Is Christian Watford ready to commit?

  • 09/08/2008 10:42 pm in

cwatford.jpgEditor’s Note: There was some confusion on the timing of Crean’s visit with Watford. According to Chris Korman of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop, Crean will visit with Watford on Tuesday, not Monday.

The already stellar 2009 recruiting class for Tom Crean might be getting stronger.

According to Chris Korman of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop, Crean made the trip to Alabama on Tuesday to watch Christian Watford workout and then visit with the player and his family. Prior to the visit, Watford’s dad Ernest gave some major props to the Indiana program:

Ernest was there at Indiana’s elite camp in late August to hear the Hoosiers’ coaching staff gush about how much his son, a smooth 6-foot-7 wing, would bring to the program. He had the chance to talk to Isiah Thomas and D.J. White “at length about all things Indiana basketball.”

Yet Ernest was not convinced that Indiana and its new coach would be right for his son.

So he called around.

“I won’t say who,” he said on Monday. “Just people who knew coach Crean before he was at Indiana. Parents who dealt with him, some other coaches. People who’d know.”

And?

“Nothing but positive,” he said. “He’s a man of integrity and honor. And he’s going to have faith in Christian’s ability. He’s going to let him play, he’s going to give him room.”

With his father’s comments about the program and the fact that a visit is taking place today, did a message left by Watford on his Facebook page late Monday reveal a clue that a decision could be coming soon?

WORLD…STAY TUNED 4 TOMORROW!!!!!!

Unless Watford just loves him some CAPS LOCK, I’m taking this as a sign that things are looking good for Indiana. Watford has been a top priority for Crean for quite sometime and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the Hoosiers lock him up.

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  • jgongora86

    oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    First video I saw of him I disliked but I have watched him more and more and have began to like his game. He long, athletic, can shoot, ify on ball handling but overall if he commits its a great pickup for 2009 and gives us Hoosier fans something to look forward to. Just one question would he play SF or PF if he plays SF I wonder how Nick Williams will like him taking his spot or if Watford would sit the bench……either way this provides more depth to an already stellar 2009 class and really makes me happy that TC is recruiting not only for the future but to win now as well.

  • Ryan_T

    If we end up snagging this kid, how many scholly's does that leave open for 2009? Can anyone do the math for me please? 🙂

  • Kelin Blab

    This would be a good get, still still still would like to see a BIG MAN come to IU, my Tijan faith is limited…..

  • iumike

    Tc seems to be gradually erasing the problems / faults / mistakes of the past but still does not seem to be able to rid us of the “just can't seem to get that QUALITY 6'9'' or 6'10'' & up big man to sign on”. Hopefully this is simply from the fact that he has had sooooo many other things to try and straighten out that this is still on the to do list and is going to be taken care in the not too distant future. When he signs this quality big man ,it will I think, be a true sign that we have turned the corner on our long road back to our rightful spot at the top.

  • BobbyDigital

    He is taking our last scholarship if he commits. Its been said that Coach Crean would 'oversign' a player banking on someone transferring (realistically someone will leave). It is our last legit ride for '09 but they are still going after another commitment.

  • I think they would oversign in order to get Cheek or Braswell.

  • hoosier07

    INCREDIBLE!!!!!

    if we snag Watford, our already stellar class of '09 is a sure top 10 class, if not top 5!

  • BobbyDigital

    Do you think Angus Brandt is also on that list?

  • Probably so, but I think Cheek is the No. 1 priority (for obvious reasons) and I think Braswell is a better fit because he's going to give you more in the post. Brandt is taller than Braswell (he also will need to get stronger), but he's definitely going to need to add mass in order to play in the post against Big Ten competition.

  • ALH_00

    He looks alot like Jordan Crawford. But, can he dunk like JC? 🙂

  • It seems there was some confusion on the timing of Watford's visit with Crean. The visit is taking place today.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Has there been any news on Cheek or Braswell's interest in IU? How solid are all these verbals we already have?

  • Cheek and Braswell are both planning visits to IU. Braswell's is later this month and I'm not exactly sure when Cheek is visiting. In order to land Cheek, IU is going to have to overcome a strong relationship he's already built with Villanova, Wake Forest and Kansas.

    As far as the verbals we already have, I would categorize all of them as strong.

  • slojoe

    Once Watford has verballed, IMHO we will go after a big for the oversign either Brandt or Bawa Manuri. Brandt doesn't want to verbal until spring 2009; thus, if Watford verbals, Crean will have to roll the dice and wait to see if we can get Brandt in the srping or go for someone like Manuri, who will be in Bloomington for the BSU game. I have the feeling that chances of getting Cheek have faded.

  • jgongora86

    Guys I'm going to reccomend an article from yahoo about the late coach Haskins. This is a man I looked up to, and who I strive to be. College basketball has lost a good friend and a good man.
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?sl

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Its official Watford commmits to Indiana

    http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/09/highly_rate

    Good Job TC Indiana basketball is back on the map

  • hoosier07

    INCREDIBLE!!!!!

    if we snag Watford, our already stellar class of '09 is a sure top 10 class, if not top 5!

  • BobbyDigital

    Do you think Angus Brandt is also on that list?

  • Probably so, but I think Cheek is the No. 1 priority (for obvious reasons) and I think Braswell is a better fit because he's going to give you more in the post. Brandt is taller than Braswell (he also will need to get stronger), but he's definitely going to need to add mass in order to play in the post against Big Ten competition.

  • ALH_00

    He looks alot like Jordan Crawford. But, can he dunk like JC? 🙂

  • It seems there was some confusion on the timing of Watford's visit with Crean. The visit is taking place today.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Has there been any news on Cheek or Braswell's interest in IU? How solid are all these verbals we already have?

  • Cheek and Braswell are both planning visits to IU. Braswell's is later this month and I'm not exactly sure when Cheek is visiting. In order to land Cheek, IU is going to have to overcome a strong relationship he's already built with Villanova, Wake Forest and Kansas.

    As far as the verbals we already have, I would categorize all of them as strong.

  • slojoe

    Once Watford has verballed, IMHO we will go after a big for the oversign either Brandt or Bawa Manuri. Brandt doesn't want to verbal until spring 2009; thus, if Watford verbals, Crean will have to roll the dice and wait to see if we can get Brandt in the srping or go for someone like Manuri, who will be in Bloomington for the BSU game. I have the feeling that chances of getting Cheek have faded.

  • jgongora86

    Guys I'm going to reccomend an article from yahoo about the late coach Haskins. This is a man I looked up to, and who I strive to be. College basketball has lost a good friend and a good man.
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?sl

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Its official Watford commmits to Indiana

    http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/09/highly_rate

    Good Job TC Indiana basketball is back on the map