Highlights from Tom Crean’s appearance on The Drive

  • 07/20/2009 9:14 pm in

This is a couple of days old, but Tom Crean was on The Drive on JMV late last week and talked about a variety of topics including recruiting and reality television. You can listen to the complete podcast here. Here’s a transcript of some of the highlights from Crean’s appearance:

On the recruiting strategy for the next three classes:

“This year it’s really more of just kind of finding exactly what we need. Being picky. Which is what we’re trying to be because we know what positions we’d like to address right now. But really what’s so important is that we treat the next three classes really the same way. We’ve gotta treat the rising seniors, the rising juniors and the rising sophomores the same way. Because what happens, when you lose the ability to build on those classes, is there’s no question, I’ve said this before, we’ve been behind on the class of rising seniors because people have had so many years to dive in and get to know those guys and last year we had to put together a class for this coming season but we also had to put a team together for this past season. We don’t want to get caught behind as we continue to move forward. So what we’re trying to do is spend a lot of time with all three of those classes, really much the the same way.”

On the prospects for an IU basketball reality television show:

“We’re not going to do that. And I probably let that go a little too long out of friendship. That’s just not us, it’s really not and I don’t think our program needs that kind of stuff. There’s a lot more risk than there is reward to that and maybe it’s just my fear of what happens with reality television. Our biggest thing is, we’ve got a story here but we want our story to be about improvement, we want our story to be about leadership and teamwork and all of those that are going to go into making us successful. And I’m not sure it needs to be played out in a reality show.”

On his feelings about the incoming recruiting class:

“I’m extremely excited. Maurice Creek and Bawa Muniru are continuing to make strides in the areas that they have to make them in academically. So we feel like it’s just a matter of time there before they’re on campus. The four that are here, Jeremiah Rivers has had a very good summer. He was here for the first session taking summer classes and now he’s bouncing back and forth. He got to spend a week with his father in Orlando when he was with his summer league team. You can’t beat that. When you have someone that has that kind of opportunity to be around that kind of basketball, it’s great for you. I feel good about the progress we’re making, I feel good about the summer that we’re having. I think some of the players, from my understanding, have done a great job with the summer. I think some have done an average job with the summer. I think the whole message of, when we get on the court together, the individual competitors that are here that turn it into a real competition, those are the ones that are going to win out. So I’m anxious to see how that all turns out. I can’t wait to have a year after year when we have a full gamut of scholarships and we have a full gamut of competition.”

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  • Kelin Blab

    interesting assessment…..some players have had a great summer and some have had an average summer….

    For those of you who have man love for Jordy…Crean last night on wishtv said Jordan has gained about 12-15 pounds already. I think the kid is preparing to play this year and NOT sitting and he said Derek Elston will surprise alot of people. I agree totally….Elston has always been the recruit in this class that we havent given enough credit…..he could be a difference maker this year.

  • very interesting. hope bawa and creek get everything set in time. i think those two guys have some great potential in them. Kelin im glad to hear jordy is putting on weight. My father has a man crush on the guy and as much as I like him i was worried about his playing time but I figure if Crean has three guards out there at a time he'll be running them in and out and everyone will see plenty of the floor and plenty or running

  • Mo is continuing to make strides? I knew Bawa was in summer school, but is Creek taking summer school also? I thought he last took the SAT in early June, the last available test before fall, and just needed to score ??? in order to qualify. Somebody tell me CTC isn't messing with my emotions.

  • Kelin Blab

    Yeah I am not going to try and read into those comments although they will have missed the entire summer and if it was just a test issue I thought it would be settled by now. I hate to write this…but I have braced myself for life without Mo Creek for this season……I sure as hell hope I am wrong

  • JerryCT

    The only thing I get from this is that Bawa and Creek will be elgible and Rivers is , as hoped, preparing to have a breakout year. Who is he disappointed with ? Hopefully it is not Pritchard , who needed lots of work to unlock his potential.

    Anybody out there around Btwn see these guys working out ?

  • Kelin Blab

    Jeremiah Rivers could be a pleasant surprise to us all as we talk about this incoming class, lets not forget he is part of that. Given his pedigree I think he will do very well. I also read on a side note….his little brother and teague had a good camp battle as neither kid could guard the other.

  • GFDave

    I don't get the Creek deal either. I thought the issue was just the SAT score. But I don't think Crean would've said that he was going to make unless he already knew. I hope.

  • Diesel

    Has anyone asked Keefer? Maybe he could let us know how Creek and Bawa are doing academically. I haven't heard one way or another either, but Creek may not have scored as well on his SAT and therefore could be retaking a class to help his GPA. Somehow I believe it is a combination of test scores and GPA, like the higher your SAT score the lower your GPA would need to be. Perhaps that is what Crean is referring to….just speculation.

  • Audio from Crean today on Dan Dakich: http://twitter.com/insidethehall/status/2761436770

  • Diesel

    Thanks Alex, had heard he was on and was just getting read to look for the feed.

  • Diesel

    Crean said it on Dakich this morning about Creek and Bawa:

    “both balancing the test (SAT) with the GPA”

  • JerryCT

    I agree and have argued that he will be worth a net 8 to 10pts/game due to fewer TO's, better on-ball defense and more chemistry/leadership on the floor . Go back to last year's scores and give us 10 more pts and you will see how close we are to a nice season.

    We NEED a right hand, mid range jumper, and some elevation from Pritchard and I think we are in good shape except in the B10 season.

  • BGleas

    I agree too Jerry and Kelin. I've thought since I first heard he was transferring that he'd be huge for IU this year. I don't even think it should really be a surprise. He's such a smart player that knows the game and plays great D, exactly what this team needs, along with his leadership.

  • Kelin Blab

    Diesel I think that is good news, I know the new rule is the lower your SAT score the higher your GPA has to be which is probaly what is going on. Not the end of the world…I am ready for Creek to be on the floor and the mythical Bawa to arise……Tijan needs someone to bang around with in the post…..

  • jimmychitwood

    The Drive with JMV is the best local sports radio show in that time slot by far…always good stuff…and jmv knows his basketball

  • Kelin Blab

    Agree 100%, can't stomach Kravitz and Eddie too long…..I like 950 also but they are falling by the wayside some…..JMV created the term “denim shirt”

  • JerryCT

    Is there any way to get some player interviews about this same subject ? ie development over the summer ?

  • hoosierboy

    thats a good idea (:

  • Kelin Blab

    That's a great idea…..

  • IU doesn't grant us access to the team, so unfortunately, we aren't able to conduct interviews with current players.

  • Kelin Blab

    FYI …..6:45pm…the Lebron tape will be on TMZ….we will all be witnesses….Jordan you can always come home bro….

  • JerryCT

    So ………you are saying it is more difficult to get interviews with players than nude videos of Erin Adrews ……………… I guess that is a good thing

  • GFDave

    Do they only grant access to newspapers? Have they heard of the intertubes and the google?

  • I think it's essentially just print publications and then the larger dot com's like ESPN, Fox Sports, etc.

  • Ryan_T

    ebaumnation posted a better quality video than TMZ seen here:

    http://ebaumnation.com/2009/07/22/jordan-crawfo

  • Crean Doubter

    Tom Crean is nothing more than a blowhard who is going to take the money from IU and run the first chance he gets. He's a loudmouth who's really when you look at it done nothing as a coach except for one year with Wade.

    IU messed up with Davis and Sampson and that put them in a position where Crean was all they could get. And that isn't much.

    Crean knows that Creek and Bawa aren't going to make it and anyone who thinks Elston is going to productive in the Big Ten hasn't seen him play. And Hulls….. Too short, too white, too slow.

  • JerryCT

    Is there any way to get some player interviews about this same subject ? ie development over the summer ?

  • hoosierboy

    thats a good idea (:

  • Kelin Blab

    That's a great idea…..

  • IU doesn't grant Inside the Hall access to the team, so unfortunately, we aren't able to conduct interviews with current players.

  • Kelin Blab

    FYI …..6:45pm…the Lebron tape will be on TMZ….we will all be witnesses….Jordan you can always come home bro….

  • JerryCT

    So ………you are saying it is more difficult to get interviews with players than nude videos of Erin Adrews ……………… I guess that is a good thing

  • GFDave

    Do they only grant access to newspapers? Have they heard of the intertubes and the google?

  • I think it's essentially just print publications and then the larger dot com's like ESPN, Fox Sports, etc.

  • Ryan_T

    ebaumnation posted a better quality video than TMZ seen here:

    http://ebaumnation.com/2009/07/22/jordan-crawfo

  • Ryan_T

    ebaumnation posted a better quality video than TMZ seen here:

    http://ebaumnation.com/2009/07/22/jordan-crawfo