Tom Crean talks recruiting, kind of

With the uncertainty of the scholarship situation going forward, it was only a matter of time until the questions started on the availability of grants for future recruiting classes.

In Wednesday afternoon’s press conference, Tom Crean was asked about IU’s recruiting efforts by Herald-Times beat writer Chris Korman. Here’s a transcript:

Korman: You obviously don’t have too many scholarships for the next couple classes, but there seems to be a fair amount of offers out there. How do you manage those?

Crean: We just do. We’re constantly recruiting. We’re constantly recruiting.

Korman: If you have a kid, is there pressure on them if they’re a 2011 kid and they know, some of them we’ve talked to they say, ‘IU doesn’t have any scholarships.’

Crean: Are they saying that or are you saying that?

Korman: Well, they’re saying that to us. ‘Yeah we know that IU doesn’t have any scholarships.’

Crean: Okay. I’m not going to go far into that. We know what we’re doing in recruiting. You know, I read in a situation like where you put out that I didn’t think were real accurate on that in one of your recent stories with that. I’m not going to go very far into that. We’re going to recruit. We’re going to recruit and I’m not going to come in and explain every offer nor could I, you know, legally. We’re going to recruit, we’re going to do what’s best to make this program as successful as it can be. And if you use sources that are wrong, well that’s on you. We’re pretty locked in to what we’re able to do in the sense of what we can say and what we can’t say. I appreciate the attempt at the hypotheticals, but we’re going to recruit the way we recruit. And you mention the word pressure, I don’t think we’re a pressure staff. I think where those things come up is if there’s a timing issue with other recruits. But again, that’s all part of it. I think for the last 14 or 15 months I’ve been pretty open on recruiting and I hope to continue to do that. But we’re also going to recruit the best way we see fit inside of the program. We have our own expectations in here that we have to fulfill.

Korman: It’s just such a mysterious process for us and for readers.

Crean: Well, what’s mysterious about it? There’s scholarships, there’s offers, a lot of things change. A lot of things change inside of years. I’d like to say you always have to be prepared, which you do, but you have to be very diligent in your approach to recruiting. And I think it’s not, it’s never serving the best needs of Indiana basketball, the future of it, to come in and discuss hypotheticals. It’s just not.

Before I dive into this, I first want to throw out that I’m friends with Chris Korman. But I would also have no problem telling Chris if I disagreed with him.

First off, Korman is one of the few guys around the program who will ask the questions that need to be asked. He did it with Kelvin Sampson and he’s doing it with Crean. Good for him. It’s his job.

I’ve been around AAU plenty this spring and he’s absolutely right when he says there are kids who are concerned about the scholarship situation moving forward. They talked about it during the spring and I’m sure we’ll hear more about it in July. It’s a legitimate question. The numbers speak for themselves.

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  • Tom

    If a recruit gets an offer from IU and he is concerned about scholarships- the answer is simple–accept early.

    If Chris or you are concerned or anyone else, CTC is correct–he does the recruiting. I can imagine what Bob Knight's answer would have been to that question. Just because we have the internet,this site,Peegs,, Hoosier nation etc.–that does not create an inalienable right to know everything about the recruiting process.The question was absurd.

  • Tom

    If a recruit gets an offer from IU and he is concerned about scholarships- the answer is simple–accept early.

    If Chris or you are concerned or anyone else, CTC is correct–he does the recruiting. I can imagine what Bob Knight's answer would have been to that question. Just because we have the internet,this site,Peegs,, Hoosier nation etc.–that does not create an inalienable right to know everything about the recruiting process.The question was absurd.

  • Tom

    If a recruit gets an offer from IU and he is concerned about scholarships- the answer is simple–accept early.

    If Chris or you are concerned or anyone else, CTC is correct–he does the recruiting. I can imagine what Bob Knight's answer would have been to that question. Just because we have the internet,this site,Peegs,, Hoosier nation etc.–that does not create an inalienable right to know everything about the recruiting process.The question was absurd.

  • Joe

    How hard is it to realize that if IU can get on a kid that is better than a kid already in the program, the kid in the program will not be in the program in the future. Look at Williams and Story. This isn't very complicated.

  • Joe

    How hard is it to realize that if IU can get on a kid that is better than a kid already in the program, the kid in the program will not be in the program in the future. Look at Williams and Story. This isn't very complicated.

  • Joe

    How hard is it to realize that if IU can get on a kid that is better than a kid already in the program, the kid in the program will not be in the program in the future. Look at Williams and Story. This isn't very complicated.

  • Moose

    Crean knows what he's doing. He knows info that we as fans or journalists don't. It's as simple as that.

  • Moose

    Crean knows what he's doing. He knows info that we as fans or journalists don't. It's as simple as that.

  • Moose

    Crean knows what he's doing. He knows info that we as fans or journalists don't. It's as simple as that.

  • plane1972

    You're correct, Tom, that we do not have an inalienable right to recruiting knowledge, and Coach is playing it close to the vest as he should, but I don't think the question was absurd.

    The problem is expecting a clear answer when coaches have to toe a fine line not to release too much information on recruiting. That is why I think the coach was puking all over himself trying to give even a somewhat coherent answer. I can't say I was entirely comforted by his comments, but I don't think anyone should lose sleep over them either.

  • plane1972

    You're correct, Tom, that we do not have an inalienable right to recruiting knowledge, and Coach is playing it close to the vest as he should, but I don't think the question was absurd.

    The problem is expecting a clear answer when coaches have to toe a fine line not to release too much information on recruiting. That is why I think the coach was puking all over himself trying to give even a somewhat coherent answer. I can't say I was entirely comforted by his comments, but I don't think anyone should lose sleep over them either.

  • plane1972

    You're correct, Tom, that we do not have an inalienable right to recruiting knowledge, and Coach is playing it close to the vest as he should, but I don't think the question was absurd.

    The problem is expecting a clear answer when coaches have to toe a fine line not to release too much information on recruiting. That is why I think the coach was puking all over himself trying to give even a somewhat coherent answer. I can't say I was entirely comforted by his comments, but I don't think anyone should lose sleep over them either.

  • GFDave

    The question certainly is not absurb and anybody who is following IU bball knows why it was asked. The basis of it is simply that the number of offers far outweigh the number of schollies currently available.

    I guess I don't understand why CTC just didn't say:

    “Look, we're trying to get the best kids we can here and if that means we're going to throw a lot of offers out there, then so be it. We're trying to create a little bit of competition for IU schollies. Plus, we have to be prepared for the inevitable transfer among existing scholarship players. We tell kids that we talk to that offers are contingent on any number of scenarios. They aren't iron clad and they can be revoked.”

    I guess he doesn't want kids to hear that. But it seems to me to be where he's at. I'm not passing judgment, just trying to understand.

  • GFDave

    The question certainly is not absurb and anybody who is following IU bball knows why it was asked. The basis of it is simply that the number of offers far outweigh the number of schollies currently available.

    I guess I don't understand why CTC just didn't say:

    “Look, we're trying to get the best kids we can here and if that means we're going to throw a lot of offers out there, then so be it. We're trying to create a little bit of competition for IU schollies. Plus, we have to be prepared for the inevitable transfer among existing scholarship players. We tell kids that we talk to that offers are contingent on any number of scenarios. They aren't iron clad and they can be revoked.”

    I guess he doesn't want kids to hear that. But it seems to me to be where he's at. I'm not passing judgment, just trying to understand.

  • GFDave

    The question certainly is not absurb and anybody who is following IU bball knows why it was asked. The basis of it is simply that the number of offers far outweigh the number of schollies currently available.

    I guess I don't understand why CTC just didn't say:

    “Look, we're trying to get the best kids we can here and if that means we're going to throw a lot of offers out there, then so be it. We're trying to create a little bit of competition for IU schollies. Plus, we have to be prepared for the inevitable transfer among existing scholarship players. We tell kids that we talk to that offers are contingent on any number of scenarios. They aren't iron clad and they can be revoked.”

    I guess he doesn't want kids to hear that. But it seems to me to be where he's at. I'm not passing judgment, just trying to understand.

  • Kelin Blab

    Odd prediction today…..
    If the pacers draft jeff teague, IU gets Marquis Teague…..strong family unit, big bro is a huge influence, likes to be close to home…..

    Ball game!

  • Kelin Blab

    Odd prediction today…..
    If the pacers draft jeff teague, IU gets Marquis Teague…..strong family unit, big bro is a huge influence, likes to be close to home…..

    Ball game!

  • Kelin Blab

    Odd prediction today…..
    If the pacers draft jeff teague, IU gets Marquis Teague…..strong family unit, big bro is a huge influence, likes to be close to home…..

    Ball game!

  • plane1972

    I like the way you think, Kelin. However, I did read at one time that Marquis doesn't really talk to his brother much about his recruiting. I think his father is the primary sounding board. I presume he doesn't speak too much to Jeff about it because he will probably push Wake pretty hard.

  • plane1972

    I like the way you think, Kelin. However, I did read at one time that Marquis doesn't really talk to his brother much about his recruiting. I think his father is the primary sounding board. I presume he doesn't speak too much to Jeff about it because he will probably push Wake pretty hard.

  • plane1972

    I like the way you think, Kelin. However, I did read at one time that Marquis doesn't really talk to his brother much about his recruiting. I think his father is the primary sounding board. I presume he doesn't speak too much to Jeff about it because he will probably push Wake pretty hard.

  • Kelin Blab

    Odd prediction today…..
    If the pacers draft jeff teague, IU gets Marquis Teague…..strong family unit, big bro is a huge influence, likes to be close to home…..

    Ball game!

  • plane1972

    I like the way you think, Kelin. However, I did read at one time that Marquis doesn't really talk to his brother much about his recruiting. I think his father is the primary sounding board. I presume he doesn't speak too much to Jeff about it because he will probably push Wake pretty hard.

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