Crean nabs another for ’08: Champaign’s Verdell Jones

  • 05/05/2008 8:22 pm in

vjones2.jpgScore another one for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers as 6-4 160-pound Verdell Jones of Champaign, Ill., has chosen to join IU in the class of ’08. He picked the Cream and Crimson over Minnesota and Kentucky.

Jones had this to say to the Champaign News-Gazette via e-mail:

“I have chosen to attend Indiana University to be a future Hoosier under Coach Tom Crean,” Jones wrote in an e-mail to The News-Gazette. “I chose the university because of playing style, Coach Crean’s energy, and the tradition.”

Although not a huge coup for the Hoosiers — Rivals ranks him at No. 127 in the class and God do we still need size — the three-star recruit should certainly have a chance to nab some playing time early and often next season and was among the best remaining unsigned guys for ’08

Let’s face it, friends: we need bodies, and lots of them.

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  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    There is the future PG of the Indiana Basketball Team good work TC i saw a video of this guy take it right to Arizona freshman Jerryd Bayless last year so you know hes gotten better since then. now our team is looking better and better all we need now is Sutton to come to solidify the frontcourt and we might be in alright shape for next year

  • hoosierfan27

    If you watched the same video I did he had 28 pts and 8 assists against Bayless, a lottery pick in the draft. Huge pickup. Keep it up Crean.
    -I know this isn't a football blog but its looking like the Hoosiers are getting Jerimy Finch transferring from Florida. He was the top safety prospect coming out of high school and has since converted to linebacker. This may be the best player to come here in years.

  • msdiu81

    Wow! Everything I read, we were going to lose him to the Gophers! Great recruiting job Coach!! 08-09 season is slowly looking better.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Finch is going to be a stud lets hope he goes to Indiana

  • ricochet

    In the long run this might very well be a huge coup for IU. V has yo-yo handles, high basketball IQ, quick and a great passer, etc., etc..

    What he's lacking is strength and strength alone and there's a chance that he will never have the strength to really thrive at the high D1 level especially in the Big Ten but if he can add weight and strength then watch out because the talent is there and it's high quality.

  • B_MD

    This is a total pipedream, but Crean looks like he's good at pulling a cat out of a bag, J'Mision Morgan the #6 center in the country and 5-star prospect is asking out of his LOI at LSU.

    Neither Indiana or Marquette were on his radar before, but hey, we have TONS off playing time to offer. A guy can always dream right?

  • kelin

    Damn what a good day……
    Got some sweet gov't cash……
    Off tomorrow…………..
    Sweet Rally for B.O. here in Indy…..
    and to top it off…………I thought we had NO shot a verdell jones and BOO YOW…he signs with IU……look at how things have changed….

    We started with
    G. Bud Macky
    F. D. Ebanks
    G. Matt Roth
    F/C T. Pritchard

    We now have…
    G. V.Jones
    G. D. Dumas
    F. Nick Williams
    G. Matt Roth
    F. Tom Pritchard

    Helluva class………..Helluva turnaround by crean……….Would like to see a big man come in but can't complain……..

  • Kelin Blab

    So much for scrolling down….Bud Mackey going to jail……….good job KS I will blame you for this too along with high gas prices.

  • MikeinNC

    Any ideas who Crean is focusing on to bring in some size, low-post strength, and rebounding?

  • Kelin Blab

    I love the fact we got another Illinois kid, nothing like continuing our tradition of pissing off Weber…I just hope he doesnt'' get fired…it makes the Illannoy game watchable…

  • Hoosier76

    J'Mison Morgan or Maurice Sutton should be next on the list for CTC. It might be too late to go after Morgan, but the need for at least one more big is fairly evident with the roster for next year. Getting any three star big man for next year or someone higher ranked would really REALLY make me believe in CTC, even though everything he has already done is pretty amazing recruiting wise.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    No one knows what J'Mison is going to do but if he does get released from his LOI look for him to go to UCLA at least that is what rivals is saying. It says his AAU coach is saying he will be released but his Prep Coacg is saying he is going to LSU so i would say not mess with him at all. Maurice Sutton looks to be a legitimate possibilty, the only other visit he has made was wit Seton Hall and i think after he comes to Bloomington he will call for a Presser and Sign his LOI right on campus nd the '08 class will be complete. After that it willbe on to SVT with the '08 class and possible '09 class we could be very good by '09 and def '10.

  • ricbraun

    Great pickup for Crean. I have a feeling that he is going to focus big time on bigs next year. We already have a really good one in Elston and a decent one in Capobianco. If we get Van Treese, that is 3 big guys that can play in one class to go along with Pritchard, who will surprise a lot of people this first year. Right now there aren't the same quality of bigs still available as there are guards, so Crean is doing well in that he is getting the best available players

  • Ryan_T

    Anyone have any news on J Crawford looking to transfer out as well? I've heard from a fairly reliable inside source that Jordan wanted out. Rumors are still rumors though.

  • Kelin Blab

    I have not heard that but I hope it isn't true…..if you have a coach who is great at player developement, given dwayne wade's success, it would incline Jordan to stay, not to mention he is only a soph…..

  • i think you're underrating this “get” Postman…

    the committment of Jones is just as big of a deal as getting a big guy. IU has two glaring needs: size and a true point guard – Jones fills one of those needs. without him, IU would probably have had Crawford (who has about a 1:15 A/TO ratio) starting at PG and Finklemeier splitting time off the bench.

    hopefully this class is still not complete. i'd like to see sutton come aboard and even though i'm usually anti-juco, with this current situation they should try to add a temporary stop-gap post player.

  • Don't forget, it's a long, proud tradition dating back at least through Lou Henson, of pissing off Illinois coaches by nabbing Illinois players.

  • Kelin Blab

    THings at IU are great…..

    sincerely…Brandon McGee

    Now how about a reverse dunk!

  • jdaddy

    Seriously, we need some bigs! Tom Pritchard is gritty and will turn into a solid Big Ten type player but after that we have Taber, McGee and uhhhmmm. Who ever is out there with some sort of talent and good ethic and size, IU should really look at that. Sutton? Not sure about this kid, up and down games, will get knocked around B10 play, needs weight. Thoughts about any other names we got 2 more schollys, I think???

  • TexasHoosier

    J'Mison Morgan would be an unbelievable get if Crean can pull it off. Saw him play this past March in the state championship and he is the real deal. Very versatile player and moves very well for his size. He looks like he has the potential to get huge like 6'10″ 270 which would be amazing and is exactly what we need. He won the state championship in 4A every year. He knows what it takes to win and he would be a stud on the Indiana campus. All in all though, I am incredibly pleased with Crean's recruiting efforts thus far and am excited to see if he has any huge suprises in the near future.

  • I mean really, does it get much better than a Brett Finkelmeier avatar? I think not.

  • B_MD

    It would be unbelievable, but I doubt if we would have any chance. Sounds like he could be a “one and done” candidate, which means he's most likely looking for a guaranteed spot in the tourney next year and a good chance at a Final Four to showcase his skills.

    He'll get playing time no matter where he goes, so that's not really a draw IU can use.

  • B_MD

    And yes, I do realize I totally contradicted my post from last night where I used “TONS of playing time” as a reason he might be interested in IU:)

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    i dont know if Morgan would fit in well with TC's philosophy he is slow not too horribly athletic and the videos i saw is not a very good shot blocker while maurice sutton is athletic, quick and brings in defense as his best asset i say just get sutton now and then worry about SVT

  • B_MD

    For real? I understand that you can't just look at how many stars are next to a guys name, but you'd honestly rather have Sutton who is a three star prospect, not rated in the top 150 in his class and even ITH called him a project, over a 5-star center who is ranked 25th in the class and the 6th rated center?

    Especially for a team that doesn't really have time to wait for a project. If Sutton is a project, then by the time he gets ready to play at a decent level a guy like SVT would already be in the program.

  • Kelin Blab

    I hate to say this BUT…PU did well without a big man this year. We don't expect to win the big ten title so I could deal with Sutton, he could not be any rawer' than Eli “I hate plant holders” Holman.

  • B_MD

    But you would rather have Sutton over Morgan?

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    The thing is….why waste time trying to Morgan and have not come when you almost have a guarenteed thing in Sutton im not saying Sutton is a better player but i think he is a better fit in TC's style of play and i dont think SVT would be playing center anyways he is a PF he is only 6'8.

  • B_MD

    (For argument's sake I'm assuming that it's IU's choice and both want to come.)

    Obviously I'm just going by reports and rankings, but it seems to me that the talent difference and expected level of impact are different enough between Morgan and Sutton that it would override fit.

    I've read a lot of comments over the past month or so alluding to Crean's system not needing great big men, but I'm sure if you asked Crean he would find a way to fit a stud big man into his system.

  • B_MD

    By “guaranteed thing” do you mean guaranteed to show up or guaranteed to have an impact?

    I think how much of an impact Sutton would have is very debatable, especially as a freshmen and sophomore.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    i mean guarenteed to come to Indiana

  • Last summer, I seen a post on here about Ft. Wayne Luers player, Deshaun Thomas. Does anyone have an update about him as to whether he has commited to a college yet or not? I watched him and his team play our High School in the 2A final four this past season. They had like 8 players over 6-6(or something like that). :wow: They ended up winning the State championship then, but overall I was really impressed with his play.

  • woodpecker

    DeShaun Thomas has a soft verbal to Ohio State.
    I was wondering if anyone knew if IU is still in the running for Ebanks? If the Hoosiers could land him again that would be lovely!!!

    Keep up the good work coach Crean!

  • B_MD

    Can Big A make a post on the homepage about Ebanks NOT coming to IU? Every day there is someone on here aksing about Ebanks or saying we're still int he running.

    Ebanks is NOT coming to IU. He'll most likely end up at West Virginia or Memphis.

  • woodpecker

    relax, It was just a question!

    By the way wasn't V Jones a lock to go to Minnesota? .. just sayin!

  • BGleas

    Can Big A make a post on the homepage about Ebanks NOT coming to IU? Every day there is someone on here aksing about Ebanks or saying we're still int he running.

    Ebanks is NOT coming to IU. He'll most likely end up at West Virginia or Memphis.

  • woodpecker

    relax, It was just a question!

    By the way wasn't V Jones a lock to go to Minnesota? .. just sayin!