Friday roundup: Crean radio recap, Verdell Jones visit, Derek Elston and Tom Pritchard

  • 04/11/2008 12:30 am in

crean233444.jpg— Tom Crean was on the ‘Front Row Ticket’ on 93.9 FM on Thursday afternoon and here is a quick recap of what he had to say:

  • Crean has spoken with several former Indiana players including Dane Fife, Quinn Buckner, Ted Kitchell and Scott May. He plans to talk to Kent Benson in the near future.
  • Crean is normally not the type to attend a lot of meetings, but most of his first week in Bloomington has been spent in various meetings. He reiterated that there is a lot of work to do academically and although the team had a 3.0+ GPA the first semester, things have slipped dramatically this semester. Crean isn’t exactly sure why the grades have fallen so quickly.
  • Still no definitive word on Armon Bassett or Jamarcus Ellis. One interesting observation is that he mentioned Bassett by name but did not mention Ellis. Not sure if I’m reading into that too much, but we’ll see how it plays out in the coming weeks. Crean did say he knows Armon pretty well having recruiting him while at Marquette.
  • Crean won’t be able to attend Little 500 due to prior commitments in Milwaukee involving his kids.
  • As far as his staff goes, Crean is looking for guys that knows the type of players he wants to bring into the program since he cannot go off campus until August due to recruiting restrictions. However, IU will be looking to add to the 2008 class this spring. He didn’t give a timetable for the announcement of his staff, but early next week is my guess for an announcement on that front.

— Speaking of possible 2008 recruits, two of the names that might have some traction are Champaign (IL) point guard Verdell Jones and Josh Harrellson from Southwestern (IL) Community College. Jones is 6-4, 160 lbs and probably has more upside than former recruit Terrell Holloway. Jones will be in Bloomington this weekend on an unofficial visit. Harrellson, unlike most junior college players, will have three years of eligibility remaining and is one of the better interior players left on the 2008 board. He is 6-9 and 270 lbs and could provide some much needed interior depth.

— Chris Korman of the Herald Times had an update late Thursday from Assembly Hall and says that Jordan Crawford, Kyle Taber, Brett Finkelmeier and Brandon McGee were all at the Hall working with strength coach Jeff Watkinson.

— Scout.com released an updated version of its top 100 for the class of 2009 and Derek Elston moved up to No. 57. We’ll try to get an update on Elston soon and get his take on the new coaching staff at Indiana plus a wrap up on his junior season at Tipton. Stephan Van Treese, another IU target, is No. 36 on the list.

— IU signee Tom Pritchard was named the 2008 player of the year by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Pritchard ended his senior season with averages of 16 ppg and 10 rpg. He shot 60 percent from the field.

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  • MPmike

    Sounds like things are heading the right way already. For all the mess that Kelvin Sampson left behind, to his credit, he did recruit some players such as Matt Roth and Tom Pritchard that will fit the IU mold as players that IU and Tom Crean are looking for. Players that want to play for IU because of the phrase Crean used “It's Indiana.” Enough said.

  • MPmike

    Sounds like things are heading the right way already. For all the mess that Kelvin Sampson left behind, to his credit, he did recruit some players such as Matt Roth and Tom Pritchard that will fit the IU mold as players that IU and Tom Crean are looking for. Players that want to play for IU because of the phrase Crean used “It's Indiana.” Enough said.

  • MPmike

    Sounds like things are heading the right way already. For all the mess that Kelvin Sampson left behind, to his credit, he did recruit some players such as Matt Roth and Tom Pritchard that will fit the IU mold as players that IU and Tom Crean are looking for. Players that want to play for IU because of the phrase Crean used “It's Indiana.” Enough said.

  • MPmike

    I forgot to mention Derek Elston too and not forget Eric Gordon..Sampson had the right intentions and understood the state of Indiana basketball. He just did it the wrong way. That was his mistake which Tom Crean will take and embrace while putting IU back on top again.

  • MPmike

    I forgot to mention Derek Elston too and not forget Eric Gordon..Sampson had the right intentions and understood the state of Indiana basketball. He just did it the wrong way. That was his mistake which Tom Crean will take and embrace while putting IU back on top again.

  • MPmike

    I forgot to mention Derek Elston too and not forget Eric Gordon..Sampson had the right intentions and understood the state of Indiana basketball. He just did it the wrong way. That was his mistake which Tom Crean will take and embrace while putting IU back on top again.

  • bahickma

    I like the kind of guys we are recruiting, but I am a little concerned with our athleticism in the coming years. Finklemeier and Taber aren't exactly freak athletes. The same thing can be said about Matt Roth, Tom Pritchard, Derek Elston, and Stephen Van Treese. The last two are decent athletes, but college basketball is full of guys who are decent and superior athletes.

  • bahickma

    I like the kind of guys we are recruiting, but I am a little concerned with our athleticism in the coming years. Finklemeier and Taber aren't exactly freak athletes. The same thing can be said about Matt Roth, Tom Pritchard, Derek Elston, and Stephen Van Treese. The last two are decent athletes, but college basketball is full of guys who are decent and superior athletes.

  • bahickma

    I like the kind of guys we are recruiting, but I am a little concerned with our athleticism in the coming years. Finklemeier and Taber aren't exactly freak athletes. The same thing can be said about Matt Roth, Tom Pritchard, Derek Elston, and Stephen Van Treese. The last two are decent athletes, but college basketball is full of guys who are decent and superior athletes.

  • tberry

    I think Coach Crean has to work with what he has or will have. The players athleticism may not be what Crean will recruit down the road. If he really likes to push it up the floor he will have go with the long athletes that can get down quickly and finish fast. The players we have recruited are good players but may not be exactly what Crean would have gone after. Then again, Crean talks a lot about personal development and some of our recruits many be more athletic than we expect.

  • tberry

    I think Coach Crean has to work with what he has or will have. The players athleticism may not be what Crean will recruit down the road. If he really likes to push it up the floor he will have go with the long athletes that can get down quickly and finish fast. The players we have recruited are good players but may not be exactly what Crean would have gone after. Then again, Crean talks a lot about personal development and some of our recruits many be more athletic than we expect.

  • tberry

    I think Coach Crean has to work with what he has or will have. The players athleticism may not be what Crean will recruit down the road. If he really likes to push it up the floor he will have go with the long athletes that can get down quickly and finish fast. The players we have recruited are good players but may not be exactly what Crean would have gone after. Then again, Crean talks a lot about personal development and some of our recruits many be more athletic than we expect.

  • MillaRed

    I agree on the lack of athleticism but honestly, being up here in Madison I can tell you it's not necessary to be sucessful. When I see the likes of Pritchard, Elston and Roth I can easily compare them to U Wisconsin players Brian Butch, Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason Bohannon. These are role players surrounded by the 2-3 athletic types (Jordan Crawford, maybe Bassett/Ellis).

    Anyway I'm hearing you. They are not going to win any slam dunk contests but it's Crean's scheme that will have the right guy in the right place and for goodness sake playing Indiana “team” basketball.

    Aren't we tired of that high screen and roll every other time we are in the half court offense? I really can't see how things could have shaped up better for this team than it has over the last two weeks. I suppose landing one of these top recruits would be nice. The Josh Harrellson kid would fill a HUGE void.

  • MillaRed

    I agree on the lack of athleticism but honestly, being up here in Madison I can tell you it's not necessary to be sucessful. When I see the likes of Pritchard, Elston and Roth I can easily compare them to U Wisconsin players Brian Butch, Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason Bohannon. These are role players surrounded by the 2-3 athletic types (Jordan Crawford, maybe Bassett/Ellis).

    Anyway I'm hearing you. They are not going to win any slam dunk contests but it's Crean's scheme that will have the right guy in the right place and for goodness sake playing Indiana “team” basketball.

    Aren't we tired of that high screen and roll every other time we are in the half court offense? I really can't see how things could have shaped up better for this team than it has over the last two weeks. I suppose landing one of these top recruits would be nice. The Josh Harrellson kid would fill a HUGE void.

  • MillaRed

    I agree on the lack of athleticism but honestly, being up here in Madison I can tell you it's not necessary to be sucessful. When I see the likes of Pritchard, Elston and Roth I can easily compare them to U Wisconsin players Brian Butch, Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason Bohannon. These are role players surrounded by the 2-3 athletic types (Jordan Crawford, maybe Bassett/Ellis).

    Anyway I'm hearing you. They are not going to win any slam dunk contests but it's Crean's scheme that will have the right guy in the right place and for goodness sake playing Indiana “team” basketball.

    Aren't we tired of that high screen and roll every other time we are in the half court offense? I really can't see how things could have shaped up better for this team than it has over the last two weeks. I suppose landing one of these top recruits would be nice. The Josh Harrellson kid would fill a HUGE void.

  • “The Josh Harrellson kid would fill a HUGE void.”

    No pun intended…

  • “The Josh Harrellson kid would fill a HUGE void.”

    No pun intended…

  • “The Josh Harrellson kid would fill a HUGE void.”

    No pun intended…

  • Plus, if he works on the development, they may grow into more athletic players as they mature and grow within the program. Sure, it's nice to have guys like Ty Lawson who can get down the court in 4.5 seconds or whatever, but it's also nice to have good , smart players who will grow and mature while they stick around for three or four years depending. The athleticism will come, but let's get a good, solid base in here first.

  • Plus, if he works on the development, they may grow into more athletic players as they mature and grow within the program. Sure, it's nice to have guys like Ty Lawson who can get down the court in 4.5 seconds or whatever, but it's also nice to have good , smart players who will grow and mature while they stick around for three or four years depending. The athleticism will come, but let's get a good, solid base in here first.

  • Plus, if he works on the development, they may grow into more athletic players as they mature and grow within the program. Sure, it's nice to have guys like Ty Lawson who can get down the court in 4.5 seconds or whatever, but it's also nice to have good , smart players who will grow and mature while they stick around for three or four years depending. The athleticism will come, but let's get a good, solid base in here first.

  • B_MD

    I also like that even though he's JUCO Harrellson has three years of eligibility left.

  • BGleas

    I also like that even though he's JUCO Harrellson has three years of eligibility left.

  • BGleas

    I also like that even though he's JUCO Harrellson has three years of eligibility left.

  • Kelin Blab

    So much for Ray Mac Sr……hired as Detroit Mercy's head coach……Little Ray…please don't forget us…..please…..

  • Kelin Blab

    So much for Ray Mac Sr……hired as Detroit Mercy's head coach……Little Ray…please don't forget us…..please…..

  • Kelin Blab

    So much for Ray Mac Sr……hired as Detroit Mercy's head coach……Little Ray…please don't forget us…..please…..

  • Kelin Blab

    Just from reading some of these comments by Jones…..this dark cloud of possible post season ban could hurt us with him and others…………I wish they could decide sooner…..depressing

  • Kelin Blab

    Just from reading some of these comments by Jones…..this dark cloud of possible post season ban could hurt us with him and others…………I wish they could decide sooner…..depressing

  • Kelin Blab

    Just from reading some of these comments by Jones…..this dark cloud of possible post season ban could hurt us with him and others…………I wish they could decide sooner…..depressing

  • JHoosiers77

    How many players has Wisconsin had the past five years who went early to the NBA? They seem to have done pretty well winning the Big 10 while our athletes were busy worrying about the NBA. I look forward to having these kids around for 3 or 4 years – playing as a team and developing. I know you can't win a NCAA title with only those type of players but my guess is Coach C establishes a base with this type of kid and next year starts getting the one or two “athletes” you need to compete in the top 10 nationally.

  • JHoosiers77

    How many players has Wisconsin had the past five years who went early to the NBA? They seem to have done pretty well winning the Big 10 while our athletes were busy worrying about the NBA. I look forward to having these kids around for 3 or 4 years – playing as a team and developing. I know you can't win a NCAA title with only those type of players but my guess is Coach C establishes a base with this type of kid and next year starts getting the one or two “athletes” you need to compete in the top 10 nationally.

  • JHoosiers77

    How many players has Wisconsin had the past five years who went early to the NBA? They seem to have done pretty well winning the Big 10 while our athletes were busy worrying about the NBA. I look forward to having these kids around for 3 or 4 years – playing as a team and developing. I know you can't win a NCAA title with only those type of players but my guess is Coach C establishes a base with this type of kid and next year starts getting the one or two “athletes” you need to compete in the top 10 nationally.

  • Kelin Blab

    So much for Ray Mac Sr……hired as Detroit Mercy's head coach……Little Ray…please don't forget us…..please…..

  • Kelin Blab

    Just from reading some of these comments by Jones…..this dark cloud of possible post season ban could hurt us with him and others…………I wish they could decide sooner…..depressing

  • JHoosiers77

    How many players has Wisconsin had the past five years who went early to the NBA? They seem to have done pretty well winning the Big 10 while our athletes were busy worrying about the NBA. I look forward to having these kids around for 3 or 4 years – playing as a team and developing. I know you can't win a NCAA title with only those type of players but my guess is Coach C establishes a base with this type of kid and next year starts getting the one or two “athletes” you need to compete in the top 10 nationally.