey. And during Indiana’s preseason tour of Canada, that change was further encouraged by the fact that he led the team in free throw attempts and shot a 59.1 eFG% in that span.

That optimism, though, quickly faded when news broke on the Monday before Indiana’s first exhibition game that Robinson would be suspended for Indiana’s first four games of the season due to a failed drug test.

And when Robinson returned to the mix following that suspension, he never was able to find the consistent minutes he earned during his freshman season.

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Thomas Bryant says IU recruiting him the hardest, could decide soon

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Four-star class 2015 big man Thomas Bryant said on Monday that Indiana is recruiting him the hardest, according to Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Bryant is currently in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American Game, which takes place on Wednesday night, and he said he could have a college decision as soon as the end of this week.

A 6-foot-10, 240-pound center from Huntington Prep (W.V.), Bryant is rated the No. 27 prospect in the class of 2015, according to the 247 Composite. He is deciding between Indiana, Missouri, Syracuse and Kentucky.

But on Monday, Bryant told Jones that he has not heard from both Syracuse and Kentucky since January, and that Indiana is currently recruiting him the hardest. “They send me a ton of damn letters,” he said. He also said that he is under the impression that there is a scholarship available for him at Syracuse.

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That’s A Wrap: James Blackmon Jr.

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: James Blackmon Jr.

Blackmon Jr. (33 games): 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 51.2 eFG%, 38.7 3P% in 30.0 minutes per game.

If there was anything clear about James Blackmon Jr.’s game from Day 1, it’s the freshman could score the basketball.

The McDonald’s All-American stormed out of the gate in the non-conference schedule by posting 25 points (7-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 8-of-9 from the line) in IU’s season opener against Mississippi Valley State. Two games later in the Hoosiers’ win over SMU, Blackmon Jr. went for 26 — which included a 5-of-10 mark from distance and a perfect performance from the line (7-of-7).  It ended up being his season-high.

He looked smooth, confident and possessed a wide-range of offensive ability.

But as the season went along, Blackmon Jr. also posted some forgettable lines. In a neutral court win against Butler on Dec. 20 and the conference opener against Nebraska on New Year’s Eve, Blackmon Jr. finished 2-of-9 respectively in both games. In a matchup where Michigan State’s D knocked the Hoosiers on their heels in East Lansing, the freshman finished only 2-of-14. There were similar lines littered throughout the conference schedule: 4-of-13 in Indiana’s loss at Purdue, 2-of-14 at Maryland, 1-of-10 at Northwestern, 2-of-12 vs. Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament.

So what happened?

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Glass reiterates support for Crean

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A week after Indiana’s season-ending 81-76 loss to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament, athletics director Fred Glass spoke out in support of Tom Crean, who just finished his seventh season in Bloomington.

In a statement sent to The Indianapolis Star, Glass reiterated his support for IU’s head coach, while also stating that he expects more from the school’s signature athletic program in the future.

“While from a team perspective, there were certainly some positives this year, from a program perspective, we are not where we want to be,” Glass told the Star.

The Hoosiers finished the season 20-14, but were at one point 15-4 overall and tied for second in the Big Ten standings after a win over Maryland on Jan. 22.

Indiana finished seventh in the conference, which was slightly higher than where the Hoosiers were projected by most at the beginning of the season. After there was speculation late in the season that Crean might be coaching for his job in IU’s final home game against Michigan State, Glass told both The Bloomington Herald-Times and ESPN.com that wasn’t the case.

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